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Hiking nation

This summer, lace up your boots and hit one of the country's best recreational trails

Long gone are the days when Canada's trails were little more than a path through the woods. We're a nation of hiking, cycling, skiing and off-roading enthusiasts, and we're serious about our recreational trails.

To help keep pace with demand, the Government of Canada is pouring an unprecedented $25 million into the National Trails Coalition ( for building and renewing multi-purpose trails across the country. So lace up, saddle up or rev up to discover some of the country's top outdoor experiences.

The province's T’Railway Provincial Park ( winds 900 kilometres from St. John’s to Port aux Basques along the abandoned rail bed of the historic Canadian National line. Explore parts of the T’Railway on foot, or by ATV or snowmobile.

The Ceilidh Trail ( meanders along the Cape Breton coastline through Inverness County, known for its Gaelic music, culture and heritage. Soak in the views, join ceilidhs (a party featuring traditional music, dancing, songs and stories) and visit local pubs and inns.

The Confederation Trail ( crisscrosses the island from tip to tip through farms, villages, wetlands, forests and its famous beaches. A popular destination for cyclists, there are plenty of B&Bs and inns along the way.

The snowiest province in the Maritimes, New Brunswick is thick with snowmobile trails ( And the Port Elgin Footbridge across the Gaspereau River is one of many multi-use footbridges connecting the province’s network of trails.

Foot trails and bridges connect quaint towns, inns and other local charms in southern Quebec’s scenic Chaudière-Appalaches ( region. The Saint-Martin Suspension Bridge across the Chaudière River leads to trails for hiking, cycling, snowmobiling and ATVs.

A 2000-kilometre network of nature trails fills Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve (, one of 15 UNESCO-listed biosphere reserves in Canada, which includes paddling routes in the famed 1000 Islands and Gananoque River.

An hour northeast of Winnipeg is Seven Sisters Falls and Whiteshell Provincial Park ( Looping Nordic ski trails link two large waterfalls.

The Meewasin Valley Trail ( follows the South Saskatchewan River through the heart of Saskatoon. Natural parkways and landscaped parks for walking, cycling and skiing divide the river and downtown area.

Walk along the Bow Falls Trail ( to scenic Bow Falls, a short distance from downtown Banff, and one of those must-do activities when visiting Banff National Park.

The Howe Sound Crest Trail in Cypress Provincial Park ( overlooking Vancouver is a rugged route for serious backpackers (travel is not recommended in winter). But a wheelchair-friendly trail and viewpoint near the day lodge makes these panoramic mountaintop views accessible to everyone.

The Whitehorse Copper Trail ( through the wilderness surrounding Whitehorse is popular for biking, skiing, snowmobiling and dogsledding.

The tiny town of Deline ( on Great Bear Lake has the Grey Goose Trail, a multi-use trail for exploring on foot or by ATV or snowmobile.

Courtesy of the Canadian Tourism Commission. The text has been modified from the original.

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