5 hikes to do in Canada this summer
Our country is vast and filled with breathtaking landscapes. It’s time to discover it with our top 5 hiking trails in Canada.
1. Waterton Lakes National Park (Alberta)
In 2017, a wildfire ravaged 39% of Waterton Lakes National Park but despite this,
it is still a favourite place for Canadians who love to hike.
Along its 200 km of hiking trails ranging from easy to strenuous, the park offers something for everyone with its wide variety of wildlife, canyons, alpine lakes and waterfalls.
A must-see is the picturesque village of Waterton where you can admire the Prince of Wales Hotel built in 1927. This National Historic Site of Canada is postcard perfect.
The 75-km long West Coast Trail (WCT) is legendary in many ways. Considered among the best backpacking trails in the world, the WCT is part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The trail was originally built to help with the rescue and evacuation of victims shipwrecked along a part of the coastline known as the Graveyard of the Pacific.
You need to prepare yourself physically and mentally before tackling this adventure. This is a difficult trek due to its distance, constantly changing weather conditions, and crossings using bridges, ladders and cable cars, but a challenge you can really be proud of.
The jewel of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Highlands National Park is a veritable promised land where endless sky meets the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Atlantic Ocean.
This park has 25 trails suitable for hikers of every ability who are in search of impressive forests, wild beaches and breathtaking views.
Cliffs, caves and Caribbean-coloured waters coexist in the Bruce Peninsula National Park.
The park is designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and is located in Georgian Bay about a four-hour drive from Toronto.
Plant lovers will want to walk through the Singing Sands[MOU1] sector to ooh and aah at the variety of orchids, while more seasoned hikers will take to the Marr Lake Trail which has a full view of rock formations along the shore.
Adventurers who love lookouts with jaw-dropping views head to the Parc nationale des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie.
Follow the epic Acropole-des-Draveurs trail up 800 metres to the summit to enjoy mesmerizing vistas. Don’t forget to wear sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support and pack enough water to get through this five- to six-hour hike.
Hikers can also take the Rapides trail to follow the course of the Rivière Malbaie as it winds through narrow valleys.