Active Holidays: Best Hiking Locations in Canada

Workout fads seldom work and don’t last long when they do.  However, those who stay in shape make being fit a lifestyle.  The secret is finding rigorous yet pleasurable pastimes.  Few actually enjoy going to the gym; the results is what keeps them coming back.  However, you can get fit and look forward to the workout.  Here are a number of Canadian hiking destinations that will get your heart going.


Duck Mountain

Duck Mountain is in the southern edge of Saskatchewan.  It’s a go-to destination for bird lovers since an excess of 180 species reside in the area.  Along with various types of flora and fauna, Duck Mountain features wetlands, forests, lakes, and challenging hiking trails.  Making it a more attractive destination spot, Duck Mountain is a four-season site with accommodations residing conveniently nearby.  If you get tired of hiking the trails, switch up your pastime and take a few swings at nearby golf courses.

Bruce Trail

Bruce Trail is so large it stretches across southern and central Ontario.  It offers 890 kilometres of main trails that span from Tobermory to Niagara.  You may want to reserve several days for the trip; it’s impossible to hike the main trail in one day!  The trail is divided into nine sections that can be further modified by time and ability preferences.  Most sections are beginner friendly except for several northern areas.

Sea to Sky

The Sea to Sky runs between Whistler and Squamish making it a total of 180 kilometres.  Whistler hosts 33 kilometres of the winding, paved pathways.  Notable sights include River Falls and Cheakamus River Crossing.  A jaunt from the falls over a suspension bridge provides hikers with a grand view of the 2010 Olympics site.  Hikers find the sport a great complement to traditional weather sports such as skiing and snowboarding.

East Coast Trail

The East Coast Trail is not yet complete but will stretch for 540 kilometres in total.  Take a gander at some of Canada’s eastern coastal towns.  Sugarloaf Path, which takes eight hours to complete, is amongst visitor favourites.  Along the way, hikers feast eyes on ocean vistas, endure drastic elevation changes, and walk through majestic woodlands.


Caldron Lake

Cruise your Jeep Cherokee to a 16 kilometre trail just outside of Banff National Park.  Hikers see a range of scenery and take a trek into glacier country.  The Caldron Lake extension is for advanced hikers; the huge incline is combined with wash-out flats and an accumulation of glacial debris.  The use of signage is scant so pay attention or hike with an experienced person.  Most complete the hike within the 7-hour mark.

Canol Heritage Trail

This is not a trail for beginner hikers.  It runs 355 kilometres through the Mackenzie Mountains.  The trail is exclusive to the summer months and follows an abandoned WWII pipeline.  The trail is more than rustic, so don’t expect the amenities or resources seen throughout well-developed trails.  It’s so intense that hikers would need to make food drop arrangements to make the entire journey.

Have you ever been to these destinations?


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