Mountain Hiking Vacation in Eastern Canada
The Appalachian Mountain range is the largest in eastern Canada. This long mountain range extends from Alabama/Georgia in the southern USA, all the way up through the American ‘New England’ states and into New Brunswick, Quebec and Newfoundland in Canada. The 3,500 km long International Appalachian Trail (IAT) begins it’s Canadian route where Maine meets Quebec and New Brunswick, then goes through PEI and Nova Scotia before ending (the Canadian portion) in Newfoundland.
Another popular mountain range is Quebec’s Laurentians. Located on the north side of the St. Lawrence river, these mountains are easily reached from Montreal or Quebec City.
The lesser known and very remote, Torngat Mountains, located on the frozen northern tip of Labrador, and bordering Quebec, is where you’ll find the tallest mountain in eastern Canada, Mount Caubvick, which stands at 5,420 feet (1,652m) above sea level. This untouched wilderness is home to some of the oldest mountains in the world, and is currently only accessible by sea or air.
For more information on up-hill hiking and backpacking in Canada’s eastern provinces, please see the summaries and links below:
Manitoba – Is mostly flat, with hundreds of lakes and rivers. Although dominated by the Canadian Shield, there are a few small mountain ranges and escarpments, mostly in the south-west corner of the province. Your best bet for up-hill hiking in Manitoba is northwest of Dauphin at Duck Mountain Provincial Park, home of Baldy Mountain, the highest peak in the province, at 2,730 feet (832m) above sea level. More up-hill hiking can also be found just south of Dauphin in Riding Mountain National Park.
Hiking and backpacking (backcountry camping) information can be found at:
Duck Mountain Provincial Park Info: https://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/parks/popular_parks/western/duck_baldy.html
Riding Mountain (Parks Canada): http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/mb/riding/index.aspx
Ontario – While there are no major mountain ranges in Canada’s most populated province, there are a few interesting places to hike and backpack. The largest mountains in Ontario are located between Sudbury and North Bay, north of Lake Superior and Lake Huron in the southern portion of the Canadian Shield. Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park, near Sudbury, contains the Ishpatina Ridge, which is the highest point of land in Ontario, at approximately 2,274 feet (693m) above sea level, as well as Maple Mountain at an estimated 2,106 feet (642m) high. The Maple Mountain hike actually has an bigger change in elevation, due to its relative height to its surroundings. There are 2 mile (3.2km) trails to each highpoint, however the trailheads are only accessible by canoe/kayak.
For more information on Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park, visit http://www.ontarioparks.com/park/ladyevelynsmoothwater
For information on other hiking trails in Ontario, visit: http://www.ontariohighpoints.com/
Quebec – Please follow the link for more information about hiking and backpacking in Quebec
New Brunswick – Please follow the link for more information about hiking and backpacking in NB
Hiking in New Brunswick (Link / Pages coming soon)
Newfoundland and Labrador – Please follow the link for more information about hiking and backpacking in Newfoundland and Labrador
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