Ah, the true North strong and free, the land of lumberjacks and maple syrup (though it’s so much more than these stereotypes). Canada has long prided itself on its great outdoors and with vast swaths of pristine wilderness, ranging from Arctic tundra to rocky mountains and deserts, why shouldn’t Canadians take pride in their wild homeland? Canadians love to get out and explore the great outdoors, whether it’s 35 degrees or -35 degrees, and so Canada is full of amazing parks and trails, all across the country. Here are some of the best day hikes available in the Great White North.
10. Duck Mountain Provincial Park, SK
Saskatchewan may not seem like a first-choice destination for hiking, but the prairie province truly gets the short end of the stick. Duck Mountain Provincial Park, at the southern edge of the province’s boreal forest region, is testament to that. The Trans Canada Trail runs directly through the park for 14 kilometers, right on the border with Manitoba, which offers the chance to hike in 2 provinces with relative ease. Duck Mountain is a gem on its own, though, with rich flora and fauna, including nodding trillium, mountain maple and 180 species of birds. Meadows, wetlands, forests and lakes are all within reach. For the true nature enthusiast, Duck Mountain offers a wilderness hiking experience unlike any other.