Canada

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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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Trotter West-Canada | Lannoo
  • Veel aandacht voor praktische informatie als hotels en restaurants, maar ook beschrijvingen van bezienswaardigheden. Handig zijn de vele plattegronden: verrassend en verfrissend geschreven! Met steeds meer informatie over de lokale cultuur en bezienswaardigheden, uiteraard steeds kritisch gescreend. - Ruime keuze aan grondig geteste... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2020
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Lannoo's Autoboek West-Canada | Lannoo
  • Reisgids voor diegene die met auto of camper rondtrekken. Vooral gericht op routesuggesties: goede tips welke route het meest aantrekkelijk is en waar het interessant stoppen is. Veel foto's en kaartmateriaal. Lannoo's autoboeken 'on the road' zijn praktische gidsen om een land of regio met de auto te verkennen. Ze bevatten uitgestippelde... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Lannoo's Autoboek Oost-Canada | Lannoo
  • Reisgids voor diegene die met auto of camper rondtrekken. Vooral gericht op routesuggesties: goede tips welke route het meest aantrekkelijk is en waar het interessant stoppen is. Veel foto's en kaartmateriaal. Lannoo's autoboeken 'on the road' zijn praktische gidsen om een land of regio met de auto te verkennen. Ze bevatten uitgestippelde... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids ANWB Wereldreisgids Canada oost | ANWB Media
  • De Wereldreisgids Canada oost is een praktische reisgids voor de individuele reiziger die gaat voor kolkende rivieren en eindeloze bossen. Het oosten van Canada is een uniek gebied met o.a. het 'Amerikaanse' Toronto en het 'Franse' Montreal, de Atlantische Oceaan en de woeste Niagara watervallen. Behalve praktische informatie over adressen en... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Wine Trails - USA and Canada | Lonely Planet
  • Following the success of Wine Trails , we now bring you 40 perfect weekends in North American wine country, introducing vineyards in regions including Sonoma, Walla Walla, Finger Lakes, Texas Hill Country and Okanagan, as well as celebrating secret gems off the beaten path. Wine Trails - United States and Canada is perfect for travel... Read more
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Bol.com
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
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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
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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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
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  • Stanfords, United Kingdom
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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
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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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
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