Get Ready to Explore Canada's Best Multi-Day Hikes (Part II)
Canada is an outdoor explorers' paradise, and these hikes illustrate why
International Appalachian Trail (Gaspésie National Park, QC)
Keep your eyes peeled for moose and caribou on this 100-kilometre trek across the Chic-Chocs and McGerrigle Mountain ranges in Gaspésie National Park. The park trail, which features 20 backcountry huts for camping, is northern part of the International Appalachian Trail. Expect lots of climbing, barren landscapes and snow at higher elevations in the summer on this multi-day hike.
Confederation Trail (Charlottetown, PEI)
Although not as wild and rugged as the other multi-day hikes we’ve featured, the 435 kilometre Confederation Trail is a spectacular east coast hike featuring multiple stops in quaint seaside villages along the way. Since the wide, gravel trail follows old railway lines, it’s perfect for cyclists and suitable for all fitness levels and abilities. Start your hike at Tignish at kilometre zero, exploring villages and vistas along the way to the town of Elmira for multi-day 273 kilometre journey.
Cape to Cape Trail (Cumberland and Antigonish County, NS)
Wander through shaded forests, across babbling brooks and over rolling hills and farmland as you travel Nova Scotia’s longest footpath, the 400-kilometre Cape to Cape Trail. Although the entire trail is not yet complete, new trail builds happen each summer and fall in separate communities to eventually connect the province from west to east. There are currently sections of trail in Cumberland, Antigonish and Colschester Counties, with 36 kilometres of connected trail in Pictou County.
Chilkoot Trail (Coast Mountains, YK)
The Chilkoot Trail – which thousands of gold miners once traversed during the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1800s in hopes of striking it rich – is a 53-kilometre hike that starts in Dyea, Alaska and ends in Bennett, BC. This famous yet demanding hike takes roughly four to six days to complete, and requires park and camping permits. Groups and guided tours are also available.
East Coast Trail (Avalon Peninsula, NL)
Hikers can explore 265 kilometres of developed trail, wilderness paths and stunning coastline along Newfoundland’s 540-kilometre East Coast Trail. Highlights of the trail include towering cliffs, sea stacks, fjords, lighthouses, geysers, abandoned settlements, icebergs and even a caribou herd. The trail is broken off into sections in 30 different communities for multiple day hikes.