It’s been 25-years in the making but Canada is now home to the longest recreational trail in the world. Spanning an incredible 24,000-kms, ‘The Great Trail’ connects the country from coast to coast.
It was originally known as the Trans Canada Trail and has been under construction since 1992. Being Canada’s 125th anniversary, the goal was put in place to have it mostly complete by Canada 150.
Blending together over 400 community trails, The Great Trail takes you on an incredible journey of hiking, cycling and canoeing in some of Canada’s most pristine and magical places.
The BC portion of the trail follows the Elk River through to Sparwood, the Kootenays and Columbia mountains. It passes through the Okanagan Valley over the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, through Myra Canyon. It then heads through Princeton onto Vancouver and to Vancouver Island.
The highest elevation can be found during Alberta’s Kananaskis Country portion of the trail, which will reach heights of 2185-metres.
What makes this trail so unique is that it links 15,000 communities to discover the country’s beauty as a whole.
It all started in 1992 as a not-for-profit organization of volunteers hoping to build the longest trail in the world by 2017.
While they have accomplished that goal, some work is still needed to continue to develop and maintain the trail.
One thing is for sure, this scenic trail needs to be added to your bucket list.
The Great Trail Route