Canada’s federal government takes a cue from British Columbia’s price on carbon

Canadian Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna pledged to enact a nationwide carbon price on provinces that don’t do enough to curb greenhouse gas emissions on their own. McKenna said that each province would be allowed to create their own pricing scheme — whether a tax like British Columbia, or a cap-and-trade system like Quebec — and would...

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Canada to complete world’s longest recreational trail

Cyclists in Canada will soon be able to pedal from Newfoundland on the Atlantic coast to Vancouver Island in the Pacific Ocean, without having to share a road with a single car. The Great Trail, as it’s known, is set to open in 2017 in time for Canada’s 150th birthday. Once complete, the trail will stretch 15,000 miles (24,000km) through each of the...

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Crypt Lake Trail: Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

The hike to Crypt Lake along the Crypt Lake Trail is without question one of the most popular day hikes in Waterton Lakes National Park. You start with a boat ride across Upper Waterton Lake, then hike by four gorgeous waterfalls, climb a steel ladder, crawl through a narrow tunnel for nearly 100 feet, and walk directly above a harrowing cliff as you hold on to a steel...

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Hiking to the top of Canada’s Jasper National Park

Along with neighbouring Banff, Jasper National Park is a Unesco World Heritage site, recognised for its beauty, animal and plant life, and staggering variety of landscapes; including glaciers, alpine meadows, steaming hot springs, cerulean lakes and some of the highest peaks in the Rocky Mountains. The 44km Skyline Trail is one of the most beautiful – and challenging –...

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Province commits $10M to repair flood damaged hiking trails

Backcountry enthusiasts who have lost access to their favorite trails following the historic flooding of 2013 in Alberta, Canada received positive news as the provincial government announced funding to repair pathways. Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) has committed $10 million to restore trails on public land as part of the Backcountry Trail Flood...

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Inaugural Vancouver Island Trail Network Conference set for May 31, 2014

The Vancouver Island Spine Trail Association (VISTA) has opened registration for its first annual conference, an event focused on bringing together stakeholders, trail users and interested parties to build momentum towards the completion of a 700km tip-to-tip wilderness trail from Victoria to Cape Scott. The event will be held near the Island’s wilderness heart in...

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Official status sought for 1,200-km Great Divide hiking trail

The Great Divide Trail has long been a scenic, but informal hiking route high in the Rockies between Alberta and British Columbia. Now, the association working on it would like to see it recognized as an official trail. They are, however, encountering a lot of red tape — despite recent campaigns to both get more Albertans outdoors and expand tourism options for visitors....

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Sea to Sky Gondola opens up hiking in Stawamus Chief area

Murray Sovereign doesn’t have the fondest memories of the couple of times he tried to hike to Mount Habrich from the top of the Upper Shannon Falls Trail in Stawamus Chief Provincial Park in British Columbia. “It was the most brutal bushwhacking,” said Sovereign. “I think I made about 200 metres in an hour, and then I had to turn around and push my way back through...

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Time-lapse video shows Waterton animals enjoying flood-closed hiking trail

Even without humans around, hiking trails in Canada’s national parks get used, apparently. Waterton Lakes National Park boasts many hiking trails enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts from around the world. But it’s not just the hikers that like them. A time-lapse video by Parks Canada shows how much enjoyment the animals got out of one trail, which was closed to...

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Quebec’s hiking trails ‘a great secret’ unknown to anglophones, says new guide

Michael Haynes, author of the new book “Hiking Trails of Montreal and Beyond,” says many of Quebec’s excellent walking routes are “a great secret,” largely unknown to anglophones. Most websites on trails in the province, as well as printed material and access information, are in French only, he says in his preface. The book profiles 50...

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Hiking restrictions begin as grizzly bears feed

It’s that time of year again. From now until Sept. 15, seasonal trail restrictions are in effect for Lake Minnewanka Trail from Stewart Canyon Bridge to the east park boundary, Aylmer Pass Trail and the Aylmer Lookout Trail. Lake Minnewanka is a key area for grizzly bears in Banff National Park because it has lots of buffaloberries, which are in season. They are a vital...

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Canadian man hiking for 5 years has backpack stolen, burned

A Canadian man said he lost all his camping gear and footage for a documentary about his five-year hike when someone stole and burned his backpack. Dana Meise said he was hiking in Saskatchewan when he was invited by a family to see the chuck wagon races in Onion Lake. When he turned his back for a few minutes while preparing to sleep in one of the wagons, someone stole...

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Flooding in Banff and Kananaskis: Where to find up-to-date information on road and trail conditions

The floods that hit Canmore, Banff, Kananaskis, Waterton and other areas of the Canadian Rockies will be felt by the outdoor community for the rest of the summer, and probably well beyond. With all the misinformation flying around the Internet – and credible up-to-date information often difficult to locate – here is a list of links where you can find the...

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