I presented the possibilities of travelling in Canada by car, by boat, by plane; but I forgot the sporty ones! Who sees Canada sees green, landscapes, fresh air.
For people willing to discover Canada differently, thanks to their muscles and lungs, there are green options: travelling in Canada by foot or by bike.
Whether you choose one option or another, you have to know that you can follow the trans Canada trail. Although the trail is not finished yet, it already covers a fair part of the country as, so far, it is 16,000 kilometres long. Once completed, it will stretch 22,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans.
The website provides a trail locator, showing the completed trail and the planned trail once completed. You can also see the trail location according to the different provinces.
Once more, for both possibilities, you have to organize yourself: the weather might be different from your starting point to the location you want to reach; you should take clothes for all the possible weathers. You also have to plan your food as, you might spend several days with no chance of buying food.
Travelling in Canada by foot requires good shoes and a good equipment; as some brave people did it before you, you can find useful information, tips and stories on blogs or websites. I can name a few: Kyle Pickering and Bobby McDowell; they started their trek on the west coast of Vancouver island and ended one year and five months later at Cape Spear.
Another story is Terry Fox’s one. Terry Fox was only 18 when he was diagnosed with a bone cancer and had to have his right leg amputated above the knee. The young man used to practice a lot of sports and decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He started his run in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980. On September 1st, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles), Terry had to stop running as cancer had appeared in his lungs. He sadly passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age 22. Terry Fox remains an example of hope and courage for a lot of people; a foundation now bears his name and close to $500 million have been gathered worldwide for cancer research.
If you want to discover Canada by bike, there are several useful websites such as route verte. This website shows a map of a 4,000 kilometers green network throughout the province of Quebec. The website also provides a list of accommodations so you can plan your housing before the beginning of your trip.
If you want to plan your trip your very own way, the MAPART maps are very useful. You can also find useful information through forums or blogs such as Sam and Sabri‘s on or Ian and Jeff‘s blog. Ian and Jeff biked from Vancouver to St John’s; their blog shows pictures of their trip, Jeff wrote a journal and they share their experience providing links of people who also biked across Canada.
Feeling inspired? Good luck, be safe, and don’t forget to fill your gourd!
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