The Great Trail, a network in Canada of 24.000km of trails

In 1992, an extensive network of trails started to be created in Canada. It’s original name was the Trans Canada Trail, although since 2016 has been renamed to The Great Trail. It’s a 24.000km network of trails that connects the 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada. The web of the project is

It’s not only a hiking friendly project, but more a pedestrian path/canoe route/biking trail. Little more than a third of the total amount of kilometers, 8.500, are next to roads or highways. 7.000km are categorized as waterways, including the famous Lake Superior, which is commonly know as the largest lake in the world. And the rest 5.000km, are considered of various types.


Video of the project

Details of The Great Trails

When you check the details of the routes, you could observe the following info attached to each route:

  • Name
  • Description (many of them, but not all have)
  • Length
  • Trail type
  • Activities
  • Setting
  • Printable PDFs with the maps
  • Pictures
  • KML and GPX files, to see the routes in Google Maps or other Geolocation apps

Famous routes along The Great Trail

Along it’s way, The Great Trail comprises either well known trails, or portions of them that make this project even more interesting. Here we provide a list of some of the most relevant, so you can have a better idea:

  • Myra Canyon portion (in British Columbia) which is located in the Okanagan Highland east of Kelowna. It’s part of the Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park and part of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail.
The Great Trail through the Mira Canyon
The Great Trail through the Mira Canyon. Picture by Mack Male
  • Chilliwack River Valley, at the British Columbia as well. Surrounded by the stunning mountain peaks of Mount Cheam and Slesse Mountain and the mighty Fraser and Vedder Rivers, Chilliwack offers a picturesque series of hiking trails that meander along the water and through lush, dense forests.

    Chilliwack River Valley
    Chilliwack River Valley. Photo by Tim Gage:
  • Banff Legacy Trail, in the province of Alberta. The peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominate its skyline.

    Banff Legacy Trail in Alberta
    Banff Legacy Trail in Alberta
  • Lake Winnipeg, at Manitoba:

    Lake Winnipeg
    Lake Winnipeg. By Gerry Petrin
  • Charlevoix winter beach, in Quebec

    Charlevoix winter beach at Quebec
    Charlevoix winter beach at Quebec by VinceTraveller
  • Saint John River Trail, in New Brunswick

    Saint John river trail in New Brunswick
    Saint John river trail in New Brunswick, by Dave Milton

The entire list of routes

If you want to have a list of most of the routes that are along The Great Trail, we have made it for you. The website of the project is pretty good, but lacks of some features that make it far from perfect.

Water Trails

  • British Columbia:
    • Salish Sea Marine Trail
    • Sea to Sky Marine Trail
    • West Arm Paddle Route
    • West Arm Paddle Route
  • Alberta:
    • Athabasca River Trail
    • The Mirror Landing Trail
  • Northwest Territories:
    • Mackenzie River Trail
    • Slave River, Great Slave River
  • Saskatchewan:
    • Chief Whitecap Waterway
    • Qu’Appelle River
  • Ontario:
    • Linoo Oowan Trail – Path of the Paddle
    • Migizi Trail – Path of the Paddle
    • Maukinak Trail – Path of the Paddle
    • Quetico Trail – Path of the Paddle
    • Omimi Trail – Path of the Paddle
    • Animiki Trail – Path of the Paddle
    • Lake Superior Water Trail
    • Lake Couchiching Water Trail
  • New Brunswick:
    • The Lower River Passage, Saint John River
  • Nova Scotia:
    • Shubenacadie River
    • Bras d’Or Lake Water Route
  • Nunavut:
    • Iqaluit and Connection to Itijjagiaq Trail

Walking, Horseback riding & Cycling Trails

  • British Columbia:
    • Galloping Goose Regional Trail
    • Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail
    • Cowichan Valley Trail
    • Nanaimo Regional Trail
    • Nanaimo River Trail
    • Nanaimo Trail to Duke Point
    • Sea to Sky Trail
    • West Vancouver Trail
    • North Vancouver Trail
    • City of Vancouver Trail
    • North Burnaby Trail
    • TriCity Trail
    • Ridge Meadows Trail
    • Pitt River Greenway
    • Langley Township Trail
    • Abbotsford Discovery Trail
    • Vedder Trail
    • Chilliwack-Hope Alternate Cycling route
    • Chilliwack Valley Trail
    • Silverhope Creek Trail
    • Hope Trails
    • Coquihalla River Trail
    • Juliet Trail
    • Brodie Trail
    • Kettle Valley Rail Trail
    • Columbia and Western Trail
    • Castlegar to Trail
    • Castlegar to Nelson
    • Slocan Valley Rail Trail
    • Great Northern Rail Trail
    • Kootenay Bay Ferry to Kimberley
    • NorthStar Rails to Trails
    • Chief Isadore Trail
    • Wardner to Elko
    • Elk Valley Community Trail
    • Round Prairie to Elk Pass
  • Alberta:
    • High Rockies Trail
    • Goat Creek Trail
    • Banff Legacy Trail
    • Town of Canmore
    • Bow Valley Connector
    • Kananaskis Country Trail
    • The Mirror Landing Trail
    • The Grouard to Peace Trail
    • Ike’s Trail to BC border (western AB)
    • Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail
  • Saskatchewan:
    • Northern Trails of Saskatchewan
    • Danielson Provincial Park
    • Elbow View
    • Tugaske to Craik
    • Sand Point Beach to Tugaske
    • Mount Pleasant Trail
    • Regina Trans Canada Trail
    • White Butte Trails to Qu’Appelle Valley Waterway
    • RM of Abernethy Trail
    • RM of Wolseley Trail
    • McLeod Trail
    • RM of McLeod to Melville
    • Melville to York Lake Regional Park
    • Good Spirit Lake Trail
    • Two Rivers Trail
  • Manitoba:
    • Crocus Trail
    • Rossburn Subdivision Trail
    • Neepawa Langford Trail
    • Carberry North Cypress Trail
    • Glenboro South Cypress
    • Lorne Municipality Trail
    • Miami – Thompson Trail
    • Stanley Trail
    • Altona-Gretna-Rhineland Trail
    • Crow Wing Trail
    • Winnipeg Trails
    • Red River North Trail
    • Blue Water South Trail
    • North Whiteshell Trail
    • Centennial Trail
  • Ontario:
    • Pigeon River Trail
    • Voyageur Trail – Elliot Lake to Sault Ste. Marie
    • Lake Huron North Channel
    • Sudbury North Bay Trail
    • Commanda to Callander Trail
    • Seguin Recreational Trail
    • Huntsville Trans Canada Trail
    • Gravenhurst Trans Canada Trail
    • Uhthoff Trail
    • North Simcoe Rail Trail
    • Caledon Trailway
    • Elora-Cataract Trailway
    • Kissing Bridge Trailway
    • Norfolk and Oxford County Rail Trails
    • Bayham Trans Canada Trail
    • Chatham-Kent Trans Canada Trail
    • Essex-Chatham Trail
    • Chrysler Canada Greenway
    • Durham Region Trans Canada Trail
    • Kawartha Trans Canada Trail
    • Campbellford Trans Canada Trail
    • Hastings County Trail
    • Central Frontenac Trailway
    • Frontenac K&P Trail
    • Cataraqui Trail
    • Lanark Link
  • Quebec:
    • Parc linéaire régional de la Vallée de la Gatineau
    • Mont-Laurier à Grand-Remous
    • Parc linéaire Le P’tit Train du Nord
    • Lieu historique national du Canal de Chambly
    • La Montérégiade
    • Chemin de la Diligence
    • La Montagnarde
    • La Cantonnière
    • Parc linéaire des Bois-Francs
    • Parc régional de la MRC de Lotbinière
    • Parcours Marie-Hélène Prémont
    • La Traversée de Charlevoix
    • Sentier de l’Orignac
    • Parc linéaire interprovincial Petit Témis
  • New Brunswick:
    • Parc linéaire interprovincial Petit Témis
    • Saint John River Trail
    • Woodstock to Fredericton
    • Fundy Footpath
    • Dobson Trail
    • The Marshes
  • Nova Scotia:
    • The Short Line
    • Jitney Trail
    • Denmark to Bible Hill
    • Old Barns to Stewiacke
    • Carrolls Corner to Lower Meaghers Grant
    • Musquodoboit Trailway
    • Chezzetcook Musquodoit Trail
    • Atlantic View Trail
    • Salt Marsh Trail
    • Guysborough Rail-Line
    • Guysborough Nature Trail
    • Celtic Shores Coast Trail
    • Bealach Brèagha Lake Ainslie Trail
    • The Lewis Mountain Trail
  • Newfoundland:
    • Newfoundland T’Railway Trail
    • East Coast Trail
  • Nunavut:
    • Itijjagiaq Trail
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