The Best Hiking in Canada

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Part 2 of the Series: The Best Hiking In The World

How do you define the Best Hiking in Canada?

Seriously, Canada has some of the most beautiful terrain in the world!

Which makes it an appropriate candidate as some of the Best Hiking in the World. And it just so happens, this is part of that very series.

Explore the vast landscape of Canada along with the experts in the field. We have asked some of the top outdoor travel writers for their favorite hikes in Canada.

What they came up with is simply stunning!

So, let’s take a walk through Canada’s wilderness with these guides as we discover some of the best hiking in Canada.

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Part 1 – The Best Hiking in Asia

Centennial Ridges Trail in Algonquin Park, Ontario

By Nina from Nina Out and About 

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In northern Ontario, nestled amongst the sheer cliffs of the Canadian shield, lies one of Canada’s best known national parks: Algonquin Park. This vast area is home to moose, beavers, and one of the best hiking trails in the world.

The Centennial Ridges hike is best done in autumn, when the changing leaves turn the viewpoint into a colourful kaleidoscope for you to witness. It makes the 10.4km hike feel more than worth it to admire reds, yellows, and oranges lit like a fire beneath the cliffs of the ridge. 

As the longest trail in the Algonquin Park area, the Centennial Ridges trail isn’t as popular as others. This hidden gem has fewer people and offers a quiet solitude as you hike.

With multiple viewpoints along the way, looking out east and west over the lakes and forests of the national park, you’ll be able to fill a memory card in no time. Over the 5-hour hike, you’re sure to have time to pose on the cliff faces, looking out into the distance like an explorer of old.

You can get to the trail on a day trip from nearby Muskoka, however, many people choose to camp in Algonquin Park to have more time to do other trails as well. Add it onto a scenic Quebec road trip to visit more stunning hiking trails in Canada.

Nina

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Ancient Cedars Trail in Whistler, British Columbia

by Nicole from Go Far Grow Close

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The Ancient Cedars Trail is located just north of Whistler, British Columbia, on Cougar Mountain. It is a 5 km moderate round trip hike through forests with an elevation gain of 175m.

It is a gently used trail so you will likely meet one or two other groups along your way, but otherwise, you should enjoy a quiet walk in nature.

It is not the easiest trail head to reach for the simple fact that you must drive 4.5 km from the highway up a forest service road. The road is not paved, with lots of potholes, and bumps along the way. You should only consider driving up the road in a SUV with all wheel drive. 

One of the best reasons to try and reach the trailhead is because you ultimately hike to an ancient old growth cedar forest before you circle back and return. These trees are absolutely magnificent, towering hundreds of feet into the air with unbelievable thick trunks that take approximately 5-8 people holding hands to encircle. It is a small grove of trees that have never been logged. Some are estimated to be hundreds of years old.

Take bug spray and water. There aren’t any bathroom facilities except at the parking lot. Most of the elevation climb is at the very beginning so wear proper shoes and go at your own pace. 

Make sure that you keep another day or two aside to explore Whistler Village and try some crazy zip-lining or take an off road ATV experience.

Nicole 

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Plain of Six Glaciers in Banff, Alberta

by Maggie McKneely from Pink Caddy Travelogue

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Epic views, getting up close and personal to a glacier, and a unique food experience all make Canada’s Plain of Six Glaciers one of the best hiking trails in the world. 

Lake Louise is one of the most iconic places in the Canadian Rockies, and one of the best ways to experience the lake is by hiking to the glacier that feeds it. The Plain of Six Glaciers hike is spectacularly beautiful and rewarding, and an excellent way to escape many of the crowds at Lake Louise.

The 8-mile round-trip hike starts from Lake Louise’s lakeshore, where it meanders for a couple of miles through the pine forests next to the lake. Then it veers off and begins the trek uphill, eventually reaching the “plain of six glaciers,” a moon-like landscape that was carved by, yes,  six different glaciers. From here, hikers can look down on Lake Louise and across the valley.

What makes this hike particularly amazing is that it has not one, but two rewards at the end. First, the trail takes hikers to the very foot of Victoria Glacier. Victoria Glacier feeds Lake Louise, and once visitors are this close to it, they can actually hear it “roar” every now and then! The second reward is the tea house, which serves tea, coffee, and delicious soups, sandwiches, and chocolate cakes throughout the summer. (Note: it’s cash only, so make sure to bring some!)

Maggie 

Wrap Up

It was difficult to choose what qualifies as the Best Hiking in Canada. There are so many amazing places to explore, we hated to leave any out.

But thank you to our contributors for their awesome suggestions. If you want to read more details about them, please follow the links to their websites.

What Did We Miss?

Ok Canadians! Which hiking trails didn’t make our list? Leave a comment below for consideration to add to this post.

Who knows, we may even add yours to this very list!

Don’t Go Yet – We’ve Got More!

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