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.
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.