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Video » Trekking Assiniboine » from Sunshine Village to Mount Shark

Trekking from the Sunshine Village (AB) ski resort near Banff to Mount Shark (AB) along the Alberta (AB) / British Columbia (BC) provincial border.

Rick McCharles at Best Hike calls this one of the world’s ten best.

The folks in this video did the hike in 4 days. Best Hike recommends 6 days.

This area is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes the contiguous national parks of Banff (AB), Jasper (AB), Kootenay (BC) and Yoho (BC), as well as the Mount Robson (BC), Mount Assiniboine (BC) and Hamber (B.C.) provincial parks.

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The top 15 National Parks in Canada according to U.S. News

  1. Jasper National Park
  2. Gros Morne National Park
  3. Banff National Park
  4. Yoho National Park
  5. Waterton Lakes National Park
  6. Kootenay National Park
  7. Auyuittuq National Park
  8. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
  9. Kluane National Park and Reserve
  10. Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  11. Riding Mountain National Park
  12. Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve
  13. Fundy National Park
  14. Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
  15. Wapusk National Park

Read more at U.S. News »

Lonely Planet’s 7 most scenic routes in the Americas

Snow tires are mandatory from November 1 to April 1.

Snow tires are mandatory from November 1 to April 1.

According to Allegra Zagami, writer for Lonely Planet, on a drive along the Pan American Highway in 2019 »

» 1. Icefields Parkway, Alberta, Canada

The Icefields Parkway, or Canada’s Highway 93, is one of the most scenic drives in the world with over 144 miles (232km) of adventure and overwhelming natural beauty between Banff and Jasper National Parks.

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Sarah Hornby » Choosing to Live

From Vimeo »

While mourning her late husband, Sarah Hornby craved an opportunity to connect with him through his biggest passion. Her goal was simple. She would attempt all 10 routes he created while researching his Bikepacking in the Canadian Rockies guidebook, in a single year. As she pedaled, her story transformed. From sadness and loss to a profound celebration of both his life and her own unique journey, she was choosing to live.

The guidebook Bikepacking the Canadian Rockies, which had been due in 2019, is now scheduled for release in 2022.

Melanie Vogel is hiking solo across Canada, from sea-to-sea-to-sea [Updated]

On June 2nd, 2017, Melanie Vogel set out to solo thru-hike the longest recreational trail in the world. Melanie’s long-distance hike started in Cape Spear, Newfoundland the most easterly point of Canada, and will lead her trough all ten Canadian provinces and two of the three territories. She originally planed to hike to Victoria on Vancouver Island in two years, but somewhere along the way decided to include the Arctic Ocean in her hike.

When Melanie is finished, she will have solo hiked 18,000 km across Canada from the Atlantic Ocean, to the Arctic Ocean, and then to the Pacific Ocean, on The Great Trail, or as some know it, the Trans Canada Trail.

Her inspirational expedition takes her through maritime terrain, boreal forests, along the Great Lakes, the Canadian prairies, the Rocky Mountains and into the tundra and permafrost as she goes north to the Arctic.

With her choice of walking this huge country, the German born and raised adventurer is embracing Canada, to better connect to the land, its people, nature and herself.

As an ambassador for The Great Trail, Melanie wants to inspire people to get outside and discover trails in their backyard and by doing so find the connection back to nature.

Melanie Vogel is the recipient of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Women’s Expedition Grant for 2019.

You can follow her journey on Between Sunsets and Twitter.


Update 2019.12.10 » Vancouver is Awesome » This woman has been walking across Canada for 2 years and isn’t stopping yet


Update 2020.10.18 » Dan Davidson, of the Whitehorse Daily Star, writes that Melanie might spend the winter in Whitehorse as she is restricted from entering the Northwest Territories and reaching  Tuktoyaktuk and the Arctic Ocean due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

 

Road Trip: Canada’s 10 most visited National Parks

Canada’s national parks and historic sites hosted a staggering 24.7 million visitors last year. Not bad for a country with a population of only 36 million people. Which of it’s 39 national parks are the most popular? Here are the top ten:

  1. Banff National Park in Alberta – 4,059,503 visitors
  2. Jasper National Park in Alberta – 2,345,130 visitors
  3. Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park in Quebec – 1,143,276 visitors
  4. Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia – 1,056,801 visitors
  5. Mount Revelstoke National Park in British Columbia – 795,749 visitors
  6. Yoho National Park in British Columbia – 688,157 visitors
  7. Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta – 536,865 visitors
  8. Prince Edward Island National Park – 530,247 visitors
  9. Kootenay National Park in British Columbia – 521,286 visitors
  10. Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba – 355,523 visitors

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