Fall in Canada is a season not to be missed: The leaves! The weather! The vistas! And one of the best ways we know of that lets you take full advantage of autumn is trail hiking. So, we were stoked to learn that there’s actually a Great Canadian Hike. It’s an annual challenge, complete with prizes, that encourages all Canadians to embrace their local trails while enjoying the self-care benefits of getting out in nature. Sounds perfect, right?
Oh, and for the record, you don’t have to hike. You can walk, run, skip, paddle, roll, stroll or bike. No judgment. The only thing you have to do for sure is register before October 31, 2021.
In last year’s inaugural hike, over 10,000 people took up the challenge to collectively hike the length of the Trans Canada Trail, amassing a combined distance of 108,000 km – equivalent to almost three times the earth’s circumference!
Interested in next steps? There are four!
1. Sign up for the Great Canadian Hike Challenge
Register. Set your personal goal for time on the trail. Commit to hike, walk, dance, jog, cycle, roll, paddle or bike – or any combination of them all – the choice is yours!
2. Find your local trail
Explore this map to find a trail section near to you and decide where you’d like to hike. Check out the list of featured hikes for inspiration!
3. Refer a friend
Invite a friend to join you on your Great Canadian Hike! For each referral, you’ll get an additional entry in the draw for a chance to win fantastic weekly prizes and to be part of the grand prize draw.
4. Share for a chance to win
After each outing, share photos or videos of your adventures on the trail! Each photo or video submission gets you an extra entry for more chances to win prizes. Upload to the Great Canadian site or share on social with the hashtag #GreatCanadianHike to participate.