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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Books

Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Rough Guide - Canada
  • The Rough Guide to Canada is the ultimate guide to this vast and varied land.With plenty of recommendations for things to see and do, from Toronto and Montreal to Vancouver, and from the east coast to the far north, you'll discover all the best this country has to offer.This guide is packed with practical advice on exploring Canada's great... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • Rough Guide - Canada
  • The Rough Guide to Canada is the ultimate guide to this vast and varied land.With plenty of recommendations for things to see and do, from Toronto and Montreal to Vancouver, and from the east coast to the far north, you'll discover all the best this country has to offer.This guide is packed with practical advice on exploring Canada's great... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 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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Bol.com
Belgium
  • 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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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Switzerland, Niagara Falls, Toronto
  • On the 1st of May 2016 I took off on my trip to Switzerland. Nature is beautiful and green in May and it is possible to enjoy the flowers. Every time I went on excursions I got lucky with the weather! First I took the train with my daughter and her friends to Lucerne. From there we took the boat to Viznau and then took the funicular train up to... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Switzerland, Niagara Falls, Toronto
  • On the 1st of May 2016 I took off on my trip to Switzerland. Nature is beautiful and green in May and it is possible to enjoy the flowers. Every time I went on excursions I got lucky with the weather! First I took the train with my daughter and her friends to Lucerne. From there we took the boat to Viznau and then took the funicular train up to... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • A Range-Wide Restoration Strategy for Whitebark Pine (Pinus Albicaulis)
  • Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis), an important component of western highelevation forests, has been declining in both the United States and Canada since the early Twentieth Century from the combined effects of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreaks, fire exclusion policies, and the spread of the exotic disease white pine... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • A Range-Wide Restoration Strategy for Whitebark Pine (Pinus Albicaulis)
  • Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis), an important component of western highelevation forests, has been declining in both the United States and Canada since the early Twentieth Century from the combined effects of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreaks, fire exclusion policies, and the spread of the exotic disease white pine... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 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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Bol.com
Belgium
  • 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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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 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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Bol.com
Belgium
  • 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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Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • Lonely Planet Canada
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Canada is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Hike the Rockies, marvel at the Northern Lights, or indulge in cultural delights from Montreal's cafe culture to the island villages of Haida... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • Lonely Planet Canada
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher Lonely Planet Canada is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Hike the Rockies, marvel at the Northern Lights, or indulge in cultural delights from Montreal's cafe culture to the island villages of Haida... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 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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Bol.com
Belgium
  • 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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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • A Casual Traveler
  • A Casual Traveler is a collection of short travel tales and poems from the author's personal travels over a three year period. The stories take you to countries in Southeast Asia, North, Central, and South America. Motorcycle trips take you across Canada and the United States. The stories are true adventures, and misadventures, the author... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • A Casual Traveler
  • A Casual Traveler is a collection of short travel tales and poems from the author's personal travels over a three year period. The stories take you to countries in Southeast Asia, North, Central, and South America. Motorcycle trips take you across Canada and the United States. The stories are true adventures, and misadventures, the author... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • CANADA 6
  • A comprehensive travel guide to Canada, now in its sixth edition, this text also provides background information on the country's history, culture and politics. Features of the book include: a special section covering Canada's national parks and 12 World Heritage sites; 97 updated maps; Canadian French and Canadian English language sections;... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • CANADA 6
  • A comprehensive travel guide to Canada, now in its sixth edition, this text also provides background information on the country's history, culture and politics. Features of the book include: a special section covering Canada's national parks and 12 World Heritage sites; 97 updated maps; Canadian French and Canadian English language sections;... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Water, Weather and the Mountain West
  • Growing populations, increasing industrial use and heavy agricultural demand are beginning to tax water supplies in many regions of Canada. Since many rivers are already fully allocated to numerous uses, future economic and social development will depend upon how much we know about our surface and ground water resources and how effectively we... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Water, Weather and the Mountain West
  • Growing populations, increasing industrial use and heavy agricultural demand are beginning to tax water supplies in many regions of Canada. Since many rivers are already fully allocated to numerous uses, future economic and social development will depend upon how much we know about our surface and ground water resources and how effectively we... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 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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Bol.com
Belgium
  • 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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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Insight Guides Travel Map Canada West
  • Insight Travel Map Canada West:This detailed travel map is all you need to plan your route and navigate your way around Western Canada, and also includes area highlights, top attractions, places of interest, streetplans, and a fabulous free app.· Travel Map Canada West is drawn to a scale of 1:4 million, and shows the entire country, complete... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Insight Guides Travel Map Canada West
  • Insight Travel Map Canada West:This detailed travel map is all you need to plan your route and navigate your way around Western Canada, and also includes area highlights, top attractions, places of interest, streetplans, and a fabulous free app.· Travel Map Canada West is drawn to a scale of 1:4 million, and shows the entire country, complete... Read more
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