Canada’s vast and spacious layout make it an excellent location for hiking. There is an abundance of trails that all offer different experiences. From green forests to crisp lakes to rocky mountains, the beautiful landscapes the country has offer to make it a great destination for adventure-driven individuals seeking a hiking vacation. This guide will give you the rundown on Canada’s best hiking routes, and help determine which is the one for you.
West Coast Trail, British Columbia
Beginning with a challenge, this long-distance hike is recongized as one of the most difficult to embark on in the country. Although only 75km long, which is comparatively short to other long-distance routes, this hike requires a high degree of mental and physical fitness as you will cover different terrain. The trail starts at Bamfield and ends at Port Renew, where walkers will be rewarded by stunning views of beaches, rivers, and rainforests. This journey is sure to make you feel closer to nature.
Highlands Trail, Nova Scotia
Also known as the “Skyline Trail”, this hiking route spans Cape Breton’s Highlands National Park. The views of vast greenery can be best enjoyed by journeying through the park’s 6.5-8.2 km hike. This is ideal for less experienced hikers, or for those who simply do not have the time to spend days hiking. You can fully immerse yourself in Nova Scotia’s beautiful scenery in a matter of hours.
Plain of the six Glaciers, Alberta
Situated in the Banff National Park in between Lake Louise and the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the contrast of Earth and Water can be most appreciated on this particular route. This trail is recommended for intermediate hikers, as it spans 13.8km in length and gradually ascends 587m up the mountain. You are guaranteed to experience breathtaking views along the way.
Skyline Trail, Alberta
Also found in Alberta, is the popular Jasper National Park Skyline Trail. This route is 44km long so is best suitable for intermediate to more advanced hikers. It is wise to complete this trail when the weather is relatively mild and neutral, as harsher conditions are expected the higher you ascend. However, you will be rewarded with picturesque views on this multi-day trip.
Grizzly Lake Trail, Yukon
Our final stand out hiking journey is Yukon’s Grizzly Lake Trail. It is known for its unique scenery and landscapes which makes it so sought out by hikers. The main route has a length of 17km, but for those with less experience but wanting to see the views of the Tombstone Mountains, there are many offshoots that will still provide an unforgettable experience. The hike will put you at one with alpine meadows. If you’re planning to reach the Lake itself, you may want to consider getting a camping permit to truly acquaint yourself with nature’s offerings.
Whatever your experience with hiking and potentially bringing a vacation into the mix, Canada has a rich offering that is sure to satisfy everyone’s needs.