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The Three Ts
Land Activities > Trail Running
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.
- 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.
Taking The Essentials
- Fire making kit
- Whistle or mirror
- Extra food and water
- Extra clothing
- Navigational / communication aids
- First aid kit
- Emergency shelter
- Pocket knife
- Sun protection
Specific to trail running
- Layered clothing
- Bug spray
- Hydration system
- Appropriate footwear
- Wool socks
The two Kitchener girls who spent the weekend lost in the woods of Algonquin Park did everything they should have say police.
When they realized they were lost, they put down roots and stayed put until they could be found.
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The scenic 10,000 kilometre foot trail is growing to connect the Atlantic to the Pacific. Already, trails spanning much of British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick are in use. Once established, the trail corridor will help to protect our heritage of natural landscapes and historic places, and provide passage, habitat, and refuge for wildlife.
Whether you are looking for a place to hike, cycle, paddle, ride, cross-country ski or snowmobile, you can find an experience that resonates with you. As the longest recreational trail in the world, The Great Trail offers a wide range of activities through a variety of landscapes – urban, rural and wilderness, along greenways, waterways and roadways.
The Canadian Rocky and Columbia Mountains are home to both grizzly and black bears. You can run into a bear anywhere here, be it on a busy trail close to town or in the remote backcountry. Bears generally prefer to avoid people. However, encounters between bears and people do occur.