Mountain Hiking Vacation in Canada
The second largest country in the world contains a wide geological variety of land regions, including a number of mountain ranges, vast maritime terrains, thousands of islands, and more lakes and inland waters than any other country in the world… along with the longest coastline of any country on the planet. There are of course, a number of excellent mountain ranges in Canada for up-hill hiking / backpacking. At a high level, moving west to east, Canada’s major mountain ranges include the Coast Range along the British Columbia (BC) coast and into the Yukon Territory, the Rocky Mountains overlapping BC and Alberta, the Yukon Range across central Yukon and the Northwest Territories, the Arctic Cordillera in Nunavut Territory, the Appalachian Mountains in Quebec, New Brunswick and Newfoundland, and the Torngat Mountains on the north-east tip of Quebec/Labrador. The highest Point in Canada is Yukon’s Mt. Logan at 19,551 feet (5,959m) above sea level – This is only a few feet (relatively speaking) less than the highest point in North America, Alaska’s Mt. McKinley at 20,320 feet (6,194m) above sea level.
Probably the most popular places for up-hill day hiking and backpacking in Canada are in BC and Alberta, however there are a number of other worthwhile places further north and east in the country. Please use the links below for more information specific to each region.
Western Canada covering BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan
Northern Canada covering the Yukon, Northwest and Nunavut Territories
Eastern Canada covering Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes
If you’re interested in multi-day hiking or segment hiking across Canada, the Trans Canada Trail, also referred to as The Great Trail, is the world’s longest recreation trail. As of the summer of 2016, the trail was over 80% complete/connected, with a planned completion in 2017 coinciding with Canada’s 150th anniversary. The Great Trail is approximately 15 thousand miles (almost 24k km) long and like Canada itself, is extremely diverse – consisting of land and water routes, with the trail crossing sections of urban, rural and wilderness landscapes. The trail touches the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, with various segments made to provide options for hiking, biking, x-country skiing, snowmobiling and paddling. The Great Trail travels across Canada’s provinces and territories, providing exposure to major cities, small towns, historic sites as well as rivers and lakes. For more information visit https://thegreattrail.ca/
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