Best Hiking Trails in Canada

Canada has always had the reputation of a land where you can truly enjoy the great outdoors. There is nothing like hiking to get you out into these pristine wilderness areas and to breathe in fresh air. Some hikes in Canada are day hikes while others will require a night or a week of camping sleepovers to complete them. Hiking trails in Canada are varied, and you can take your pick from the forest, mountain or valley walks, all of which range from easy to difficult. Among the 10 best hikes in Canada are the Confederation Trail, Blackstrap Provincial Park, Awenda Provincial Park, the Auyuittuq National Park, Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Gros Morne National Park, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Jacques-Cartier National Park, Waterton Lakes National Park and Banff National Park. These are just some of the best hiking trails in Canada – there are thousands, and if you plan on hiking them, do your research and make sure you’re rigged out with the proper gear.Hiking trails in Canada - Kicking Horse Trail, The Rockies

Best Hiking Trails in Canada

2-day Hiking Trails That are More Than Just an Adventure

One of the best ways to reconnect with someone, strengthen a relationship or take time away to relax is hiking. 2-day hiking trails are a great idea to reconnect with nature, rejuvenate your body and soul, and maybe even add romance to a relationship that needs a boost. 2-day hiking trails like “The Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Trail” located in Arizona and stretches to 23 miles is a sure way to take your breath away, maybe in more than one way! Another great hike is “The Yosemite Half Dome Hike”. The trail is located in Yosemite California. It is a 14-mile hike rising 8,800 feet above sea level. The Zion Angels Landing hike, Located in Utah with a track around 5 miles long and some of the most beautiful views in the world is a great way to take a break for a weekend from the challenges of life. There are beautiful hiking trails all around the world. Start your adventure today with a loan from ferratum.ca
2-day hiking trails that will take your breath away

2-day Hiking Trails That are More Than Just an Adventure

Hiking 101, essential tips for the perfect hike

Before venturing out into the wilderness make sure that you plan the perfect hike! It’s a sunny day; the hills are calling, and you long for adventure, but make sure that before you leave home, you have all the Hiking essentials for the perfect outdoor experience. Plan your route and be sure to choose a hike a little shorter than the distance you can normally walk. Estimate how long it will take, study a map of the area and check the weather forecast. Tell someone where you are going and do not forget to charge your mobile phone! Now it’s time for Hiking 101, essential tips on what to pack in your rucksack. Always take your map & compass, sun protection, extra clothing., torch or flashlight, basic first-aid supplies, lighter or matches, repair kit, food, water, emergency shelter. You never know what might happen! Sore feet and blisters are really painful and can ruin your hike. Hiking 101, essential tips advise an investment in a good pair of hiking shoes. They do not need to be heavy leather boots, they can be “light hikers” but they must be good quality. Do not try to economise with your socks either and always buy wool or synthetic ones. Dress in the right clothes for the weather and terrain and always use layers. Remember to pick up your mobile phone before you leave! Last but not least, always remember to leave no trace. The wonderful countryside and trails that we love and use will only stay that way if walkers and outdoor enthusiasts care for them. Happy hiking!

Hiking 101, essential tips

Hiking 101, essential tips for the perfect hike

Guide for a hiking family holiday

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Are you looking for that Last minute summer adventure for the family? Try an outdoor nature experience. Being a hiking family with kids of any age is possible. Yes, babies can go for a hike too! All it takes is a little extra planning and knowing what your family can handle. You don’t have to climb Mount Everest the first time you take your family out. With an infant, you’ll need to ease into hiking. Start with a short nature trail and have a plan for feedings and diaper changes. But remember, cut yourself some slack! Having a baby is intense enough without trying to crush a five-mile mountain trail. Young hikers can enjoy getting out there and having fun on their first trail adventure. Make sure to do your research and pick the right path for their little legs. Make it an enjoyable experience by playing I spy games or setting achievable goals for them. Older children can be responsible for their gear on hikes relieving your burden a little. Be sure not to load them down, but maybe make them accountable for their favorite snack or a magnifying glass to look for bugs. You’ll be a hiking family in no time!

Guide for a hiking family holiday

Challenging Hikes

 Challenging Hikes - Pukaskwa National Park coastal hiking trail

Some of the best natural scenery in the world is in Canada, and there is no better way to see the Canadian wilderness than by taking challenging hikes through its beauty. Here are 5 tough hikes in Canada that I am sure will test you and astound you in equal measure.

My first pick of the bunch would have to be The West Coast Trail which runs along the coast of Vancouver Island. It is approximately 75 km in length and will take an experienced hiker 7 days to complete.On this journey, you will sleep under the stars and experience a wide range of wildlife.

Number 2 is definitely Canol Heritage Trail which is approximately 355 km long. The length of this trail is the only reason it sits in the number 2 spot as it takes about 20 days to complete. You can expect to experience some of the most remote scenery that Canada has to offer.

3). Chilkoot Trail is a great alternative if you want a history lesson along with your hiking as it was the preferred route to the Yukon goldfields.

4). Sunshine Village trail is approximately 55 km long and will take you 6 days to complete. It is only accessible on foot and as such you will see some of the most untouched, magnificent sights in the world.

5). Pukaskwa National Park coastal hiking trail. This is a 60 km long trail along Lake Superior’s shoreline. You will need to be vigilant the natural wildlife such as bears and wolves on this trip but you will be experiencing the wild Boreal Forest. As far as challenging hikes go, Canada has a lot to offer, so choose carefully and experience the great outdoors with a passion.

Challenging Hikes

Hiking and backpacking for beginners

Hiking and backpacking can be more fun together

Hiking and backpacking is a great way to discover the world outside the common routes. It is adventurous, you get in touch with nature and it can be done pretty low budget. However there are a few things to consider before you start hiking and backpacking. First of all make sure you read enough information about hiking and plan your trip ahead, more information about hiking and backpacking for beginners can be found here. Getting to know your route before hand is no luxury. Calculate where you might run into problems and communicate with people back home where and when you will be hiking. Get into good shape before you leave. Walking for hours on end with a considerable amount of weight on your back is something that needs training. Of course it is essential to train your leg muscles, but having a strong back is just as important. After all those will be the muscles who will be carrying the most weight throughout your trip. Make sure you get a check up from your doctor to clear out any unknown problems before leaving. Out in the wilderness it will be hard to find an emergency room. Think about your company; Do you want to go alone or with a friend? One other very important point is your gear, but that is a subject that deserves its own post since each hike needs a different type of equipment.

Hiking and backpacking for beginners

Prince Edward Island; Hiking and Cycling

Prince Edward’s Island, with its seemingly surreal imagery is one of Canada’s most valuable natural treasures. The setting for the classic book, “Anne of Green Gables” located in Cavendish has been vividly described to readers around the world. Red rocky coastlines and meadows of wild flowers, harbors and shady forests entice many to list the Island as one of their dream vacations.

Home to less than 150,000 persons the island is 175 miles from one end to the other. Due to its shape it has been referred to as the “land cradled by waves” by the native “micmac” Indians.

A Micmac Indian women in her traditional headwear

French is spoken on the island however guides are available to assist you.

Cycling and hiking are among the activities many long to experience on the island.

The Confederation Trail  is by far the most popular outdoor destination.

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Confederation trail

The trail basically encompasses the entire island in length and leads the explorer through inland woods with some covered picnicking shelters as well as shares breathtaking views of the rugged coastline. The island is family oriented and LGBT friendly.  One can take several routes to get to the island, choosing the driving route one must enter from New Brunswick on The Confederation Bridge otherwise one needs to take one of the ferries which depart from various shorelines or fly into Charlottetown´s small airport.

However you get there you can be certain to engage in one of the most memorable hikes or cycling trips in your lifetime.

Prince Edward Island; Hiking and Cycling

Hiking in The Canadian Rockies

 

Hiking in Canadian RockiesHiking is one of the most popular sport around the Rockies in Canada. It is pure fun and experience is exhilarating.  It is nature in its purest form you would encounter. So you need to take care of certain things before venturing out. Yes it is fun but the extra care will make it more fun.

  • Weather and rain – Before going out for a hike always check with the local weather station. rains can be flashy and cause mud and slush that can make it very difficult to enjoy the hike.
  • Clothes – EVen if you are venturing out in Summers pack an extra pair of clothes. As you go up in the mountains the temperature will drop and chances of rain increase.
  • Hiking Gear – The canadian rocky trails are difficult trails and proper hiking tools like GPS, compass, flashlight, chocolate (Energy bars) and first-aid kit are a must.
  • Wildlife – Canadian rockies are abundant in wildlife and some can be hazardous. Just be aware of the surroundings while hiking and watch out for snakes, moose and mountain Lions. When spotted avoid their vicinity as they can be quite aggressive.
  • Avalanche and Slippery trail – When it is winters it is always better to watch out for cracking sound of ice. It may be an avalanche. It is better to attend an avalanche safety class before going. After rains the trails can also become slippery. If it happens bring out the map and change course downhill.
  • Relax to recharge after every Hike – It is always important to relax after a hike as the hiking trails can be demanding. You do not want to be a victim of exhaustion.
Hiking in The Canadian Rockies

Long Range Traverse Newfoundland Canada Cont………………

The challenges to expect

First things first. The way that you get on the trail is by taking a plane to St. John’s Airport and once you land, you will wonder if you are in Norway because of the beauty of the place. After you have landed, you take a one-hour boat ride beneath cliffs that are over a couple thousand foot high. What you will be passing through at this point is the West Brook Pond. Once you are past this, the hiking starts.

West Brook Pond - Nature's incomparable beauty

The main challenges that most hikers complain about are the low visibility caused by the low-lying clouds, the dense fir and spruce that will have you walking at one moment and on the ground on the next and the many streams and ponds that look so much alike that they can mislead you.

A trail for the most adept with navigation skills

If you know that your map reading and compass navigation skills are not the best, you are advised to stay away from this trail. This is because if you are not careful, you will experience many abrupt changes to the course and dead ends that will leave you scratching your head. This course is so challenging that the guides give your positioning beakers to wear: the caribou collars. The guides attest that it is much easier to GPS you than try to find you in the thickets and lush vegetation. Watching your step and not straying too far from the group that you are traveling in are pieces of advice that you best adhere to.

Getting lost on the Long Range Traverse in Newfoundland Canada is easier than you think. Have your navigational and map reading skills in check if you would like to take on the challenge and take this 26 miles trail.

Long Range Traverse Newfoundland Canada Cont………………

Long Range Traverse, Newfoundland Canada

So here I am with the first post. In this post I would be talking about hiking Long Range Traverse in Newfoundland Canada. Well, it was an EXPERIENCE. I would be covering it in two parts, and would also help you with info on how to reach here.

hiking Long Range Traverse

If you like to challenge nature and the outdoors, this is the challenge for you. If the outdoors and mountain hikes intrigue you and you are always trying to challenge nature, you do not know the meaning of the word challenge until you have tried the hike up the Long Range Traverse in Newfoundland Canada. Most of the people who have taken this trail have confessed that it is one of the most challenging and most intense hikes they have ever been on, and I am one of them.

You could be holding onto roots and vegetation for dear life at one point and in the next minute be looking at ponds that look so much alike that they make map reading difficult. You may also have to take care of the waterfalls because they are numerous and their sprays will knock you off the cliffs if you are not careful.

The challenges to expect

This 26- mile, three- to five-day hike will challenge even the most experienced hikers. If you are new to hiking, I wouldn’t recommend this place for your maiden venture. Look for a little easy ones as you put your first step in the world of hiking. Well, let me continue with the challenges to expect in my next post.

Stay tuned guys

Long Range Traverse, Newfoundland Canada