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
  • 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
Bol.com
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  • 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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  • 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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Lannoo's Autoboek West-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
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Road Trip
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  • 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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  • 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
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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
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  • 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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  • 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
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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
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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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  • Columbia Icefield Gem Trek Map
  • Columbia Icefield spanning the border between the Banff and the Jasper National Parks in the Canadian Rockies on a contoured and GPS-compatible, waterproof and tear-resistant map at 1:75,000 from Gem Trek, with extensive tourist information including recommended hikes, geology, etc. Coverage extends along both sides of the Icefields Parkway... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 02 Columbia Icefield | Gem Trek Maps
  • This is the fourth map in Gem Trek's Kananaskis Country series, covering south Kananaskis Country from Sheep River Falls in the north to Plateau Mountain in the south. It extends coverage south where the Bragg Creek-Sheep Valley map leaves off, and east where the Kananaskis Lakes map leaves off. It covers the trails southeast of Highwood Pass... Read more
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  • 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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  • Ben je in voor een actieve en avontuurlijke rondreis door Canada's British Columbia en niet persé op zoek naar de veel bezochte ‘highlights’ zoals Tofino, Jasper en Banff, ga dan met ons ‘off the beaten track’ en laat je verrassen door de relatief stille en nog authentieke locaties. Wandel op de grens van land en zee aan de zuidwestkust van... Read more
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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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