With the warm weather upon us, it is a great time to explore some of the hiking trails that Canada has to offer all across the country!
Hiking Best Practices
Be sure to review the health and safety measures put in place for the National or Provincial Park that you are going to be visiting. This will ensure the safety of not only yourself, but others as well.
Here are some best practices for maintaining social distancing while hiking on trails that are open:
- Keep at least 2 metres (6 feet) from others
- Visit parks and trails during less busy times
- Stay local, avoid crowded parks and trails
- Don’t linger and avoid gathering in groups
- Hike solo (or only with your household)
- Wash or sanitize hands after touching communal surfaces like gates or garbage bins
- Stay home if you are feeling sick, especially if you are coughing or experiencing a fever
No matter where you live in Canada you will be able to find a hiking path to enjoy. Even though our summer is not typical it doesn’t mean you should not stay active.
Kenna Cartwright Nature Park – Kamloops, British Columbia
Kenna Cartwright Park features over 40-kilometers of trails of varying difficulties that are enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts. The park offers many breathtaking views of the Thompson Valley and Kamloops any time of the year, for any skill of hiker, and is off-leash dog-friendly.
Peterson Creek Nature Park – Kamloops, British Columbia
The trails in Peterson Creek Nature Park vary in difficulty and offer trails for every skill level. Peterson Creek is widely used during the summer months, is off-leash dog-friendly, and features a remarkable view of the Kamloops downtown core.
Plain of Six Glaciers – Banff National Park, Alberta
This hiking trail is considered to be one of the most accessible trails in Banff National Park. Be sure to stop and take in the sprawling views that surround Lake Louise including Mount Lefroy and Victoria Glacier.
Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass – Banff National Park, Alberta
The hike into Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass is a must for all those wanting to hike in Banff National Park. As the name suggests, the main attraction would be the Larch trees, which make for exceptional views in the autumn when they begin to change colours.
Grey Owl Trail – Manitoba
The Grey Owl Trail in Riding Mountain National Park is a great option for hiking year-round. In the summer you can enjoy the warm weather and fresh blooms, and in the winter, you can access the trail by ski or snowshoe.
Centennial Ridges Trail – Ontario
Centennial Ridges Trail is a 10.4-kilometer loop trail within Algonquin Provincial Park. This trail is perfect if you are looking for spectacular views, and a peaceful hike in nature.
East Coast Trail – Newfoundland
From easy meandering, to coastline trekking there is something for everyone along the East Coast Trail in Newfoundland! The trail in its entirety is 336-kilometers long but most people like to just explore smaller sections each time they head out for a hike.
Homestead Heritage Trail – Saskatchewan
Take a step back in time when you hike along the Homestead Heritage Trail in Castle Lake Provincial Park. With accessibility to the trail during the summer and winter seasons, you will find a replica cabin, old smokehouse and boardwalk representing some of the first loggers in the area.
Skyline Trail – Nova Scotia
Take in some of Canada’s most picturesque views in Cape Breton’s Highlands National Park when you hike the Skyline Trail. This trail can either be done as a 6.5-kilometer hike or 8.2-kilometers if you’re looking for a little extra. The trail is relatively easy, with the most challenging element of the trail being a section of stairs.