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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United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Las Vegas
  • Explore this hedonistic city, from the casinos and attractions of the Las Vegas strip hotels - gondola rides at The Venetian and relaxing at Wynn Las Vegas - to the Fremont Street Experience and downtown. Seven itineraries, two guided walks and one scenic drive cover all the key areas. The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Las Vegas showcases the... 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
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Switzerland, Niagara Falls, Toronto
  • On the 1st of May 2016 I took off on my trip to Switzerland. Nature is beautiful and green in May and it is possible to enjoy the flowers. Every time I went on excursions I got lucky with the weather! First I took the train with my daughter and her friends to Lucerne. From there we took the boat to Viznau and then took the funicular train up to... Read more
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Belgium
  • Switzerland, Niagara Falls, Toronto
  • On the 1st of May 2016 I took off on my trip to Switzerland. Nature is beautiful and green in May and it is possible to enjoy the flowers. Every time I went on excursions I got lucky with the weather! First I took the train with my daughter and her friends to Lucerne. From there we took the boat to Viznau and then took the funicular train up to... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • A Range-Wide Restoration Strategy for Whitebark Pine (Pinus Albicaulis)
  • Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis), an important component of western highelevation forests, has been declining in both the United States and Canada since the early Twentieth Century from the combined effects of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreaks, fire exclusion policies, and the spread of the exotic disease white pine... Read more
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Belgium
  • A Range-Wide Restoration Strategy for Whitebark Pine (Pinus Albicaulis)
  • Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis), an important component of western highelevation forests, has been declining in both the United States and Canada since the early Twentieth Century from the combined effects of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreaks, fire exclusion policies, and the spread of the exotic disease white pine... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Scorpion Intrusion
  • A high-tech machine is stolen from a research laboratory in Oslo, Norway. A Stanford University sophomore from a normal middle-class family blows up himself and a hundred fellow students during a pre-med chemistry lecture. The country’s top aeronautical engineer and his family are kidnapped from their luxury yacht while cruising to Bimini... Read more
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Belgium
  • Scorpion Intrusion
  • A high-tech machine is stolen from a research laboratory in Oslo, Norway. A Stanford University sophomore from a normal middle-class family blows up himself and a hundred fellow students during a pre-med chemistry lecture. The country’s top aeronautical engineer and his family are kidnapped from their luxury yacht while cruising to Bimini... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Reisgids Michelin groene gids Canada | Lannoo
  • De serie Groene Gidsen van Michelin is een beproefde en betrouwbare reisgidsenreeks. Of u nu lekker lang met vakantie gaat of er zomaar even tussenuit trekt, de Groene Gids wijst u de weg naar alle bijzonderheden die uw reisbestemming te bieden heeft, op een boeiende, grondige en praktische manier. Een handige sterrenbeoordeling vertelt u wat... 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
Bol.com
Netherlands
2008
  • ANWB Navigator Canada
  • De Navigator reisgidsen zijn luxe uitgevoerde gidsen, boordevol informatie.ANWB Navigator combineert een glossy uitstraling met een grote toegankelijkheid. Naast traditionele onderwerpen als geschiedenis en bezienswaardigheden biedt ANWB Navigator u nog veel meer.Bijvoorbeeld informatie over shoppen, hoe het openbaar vervoer werkt, fotos van... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2008
  • ANWB Navigator Canada
  • De Navigator reisgidsen zijn luxe uitgevoerde gidsen, boordevol informatie.ANWB Navigator combineert een glossy uitstraling met een grote toegankelijkheid. Naast traditionele onderwerpen als geschiedenis en bezienswaardigheden biedt ANWB Navigator u nog veel meer.Bijvoorbeeld informatie over shoppen, hoe het openbaar vervoer werkt, fotos van... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Cambridge Gazetteer of the USA and Canada
  • Originally published in 1995, The Cambridge Gazetteer of the United States and Canada contains more than 12,000 entries of places of all kinds. It is a detailed, alphabetically arranged enyclopedic dictionary of places. It includes coverage of all cities and towns having populations of over 25,000. But the Cambridge Gazetteer is far more than a... Read more
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Belgium
  • The Cambridge Gazetteer of the USA and Canada
  • Originally published in 1995, The Cambridge Gazetteer of the United States and Canada contains more than 12,000 entries of places of all kinds. It is a detailed, alphabetically arranged enyclopedic dictionary of places. It includes coverage of all cities and towns having populations of over 25,000. But the Cambridge Gazetteer is far more than a... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • A Casual Traveler
  • A Casual Traveler is a collection of short travel tales and poems from the author's personal travels over a three year period. The stories take you to countries in Southeast Asia, North, Central, and South America. Motorcycle trips take you across Canada and the United States. The stories are true adventures, and misadventures, the author... Read more
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Belgium
  • A Casual Traveler
  • A Casual Traveler is a collection of short travel tales and poems from the author's personal travels over a three year period. The stories take you to countries in Southeast Asia, North, Central, and South America. Motorcycle trips take you across Canada and the United States. The stories are true adventures, and misadventures, the author... Read more
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Netherlands
  • CANADA 6
  • A comprehensive travel guide to Canada, now in its sixth edition, this text also provides background information on the country's history, culture and politics. Features of the book include: a special section covering Canada's national parks and 12 World Heritage sites; 97 updated maps; Canadian French and Canadian English language sections;... Read more
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  • CANADA 6
  • A comprehensive travel guide to Canada, now in its sixth edition, this text also provides background information on the country's history, culture and politics. Features of the book include: a special section covering Canada's national parks and 12 World Heritage sites; 97 updated maps; Canadian French and Canadian English language sections;... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Garibaldi Provincial Park ITMB
  • Garibaldi Provincial Park at 1:50,000 in a series of topographic survey maps of selected areas of British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies from ITMB with cartography from Canada’s national survey organization. Most sheets are printed on light, waterproof and tear- resistant plastic paper.Whilst the Canadian Department of Natural Resources... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Canada IGN Map 85101
  • Colourful IGN map of Canada at 1:4,000,000 scale with topography shown by countours, elevation colouring, and spot heights. Road network includes seasonal roads and tracks, indicating petrol stations and intermediate distances on major roads. The map also shows places of interest, forest reserves, post offices, medical facilities, selected... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Cañada de Jara CNIG Topographic Map 1077-II
  • Topographic coverage of mainland Spain at 1:25,000 published by the Centro Nacional de Información Geograficá, the country’s civilian survey organization. The maps have contours at 10m intervals and colouring and/or graphics to show different types of vegetation or land use. Boundaries of national parks and other protected areas are marked. In... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Canada del Gallego CNIG Topo 976-3
  • Topographic coverage of mainland Spain at 1:25,000 published by the Centro Nacional de Información Geograficá, the country’s civilian survey organization. The maps have contours at 10m intervals and colouring and/or graphics to show different types of vegetation or land use. Boundaries of national parks and other protected areas are marked. In... Read more
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
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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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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 08 Bragg Creek and Sheep Valley | Gem Trek Maps
  • This map covers the popular recreational terrain close to Calgary, from Sibbald Flats (Hwy 68) in the north, through the Elbow Valley (Hwy 66), and south to Hwy 546 in the Sheep Valley. The map extends west as far as Powderface Trail Road. Hikers and cyclists eager to hit the trails early in the season should note that many of the Elbow Valley... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
  • Wegenkaart - landkaart Canada | Hallwag
  • Kanada Strassenkarte ab 11.95 EURO Karte mit Distoguide, Reiseinformationen mit Piktogrammen, Sehenswürdigkeiten, Nationalparks und Monumenten, States BeeTagg und Index. 1:4 Mio. Road Map Hallwag Straßenkarte. 4. Auflage, Laufzeit bis 2017 Read more
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Netherlands
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