Canada has its’ fair share of long distance and backpacking trails.
I tend to think of Europe when I think of long distance hiking trails or walks. Maybe they’ve just done a better job of publicizing them.
But in Canada there are long distance and backpacking trails in every province and territory.
Some are built only for hiking, some are shared use trails. Almost all of the National Parks have extensive trail systems with many multi-day backpacking trips possible, though only a few of those are mentioned.
Many, but certainly not all of the trails are designed for adventurous folks with expert navigation and wilderness skills. Fortunately there are still plenty that are well marked with multiple access points so they can be done in sections as you have the time.
With the summer hiking season just around the corner it’s time to start making plans.
Here’s a list and a brief description of many of Canada’s long distance hiking trails.
British Columbia Hiking Trails
- The West Coast Trail is one of the most popular long distance trails in Canada with up to 8000 people per season tackling the strenuous 75 kilometre (45 mile) section of beach and rain forest between Bamfield in the north and Port Renfrew in the south. Allow 6-8 days. You can download a free guide here.