Canada Unveils World’s Longest, Most Epic Hiking Trail Stretching From Coast To Coast


You can now hike across Canada, right from coast-to-coast!

This move will no doubt attract some of the world’s most adventurous hikers – Canada have opened up their ‘Great Trail’ a network of trails right across the belly of Canada.

The Great Trail is in fact made up from a small network of around 400 trails, each section represent the terrain in its little slice of Canada – put together they give a breathtaking demonstration of the diversity of the Canadian territory.

Comprised of more than 400 local trails on land and water, Canada’s fully connected Great Trail stretches nearly 15,000 miles. Pictured is the BLT Trail, a rails-to-trails project in Nova Scotia. (Photo: Dennis Jarvis/Flickr)

The network of track-ways reach a total of 14,864 miles and since it was proposed in 1992, a barrage of volunteers have worked tirelessly to ensure all the parts of the puzzle are complete, and that they fit together succinctly.

The word ‘trail’ in the name conjures up images of dusty roads and rocky crags, but the journey actually requires several different modes of transport including skis and snowmobiles, although motorized cars and vehicles are prohibited.

Downtown Edmonton can be seen in the North Saskatchewan River Valley, which the Great Trail passes right through.

Some parts of the trail for example can only be taken by boat or kayak, around 26% of the trail actually takes place in water.

The Great Trial touches many different communities right the way across Canada, it is not paved through some isolated and forgotten part of the country, with 4 out of 5 Canadians believed to live within 30 miles of the trail, it is an exhibit to be enjoyed by the locals just as much as the tourists it attracts.

Green represents connected land trails, blue represents connected water trails and red indicates gaps that have since been connected. (Map: Great Trail)

The trail passes through the major Canadian cities of Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton and the diversity of the country means than anyone who embarks upon this lofty task is rewarded by some amazing sights, from the Rockies to the Great Lakes and everything in between.

Canadians are decidedly fitter than their American counterparts, perhaps this exercise-encouraging experience will tempt some Americans across the border so see how they do things up north.

Lara Ramirez
Lara is a passionate traveler and writer and actively seeks to draw attention to current world affairs and ways we can protect our planet. She is a free-thinker and loves to share her wealth of experience and knowledge in the hope of entertaining and to broaden your mind.

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