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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Forest Fires In Northwest Canada Burning At ‘Unprecedented’ Levels

For the past few weeks, dry and warm weather have fueled large forest fires across Canada’s remote Northwest Territories. The extent of those fires is well above average for the year to-date, and is in line with climate trends of more fires burning in the northern reaches of the globe. Of the 186 wildfires in the Northwest Territories to-date this year, 156 of them are...

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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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Task force blazing trails for Whistler hikers

Thanks to the efforts of the Hiking Trail Task Force (HTTF), 2012 has seen significant upgrades to the Whistler, BC community’s existing trails, although major work is still required, according to the volunteer group. “Our alpine hiking trails have been a little ignored over the course of the last few years and we’re looking to rectify that to a certain extent,” said...

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Hiking trails ‘back on the agenda’ at Whistler

It’s been 11 months since the Whistler Hiking Trails Task Force (HTTF) first presented its report on the state of hiking and local trails to the Forest and Wildlands Advisory Committee, but members of the group are already encouraged by what the group has achieved working with stakeholders, local government and others. The group was concerned by the deteriorating...

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Popular trail up Mount Benson gains protection from logging

The Regional District of Nanaimo, B.C. has entered a recreational trail agreement with the province to protect a popular hiking trail on Mount Benson from being logged. Under the agreement, a section of Crown land currently leased to Vancouver Island University for a woodlot will be maintained and improved by the RDN. The agreement establishes the Witchcraft Lake trail...

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Beauty contest for trees gets underway

It’s time to branch out and root around for tall trunks, lush leaves, and beautiful bark: Nominations for Manitoba’s best trees are now being accepted for the second annual Amazing Tree Quest. The quest stems from a partnership between Rivers West and the Manitoba Forestry Association, and it seeks to find the biggest, oldest and most striking trees —...

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Historic rail trestle links walking trails

The promise of big dollars from big trees on southern Vancouver Island at the turn of the century spurred local loggers, farmers and labourers to build one of the world’s largest and most spectacular wooden railway trestles in the world. The curving 188-metre long, 38-metre high Kinsol Trestle spanning the Koksilah River canyon near Shawnigan Lake allowed steam...

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Coastal erosion affects Cape Breton hiking trails

Coastal erosion has affected hiking trails in Cape Breton, says author Michael Haynes, who has reduced the number of paths covered in his updated guide to the island. Some trails in the Maritimes have suffered from so much erosion that their routes had to be changed. Other paths, including Pringle Mountain, Marble Mountain and Cape Perce, “had recent developments...

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The Sentier national au Quebec, part of the projected National Hiking Trail of Canada, could be completed by 2016

After 22 years of work, a trans-Quebec hiking trail spanning the entire breadth of the province is nearing completion. Once finished, the 1,645-kilometre Sentier national au Québec will connect the Outaouais region in the west to the Gaspé region in the east. From the Gatineau Hills north of the Ottawa-Gatineau metropolitan region, the SNQ will run east through the...

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Hiking high in Rockies to see world-class fossils

2,500 feet up — and 500 million years back in time. Tucked into a Rockies mountainside 6,700 feet above sea level at British Columbia’s eastern edge lies the Burgess Shale, a fossil bed rich with creatures so fantastically bizarre and exquisitely preserved that they transformed science’s understanding of early life on Earth. Naturalist and author Stephen Jay...

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Sable Island: A national park we could love to death

In the Atlantic, 160 kilometres off the coast of Nova Scotia, lies an island made entirely of sand. Sable Island, where wild horses roam the dunes and shipwrecks ring the fog-shrouded shores sounds more myth than reality. It’s also Canada’s newest national park — but visiting might be the worst thing you could do. “You can easily love the island to death,” said Mark...

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Where’s the best hike in the Canadian Rockies?

The Rockwall is a kilometer-tall rampart of lead-colored limestone, rippling 53 kilometers across the spine of Kootenay National Park. It’s a dramatic piece of geology, even in a region where dramatic geology seems to lurk around every hairpin turn in the road. Kootenay’s sister parks in Banff, Jasper and Yoho may be more famous, but most hikers agree that the five-day...

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The Bruce Trail at 50

Canada’s oldest and longest footpath was born in Hamilton in April of 1962, fulfilling the vision of a local naturalist who dreamt of a continuous trail alongside the Niagara Escarpment. The 885-kilometre trail runs from Niagara Falls to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula offering a bounty of natural, cultural and historic riches for tens of thousand of trekkers each year....

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The thrill of hiking in British Columbia’s Bear Country

My affable guide casually hooked a large ominous-looking canister of bear spray on to the front of my daypack’s shoulder strap in an easy-to-reach location. For this walk in Bear Country, he had just asked me if I’d act as his, “rear sweep man” for today’s Canadian Rockies hike. He’d explained that my duties as last man in a tight column of six hikers would be to let him...

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Third edition of Canadian Rockies hiking book released

In celebration of a 20 year milestone since he published his first book, author and photographer, Graeme Pole, has announced the release of the third, fully revised edition of his book, Walks & Easy Hikes in the Canadian Rockies. Boasting 151 walks and hikes and written for the “causal walker and hiker,” Pole describes the many trails of the Rockies accompanied by...

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Hiking in grizzly country – or not

Is it possible to be scared out of your wits and profoundly grateful at the same time? Those competing emotions are racing through my brain, although at the moment “scared out of my wits” is out to a commanding lead. It’s nearly dawn, and in two hours I’m supposed to be hoisting my backpack onto my shoulders and setting off on a 14-mile hike to a...

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Hiker a trail champ

He doesn’t eat oats from a feedbag. He doesn’t run on four legs. And he’s never been to the Kentucky Derby. But Kevin DeGraw, 32, of Vancouver recently qualified for a “Triple Crown.” DeGraw, or Freebie as he is known on the trail, spent the past four months hiking the Continental Divide Trail, which runs from Canada to Mexico through the Rocky Mountains. This was...

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Hike Ontario needs more youth

A gathering of hiking groups and associations from around Ontario was a chance to discuss how to improve trails, get more community involvement and get technically savvy youth on board with trail management. The summit was a gathering of about 50 people. What they had in common was one of the topics – about 90% of them were over the age of 50. There is a great...

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