8 of Canada’s Best Hiking & Mountain Biking Trails

Hike in Banff National Park, Alberta

Canada’s oldest National Park offers 994mi (1,600km) of spectacular hiking trails past emerald lakes, sprawling glaciers, forests, meadows, and rivers, all within a spectacular alpine setting. Choose from more gentile excursions around Lake Louise – the Tea House Hikes are a good introduction – to more challenging outings through wild backcountry.

Best for: Beginners/Intermediate.

How long you need: 4-7 days.

When to go: May or September.


Bike Whistler, British Columbia

Arguably the world’s most famous mountain biking mecca, this adrenaline-fuelled park draws riders from around the world. Highlights include the Top of the World alpine trail, the Joyride Trail, and, of course, the world-renowned A-Line trail. The comprehensive lift infrastructure also makes this a downhillers paradise.

Best for: Advanced.

How long you need: A summer season if possible.

When to go: Late June or September.

Mountain biking in British Columbia. Photo credit: iStock

Hike Twillingate, Newfoundland

One of the world’s best hikes for spotting icebergs, this rural slice of eastern Canada offers breathtaking spectacles of nature at its rawest. Hit the Long Point Lighthouse Lower Head Trail for panoramic views over to the rocky cliffs to Spiller’s Cove.

Best for: Intermediate.

How long you need: 4 days.

When to go: May to July.

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