TOP 5 PLACES FOR HIKING IN CANADA
Press release date: 3rd May 2011
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Travellers who want to experience
adventure holidays in Canada
with a difference can embark on hiking trips around the breathtaking country. If you don't know where to start thinking about trekking in the mountainous nation, why not take a look at these five top places for walking?
Lots of people looking for adventure holidays often head to Canada as it has a huge range of uninhabited landscapes to explore. As the world's second biggest country, Canada has varying terrain, creating some of the most beautiful backdrops you could imagine. If you are looking for huge mountain ranges with snow-capped peaks jutting into the sky, you will find it here. And the same goes for forest-laden valleys, gushing waterfalls, deep oceans and quiet meadows.
Therefore, it is hardly surprising that many holidaymakers travel to the nation to explore its countryside. And the best way to do this is to simply walk around it, hiking to its summits, strolling down its gorges and sliding across its ice lakes. A good area where you will see a lot of diversity in the country's landscape is the Canadian Rockies. Stretching from the US border, this vast expanse of mountainous terrain creates plenty of opportunities for those travelling to Canada to experience the best of its scenery. Here, you can take a look at the vista of peaks, alpine forests and powder-blue mountain lakes that are sure to take your breath away.
One of the most popular places to walk in the Rocky Mountains is through Banff National Park. You can make the town of Banff your base during your trip, as you embark on day excursions through its woodlands, spiralling up its mountain edges and around its huge crystal clear lakes. If you are planning on walking deep within the park, then it might be worth going on a guided tour as you may encounter grizzly bears and wolves, which live in its wilderness.
Another area in the Canadian Rockies that you cannot afford to miss is Jasper National Park. This is the largest protected area in Canada, stretching for more than 11,228 square kilometres. Within this expanse, you have the choice of walking at a leisurely pace through alpine meadows and down steep valleys or attempting to climb some of its peaks. You can explore the 1,200 kilometres of walking paths in the national park, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its beauty and natural wilderness. Visitors can even take overnight hiking trips, which will give you the opportunity of a close encounter with the area's wildlife. Indeed, wolverines, bears and mountain lions are known to live on the land, as well as less dangerous sheep, deer and elks.
If the sight of roaring waterfalls and thundering white water rapids doesn't get your heart racing, then a hike of a different kind might be the thing for you. Just outside Jasper National Park, you can attempt a glacial walk at the Columbia Icefield. This is the biggest glacier in Canada and is more than 325 square kilometres in size and 360 metres deep. It is created from the snow that falls from the Rocky Mountains, accumulating into this ice mass that continues to grow and eventually feeds into the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans. You can take walks across the sheer white sheet and tour guides will be able to show you different formations on the glacier and its hidden crevices. This is definitely an experience not to miss if you enjoy the thrill of exploring some of the world's most exciting treasures by foot.
Another place hikers should visit is Wells Gray Country in British Columbia. This is often described as the highlight of any adventure holiday in Canada, as it boasts some of the most impressive sights in the area. You can see the stunning backdrop of British Columbia by walking down deep canyons and past thundering rivers. While Niagara Falls is definitely the most famous waterfalls in Canada, a trip to Wells Gray Country will see you come face-to-face with Helmcken Falls. A walk to this site is well worth it, as it is three times the height of the better-known Niagara and drops an impressive 145 metres. You can also go bear watching in Wells Gray Country or you might even have the chance to spot some of its wilderness while walking through its 1.4 million acres of woodlands, mountains and meadows.
The Pacific Rim National Park is another place in British Columbia that is especially popular among ramblers on Western Canada tours as it offers different views from the usual mountainous vistas. Instead, you can wander through the lowland forests, as well as its shorelines. This is a great place to soak up the coastal views of the Pacific Ocean, where you might even be able to spot some of Canada's marine life, such as its whales.
Canada is a nation that is teeming with things to see, with new sights lurking behind every glacier crevice, alpine tree and hidden valley. But undeniably, one of the best ways to explore the country is to walk through it, taking in the views and immersing yourself in the peace and quiet on the way.
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