Hike Canada en Marche has been working for almost 30 years on a pedestrian trail project across the country from one ocean to the other.

The trail is not an end in itself; it offers the means to achieve the following four objectives:

    • Promoting good physical fitness through outdoor recreation activities
    • Assisting in the preservation of natural sites of panoramic, heritage and historical interest
    • Promotion of non-motorized tourism and education for this purpose
    • Promoting the consolidation of unifying environmental interests across the country

Piece by piece, the 10,000 km scenic trail develops from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Our old vision of a greenway connecting existing natural surface trail systems with parks and wilderness is becoming reality. Already, trails across much of British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick are open and popular. Once completed, the pedestrian corridor will help protect our heritage of natural landscapes and historic sites, and provide passageways, habitat and refuge for wildlife.

The forerunner of this great project was the Bruce Trail in Ontario, which is the backbone of Canada’s modern trail system. Completed for the commemoration of the 1967 Centennial, this track was designed to safeguard the Niagara Escarpment and its unique natural features of the development islands by rolling a 700-pound ribbon. km.

There are currently about 3,000 km of national trails, some of which are on existing networks, others on older roads waiting to be designated. Sures on public lands.

Hiking, short or long, is the most popular outdoor activity. Skiing, snowshoeing, photography and bird watching are also gaining popularity. Of course, the pleasure, leisure and mental relaxation associated with walking in nature attracts people of all ages.

Some sections of the Canadian National Trail have more challenges than others, but every kilometer invites you to explore.



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