We’ve selected five of the best hiking trails and walking routes in Canada, using Wikiloc‘s GPS data to provide the most accurate trail maps.
They are all short-distance loop trails with an acceptable difficulty level, which makes them suitable for short breaks and day hikes, and for any kind of hiker or walker. You can download these GPS trails and waypoints from Google Maps.
Mont St-Hilaire, near Saint-Jean-Baptiste-de-Rouville (Quebec)
Distance: 11 km – Uphill: 631 m – Downhill: 631 m – Time: 4:00/4:50 hrs
The Gault Nature Reserve of McGill University includes over a thousand hectares of untouched primeval forest. It is used for research and recreation.
Hockley Valley, near Glen Cross (Ontario)
Distance: 13 km – Uphill: 402 m – Downhill: 402 m – Time: 4:00/4:50 hrs
This trail winds through a nature reserve characterized by a till moraine and other glacial features, such as kames and kettles. No visitor facilities are present.
Mirror & Agnes Lakes, near Lake Louise (Alberta)
Distance: 12 km – Uphill: 520 m – Downhill: 520 m – Time: 3:50/4:40 hrs
Banff National Park encompasses 6,641 sq km of mountainous terrain, with various glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes.
Goose Creek, near Mitchells Corner (Nova Brunsvic)
Distance: 9 km – Uphill: 445 m – Downhill: 445 m – Time: 3:20/4:00 hrs
Fundy National Park covers an area of 207 sq km along Chignecto Bay and showcases a rugged coastline, numerous waterfalls, and 25 hiking trails.
Campbell Valley Regional Park, near Fern Ridge (British Columbia)
Distance: 11 km – Uphill: 97 m – Downhill: 97 m – Time: 3:00/3:40 hrs
Campbell Valley Regional Park boasts an extensive network of hiking, walking and equestrian trails, as well as facilities, such as picnic shelters and a campsite.
Best time to go to Canada: May-Oct
Backpacker cost per day: 64 USD = 59 EUR
For more inspiration, check out our Canada Travel Guide.
Sources: some text excerpts from Wikipedia; GPS data from Wikiloc.