Explore the most popular Bike Touring trails in Canada with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

I’d rate this a 3.5. More of a quad trail than hiking trail. Great if you need an accessible route but not challenging.

Only made it about half way to Shadow lake. Very peaceful hike through the trees.

Perfect for a sunny afternoon when you do not have much time and you do not want to go far from Mtl.

Nice walk, but 100% on the dish ...

hiking
rocky
16 days ago

my first serious hike, loved it...

hiking
muddy
25 days ago

Good hike. Kid and dog friendly. A little small rocky climb toward the end where the Sea Lion is, but very minor.

hiking
25 days ago

Tough but fun. I only did 15km on south west end. Beautiful views.

hiking
muddy
29 days ago

beautiful trail, came in the back way through devils gap. backcountry spots were very nice and provided more than expected. saw a Grizzlie on shore across the lake in the LM22 spot roughly. also saw various birds, deer, a yellow snake and a pheasant or grouse, went quickly. I will be doing the full loop at some point as it was very beautiful and clean and a much nicer hike than the rocky devils gap section was. be respectful and pack out what you carry in. parks Canada has trail cams out and will most likely have you on cam.

very scenic route along the St Lawrence river. Trail is paved and is good for rollerblading, jogging or biking. There is no difficulty for this trail it's mostly flat it's just distance.

hiking
1 month ago

really nice difficult but amazing trail like landscape and camping site

One of the most beautiful hikes I've completed to date! Rather challenging if you plan for longer days, but rewarding nonetheless. 3 days 2 nights is certainly enough to complete the trail. We hiked clockwise and I would definitely do that direction again. Ran into 3 groups of people the entire time we were on the trail so it was nice and quiet. A significant amount of muddy patches to go around between Refugee and Seal Cove, but that could have also been because of the hurricane. One of the best marked trails I have ever experienced as well.

This is the fastest and easiest way to hike in for Shadow Lake Lodge. After a good hike up the fire toad with great views of the river, there is a steep climb to the lodge over the last 2.5km. This can be a really long hike if you are carrying too much weight. Be sure and pack wisely!

Beautiful trail. Can't wait to do it again. Reserving cabins and carrying less gear was a great option I'm glad we took.

running
1 month ago

Trail is in perfect shape, no mud at all. 1 creek crossing. Go counter clockwise for an easier route. I ran this way Sept 7.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
off trail
scramble
1 month ago

The crossing of the Sturgeon marks the point where motorized vehicle access is not allowed (I believe this is the park boundary or not far from it). The bushwhack portion of the trail was exactly as described on various posts (IG, FB, etc), lots of scrambling over downed trees and multiple ribboned points making finding the proper trail confusing at times. I recommend traveling with a light pack and bring water shoes - there are multiple water crossings. Water sources are plentiful, use a good filtration system. The campsite at the top of Scarecrow Lake is equipped with a thunderbox (a pleasant surprise!). The trail to the ridge is much easier to follow, roughly 2 hours up at a steady pace. Late August was perfect timing, next to no bugs, water crossings were low and temps were neither too warm nor too cool. Great trip!

This a hard, yet rewarding trail. It took me 3 days, 2 nights and around 13 hours of hiking to complete. I spent the first night in Refugee Cove and the second night in Eatonville. There was rain the first night which made the trail the second day along the coast very muddy and unforgiving but the views were worth it. Great experience and trail.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Absolutely incredible views across rugged terrain. My husband and I just completed this hike in 3 days, 2 nights. We took a shuttle from Advocate to Eatonville, opting out of the 14k wooded portion of this trail. We started in Eatonville day one and hiked to Big Bald Cabin (which was such perfect end to the day). Approximately 15k, a couple of real good inclines and declines and lots of muck (we went 2 days after a large rain storm). Day 2 was Bug Bald to Refugee Cove (9k). This was the hardest day for us, as we pushed ourselves a bit harder than we should have on day one. We had a late start and had to push to make it before dark. This portion of the trail was very mucky, so wear waterproof hiking boots and take poles. You’ll thank yourself. There were some sketchy “bridges” as well. Watch your footing. Day three was Refugee back to Red Rocks (13k). Mill brook was both an incredible climb down and up, but the views are stunning. We timed ourselves so we could finish the hike with the shortcut on the beach. Despite the wicked hills, day three was our favourite. The trail had no mud and was easy to navigate. All in all, it took us about 15-16 hours hike time. Happy Hiking!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Lots of forest to hike through and then a beautiful view of the river when you arrive at the big bend campsite

Dogs are partially allowed since May 2019, only on the main island, and sadly only on a single track. I don’t say trail as we are forced to stay on the gravel path for a distance, no underwoods for dogs... Since that part follows the street, and is in a kind of plain, it’s quite boring. The other parts were better, but it was extremely crowded. It’s fine when you want to stay near the city, but there are much better trails one hour away.

hiking
1 month ago

My hiking partner and I just completed the trail. The trail can be described as primitive. It is not as isolated as I was originally led to believe. Strenuous up and down from stream to plateau. They don’t waste anytime getting you from sea level to 600 or 700 ft. We went west to east from interpretive center to Fundy National Park. Only Seeley Brook, Little Salmon River, Telegraph Brook, and Goose Creek have privies. Avoid Quiddy River, as many locals frequent this site (we met a family of five with a generator running who had camped for a week. They came in on ATV.). They seem to be down playing the Goose River tidal crossing, as trail is unkept and bypass trail is in great condition. We took five days , and did side trips to Eye of the Needle and Martin Head. Eye of the Needle is about 30 min up Little Salmon River, then follow blue blazes. Bring water shoes for frequent river crossings. Distances on map are not accurate. Entire trail is about 48 km, plus 12 km in Fundy National Park. At western end, mileage is as crow flies versus actual switchback and trail distance.

hiking
bridge out
1 month ago

Did the loop anti clockwise over two days. Was a shakedown for some back packing gear. I overnight at Tombstone. With a full pack 22Km per day proved to be OK but not optimal. If I use this trail again I will utilise Bow and Romulus campgrounds and do some side hikes or summits. Big Elbow has a bridge missing at present, it looks like a new bridge is going to be constructed. The choices are to Ford or stay west of the river. The trail west is non existent in places... the better choice - Ford it. The camp sites are all awesome, clean, firewood, axe etc. in my experience you find good company there. Although it's an old fire road the views and scenery are great.

We walked from the falls to big bend in 2 hours. Nice Forrest walk. Campsite very scenic and a great place to spend the night. Muddy sections.

Easy hiking to big bend and Athabasca river crossing. Bridge is out but you can get across if you hop along the gravel beds.

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
scramble
1 month ago

Great time of year (only a few bugs )for a hike. If you like bushwhacking for 4 hours. Next time I think 4days pack lighter. Would enjoy the it better. The view at the top was picture perfect! Warning the trail is marked with many different tap markers. Makes the trail in harder then needed. Bring a compass and use it might cut off 1 to 2 off the bushwalking. And stop adding new routes. Which tape do you follow red ,yellow, pink, orange and blue. That saying I’m glad I did it.

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