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10 Multiday Backpacking Routes in Canada You Must Hike

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From a few days to a week-plus, we've compiled a list of 10 Canadian multi-day backcountry hikes you need to add to your outdoorsy bucket list.


West Coast Trail, British Columbia: At nearly 80 kilometres, it’s ambitious for the first-timer and requires reservations months in advance—but pays off with dazzling Pacific coast scenery.

Sunshine Coast Trail, BC: The best aspect of this 180-kilometre maintained route is not that it’s free to use, scenic and has sections varying from a half-day to a couple of weeks. The best aspect is the 14 on-trail huts, which offer first-come first-serve backcountry comfort.

Skyline Trail, Alberta: Jasper National Park's signature hike. You’ll spend most of your three days above the treeline, enjoying boundless Rocky Mountain vistas and wildlife sightings throughout the 44-kilometre length.

Boreal Trail, Saskatchewan: Easy terrain, a mix of back- and front-country camping and pleasant forest scenery will have you dancing through the daunting 120-kilometre length.

Pisew Falls to Kwasitchewan Falls, Manitoba: This overnight trek leads between the province’s two highest waterfalls—but expect two long days of tough hiking over 44 kilometres.

Coastal Trail, Ontario: You’ll want to be a fit day-hiker before tackling this 65-kilometre wilderness trek that traces the shore of Lake Superior Provincial Park. But the sunsets alone are worth it.

Bruce Trail, Ontario: We’re not expecting you to traverse all 900 kilometres of this legendary route. Just pick a leg—one, two, three nights or more—and wander to your heart’s content.

Fundy Circuit, New Brunswick: Hikers are treated to mixed-woods forest, coastal views and waterfalls on this 48-kilometre trail that loops through Fundy National Park.

Cape Chignecto Coastal Loop, Nova Scotia: Hikers usually take about four days to traverse this 52-kilometre trail, stopping to revel in expansive views from atop the province’s highest sea cliffs along the way.

East Coast Trail, Newfoundland & Labrador: Yes, it’s 265 kilometres. But you don’t have to hike the whole thing—this lengthy footpath runs through towns for a recharge and treats with views of icebergs and whales along the way.