Backcountry hiking

Experience Canada’s gorgeous backcountry with these backpacking hikes and multi-day trails. Bask in tranquility, with nothing but the bag on your back and the sun above your head.

Atlantic Canada

Torngat Mountains National Park

Newfoundland and Labrador
Base camp at Torngat Mountains National Park.

Experience Inuit culture with a local guide at the Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station. Head out with a local guide and follow in ancient footsteps on traditional travel routes surrounded by some of the oldest rocks on Earth. Make it a multi-day backcountry adventure in a world of jagged peaks, glacier-carved fjords and iceberg-dotted waters.

A group of four hiking at Torngat Mountains.

Gros Morne National Park

Newfoundland and Labrador
A camper sets up her tent at Gros Morne National Park.

Push your limits on the Long Range Traverse, over 35km of some of the most challenging terrain in eastern Canada. Channel your wilderness navigation skills as you head into the backcountry for this 3 to 4 day hike. Bask in stunning views of waterfalls, fjords, mountains and lakes!

The Tablelands, Gros Morne National Park

Terra Nova National Park

Newfoundland and Labrador
A couple admires the view at Terra Nova National Park

Set out on a multi-day hiking adventure along the 35km Outport Trail. Take in panoramic ocean views, cross sandy trails bright with caribou moss and climb to the summit of Mount Stamford. Camp in the abandoned settlement of Minchin Cove or stay overnight in a Yome, a funky cross between a yurt and a dome with everything you’ll need— just bring food and a sleeping bag.

A couple admires the view at Terra Nova National Park

Fundy National Park

New Brunswick
A tent glowing in the last light of the day, in the Foster Brook backcountry campsite.

See a bit of everything on the Fundy Circuit which links seven different hiking trails over 48km throughout Fundy National Park. This three-to-five-day backcountry camping adventure takes you through river valleys and sun-dappled forest, past tranquil lakes, and across rivers.

Kayakers at the Bay of Fundy.

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Nova Scotia
Visitors camping at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.

Take your time and plan a five-day, four-night exploration of the Liberty Lake Trail! Explore the 60 km hiking route which winds around the park from Big Dam Lake to the Lower Mersey River Bridge taking in boggy streams, soaring ancient hemlocks, flower-sprigged meadows and alder thickets. Look out for traces of coyote and black bears along the way.

Hikers walking through big ferns at  Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.

Quebec and Ontario

Forillon National Park

A tent at Forillon National Park

Journey into the backcountry of Quebec’s first national park on Les Crêtes trail, a 35.4km round-trip with a soaring elevation of 405m. Enjoy panoramic views over L'Anse-au-Griffon valley, the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Gaspé Bay. Spend the night camping en-route at a backcountry site or go tent-free and make a reservation for a Lean-to shelter, a three-walled cabin which accommodates up to four people.

A couple enjoys the view at Forillon National Park with their dog.

Pukaskwa National Park

Mdaabii Miikna offers great backcountry hiking experiences.

Climb the steep shoreline of Lake Superior, roam beaches and boreal forest, and cross a 30m gorge on the White River Suspension Bridge while hiking the rugged but rewarding Coastal Trail. This multi-night 60km hike is an adventurer’s dream. If you prefer a shorter trip, make sure to go to the shore trail in Anishinaabemowin, which delivers the magic of Pukaskwa in a fraction of the time! Check out Mdaabii Miikna for a memorable backcountry weekend getaway.

White River Suspension Bridge over Chigamiwinigum Falls.

Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area

A couple relaxes by the fire on Harry Island next to the water.

Marvel in the beauty of Lake Superior as you journey along the Casque Isles Trail. See marshes, beaches, old gold mines and fossil deposits along this challenging 53km trip, which takes three-to-five days to complete.

Visitors hike at  Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area

The Canadian Prairies

Grasslands National Park

Millennials and their dog, camp at the Valley of 1,000 Devils at Grasslands National Park.

Thousands of years ago dinosaurs roamed these lands, and now you can too on the Valley of 1,000 Devils’ Backpacking Adventure! Grasslands National Park is teeming with wildlife, including the once-almost extinct plains bison. This peaceful park is one of last remaining places to see a mixed-grass prairie ecosystem in North America.

A group of hikers at the Valley of 1,000 Devils at Grasslands National Park.

Prince Albert National Park

A family camping at Prince Albert National Park.

Follow the trail along the eastern shore of the Kingsmere Lake to Grey Owl’s cabin and discover the complicated legacy of Grey Owl… and Archibald Belaney. Choose from 14 of our designated backcountry sites to make camp and sleep under the stars to dream of Jelly Roll, the pet beaver.

Millennials hiking to the Grey Owl day Cabin at  Prince Albert National Park

Riding Mountain National Park

A tent glows amongst the stars at Riding Mountain National Park.

Hike the Manitoba escarpment and enjoy the beauty of the deciduous forest with views over the plains below. Take one of the loop trails along the North escarpment and take your pick of our two sites to make camp for an overnight adventure. Great year-round, but the brightly coloured foliage, twinkling night sky and bugling elk in the distance make this hike spectacular in fall.

Visitors enjoy the scenic view from the Highway 19 Look-off.

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Western Canada

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

British Columbia
Tsusiat Falls is just one of many spectacular camp locations for hikers on the West Coast Trail.

Once a life-saving route for shipwreck survivors, the West Coast Trail is now a 75km backpacking trail just waiting for you to come explore. Learn more about the traditional stories and living culture of the local Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations who have stood guardian to these lands for countless generations. Hiking this extremely demanding trail is guaranteed to leave you with aches, which will fade, and memories that will last a lifetime!

 A female hiker marvels at the picturesque waterfall at Bonilla Creek, on the West Coast Trail, as the sun’s rays shine through the trees.

Yoho National Park

British Columbia
A tent glowing in dark at Yoho National Park

Challenge yourself on the Iceline Trail, a 20.8km hike. Climb 710m to a high bench with superb glacier views before winding your way down to meadows in the Little Yoho Valley, returning past the spray of Laughing Falls. You’ll have earned your night’s rest in one of our five backcountry campgrounds —don’t forget to make a reservation!

A hiker overlooking a gorgeous mountain view at  Yoho National Park

Mount Revelstoke National Park

British Columbia
A man sits, taking images of the mountain view at Mount Revelstoke National Park.

Blooming alpine meadows, snow-dusted mountain tops and shimmering lake views – what else could you want from a hike? The trails at Miller, Eva, and Jade lakes have all of that and more! Backcountry campsites are available at Eva Lake and Upper Jade Lake so you can spend the night swapping post-hike stories under the stars.

Hikers on Jade Lakes trail in Mount Revelstoke National Park

Jasper National Park

A camper's view out of their tent at Rampart Mountain, Jasper National Park.

Fall in love with the rugged wilderness of the largest Rocky Mountains park on a two-to-three-day backcountry hike through the rolling subalpine meadows of the Tonquin Valley. With new campground and trail upgrades, the Tonquin Valley is one of Canada’s premiere alpine regions. A unique combination of the barren peaks and ghostly ice of the Ramparts mountain range, and fertile Amethyst Lake are a feast for any hiker’s senses.

A backpacker family of four admire the Ramparts Mountains.

Banff National Park

A couple by their tent at Aylmer Pass Junction backcountry campground in Lake Minnewanka at Banff National Park.

Escape the crowds on a multi-day 39 km backcountry trip in the Sunshine, Egypt Lake and Vista Lake areas. Explore a series of breathtaking trails along the alpine lakes of Simpson Pass, Healy Pass and Egypt Lake. Enjoy the wilderness in your tent under the stars, or enjoy a one-night stay at the rustic Egypt Lake trial shelter.

A couple of millennials hike in the forest on the Lake Minnewanka Trail. Banff National Park.

Northern Canada

Kluane National Park and Reserve

Backpackers in A’ay Chu Valley.

Have you ever seen a glacier up close? The Ä’äy Chù (Slim's River) West takes you on a two-to-four-day expedition through the heart of Kluane. With breathtaking mountain and glacier views, the trail ends at 22.5 km. For those who wish to explore further can opt for a demanding trek up Observation Mountain. Although difficult, the reward of viewing the spectacular Kaskawulsh Glacier makes it all worthwhile.

Backpackers in A’ay Chu Valley.  

Ivvavik National Park

A couple enter their McPherson tent at   Ivvavik National Park.

Go where only 100 people visit each year! Ivvavik National Park has infinite hiking opportunities along its rolling mountains dotted with roaming caribou. Fly into basecamp for a guided backcountry trip with Parks Canada interpreters and Inuvialuit cultural hosts or head out on your own self-guided adventure.

A group of friends backpacking at Ivvavik National Park.

Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site


Follow this fabled trail along the centuries old path first crossed by the Carcross/Tagish and Taku River Tlingit First Nations traders and later stormed by the Klondike Gold Rush stampeders in 1897. Artifacts found along the trail help you imagine what their journey along this 53km stretch would have been like. This trail is for experienced backpackers, reservations are required.

A hiker explores Chilkoot Trail.

Auyuittuq National Park

Tents at a backcountry campground at Auyuittuq National Park.

Lace up your boots and follow the Akshayuk Pass through skyscraping mountains and across glacier-fed streams. On this traditional Inuit travel route you’ll be treated to jaw-dropping views of Nunavut’s most accessible park as well as access to the highest summits on the Canadian Shield.

A hiker at Auyuittuq National Park.

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