Galloping Goose Regional Trails, British Columbia
Hikers, cyclists, and horse riders all agree – Galloping Goose Regional Trail is one of the most beautiful paths for exploring Vancouver Island’s southern reaches and is one of the best 10 hikes in Canada. Stretching for 55 km between Victoria and Sooke, this multi-use trail existed in the early 1900s as a railway line. A noisy gas-powered railway car called the Galloping Goose regularly crossed this path during the 1920s, shuttling mail and passengers between the two destinations. Today, the railway is a distant memory, but the glorious wilderness, rocky cliffs and farmland remain for all to enjoy. And if you’re lucky, you might even spot a bald eagle on your travels.
Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador
Welcome to Twillingate, the iceberg capital of the world! Whales, bald eagles, icebergs – you never know what adventure lurks around the corner on this picturesque North Atlantic island. Home to several invigorating hikes, Twillingate offers something special for trailblazers of all abilities. From the amazing rocky cliffs of Spiller’s Cove to the iconic Long Point Lighthouse and the 360-degree panoramic view atop the Twillingate trail, this engaging corner of Newfoundland and Labrador gives hikers plenty of postcard worthy moments. Catch an iceberg floating by, pick autumn blueberries along the hiking trails or spot a passing whale – just be sure to add a camera to your hiking necessities when you visit this east coast gem.
Grey Owl Trail, Manitoba
If you tread carefully along northern Manitoba’s Grey Owl Trail, you might be fortunate to spot white-tailed deer, beaver, foxes and maybe a moose or coyote. Deep in Riding Mountain National Park, this gentle trail takes hikers on a 17 km journey through sandy beaches, Jack pine forests and clusters of aspen, poplar and balsam trees. For six months in 1931, this untamed corner of the Canadian Shield was the home of Archie Belaney, a dedicated conservationist who became known as Grey Owl. Wandering along the path that bears his name, you’ll quickly understand why Grey Owl fought so hard to preserve the forests and fauna of this breathtaking area. The 5-hour hike concludes rather fittingly at the Beaver Lake cabin where Grey Owl lived and worked as the first naturalist of Canada’s park system.