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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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
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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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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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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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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  • 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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  • Camp and Trail Methods
  • From early boyhood Elmer H. Kreps took a great interest in hunting and trapping. As he grew older he visited various parts of the United States and Canada, and being a keen observer, picked up a vast amount of information about life in the woods and fields. Kreps wrote dozens of articles on various subjects connected with hunting and trapping... Read more
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  • Camp and Trail Methods
  • From early boyhood Elmer H. Kreps took a great interest in hunting and trapping. As he grew older he visited various parts of the United States and Canada, and being a keen observer, picked up a vast amount of information about life in the woods and fields. Kreps wrote dozens of articles on various subjects connected with hunting and trapping... Read more
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  • Canada West
  • • Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Travel MapNational Geographic's Canada West AdventureMap is designed to meet the needs of adventure travelers with its durability and detailed, accurate information. The map includes the locations of cities and towns with a user-friendly index, a clearly marked road network complete with distances and... Read more
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  • Canada West
  • • Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Travel MapNational Geographic's Canada West AdventureMap is designed to meet the needs of adventure travelers with its durability and detailed, accurate information. The map includes the locations of cities and towns with a user-friendly index, a clearly marked road network complete with distances and... Read more
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  • Wegenkaart - landkaart 3113 Adventure Map Canada West | National Geographic
  • • Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Travel MapNational Geographic's Canada West AdventureMap is designed to meet the needs of adventure travelers with its durability and detailed, accurate information. The map includes the locations of cities and towns with a user-friendly index, a clearly marked road network complete with distances and... Read more
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  • Lonely Planet Canada
  • Mosey past moose on the Cabot Trail through to the vast Cape Breton Highlands National ParkQuench your thirst for high-mountain adventure amidst the jaw-dropping scenery of the wild RockiesGo easy on the maple syrup while sampling the nouvelle cuisine of Montreal and Canada's other foodie havensSpot caribou and arctic wolves while hiking... Read more
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  • Lonely Planet Canada
  • Mosey past moose on the Cabot Trail through to the vast Cape Breton Highlands National ParkQuench your thirst for high-mountain adventure amidst the jaw-dropping scenery of the wild RockiesGo easy on the maple syrup while sampling the nouvelle cuisine of Montreal and Canada's other foodie havensSpot caribou and arctic wolves while hiking... Read more
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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  • Canadian Rockies: Waterton Lakes National Park 50K Gem Trek Map
  • Waterton Lakes National Park in British Columbia with the northern part of the Glacier National Park across the US border in Montana at 1:50,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant map from Gem Trek with descriptions of recommended treks and bike trails, etc.Contours are at 25m intervals, enhanced by relief shading and colouring for... Read more
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  • 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
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  • 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
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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
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
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Netherlands
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lake O`Hara Gem Trek Map
  • The entire Lake O`Hara trail network with hiking trails and alpine routes, presented on a contoured and GPS-compatible map at 1:20,000 from Gem Trek, Contours are at 25m intervals and the map has a UTM grid and margin ticks at 5’. On the reverse are descriptions of all the trails shown on the map - Lake O`Hara Lakeshore, Lake Oesa, Lake... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 14 Lake O'Hara | Gem Trek Maps
  • The entire Lake O`Hara trail network with hiking trails and alpine routes, presented on a contoured and GPS-compatible map at 1:20,000 from Gem Trek, Contours are at 25m intervals and the map has a UTM grid and margin ticks at 5’. On the reverse are descriptions of all the trails shown on the map - Lake O`Hara Lakeshore, Lake Oesa, Lake... Read more
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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
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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  • Canada - The Spell of the Yukon
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  • Canada - British Columbia met National Geographic
  • Leer British Columbia kennen door de ogen van de National Geographic Traveler journalisten die je voorgingen. Een 'one way' van Vancouver naar Calgary zodat je tijd genoeg overhoudt voor het maken van mooie wandelingen en excursies; van de Westcoast op Vancouver Island, dan met de geheel nieuwe veerbootdienst rechtstreeks van Port Hardy naar... Read more
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  • Canada - British Columbia Traverse
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  • Verenigde Staten - Explore New England
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  • Canada - British Columbia met de kids
  • De provincie British Columbia is de nummer 1 bestemming van Canada. Ontdek nu zelf de ruige natuur en glimmende wolkenkrabbers van West-Canada. Van de stranden en regenwouden van het Pacific Rim National Park op Vancouver Island naar de beroemde parken van Banff en Jasper in de Rocky Mountains. Zoveel te zien en te beleven: walvissen en orca's... Read more
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