Lets Trek Canada and Explore
Canada’s wilderness is a paradise for hikers. To trek Canada by foot is an environmentally friendly way. Whether you are a fanatic backcountry hiker or you are just up to it for the one time experience, a hiking trip will add to your travel story.
When hiking, you will see the beauty of nature around you and smell all the fragments in the air. You will listen to the squeak of the bald eagle soaring up high in the sky or the cry of a loon on a lonely lake.
Canada offers a treasure of hiking possibilities. You can hike for days without seeing a soul. Canada’s famous National Parks, Provincial Parks and the Crown land surrounding the parks are a hikers heavens. Let’s hope that all the hikers who spend time in our amazing country will get appreciation and enjoyment out of it. That they will learn to respect the environment and the land.
Okay, first decide whether it is a multi-day trek Canada hike or a single day hike you’re after and then start with planning.
Safety on the trail
Hikers in Canada are expected to follow the basic rules for wilderness travel for their own safety. Special websites and books cover that in details. Here are just a few suggestions for your trek Canada adventure.
- Plan your hike well. Choose a trail suited to your endurance and skills, and that or your group.
- Familiarize yourself with a map and trail description.
- Leave an outline of your intended trip, location and time to return. Leave this with someone who will respond if you are missing, in the case of an emergency.
Trek Canada in groups
- Always travel in groups of at least three if possible. In the case of an emergency, someone can get help while the other stays with the injured person.
- Remember, a group is only as strong as the weakest member!
- Make sure that everyone is emotionally and physically prepared to trek Canada.
- Find out whether you need a 4WD to access the trail head.
- Whether you hike in British Columbia or up in the Yukon, it’s always good to have a car with good clearance. You may come across washouts and there are lots of rough roads and big rocks.
- Access to the trailhead is often an old forestry road (skid road).
- Most of the official trails have an outhouse at the trail head and a picnic table.
- If you have a hiking book about the particular trail, it will prescribe the way from the main road to the trail head, using the car km dial.
- Keep track of where you are by looking at natural landmarks, trail signs, map, and compass.
- Be sure to keep track of time when in the higher alpine. Distances can be deceptive.
- Be prepared for sudden weather changes.
- Don’t abandon a set of trails to take a short-cut or detour – this can be risky!
- Carry enough food and water for the trip. Hiking is strenuous and uses lots of energy.
- Carry extra food in case you are out longer than planned.
- Carry a good amount of water. To rely on natural water sources can be risky.
Trek Canada – what hazards to expect
- Inform yourself about safe wilderness travel. There are many great books available about that subject.
- Consequences of falling in the mountains can be serious.
- Hiking in the backcountry can be dangerous. The terrain can be severe and the climate harsh.
- Temperatures can vary from brutal hot to extreme cold.
- Hypothermia and dehydration are serious. Assistance can take a long time to arrive.
So, if you decide to trek Canada’s wilderness, be prepared!
- Being lost at some time is inevitable for those who hike long enough in the mountains. Most times it’s just being temporarily misplaced.
- Before leaving home into the wilderness, know the route.
- Carry a map and compass and know how to read them
- Small first aid and survival kit
- Adequate water
- Enough food high in calories
- Topographical map of the area and compass are the orientation tools.
- A GPS if you know how to use it (plenty of batteries)
- Fire making equipment is a life saver – Waterproof matches, lighter or flinch in a waterproof bag.
- Large plastic garbage bag can be used as an emergency waterproof shelter
- Bear spray
- Consider downloading some of the camping apps
Let the information on this page improve your Canadian hiking experience!