Canada’s natural beauty is some of the best in the world. There are gorgeous coastal landscapes in the east, epic mountain views in the west, and the Great Lakes in the southeast of the massive province of Ontario. Wherever travelers find themselves within Canada, there is an abundance of incredible hiking trails to explore. To truly immerse yourself in Canada’s wilderness, consider embarking on a multi-day trek. These are some of the most breathtaking and rewarding multi-day hiking routes in Canada.
10 La Cloche Silhouette Trail, Ontario
Located in Ontario’s Killarney Provincial Park, the La Cloche Silhouette Trail is a 73.5 km mile loop that takes anywhere from 4-7 days to complete. The best time to do this hike is from May to October, when temperatures are mild. However, in May and June, this region of Ontario is known for its mosquitos and black flies, so hikers embarking on the journey during these months should bring bug spray or wear a bug net.
The trail is dog-friendly, allowing furry companions to come along for the adventure. There are 2301 meters of elevation gain, and while it’s a popular route, the experience of hiking here is still solitary because it’s such a long trail. There are well-maintained campsites along the route, which hikers should book in advance to secure a desirable spot.
9 West Coast Trail, British Columbia
The West Coast Trail is one of the most popular multi-day hiking routes in Canada, and for a good reason. It covers 75.3 km along the coast of Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia. Hikers can choose to complete the route from South to North or North to South. It’s a point-to-point trail with 1822 meters of elevation gain over 18.5 hours. It’s a challenging route even for experienced hikers, but the views of Canada’s coast are worth it. Most people complete the hike in roughly 6-8 days.
8 The Sunshine Coast Trail, British Columbia
The Sunshine Coast Trail takes hikers on a long point-to-point journey along the Powell River in British Columbia. The route is 167 km and is best traveled when temperatures are mild, from March to October. 8-10 days is often sufficient to complete this hike, but beginners or hikers who want to travel at a slower pace may want to plan more time. Dogs are permitted on this beautiful route as long as they are on a leash.
7 Pukaskwa Coastal Trail, Ontario
The Pukaskwa Coastal Trail in Pukaskwa National Park offers scenic views unlike anywhere else in Ontario. The point-to-point trail takes hikers along the coast of Lake Superior over 64.1 km with 1540 meters of elevation gain. Dogs are welcome on this trek which takes anywhere from 5-7 days to complete. This trail is a fantastic place to spot birds and wildlife, and while it’s a well-maintained route, hikers will typically find they have the trail and all of its nature to themselves.
6 The Bruce Trail, Ontario
The Bruce Trail is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in southern Ontario that takes anywhere from 30-40 days to hike in its entirety. The Bruce Trail is a whopping 890 km, but for hikers with limited time, it’s also possible to enjoy shorter hikes on specific sections of the trail. The Bruce Trail begins at the Niagara River and runs all the way to Tobermory, where hikers are rewarded for their efforts with vibrant blue waters and rocky cliff views.
5 The Fundy Footpath, New Brunswick
Hikers looking for a multi-day adventure on Canada’s East Coast can travel the Fundy Footpath in New Brunswick. This is a 47.5 km point-to-point trail that takes an average of 17 hours and 54 minutes to complete. People typically hike this route over the course of a few days, gaining 2746 meters in elevation while enjoying rewarding views of the gorgeous Bay of Fundy. There are lots of campsites to choose from along the way, and dogs are permitted to join hikers if they are on a leash.
4 East Coast Trail, Newfoundland
The East Coast Trail is a section of Canada’s infamous Trans Canada Trail that runs along the Atlantic coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. This lengthy route covers 310.4 km and is a point-to-point trail. It takes 106.5 hours to complete the entire trail, but it’s possible to do just a section of the trail over a couple of days for hikers with less experience or little time.
3 Panorama Ridge, British Columbia
Travelers who want a taste of backpacking through the Canadian wilderness without dedicating their entire trip to a trek will love the Panorama Ridge route in British Columbia. Some hikers do this 28.3 km loop in a single day, but it’s more relaxing and scenic to spend a night tent camping halfway before completing the circuiting the following morning. The best time to do this hike is between June and October, when the weather is warm, and there’s little to no snow on parts of the trail. Hikers who complete this loop are rewarded with epic views of Canada’s mountainous landscapes.
2 Boreal Trail, Saskatchewan
The Boreal Trail opened in June 2011 and is a long hike through Saskatchewan, Canada. The route is 244 km but is an out-and-back trail. The trail is well maintained with plenty of backcountry campsites to stay at along the way, plus there are bear lockers for food storage and pit toilets. Hikers enjoy forested portions of the trail along with beach areas.
1 La Traversée De Charlevoix, Quebec
This Quebec hiking trail is a challenging route that spans 91.4 km, point-to-point, and requires 2682 meters of elevation gain. Travelers can hike this trail, or they can embark on the adventure of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing the route during the winter months. The whole journey takes around 6-7 days to complete, with epic views most prevalent in the first four days of the hike. During the tail end of the trip, hikers will be primarily navigating forested areas. Dogs are welcome to join hikers as long as they remain on a leash.