The World’s Longest Hiking Trail Has Finally Opened After 25 Years Of Planning

The expansive 24,000km track spans the entirety of Canada.

In 1992, three nature-obsessed Canadians asked themselves, “What if we could connect all of Canada’s hiking trails, board walks and rail lines, creating one colossal monster trail that traced coast-to-coast?” 25 years later, in 2017, they’ve debuted The Trans Canada Trail: the world’s longest recreational track.

The expansive 24,000km track spans the entirety of Canada, intricately linking 15,000 different communities and 13 territories across the country. Whether you’re keen on hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, horseback riding or skiing, the track is sure to cater to every kind of adventurer’s needs.

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The track is the brainchild of Pierre Camu, Bill Pratt and Paul LaBarge, all of whom were looking for something bigger and better in the country they call home. Now that the track is open, adventurers are flocking from all corners of the globe to see it for themselves.

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A lot of the trails weave through major towns like Montreal, Toronto and Holifax, allowing visitors to experience Canada’s metropolitan culture as well as its natural beauty. Besides, who doesn’t enjoy a well-earned Canadian beer after a long day of bushwalking?

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The trail was officially completed and opened to the public on August 26.

How To Get There

  • Fly in to Ottawa Airport
  • Take a bus from Airport stop 97 towards Bayshore to Billings Bridge 2A
  • Change to the 88 service towards Terry Fox to Hazeldean Mall/ East stop
  • Walk 1.2km to The Trans Canada Trail
  • Trans Canada Trail, Ottawa

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