8 Things You Didn’t Know About Canada’s 24,000 KM Great Outdoor Trail

The longest network of recreational trails in the entire world
8 Things You Didn’t Know About Canada’s 24,000 KM Great Outdoor Trail

The Great Canadian Trail is almost completely connected which means Canada will soon have the longest network of recreational trails in the entire world.

READ ALSO: Hudson, Quebec Opening 20 KM-Long Winter Forest Trail Network

To celebrate the fact that the trail is now 90% connected, we decide to bring you 9 facts about the Great Canadian Trail you probably didn’t know about.

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Photo cred – The Great Trail

1. It Would Take You 2 Whole Years To Cross The Trail

It makes you realize how massive Canada actually is. But even if you traveled 30 km per day, it would you take 2 years, two months and one week to walk it from end-to-end.


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Photo cred – The Great Trail

2. The Longest Waterway Of The Great Trail  Is 1,659.5 km

Some of trail is actually made up of water routes, and the longest one is none other than Mackenzie River, the longest river in Canada.


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Photo cred – The Rossland Telegraph

3. It Has One Of The Longest Suspension Bridges In North America

Construction has recently been completed on what is know as the Columbia River Skywalk. It is a 305 meter long bridge, suspended between two 100-foot towers.


Of the 2575km Klondike Gold Rush that stampeders had to travel from Seattle to Dawson City, only a 53km section known as the Chilkoot Trail was done on foot. The Canadian part of the trail is now inside the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site.

Photo cred – greatcanadiantrails

4. The Highest Elevation Point Is 2,185 m High

The trail isn’t exactly a straight path, it crosses through rivers, lakes and even mountains. The highest point you’ll reach is in Alberta where you can climb up to 2,185 meters.


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Photo cred – The Great Trail

5. The Longest Section Is In Ontario

That’s right, Ontario will actually be home to the longest part of the trail. It will be over 5,200 km long which is more than Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI and Newfoundland & Labrador combined!


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Photo cred – The Great Trail

6. There Is A Great Trail App

Want to know where the trail is, how to get there and what to do along the way? You can get all the latest info on the official Great Trail app.


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Photo cred – The Great Trail

7. There Are Spooky Places To Visit Along The Way

Canada is home to a lot of terrifying places, and you can find out about all the ones you’ll find along the way right here.


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Photo cred – The Great Trail

8. There Are Some Amazing Scenic Trails To Ride Through

22,000 km can be intimidating, so if you’re not sure where to start, you can always check out some amazing cycling itineraries right here.


For more information check out the Great Canadian Trail’s website.


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