Canada

Description

West Coast Trail

Canada: the world's fourth largest country, after Russia, China, United States. When the water area is included, Canada is the second largest. A vast land area between 41 and 84 degrees. The southernmost tip is on the same latitude as Rome. The northernmost tip is near the North Pole. The USA are only slightly larger, but count 10 times as many inhabitants.

From east to west, the country displays a great geographical diversity. The Appalachian Mountains run through to Newfoundland on Canada's east coast. Going west, we encounter the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Lowlands. Further west lie the vast Canadian Interior Plains, hot summers, cold winters. Further west still, we hit the mountains of the Continental Divide, including the Canadian Rockies. The western coastline finally is green and sparsely populated. Most of Canada's land mass is virtually uninhabited: the Arctic part of Canada.

The hiking trails in Canada are as varied as the landscape. You have a wide choice of trails:

  1. Multi-use Trailways (eg Newfoundland T'railway). Many old railways have been turned into use as recreation trail, which is a very good thing of course. On these paths, cycling is probably more popular than walking, depending on the quality of the surface. Trailways typically are open to hiking, horse riding, cycling, cross country skiing and sometimes snowmobiling in winter;
  2. Wilderness hikes (for example the West Coast Trail, Canol Heritage Trail). These are rough trails, far from civilization, meant for experienced hikers who are prepared to dragging everything with them for an extended period;
  3. Long trails (eg the National Hiking Trail of Canada, Trans Canada Trail). These are semi-permanent projects to create a trail bigger than big. The Trans Canada Trail is a multiuse trail from the east coast to the west coast. Efforts to create a second trail, which is intended solely for walkers, presumably are not very succesful yet: the National Hiking Trail of Canada;
  4. Recreation Trails (For example the Niagara River Recreation Trail, visiting the Niagara Falls). These are easier paths, often multi-use, through nature, forest, fields and farmlands. Often they also have some historical significance. Along the way, options for sleeping often include hotels and B&B's beside campgrounds;
  5. The national and provincial parks offer a choice of shorter and longer walks. These trails are not allways known by a name. An advantage of this type of hiking are the often good camping facilities amidst beautiful scenery. The downside are the large crowds.

As mentioned before, trails are frequently multi-use. On the one hand there is a Canadian lobby to allow the widest possible public access to these public funded trails, including snowmobiling. On the other hand there is a counter lobby to exclusively designate these trails to the serious nature lover who is walking or skiing at most. To make things worse, we have to count on many ATV enthusiasts, who, with their noisy quads destroy the trails and squander nature. In short: war.

To conclude our brief introduction, let's spend some words to the famous Canadian bug. This is not one particular species of small animals, it is rather a collective noun for any annoying insect that you might encounter in nature, often in large numbers, such as black flies, mosquitoes, midges and deer flies. These hateful little creature often bite. They can be a plague, especially during the summer months, depending on weather conditions, humidity, and habitat. In spring they are not so numerous which makes for a more relaxed time on trail. But then there are obviously other pests, such as mud and snow.

From the small bite to the big bite: Canada has healthy populations of black bears, grizzly bears, polar bears and secretive but potentially dangerous cougars (puma's). Nature is wild and beautiful, especialy in Canada.

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Books

Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Mountain Wild Flowers of Canada
  • This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have... Read more
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Belgium
  • Mountain Wild Flowers of Canada
  • This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have... Read more
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Netherlands
  • MN Europa El Balad
  • These are notes written by Egyptian travelers; travelers who have not reached their destinations yet These travelers believe that life is not measured by the number of years you live, but by the depth and value of the feelings and experiences that people go through. These travelers trotted through Germany, Canada, Belgium, America, Somalia,... Read more
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Belgium
  • MN Europa El Balad
  • These are notes written by Egyptian travelers; travelers who have not reached their destinations yet These travelers believe that life is not measured by the number of years you live, but by the depth and value of the feelings and experiences that people go through. These travelers trotted through Germany, Canada, Belgium, America, Somalia,... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Hunting Farm Country Whitetails
  • In their formative years, whitetails develop an intimate relationship with their environment. Thereafter, these big game animals resonate in perfect harmony with their specific surroundings. Behavior patterns of timberland, mountain bred, prairie flats and farm country deer vary substantially. Whitetails behave differently depending on where... Read more
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Belgium
  • Hunting Farm Country Whitetails
  • In their formative years, whitetails develop an intimate relationship with their environment. Thereafter, these big game animals resonate in perfect harmony with their specific surroundings. Behavior patterns of timberland, mountain bred, prairie flats and farm country deer vary substantially. Whitetails behave differently depending on where... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • Insight Guides Canada
  • Natural wonders abound in Canada's many provinces, from polar bears in Manitoba to the thundering Niagara Falls in Ontario, skiing in Whistler, sprawling prairies and stunning national parks. Add to that fascinating insights into the culture of native peoples such as the Inuit and M�tis, the history of French Canada and bustling world-class... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • Insight Guides Canada
  • Natural wonders abound in Canada's many provinces, from polar bears in Manitoba to the thundering Niagara Falls in Ontario, skiing in Whistler, sprawling prairies and stunning national parks. Add to that fascinating insights into the culture of native peoples such as the Inuit and M�tis, the history of French Canada and bustling world-class... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Great Atlantic Canada Bucket List
  • Most Canadians think of travel as a way to escape the snow, cold, and dreary winter skies. But Robin Esrock loves all that our eastern provinces have to offer visitors, and so will you! The Great Atlantic Canada Bucket List highlights the best travel experiences to be had on Canada's East Coast.Not your typical travel guide, Robin's... Read more
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Belgium
  • The Great Atlantic Canada Bucket List
  • Most Canadians think of travel as a way to escape the snow, cold, and dreary winter skies. But Robin Esrock loves all that our eastern provinces have to offer visitors, and so will you! The Great Atlantic Canada Bucket List highlights the best travel experiences to be had on Canada's East Coast.Not your typical travel guide, Robin's... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Weaving Threads
  • It is 1965. Nancy and Ross Hayes, in their early twenties and newly married, set off in a VW Beetle to realize Nancy's childhood dream of retracing Marco Polo's route along the exotic Silk Road that connects Europe with the Far East. Through rugged mountain passes, blast-furnace deserts, crumbling cities, and fertile valleys rimmed with... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Weaving Threads
  • It is 1965. Nancy and Ross Hayes, in their early twenties and newly married, set off in a VW Beetle to realize Nancy's childhood dream of retracing Marco Polo's route along the exotic Silk Road that connects Europe with the Far East. Through rugged mountain passes, blast-furnace deserts, crumbling cities, and fertile valleys rimmed with... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Mountain and High Desert Hideaways
  • A hideaway is a place where architecture and landscape, amenities and ambience conspire to delightthe glow of red rocks and adobe at dawn, a horse and rider, a desert sunset, a ski lodge dwarfed by a rugged mountain backdrop, a soaring atrium of Ponderosa pine and stone, a Navajo blanket covering a bed, a fire burning in an adobe... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Mountain and High Desert Hideaways
  • A hideaway is a place where architecture and landscape, amenities and ambience conspire to delightthe glow of red rocks and adobe at dawn, a horse and rider, a desert sunset, a ski lodge dwarfed by a rugged mountain backdrop, a soaring atrium of Ponderosa pine and stone, a Navajo blanket covering a bed, a fire burning in an adobe... Read more
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Netherlands
  • A Walk Along the Ganges
  • An enchanting portrayal of northern India along the banks of her holiest river, stretching from the Bay of Bengal up into the Himalayas.The pilgrimage took seven months.Dennison Berwick writes, "I wanted to make a great walk, to set off with no prospect of ending for months. I wanted to see the land that had fired the British imagination for... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • A Walk Along the Ganges
  • An enchanting portrayal of northern India along the banks of her holiest river, stretching from the Bay of Bengal up into the Himalayas.The pilgrimage took seven months.Dennison Berwick writes, "I wanted to make a great walk, to set off with no prospect of ending for months. I wanted to see the land that had fired the British imagination for... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Frommer's Canada
  • A travel guide to Canada which offers information on several tourist spots, dining and nightlife, the art museums and architectural highlights. It covers hiking in the national parks, and, places to spot puffins, whales, polar bears, moose, and elk. Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Frommer's Canada
  • A travel guide to Canada which offers information on several tourist spots, dining and nightlife, the art museums and architectural highlights. It covers hiking in the national parks, and, places to spot puffins, whales, polar bears, moose, and elk. Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • NG Guide to the National Parks of Canada, 2nd Edition
  • This completely updated guidebook shows you how to make the most out of your visit to Canada's 47 gorgeous national parks, just in time for Canada's 150th birthday--from Cape Breton Highlands to Banff to Pacific Rim National Park Preserve, plus the five newest additions: Naats'ihch'oh National Park Reserve, Mealy Mountains, Rouge Urban,... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • NG Guide to the National Parks of Canada, 2nd Edition
  • This completely updated guidebook shows you how to make the most out of your visit to Canada's 47 gorgeous national parks, just in time for Canada's 150th birthday--from Cape Breton Highlands to Banff to Pacific Rim National Park Preserve, plus the five newest additions: Naats'ihch'oh National Park Reserve, Mealy Mountains, Rouge Urban,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids National Parks of Canada | National Geographic
  • Per provincie worden de parken helder beschreven en aangevuld met duidelijke kaarten en prachtige foto's zoals we van National Geographic gewend zijn levert dit een complete gids op. This completely updated guidebook shows you how to make the most out of your visit to Canada's 47 gorgeous national parks, just in time for Canada's 150th... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Canada Travel Guide
  • CANADA TRAVEL GUIDEAnyone with wanderlust is infected with the travel bug and has a strong desire to travel the world. Wanderlusters understand that that life is short and one of their main missions in life is to see what this beautiful world offers.Wanderlust for Canada? This is the best travel guide for you! It’s written by an expert of... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Canada Travel Guide
  • CANADA TRAVEL GUIDEAnyone with wanderlust is infected with the travel bug and has a strong desire to travel the world. Wanderlusters understand that that life is short and one of their main missions in life is to see what this beautiful world offers.Wanderlust for Canada? This is the best travel guide for you! It’s written by an expert of... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • World & Flags Hema Political Pacific-Centred
  • The world at 1:40,850,000 presented with Pacific Ocean in the centre on a double-sided folded map from the Australian publishers Hema; political version on one side and a physical map on the reverse. Each side shows the land masses against the background of light blue oceans with bathymetric tints to reflect the depth of the ocean floor. Polar... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Glacier - Waterton Lakes National Park MT
  • Map No. 215, Glacier/Waterton Lakes National Park, MT, in an extensive series of GPS compatible, contoured hiking maps of USA’s national and state parks or forests and other popular recreational areas. Cartography based on the national topographic survey, with additional tourist information.The maps, with most titles now printed on light,... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Glacier/waterton Lakes National Parks
  • Waterproof Tear-Resistant Topographic MapNational Geographic's Trails Illustrated map of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks offers unparalleled detail for outdoor enthusiasts exploring the pristine landscape of forests, mountains, lakes, and meadows within these two spectacular parks. Created in partnership with local land... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Glacier/waterton Lakes National Parks
  • Waterproof Tear-Resistant Topographic MapNational Geographic's Trails Illustrated map of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks offers unparalleled detail for outdoor enthusiasts exploring the pristine landscape of forests, mountains, lakes, and meadows within these two spectacular parks. Created in partnership with local land... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Many Glacier - Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks MT
  • Map No. 313, Glacier National Park: North Fork, MT, in an extensive series of GPS compatible, contoured hiking maps of USA’s national and state parks or forests and other popular recreational areas. Cartography based on the national topographic survey, with additional tourist information.The maps, with most titles now printed on light,... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Many Glacier, Glacier National Park
  • Waterproof Tear-Resistant Topographic MapLocated just north of Kalispell in Montana's northwest corner, Glacier National contains an abundance of recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of all interests.This detailed topographic recreation map contains carefully researched trails, campsites, forest service roads, and... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Many Glacier, Glacier National Park
  • Waterproof Tear-Resistant Topographic MapLocated just north of Kalispell in Montana's northwest corner, Glacier National contains an abundance of recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of all interests.This detailed topographic recreation map contains carefully researched trails, campsites, forest service roads, and... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 13 Best of Lake Louise Map and Guide | Gem Trek Maps
  • Mooie, gedetailleerde kaart uit de serie van Gem Trek Hiking map-guides, van het gebied Lake Louise. Helder kleurgebruik en met de beste / mooiste wandelroutes, hikes, fietsroutes, autoroutes en interessante plaatsen erop aangegeven. This map is designed for people who only plan to be in the Lake Louise area for one to three days, and want to... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Canada - British Columbia met de kids
  • De provincie British Columbia is de nummer 1-bestemming van Canada. Maak een onvergetelijke roadtrip met het gezin door de ruige natuur van West-Canada, met enorm veel kans op het zien van wilde dieren. Ontdek hoe de native indians hier hun longhouses bouwden en totems uitsneden. Van de stranden en regenwouden van het Pacific Rim National Park... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Canada - British Columbia Traverse
  • Krachtige kennismaking met de natuur van de Canadese provincie British Columbia: een 'one way'-autorondreis met weinig kilometers. Al vele jaren een 'bestseller' die je leidt van Vancouver naar Calgary, via de beroemde Nationale en Provinciale Parken van Pacific Rim, Garibaldi, Wells Gray, Jasper, Yoho en Banff. Een route door een zeer... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Canada - British Columbia Grand Circle
  • Geniet van de groene weelde in het regenwoud en de woeste branding aan de westkust van Vancouver Island; maak per veerboot de befaamde vaart door de Inside Passage fjordenkust; aanschouw vissende beren op de Alaskaanse grens en maak onvergetelijke wandelingen in de bergen van de Rocky Mountains. Bezoek de 'wine capitol' van Canada en dompel je... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Canada - Hiking British Columbia
  • Een korte maar krachtige kennismaking met de natuur van de Canadese provincie British Columbia. Je volgt een route met weinig kilometers via de Nationale Parken van Pacific Rim, Jasper, Yoho en Banff, met oog voor de meer onbekende Provincial Parks van Joffre Lakes en Wells Gray. Een mooie mix van bekende en onbekende gebieden, met veel tijd om... Read more
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