Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Canada Opening 22,000 km Car-Free Bike Path Across The Country In 2017

The longest network of recreational trails in the entire world.
Canada Opening 22,000 km Car-Free Bike Path Across The Country In 2017

Earlier this week we read an article about a 62 km long car-free highway in Germany that is receiving praise form around the world.

And with good reason, a car free highway is an amazing initiative, something that other countries should be doing as well.

Well if you thought 62 miles was impressive, prepare to have your mind blown.

READ ALSO: The Hottest Photos Of Quebec’s “Cocaine Cowgirls” And Their Insane Trip Around The World

Canada has its very own "car-free highway" currently being built and so far it's 20,770 km long!

That's about 12,905 miles long or 208 times longer than the German trail.

In fact, it's the world's single longest network of recreational trails.

Construction began in 1992 and is scheduled to be completed by 2017, just in time for Canada's 150th anniversary.

So far over 87% of the trail is complete, and it already connects most of the major cities in Canada.

Although it isn't a bike path in the traditional sense, The Great Trail offers a wide range of outdoor experiences on land and water. It is exclusively designated for recreational purposes and only allows bikes, hikers and horseback riders in the summer and in the winter it is used for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

You could literally cross-country ski across the entire country!

Here's a map of what the trail looks like so far.

There is also an interactive map you can check out right here, so you'll always know how close you are from the trail no matter where you live.

Add mtlblog on Snapchat.

More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.