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Guest Post: Beautiful Hiking Spots Across Canada

*** This Guest Post was written by Jess Signet at Tripelio

Beautiful Hiking Spots Across Canada

Call it personal opinion, but some of the best hiking in the world can be found in Canada. This massive country is home to a soaring stretch of the Rocky Mountains, beautiful coastlines, hundreds of species of trees (including the ubiquitous maple that has become one of the icons of Canada), and some truly hospitable people who will make your stay in Canada very special indeed.

However, looking at a map may make you feel a little overwhelmed. Canada is, after all, the second-largest country in the world, and there’s no shortage of national parks. Here are some favorite hikes in Canada to help you with your decision making process:

Photo Courtesy of Jess Signet

Photo Courtesy of Jess Signet

  1. Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia, with its rugged coast and maritime heritage, has stolen the heart of many travelers. At Kejimkujik National Park you will have the opportunity to experience the beauty of foliage season, as well as find the remains of historical gold mines. Or explore the province’s Celtic heritage by heading to Cape Breton, a small island off the coast. Hike the Skyline Trail and you’ll be treated to some of the finest scenery. If you’re lucky, you might even see moose or bald eagles!

Photo Courtesy of Jess Signet

Photo Courtesy of Jess Signet

  1. Lake Louise, Alberta

Not afraid of a little steepness? Then the Lake Louise teahouse circuit is not to be missed! True to its billing, you’ll pass a couple of excellent teahouses along the way, which will offer you the chance to rest and meet other outdoor enthusiasts. If the hike itself doesn’t take your breath away, the views certainly will—you’ll find yourself winding into the mountains high above Bow Valley and Lake Louise. Fear not, though: the full loop is only 5.5km, so despite the uphill work, it’s within the ability of the average hiker.

Before your hike download the PeakFinder app. It will identify all the mountains in the area around you—helping you accurately tag all your impressive photos when you upload them. But, make sure to get a VPN app set up on your smartphone first, just to make sure you’re keeping your location and other personal information safe on your iPhone.

Image courtesy of Phil Petersen under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Image courtesy of Phil Petersen under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

  1. Galloping Goose Regional Trail, British Columbia

Looking for a weekend getaway from Vancouver? This trail is your best choice. Originally a railway line meant to make it easier for mail and passengers to get between Victoria and Sooke, you can now wander at your leisure along the 55km trail. You’ll see plenty of idyllic farms, rocky cliffs, and trees that will help you forget that you aren’t all that far from a bustling metropolis. Hike the whole trail and you’ll get a good glimpse of what Canada at large has to offer—urban and rural, now and then.

Want more things to do in the Area?

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Image courtesy of Doug Eastick under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Image courtesy of Doug Eastick under CC BY-NC 2.0.

  1. Killarney, Ontario

Ontario, home to both capital city Ottawa and well-known Toronto, is one of Canada’s most-visited provinces. If you’re looking to take a hike while visiting this province, you can do no better than a trip to Killarney Provincial Park. This park is home to both hills and lakes, and there are outdoor activities galore—from canoeing and kayaking in the summer to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter.

Beautiful Hiking Spots Across Canada

Image courtesy of Anthony DeLorenzo under CC BY-SA 3.0.

  1. Canol Heritage Trail, Northwest Territories

Looking for a long-distance trail in Canada? This trail is an excellent place to explore. At about 930km, it’ll take you a while to cover and facilities en-route are limited. So why do it? This trail offers you a great chance to get out and explore some of Canada’s natural beauty, and the whole trail is something of a ghost town: it’s a leftover of WWII, and scattered along its length are abandoned trucks, gas stations, and the other trappings of society that are slowly being reclaimed by the wild.

If you are up for a Challenge, consider the famous West Coast Trail! Check out fellow blogger Emily’s post (on See Her Travel) about her experiences conquering the trail here. If her account makes the West Coast Trail seem a little too much for you, or if you are traveling with children, here is why the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a great option here!

In a country as large as Canada, there is, of course, no shortage of hiking! We could go on for days talking about the best hiking spots in the country—but the thing is, regardless of where you go, you’ll be treated to some of the finest scenery that North America (or the world!) has to offer. You’re bound to be surprised by the stellar foliage, fascinating wildlife, impressive scenery, and everything else. So get moving—there’s nothing quite like hiking in Canada!

Author bio: Jess Signet had been traveling since a young age, her parents were travelers and she inherited their love of travel. Jess particularly enjoys outdoors adventures including hiking, camping and is a huge fan of zip-lining.  You can follow her adventures on Twitter at @JessTravels

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