Hiking in Canada

Trudging across the true north

Hike in Canada for a true wilderness experience. Hiking is definitely the adventure for you, if you love the outdoors and want to feel the earth under your feet.

Canadian hiking trails exist in every region. Hiking vacations are sure to wind you away from the bustling pace of everyday life. It is not only terrific exercise, it is a great work out for your mind, as you interpret trail markers or your compass, tackle potential challenges and push yourself to new limits. Your sense of accomplishment after completing a trail is well worth the effort.

Hiking tours and travel opportunities are abundant in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec and Atlantic Canada. Backpacking although different from hiking may be incorporated into some trips. Hiking trips require you to be relatively fit, especially in places where the trails are long, rugged or at higher elevations. A hiking trip can be anything from a half-day relaxed jaunt to a two week guided heli-hiking excursion in the mountains.

Hiking trails in Canada span coast-to-coast with all levels of terrain. The Canadian Hiking Trail, under development since 1971, will eventually be a 6213 mile (10,000-km) foot-travel-only path across Canada. Major sections of the trail across Québec and Southern Ontario are already completed. The multi-use Trans Canada Trail is for hikers and walkers as well as cyclists, and can be found in almost every region of Canada.

Traveling to Ontario and hiking the Bruce Trail is popular with locals and tourists. Hotels and inns on the Bruce Trail area will amaze you. You can venture onto the trail each day for a half or full day hike. A guided hike in the Canadian Rockies is another great trip idea. Hiking in the Rockies can be combined with camping and wilderness survival training.

Canada offers endless hiking trails. Regardless of your abilities, you're sure to enjoy an incredible hiking adventure here!