Top 10 Canadian Hikes of 2014

If you’re bored of the same old trails over and over again, it is probably time to try one of the best that Canada has to offer! These great Canadian hikes offer something for everyone: breathtaking views, wildlife spotting, and terrains of all types. Find a new favourite today!

1. Galloping Goose Regional Trails, British Columbia

Galloping Goose Regional Trail

Hikers, cyclists, and horse riders all agree – Galloping Goose Regional Trail is one of the most beautiful paths for exploring Vancouver Island’s most southern areas. Stretching 55 km between Victoria and Sooke, this multi-use trail existed in the early 1900s as a railway line. A railway car called the Galloping Goose (hence the name) regularly crossed this path during the 1920’s, shuttling mail and passengers between the two destinations. Today, the railway is long gone, but the vast wilderness, rocky cliffs and farmland remain for all to enjoy!

2. Fundy Trail, New Brunswick

Canadian Hikes bay of fundy

If you find yourself in Southern New Brunswick you owe it to yourself to check out this trail. It’s one of North America’s last remaining coastal wilderness areas between Labrador and Florida. Although it was hidden for many years, this unspoiled retreat is now open for hikers and cyclists to take in and explore. Less than an hour’s drive from Saint John, the Fundy Trail is 16 km of seaside wonder. The trails, which are perfect for hikers and cyclists alike, lead to less travelled paths and stairways that give way to sandy beaches, waterfalls and spectacular cliffs. This trail offers a unique perspective of the Bay of Fundy’s tides (the highest in the world), and gives you a great spot to view the local sea birds and Right whales that frequent the area.

3. Kinney Lake Trail, British Columbia

Canadian Hikes Kinney Lake

Is short and scenic more your style? For breathtaking lakeside and mountain views, head to Mount Robson Provincial Park – the second oldest provincial park in British Columbia. Towering overhead at 3,954 metres is the snow-capped Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The sheer size of this majestic summit will have hikers spellbound as they wander along the 4.5 km Kinney Lake Trail. The dense cedar and hemlock forest, visitors may have the chance to spot wildlife species including moose, Black bears and elk. This gentle hike will take approximately 2.5 hours to complete.

4. West Coast Trail, British Columbia

Canadian Hikes West Coast Trail

The West Coast Trail is one of the most popular long distance trails in Canada with up to 8000 people per season tackling the strenuous 75 kilometer (45 mile) section of beach and rain forest between Bamfield in the north and Port Renfrew in the south.  This trail will take up to seven days to complete. Why should you do it? The diverse wildlife and sleeping by the ocean is one you’ll never forget!

5. Killarney Park, Ontario

Canadian Hikes Killarney Park

Considered to be one of the best of the best in Ontario, Killarney Park came into existence because of the the efforts of several famous Canadian artists. The Group of Seven’s Lawren Harris, A.J. Casson and A.Y. Jackson loved this 645 sq kilometer wilderness so much that they approached the government, demanding that the area be designated as protected parkland. Four hiking trails, including the picturesque Granite Ridge Trail give visitors unparalleled access to La Cloche Mountains, the wild Georgian Bay Coast of pink granite, over 50 exceptionally clear, sapphire lakes set among Jack Pine hills, and the spectacular beauty captured by the Group of Seven’s iconic paintings.

6. Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia

Canadian Hikes Kejimkujik

A world of natural and cultural wonders awaits you at Kejimkujik, the only Parks Canada site which is designated both a National Park and a National Historic Site. With its rare old growth forests, abundant wildlife, Mi’kmaq legends, and geological finds, Kejimkujik National Park offers an unforgettable hiking experience (it is really spectacular in autumn). With fifteen unique trails, the park lets visitors encounter rare species of birds, historical sites (including gold mines), granite boulders and vibrant fall foliage.

7. Pukaskwa National Park coastal hiking trail, Ontario

Pukaskwa National Park Canadian Hikes

Pukaskwa National Park is host to Ontario’s most remote, challenging and rewarding wilderness coastal hikes. It’s a one way trail that extends 60 km from Pukaskwa Headquarters at Hattie Cove southwards to North Swallow River, a road-less wilderness accessible only by water. This trail will take five to seven days to complete. It’s a challenging trail with plenty of Canadian bedrock, Boreal forest, wide open Lake Superior view-scapes and perhaps a glimpse of an elusive Woodland Caribou. Need a trip planner for this one? Here you are

8. Canol Heritage Trail, Northwest Territories

Canadian Hikes Canol Heritage Trail

Do you live for extremes? This might be the trail for you then! This trail is is actually an abandoned road that runs 350 km (217 miles) between MacMillan Pass and Norman Wells. Built during World War II to reach oil fields, plan on hiking 20 days to traverse this spectacular country. Why should you go? Because this is one of the most remote and wilderness-filled experiences Canada offers.

9. Sawback Trail, Alberta

Sawback trail Canadian hikes

74 km. Roughly a week to complete. Why should you go? Over its length the trail climbs over three 2300 m passes (Mystic, Pulsatilla, and Boulder) and skirts no fewer than 4 spectacular alpine lakes (Luellen, Pulsatilla, Baker, and Ptarmigan). While never much more than a days hike from the Trans-Canada highway the Sawback trail maintains a true wilderness feel and several days can pass without seeing another soul.

10. Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador

Twillingate Iceberg

This easy, 1 1/2 – 2 hour hike offers spectacular ocean views and the chance (when in season) to see an iceberg floating by. The hike starts in a community called Gillard’s Cove and  follows along a wooded trail with 3 lookout stations before reaching the peak of Twillingate island at 327 ft above sea level, with its 18 ft lookout tower. Remember to bring your camera with you on this one!

 

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