Located in North America, the hiking in Canada offers over thirty trail routes from which to choose. The best Canada hiking based on popularity are can be found in Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Quebec. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Canada hiking region below.
Northwest of Banff, the Redearth Creek Trail climbs an old fire road deep into the backcountry below the Great Divide (12km one-way). The scenic routes ascents 300m. The hiking trailhead is located of TC1 about 15 km west of Banff.
Southwest of Toronto near Hamilton, the 1,200 hectare Dundas Valley Conservation Area has a 40 km section of the Bruce Trail. It is located along the Niagra Escarpment through rolling deciduous forests past several waterfalls.
The rugged West Coast Trail winds 47 miles along the remote Pacific coastline of Vancouver Island. While in this temperate rainforest, be prepared for unusual river fords, and crossings via pully cars and rope bridges. The entire route is a five to seven day trek with slippery, muddy, rocky trail conditions. This difficult trail is not recommended for children under twelve years old.
Located at the mouth of Halifax Harbor, the wilderness McNabs Island has over 12km of old wagon roads worth hiking. There is regular ferry service is available.
On the western coastline north of Corner Brook, the Gros Morne National Park has 63 miles of hiking trails through rocky outcroppings and brask forest. The North Rim Traverse is an 18 mile trek through artic-alpine barrenlands of the Long Range Mountains occupied by moose and ptarmign.
On the northshore of the Bay of Fundy, the Dobson Trail is a 59km route between the Fundy National Park and Moncton. This blue-blazed route has lots of roots, mud, sand and some gravel. The trail runs from Shepody Road in Fundy Park to Pine Glen Road in Riverview. The side trails are blazed in green to avoid confusion.
From Whitehorse to Dawson, the Dawson Overland Trail is a 112km multi-use trail. The trail starts at Takhini Crossing near Whitehorse and runs northwest to Braeburn Lodge near Dawson. The trail follows an old stagecoach route. This multi-use route is shared with horseback riding, mountain biking, ATV riding, snowmobiling and nordic skiing.
The La Traverse de Charlevoix is a 100km route that passes through serious terrain and the beautiful valleys of Hautes-Gorges Park. It runs from Grands-Jardins Park to Grand-Fond ski resort passing several huts and chalets (20km apart).
On the northshore of the Bay of Fundy, the Fundy National Park is known for its beaches, forests, tidal flats, waterfalls and seaside cliffs. The 27 mile Fundy Circuit consists of 7 linked hiking trails winding through the densely forested interior of spruce, maple and fir.
In the Waterton Lakes National Park, there are several trails through the incredible glacial carved peaks soaring up to 9,600. The hiking trails wind through sub-alpine forests of red-barked Engelmann spruce. The best routes include the Akamina Pass/Creek Trail (6 km), Wishbone Trail (6.5 km), and Bauerman Creek (4.5 km).