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The trail goes ever on

Atlantic Canada has some of the best trail systems on Planet Earth—right outside your back door.

By Dan Brennan


photos_articles_15.jpgAre you feeling pretty good right now? Has all the hard work to get yourself in shape begun to pay off? Great, then now’s the time to add some outdoor activity to your healthy lifestyle. Fortunately for you, right outside your back door is a place called Atlantic Canada.

If you live in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador, right on your doorstep are some of Canada’s best hiking, biking, and walking trails. And that means some of the best trails on Planet Earth.

People come from all over the world to enjoy our outdoor nature and heritage. It’s what differentiates Canada from other countries. With your first step you can step into our heritage. You can follow in the footfalls of the ancient First Nation land routes, along the trails of the early explorers, along the banks of early water transportation systems, and in the tracks of old-time steam railways.

There is nothing like a vigorous hike with your family, your partner, a buddy–or even all by yourself. That first step will quickly become a few hours a week, and we guarantee you’ll be hooked on hiking. Pack some water, fruit, trail mix, or a tasty lunch and you’ll own the day. Prepare for the elements with light all-weather gear and nothing can stop you.

In Atlantic Canada, all the organizational work is already done for you. There is a trail system that doesn’t end–it goes on, and on, and on. Thousands of kilometres of trail systems are mapped, signed, cleared, leveled, and just waiting for you. The new technology let’s you download maps of any of our systems with just a click. If you’re reading this, you have the technology at hand. Begin your planning and exploration right now!

For the modern explorer, the technology of the global positioning system (GPS) makes it even more fun. You can charge off trail, often where no other footstep has been taken, and find your way back with ease. (Note: As with all outdoor activities, the principles of caution and common sense still apply.)

The links below are a first step to “getting there.” There are literally hundreds of sites you can use. And well-linked hikers seem to like to share their information. So, first let “your finger do the walking,” plan an outing, and stay fit the outdoor way.

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