Canada is a country of extremes – from soaring mountains to rugged coastline, and from arid desert to lush rainforest, it’s a hiker and trail runner’s paradise just waiting to be explored!
Depending on the difficulty level and the length of your hike, equipment can range from a pair of boots and the essentials, to tents and full camping gear.
Where running meets hiking, you will find trail running, which is a sport that is increasing in popularity due to the interest in ever-changing, more challenging terrain, beautiful natural scenery and a desire to break-free from the everyday routine.
Trail Running Equipment
As with hiking, trail running requires specialized equipment, such as trail running shoes that will protect the feet from sharp rocks and other objects found on rugged hiking trails. Depending on the season and the terrain, you could also attach lightweight crampons to your shoes to help give more traction on snow and ice. You can also use light hiking poles for speed and stability during your runs.
Whether you’re out for a leisurely day-hike or trail run through park trails or a strenuous multi-day trek through the backcountry wilds, ensure your trip is a safe one:
- Check the weather before you leave and be prepared for it to change.
- Carry extra food & clothing – a good rule of thumb for day-trippers is to be able to stay out overnight, in case of trouble.
- Be bear aware and cougar aware. Bears and cougars aren’t just in the backcountry – our parks and cities encroach on their habitat. Ensure you know what to do if you meet one.
Canada’s trails are for everyone, so while you’re out there remember:
- Keep to the trail. Shortcuts contribute to erosion and can destroy sensitive growth.
- Slow your pace and announce your presence/intentions when approaching other users.
- Share the trail. Downhill yields to uphill. Hikers yield to horseback riders.