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5 Trekking Destinations In Canada With Amazing Views

Explore Canada's five best hiking trails and be amazed on the scenic views that it offers.

By: Geraldine Mills + Save to a List

Trekking is a form of walking or hiking that has a specific purpose of enjoying and exploring an area or a scenery. If it is your first time to a particular country, this kind of recreational activity makes a unique and wonderful way of being in contact with the place and its locals. 

Canada is one of the places that offers distinctive geographic features that benefits those who are looking for a different way of exploring the country, like going on a hike. It is situated in northern North America which constitutes 41% of the continent’s area. From its forests to its mountain ranges, Canada offers a trail for all skills and expertise.

So put on your hiking shoes, grab those trekking poles and be ready to take on this adventure.

Gros Morne National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage site lies on the west coast of Newfoundland, in eastern Canada. It offers over 60 miles of hiking trails, so one can freely choose which to take depending on the skill set. If you’re an experienced hiker, then you could try the park’s main attraction, the Western Brook Pond Ford. This Canadian fjord houses plenty of waterfalls and wildlife which makes it a rare sight especially if you’re not from Northern Europe.

If it’s your first time to go on a hike on the other hand, the park also features a lot of easy hike trails. Professional guides at the dockside are also available for solo travellers who wish to get lost in nature. So whether you wanted to go as a group or on your own, Gros Morne Mountain Trail should be first on your list.

Cape Breton National Highlands Park

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Located at Nova Scotia, a province in Canada, this park is known to be the place “where the mountains meet the sea”. The vast scenery is a collection of mountains, valleys and ocean vistas which could be overwhelming in a good way.

Majority of the Cabot trail could be found within the park as it passes along and through while it completes a loop around the northernmost point. This trail could be completed by an experienced hiker. Otherwise, you could just simply enjoy the calmness of the place.

Another thing to consider as you visit the place is the diversity of the flora most especially the fauna that lives in the park. As an example, the very first nest records of boreal owl for Nova Scotia has been found right at this park.

Lastly, the park is open all-year round which means you can go and visit whenever you please (See this guide on hiking Cape Breton's Skyline Trail).

West Coast Trail, British Columbia

This grueling 75-kilometre trail goes back to when routes  were used for trade by first nations. If you are an experienced hiker who is up for a challenge, then this is a must-try. There will be ladders to climb, root systems and logs, go through fallen trees and use them as bridges. With that being said, even experienced hikers also back down sometimes, not unless you are prepared physically, mentally and brought all your hiking tools with you.

The hike may last five to seven days in total, including camp outs. There are several camping sites you could choose from if you plan to do the whole trail. Hiking on West Coast Trail allows people to experience a different side of the west coast.

Before you go, make sure you have all the necessary permits with you. Even a day hike requires one. Also, keep in mind that spaces on the trail are reservable. Therefore, it is better to plan your trip ahead and do all the arrangements needed before you go.

East Coast Trail, Newfoundland & Labrador

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If you are faint-hearted on the other hand, then it is better to try the East Coast Trail instead. Its stillness is suitable for those who just want to stay away from a busy life in the city. It offers 300-kilometres of many different trails that allows you to choose, from having an epic trek or just do the easy ones.

More than the vast wilderness it offers, you could also allot time to visit the places the trail intersects into. Communities at Portugal Cove and Cappahayden are only some of the examples.

Bruce Trail Ontario

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Bruce Trail stretches for more than 890-kilometres from the Niagara River in Queenston to Tobermory. Therefore, expect to see a lot of waterfalls along the trail. You can actually do a side trail from the Bruce Trail proper to the very famous Niagara Falls.

CBC News featured a couple who explored Ontario in a month by taking the whole Bruce Trail. It took them 37 days to be exact to finish the hike, from end-to-end. It is believed that the couple saw more of Ontario in only five weeks than others could see in a lifetime.

Another hike experience for those who just wanted to enjoy nature.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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