Hiking in Canada – best day hikes

Hiking In Canada – Get A Taste For The Backcountry With A Day Hike

Day hikes in Canada

Hiking in Canada doesn’t have to be one of these tough hikes to start off with. Before you decide to go on the West-Coast Trail, you may want to try some of the day hikes first. The National Parks and Provincial Parks in Canada have suitable hiking trails for everyone.

I go to nature to be soothed and healed. And to have my sense put in tune once more. – John Burroughs

Canada is the place of some of the most spectacular wilderness remaining in the world. To spend a day hiking the trails will give you a real appreciation of what’s out there. These wild areas are precious, and as more and more of us discover the wonders of our natural environment we have to make sure that each of us helps to protect and preserves them.

Backcountry Canada hiking

Stay on existing trails if possible. Where trails don’t exist, select a route over the most durable terrain.

Remember, when you are hiking into the backcountry you are entering the homes of wild animals. Respect their space and view them from a distance, don’t intrude into their space.

Visitor Information Centres

The local Visitor Information Centre is usually the first place I stop when I get to a new town. The shelves of these places are stocked with valuable information about the area, brochures, and basic maps. They hand out information covering the whole province so you can plan your trip and activities as you go.

Go and inquire about the hike you have in mind. Find out whether the time of year is good to it. Find out how to get to the trail head, about trail condition and-and what to expect. Inquire about Hiking in Canada, what hikes they suggest and what equipment you will need.

Monashee Lake - hiking

 Outdoor and Hiking Clubs

If you are planning to stay in one area longer for hiking in Canada, it will be worth it to invest in a local hiking guidebook.

Many areas in Canada have local outdoor clubs. Their members keep the trails open and often sell a Hiking book with detailed information about the trails.

They usually have a season hiking plan and they take guests hikers along for a small fee. If you are new to hiking in the backcountry, it might be a wise idea to join on of the clubs on a day hike. A guided hiking experience may just be what you need to plan other hiking tips.

You will find a number of Alpine Clubs and Hiking Clubs on the Internet. Most clubs are provincial and area based.

In the Okanagan Valley where I live,  we have the Vernon Outdoor Club. They also have a great little Hiking book available with maps and GPS coordinates. Check out their website if you are interested.

The most spectacular hikes they prescribe are in the Monashee Mountains. If you want to get away from tourists and you want to experience solitude, check them out. Make sure you plan your trip well when you head into the Monashee Mountains. This is Grizzly country, isolated and wild and you want to be prepared.

Day Hiking in Canada - lunch break

Happy Hiking in Canada!



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