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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
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Stanfords
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Stanfords
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  • DK Eyewitness Pacific Northwest: Oregon, Washington and British Columbia
  • Follow the call of the wild to the pristine Pacific NorthwestWhether you want to hike through the spellbinding landscape of the Rockies, unwind with homebrewed beer in Portland or venture to Vancouver for immersive galleries and innovative dining, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that the Pacific Northwest has to... Read more
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2020
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  • 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit
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  • Conserving Borderline Species
  • Wild species know no borders. Many inhabit ecological regions that stretch across political boundaries. Canada and the United States share several ecological regions- forests, mountain ranges, the coastal plains, the Great Plains, the Great Lakes, and the Arctic tundra. A great number of wild species, from western prairie fringed orchids to... Read more
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  • Conserving Borderline Species
  • Wild species know no borders. Many inhabit ecological regions that stretch across political boundaries. Canada and the United States share several ecological regions- forests, mountain ranges, the coastal plains, the Great Plains, the Great Lakes, and the Arctic tundra. A great number of wild species, from western prairie fringed orchids to... Read more
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  • Subjective Motion in English - Motion, Subjectification, Languages
  • Crosslinguistically, motion verbs are used to describe stationary scenes. Sentences such as 'The road runs through the valley' and 'The mountain range goes from Canada to Mexico' include a motion verb but express no explicit motion or state change. Such sentences involve a motion evoked in the mind of the conceptualizer, which is called... Read more
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  • Subjective Motion in English - Motion, Subjectification, Languages
  • Crosslinguistically, motion verbs are used to describe stationary scenes. Sentences such as 'The road runs through the valley' and 'The mountain range goes from Canada to Mexico' include a motion verb but express no explicit motion or state change. Such sentences involve a motion evoked in the mind of the conceptualizer, which is called... Read more
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De Zwerver
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2018
  • Reisgids Trotter West-Canada | Lannoo
  • Veel aandacht voor praktische informatie als hotels en restaurants, maar ook beschrijvingen van bezienswaardigheden. Handig zijn de vele plattegronden: verrassend en verfrissend geschreven! Met steeds meer informatie over de lokale cultuur en bezienswaardigheden, uiteraard steeds kritisch gescreend. - Ruime keuze aan grondig geteste... 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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  • 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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  • Selling Your Writing to the Boating Magazines (and Other Niche Mags)
  • Do you like to write? Have you long thought about seeing your words and pictures published in your favorite niche-market magazine? Can you imagine an editor sending you a check for your story? You can make this happen. It takes effort, but it's not magic and it's not beyond you. In this book Michael Robertson shares his knowledge and lessons... Read more
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  • Do you like to write? Have you long thought about seeing your words and pictures published in your favorite niche-market magazine? Can you imagine an editor sending you a check for your story? You can make this happen. It takes effort, but it's not magic and it's not beyond you. In this book Michael Robertson shares his knowledge and lessons... Read more
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  • Road Trip
  • Whether embarking on a solo journey, enjoying a romantic mini-break, or recreating the camping trips of your childhood, a road trip is a special kind of getaway. These nostalgic knits are inspired by our trips across Canada: expansive mountain views, coffee in quaint towns, and bonfires on remote beaches. With cables, colourwork and lace, this... Read more
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  • Garibaldi Provincial Park ITMB
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  • Cañada de Jara CNIG Topographic Map 1077-II
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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
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  • Algonquin Park ITMB
  • Waterproof and tear-resistant topographic survey map of Algonquin Park at 1:250,000 from ITMB, with an 1:50,000 enlargement of the Haliburton County and Nipissing District on the reverse. Both maps show highways with differentiation of the number of lanes indicated, loose surface roads, cart tracks, and trails are marked. Points of interest are... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 16 Waterton Lakes NP | Gem Trek Maps
  • The Waterton Lakes National Park map is one of our most popular trail map-guides for the Canadian Rockies. This map covers all of Waterton Lakes National Park, the eastern end of Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park, and the Goat Haunt or northern area of Glacier National Park, Montana, at the south end of Upper Waterton Lake. The front of the map... Read more
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Netherlands
2009
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  • 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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  • 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
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  • Lower Mainland - Richmond & New Westminster ITMB
  • Lower Mainland - Richmond and New Westminster at 1:250,000 and 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... Read more
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  • Canada - British Columbia Traverse
  • Krachtige kennismaking met de natuur van de Canadese provincie British Columbia: een 'one way'-autorondreis met weinig kilometers. Al vele jaren een 'bestseller' die je leidt van Vancouver naar Calgary, via de beroemde Nationale Parken van Pacific Rim, Garibaldi, Wells Gray, Jasper, Yoho en Banff. Een route door een zeer gevarieerd en... Read more
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  • Verenigde Staten - New England & New York
  • Maak een rondreis door sfeervol New England met start in New York en einde in Niagara Falls. Een 'one way' van Amerika naar Canada, dat bespaart dus kilometers terug rijden. Verken 'the city that never sleeps' per fiets, dat is verrassend makkelijk over de vele vrijliggende fietspaden! Volg de kustlijn van Connecticut en Rhode Island via... Read more
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