8 Long Distance Trails in Canada You Need to Try Now
If you’ve exhausted most hiking options in the US, then why not head to Canada to hike its long distance trails? The US is full of amazing long trails that you can spend quite some time exploring. If you’ve had the opportunity to spend time on trails like the AT or the PCT, then you’re probably one of those backpackers that just can’t get enough. However, if you’re up for something a little bit different, never forget that right across the border is another set of beautiful long distance trails that are just waiting to for you to come and explore!
Trans Canada Trail
The Trans Canada Trail is not only the longest network of trails in Canada, but also the longest in the entire world. That means it would take you a VERY long time to do the whole thing. And, it’s not even completed yet! When it’s finished, it will connect over 1,000 different communities across Canada. It’s kind of hard to figure out where this trail begins, but it’s considered to be in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Try the Confederate Trail, which is the first fully completed section. People can come here to backpack, hike, ski, horseback ride, or even set a record. You name it!
Distance: 18,000 km (11,000+ miles)
West Coast Trail
Located on Vancouver Island, the West Coast Trail is as popular as it is long, getting thousand upon thousand of hikers each year. It’ll take around a week to hike this one, so make sure you bring appropriate gear and enough supplies. The trail is along the beach, so you’ll be sure to encounter gorgeous sunsets, scenic landscapes, and amazing waterfalls. The trails can get a bit difficult at some parts, so just be prepared!
Distance: 75 km (46 miles)
Sunshine Coast Trail
The Sunshine Coast Trail in British Columbia takes hikers from Sarah Point to Saltery Bay. Trekking along Powell River, you’ll be sure to find a great mix of varying landscapes, from high mountains, beautiful forests, and right down to breathtaking coastlines. If you want to do the whole thing, it will take you about two weeks, so plan accordingly!
Distance: 180 km (111 miles)
The Chilkoot Trail has a unique history of being the ‘gold rush trail’ back during the Klondike Gold Rush. The Chilkoot Trail starts in Tidewater Alaska near the old town of Dyea, which is now part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Park. It then leads to Bennett in British Columbia, where you’ll see some pretty cool things along the way. This trail is one of the most famous trails in the north. That being said, make sure you reserve your campsite spot well in advance.
Distance: 53 km (33 miles)
The Telegraph Wilderness Trail follows a line of an old and extensive telegraph line that dates back to the 1870’s. The telegraph line was used to link North America to Europe when the pioneers came to do the job, and now you can hike this amazing piece of history with just you and your backpack. The trail begins near Hogsback lake, and will take you through some deep wilderness, so keep your eyes out for the trail markers!
Distance: 100 km (62 miles)
The Mantario Trail may not be as long as these others, but it’s certainly the most challenging. If you’re not an experienced backpacker, then you’re better off waiting until you’re ready. Located in Manitoba, the trail can be done in just a few days, but many of the trails have been impacted by rainfall, causing some delays. Additionally, because of the trail being totally in the wilderness, it’s hard to get in touch with help if you’re in danger. That being said, it has some amazing views along its lakes and it’s definitely worth the trek.
Distance: 66 km (41 miles)
The Bruce Trail
The Bruce Trail located in Ontario has some pretty cool interesting about it. The trail is not only one you can spend a lot of time on, but it also follows the Niagara Escarpment, that splits the border between several US states and Canada. You can of course access Niagara Falls from here, but don’t miss the dozens of other gorgeous waterfalls along the way. Located in Ontario, the trail is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve; a wonderful place where the people can interact with the nature surrounding them.
Distance: 800 km (496 miles)
The Fundy Circuit
There’s many parts of Fundy National Park in New Brunswick to explore, but this trail is the longest and the most ideal for backpackers. The trail wraps around the park (hence, circuit), which is actually a series of interconnected trails. Here you can find the world’s highest tides, lush forests, and campgrounds that will make sure you’re comfortable during your trip. It’s not as well known as the Fundy Footpath, so make sure to do your research before you go so you don’t get lost. Though, it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out!
Distance: 48 km (30 miles)
Don’t just stick to the familiar. Once you conquer the trails in the US, head up north to give these ones a try.