Walking paths

Discover the most popular walking trails in Canada

June 12, 2018

Some people identify themselves as walkers, while others identify themselves as hikers. Is there really any difference between walking and hiking? Many would say no. Anyway, walkers are willing to embrace danger and they are rewarded for it. They walk uphill or on trails where there are rocks and roots, trekking smooth and flat paths. The path isn’t necessarily hilly. If you love strolling for hours at an end, surrounded by nature, then you need to know that Canada has some of the best walking trails in the world. It’s time for you to go outdoors and explore the nation’s beauty. These are the most popular walking trails in Canada.

Karst Spring Trail

If you’re looking for a walking trail that is really fun, but not demanding, then try Karst Spring Trail. This footpath is situated near Kovach, Alberta, featuring a lake. The spring stems from a cavern that can be found right above Watridge Lake in Kananaskis. To get to the trailhead, you have to do a long hike on a ski trail, but you won’t regret it because the views are absolutely spectacular. The Karst Spring Trail is one of the most scenic ones in North America. A great many families walk on this trail. Why? Because the elevation gain is gentle. At the end of the journey, you won’t be tired and neither will you be out of breath. There is no reason not to walk up this popular trail.

Bruce Trail

The Bruce Trail is located in the southern and central Ontario, following the steep slope from Niagara to Tobermory. It’s one of Canada’s oldest and longest footpaths. The main route is more than 850 kilometers long and there are more than 400 kilometers of affiliated walking trails. Attention needs to be paid to the fact that the Bruce Trail is only for walkers. Vehicles and horses aren’t allowed. There are many cascades, streams, and rivers. If you were curious to know where the walking trail got its name from, then you should know that it was named after James Bruce. He acted as the chief representative of the country between 1847 and 1854. In addition to the fact that you’ve got incredible lookouts into the Georgian Bay, there are paths for beginners, as well as experienced walkers.

Pepin Brook Trail

Aldergrove Regional Park features a network of pathways, which are graded for pedestrian-only. Pepin Brook Trail is one of the finest beaten tracks in Aldergrove Regional Park. This 3.7-kilometre path is located in British Columbia. It’s nice and quiet, not to mention that you have the unique opportunity to take impressive picks of Mount Baker. The Pepin Brook Trail begins as a pleasant route beside the watercourse. As you cross the arch bridge, make sure to take a break to view the neighboring mash. If a longer circuit is what you’re interested in, walk west from the parking spot and circle the play area. Mount Baker is spectacular, but so is the Cascade Range.

 

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West Coast walking trail preparation – explore the bear country

June 5, 2018

If you like challenges then you will love this, because it requires you to adventure on the walking trails of the bear country, or as you may know in Canada. The most impressive destination for walking is the West Coast, located on Vancouver Island. A more simple option is the Juan de Fuca trail, but if you travel to Canada for adventure, then the West Coast Trail is the perfect one to try. Everyone who tried this trail stated that it is a challenge both physically and mentally. If you want to successfully finish the trail, then you should believe in yourself, and start the challenge confident in your strength. Beginners end up comparing themselves to Frodo, but as you already know Frodo successfully finished his challenge, and so will you. The trial has almost 75 km, and there will be moments when you will think that you are experiencing the most difficult moments of your life, and you will probably do. But it is totally worth the effort.

Make sure you book your trail

If you want to accept this challenge, then you should make sure that you decide when the start day is, and you reserve it. You can have the adventure of your life only from May 1 to September 30. In case you want to explore the West Coast Trail together with your friends then you should make sure that you announce the group prior because only a limited number of people have access on the trail at the same time. You should check the available dates from December the prior year, in order to book the trail when you want.

How much will you have to pay for the trail?

You should know that hiking here is affordable but not cheap. You will have to pay a certain fee to get a permit from the Backcountry Use and Overnight Camping for the period you will spend on the trail. The fee is around $130 CDN per person, but if you book in time you may get a discount. Also, you will need money to purchase a map of the trail and it may cost you around $190.

Check transportation options

After you get your permit you will have to decide what transportation option is the right one for you. It is advisable to have your own car, but in case you are a foreigner, then you can take the West Coast Trail Express. If you want to take the bus then you should make sure you have a reservation.

What should you take with you on the trail?

You will not be able to buy gear or food on the trail, so make sure you bring it with you. Also, you will not have a place where to throw the garbage, and you are not allowed to burn it. Make sure you carry everything you need because all the essentials you will have to use when in the bear country, you will have to put in your backpack. You should invest in high-quality outdoor gear, and what is most important make sure it is a lightweight one.

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