HIKE CANADA! Hike Canada
on the national trail system dedicated to hiking, snowshoeing
and backpacking. Well-trodden or rugged, there are 3800km
of operable trail with many more tracts of public lands
awaiting designation. Once established coast to coast,
the trail corridor will offer a contrasting array of
heritage of natural landscapes and historic places,
and provide passage, habitat, and refuge for wildlife.
From a 1971 meeting of national outdoor organizations
and with the slogan "Towards a Foot Trail across
Canada", the National Hiking Trail was launched
officially at a ceremony in Ottawa in 1987. Piece by
piece, the scenic 10,000 kilometre footpath is growing
between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and our long-held
vision of a natural corridor connecting existing natural-surface
pedestrian trail systems with parklands and wild places
is becoming a reality.
The Bruce Trail of Ontario, forerunner of Canada's modern-day
trail system, was the pioneer. Completed in the Centennial
Year 1967, its aim is to save the Niagara Escarpment
and its unique natural features from the threat of development
by establishing 700 kilometres of trail along its length.
It started on the remarkable relationship grounded on
handshake access permission between land managers and
the trail organization, enabling public use of the trail.
The same principles were adopted by the National Hiking
Hiking and backpacking are among the most popular activities
in the outdoors. Also gaining in popularity are cross-country
skiing, snowshoeing, nature photography, and bird-watching.
Obviously, the pleasure, recreation, and mental relaxation
of walking in natural surroundings appeals to many of
all ages. While some sections of the National Hiking
Trail are more challenging than others, every kilometre