The Great Trail (also known as the Trans Canada Trail) will be the world’s longest network of recreational trails, stretching 24,000 km upon completion. Though set to be finalized on 1 July 2017, to coincide with the country’s 150th anniversary, you can already get a taste of it on one of Great Canadian Trails’ itineraries in Canada.
Here are four trips that will give you a flavour of the very best experiences The Great Trail has to offer:
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Best for first-timers >> Le Petit Train Du Nord
Just north of Montreal lies the longest linear park in Canada: Le P'tit Train du Nord. The cycle path built over an old railway line curves around rivers, lakes and the base of mountains, along an old settlers’ route through lush ‘Laurentides’ countryside. An introductory level trip, it is traffic-free, easy to follow and family friendly, with shuttles dropping your luggage off at your next B&B.
NEW! Le Petit Train Du Nord (5 days) departs 15 June
Best for nature lovers >> Fundy Footpath Fall Colours
Hike the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in North America’s east coast! The UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve offers hikers an opportunity to observe some of the last remaining stands of old-growth coastal Acadian Forest in the world. You will also get to witness the highest tides in the world, enjoy fire-side gourmet meals and fall asleep to the sound of the waves.
Fundy Footpath Fall Colours (8 days) departs 27 September
Best for food and wine >> Niagara Wines & Waterfront Trail
A week-long discovery of the Niagara Peninsula by bike, cycling the Waterfront Trail through award-winning wineries such as the iconic Inniskillin Winery, which pioneered the production of ice wine in the New World back in the 1980s. The area is known for its ‘farm-to-table’ movement and locally grown ingredients while the Niagara escarpment enjoys a unique micro-climate.
Niagara Wines and Waterfront Trail by Bike (8 days) departs May-October
Best for photographers >> Prince Edward Island by Bike
Small in size but big in character, Canada’s smallest province was the first to complete its section of The Great Trail. From the stunning Gulf Shore Ways to the heart of Green Gables, photographers will fall in love with its colourful fishing villages, red clay terrain, sand dunes, Acadian architecture and tapestry-like farmland dotted with hay bales.
Prince Edward Island by bike (7 days) departs June-September
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