Displaying imagination, determination and patience, a dedicated collection of Canadian visionaries working for 25 years have created something truly special: The Great Trail, a coast-to-coast-to-coast collection of multi-use trails covering 24,000km (almost 15,000 miles).

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Showcasing the breadth and variety of Canada’s natural beauty as well as its cultures, the Great Trail includes a network of trails, roadways and waterways passing through wilderness, rural and urban landscapes while linking 15,000 communities throughout the country. Trail users can travel by foot, bike or kayak while enjoying the stunning scenery.

The Great Trail is now the longest trail system in the world. Through-hikers – those who do the entirety of long trails such as the Appalachian Trail (2,200 mls), John Muir Trail (210 mls), and Pacific Crest Trail (2,659 mls) either in a single hiking season or over the course of several seasons now have an especially challenging path to cover should they wish to add to their accomplishments.

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The Great Trail interactive map.

View the interactive map where you can measure sections, plan a route, get an elevation profile and see photos of various areas.

There is also a mobile app that allows trail users to study maps of the trail and use GPS to locate their position; to plan routes and determine distances between locations; and to track a journey, recording distance, time and elevation change. The app is aptly called The Great Trail – Explore Canada.

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Thanks go to The Trans Canada Trail foundation, a non-for-profit organization created in 1992; donations and volunteers kept alive the dream of connecting all the various trails together, and now that their efforts have succeeded, continued financial support will allow for maintenance and development of The Great Trail into the future.

About the author

Rebecca Wallick

Rebecca is a freelance writer and publisher living near McCall, Idaho. A Seattle native and recovering attorney, she much prefers the quiet, slow pace, and distinct seasons of the West Central Mountains, enjoying the skiing, hiking and running opportunities provided by the nearby Payette National Forest. Rebecca is a Contributing Editor with Bark magazine, and the author of Growing Up Boeing: The Early Jet Age Through the Eyes of a Test Pilot’s Daughter (Feb 2014).

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