Few countries out there can match what Canada has to offer for nature lovers; national parks, mountains, glaciers, vast areas of untouched wilderness, lakes and rivers… the list could go on for quite a while. However, being far away from civilization obviously offers great challenges, especially if you are a novice hiker or if you decide to go alone. Here are some tips that should guide you through experiencing the Canadian wilderness to the fullest!
This will apply anywhere you go, but please be reminded of some basic things that might seem self-evident, but if not taken into consideration can turn the hike of your dreams into a complete nightmare. First, don’t get lost. Canada is huge, and so is its wilderness. Research the trails you want to explore very well, make sure you understand how to use a compass, make a plan for your trip and let others know where you are going, especially if you are hiking alone! Also consider Canadian climate, and especially if it’s a multiple day hike or a backcountry trip you have in mind. Harsh winds and cold weather aren’t uncommon, so dress and pack accordingly, which includes food and water as well.
Hire a guide
If you only have so much time and want to see the best of what Canada has to offer but know that you will not be able to accomplish that with the modest knowledge you have about wilderness and hiking, hire a guide! These people are professionals in their field, and they will be able to not only to show you the best spots, but also ensure your safety along the way as well as share some cool stories which they have plenty of! A suggestion would be to gather a group of at least three people to make it is cost-efficient and you have the ability to choose from a wider range of services. Also, consider some things, such as reviews, the experience of the guide and so on before you hire them because a guided backcountry trip is a very personal and challenging experience!
The best spots
Some places to start off the list for your Canadian adventure:
- Banff National Park, Alberta. Established in 1885, the oldest national park in Canada has an impressive 1600km of hiking trails to offer, which wind through the Canadian Rockies, a few villages, hot springs and valleys. It is impossible not to fall in love with Canadian nature while in Banff.
- Fundy National Park, New Brunswick. The attraction here are water systems, which can be discovered while on one of multiple trails in this national park. The most significant wonder to experience here is The Bay of Fundy; the tides there are among the highest in the whole world, making it a must-see!
- Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario. If you are up for a bigger challenge, there is the Canada’s longest and oldest footpath of 750km from Tobermory to Niagara Falls. From day hikes and trail runs to a challenging journey that might last months, this national park has a lot to offer. On top of that, don’t miss out on the opportunity to discover a great variety of wildlife there!