Canada is a country of extremes – from soaring mountains to rugged coastline, and from arid desert to lush rainforest, it’s a hiker’s paradise just waiting to be explored! Year-round locals and international visitors alike lace up their hiking boots and step into this country's natural beauty.

Whether you’re out for a leisurely day-hike 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.
The Right Gear

Taking the Essentials:
  • Flashlight
  • Fire making kit
  • Signalling device (i.e. whistle)
  • Extra food and water
  • Extra clothing
  • Navigational/communication devices
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency blanket/shelter
  • Pocket knife
  • Sun protection
Leave a Trip Plan with responsible party, family member or friend.

Take equipment specific to hiking:

  • Comfortable, warm clothing
  • A second layer for warmth on colder days
  • Wool socks plus extras
  • Hiking Boots
  • Small backpack/water system
  • Bug spray
  • Moleskin for blisters

Extras for overnights:

  • Proper backpack with good support
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Stove and fuel
  • Food/Scented items bag
  • Gear repair kit

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.


Photo: NWTT/Terry Parker (banner); New Brunswick Tourism & Parks

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