Canada Opens World’s Longest Hiking Trail From Coast to Coast

September 12, 2020 at 1:22 am




 

The Great Trail of Canada is nearly 15,000 miles long, connecting major cities to all the natural wonders in between

 




The Great Trail of Canada is now open for hikers, bikers, kayakers and skiers.

The nearly 15,000-mile-long national treasure took a quarter century to build and has been called the largest volunteer effort in Canadian history.

It will give Canadians easy access to some of the country’s most breathtaking natural wonders.

Rather than a single trail, The Great Trail is a network of hundreds of local trails and greenways that are all now connected by a single “thread.”

 

Whether you’re starting in the East at St. John’s or starting in the West at Victoria, you’ll have over 400 individual trails to travel through.

They weave across all 10 provinces, with a huge looping detour north through the Yukon and Northwest Territories to the Arctic Ocean.

The Great Trail consists mainly of dirt paths and rugged mountain terrain, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to traverse the whole thing with just a pair of hiking boots.

Over 25 percent of the trails are water “trails,” which require a kayak or canoe.

Motorized vehicles, for the most part, are forbidden on the trail, except for snowmobiles. Cross-country skiing, horseback riding and cycling are other acceptable modes of transportation.

If you ever found the time to make it across the whole trail, you’d cover just about every type of terrain imaginable, from mountains, lakes and plains, to coastal islands, and even the dreaded frozen tundra.

 

While most the trail is found in the back-country, a good chuck still runs through urban areas in major cities such as: Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton.

The longest part of the trail wraps around the Great Lakes in Ontario, where there’s the most fresh water in the world. The views in and around these waters are absolutely stunning.

 

So, if you’re looking for the adventure of a lifetime, look no further. The rugged backcountry of  Oh Canada awaits!