The Great Trail is a wonder of our times, a trail that connects our country from coast to coast to coast. Wherever you are, whatever you need it for—walking, running, cycling—it is there for you, a Canadian treasure for you to enjoy. Below are six portions of The Great Trail that we recommend, but really: wherever you find it, you are home. Click twice on the circle below for a closer look at an inspiring specific Canadian trail.
1. Sea to Sky, British Columbia. Whether cross-country skiing, running or cycling, this wilderness trail in heavenly Squamish, BC, offers mountain vistas, coastal forests and gorgeous lakes.
2. Red Deer County, Alberta. From easy to strenuous, this 81K trail features gorgeous views and trilingual trail signs that display First Nations’ place names, the result of collaboration with Squamish and Líl’wat Nations.
3. Chief Whitecap Waterway, Saskatchewan. A brilliant destination for paddlers along the South Saskatchewan River, this waterway heads 125 kilometres south and runs through the community of Outlook and Whitecap Dakota First Nation.
4. Pinawa Trail, Manitoba. Through grasslands, granite shield and boreal forest, there’s abundant wildlife and many species of birds, both resident and migratory, which makes this trail popular with birders. Be sure to check out the impressive 54-metre Pinawa Suspension Bridge.
5. Parc linéaire Le P’tit Train du Nord, Quebec. This super cool gravel trail, built on a former railway bed, links the towns of Bois-des-Filion and Mont-Laurier, and welcomes cyclists, runners and, in wintertime, snowmobiles.
6. Fundy Trail Parkway, New Brunswick. Renowned for the world’s highest tides, run amidst magnificent views of sparkling water, rocky crags, a five-tiered waterfall and long blond beach where seals sunbathe.