The Best Hiking Trails In Canada

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Be easy now, go hiking through the hills–Empire Of The Sun, “Half Mast” (2008)

What are the best hiking trails in Canada?  

From east to west, and all levels of difficulty, Merrell Footwear’s expert on hiking, Mike Young confirms the best hiking trails in Canada.  Dust off your hiking boots and prepare for some rollin’ hills that are sure to take you places.


Banff National Park, Alberta

The park features more than 1,600 kilometers of twisting trails of varying degrees of difficulty.  The views and vistas are reportedly breathtaking at every turn in the trail here in the country’s oldest national park.

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Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

The various here trails take anywhere from less than an hour to almost a week to hike.  Try the 32-kilometer Tamarack trail.  This challenging hike will take between two and three days.

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Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

Here there are 25 trails.  Each has its own water system and terrain.  Check out the Bay of Fundy which has some of the world’s highest tides.

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Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

This world heritage site is highlighted by 100 kilometers of the easternmost flat, rolling hills and one exceptionally steep, mountainous hill.   

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Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

This park boasts the country’s longest and oldest trail.  It’s 750 kilometers long and goes from Tobermory to the famous Niagara Falls.  It is reportedly “not overly challenging” and well-maintained.  

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Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia

This east coast park offers everything from beginner boardwalks to more challenging hiking trails.  The longest trail here runs just under 13 kilometers.  Most trails are flat.

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Jasper National Park, Alberta

Situated north of Banff, this park has the scenic beauty of Banff sans tourists.  Here you’ll find one of the best backpacking trails in the Canadian Rockies, the Skyline Trail.

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Albion Falls, Ontario

Here hikers can enjoy a few different self-guided trails.  Whichever one you choose, be certain not to miss the noteworthy waterfall that will make your hike worthwhile.

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Pointe-Taillon National Park, Quebec

The trails here have minimal changes in elevation but they are all lengthy.  Young reports they’re perfect for new hikers who’re ready to “go the extra distance.”

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Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

This is one of the most popular places in Ontario.  Hikers enjoy the variety of terrain and trail options that are perfect for any level of hiker.

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