Frequently Asked Questions

To prevent the further spread of Covid-19, we strongly encourage everyone using trails in our network to keep a distance of at least two metres from others, in accordance with public health guidelines.
Before heading out on the Trail, please keep these in mind. ● The trails that are part of our network are locally owned and operated. So, the decision to close their sections for a range of reasons (staffing, safety, busier sections that may make social distancing less effective, etc.) is under their purview. Our recommendation for trail users is that they follow provincial and federal guidelines, but to always check the status of trail you’re planning to visit. ● Before going outside, please consult the latest updates from the Government of Canada, the World Health Organization, your province, your municipality and the organization that manages your chosen section of the Trail. The situation evolves quickly, so we may not be made aware of all trail closures. We understand that the situation might be frustrating for Canadians who wish to enjoy some fresh air. However, some local trails volunteer organizations may be facing unforeseen challenges and determine that it is in the public’s best interest to close their section.
The Great Canadian Hike will be the longest coordinated, collective hike in Canadian history on The Great Trail of Canada, which spans 13 provinces and territories. We are challenging Canadians to get outside and hike (walk, jog, cycle or paddle) a portion of The Great Trail of Canada during the month of October 2020.
We’ve put together a list of Signature Hikes to inspire you, but you can use the search function and find a Trail section closest to you.
Want to walk, jog, cycle or paddle? Not a problem! Search for a Trail section close to you that allows these activities. The only limitation is that whatever activity you choose, must be in compliance with all laws and jurisdiction(s) in which you are doing them in.
It is entirely up to you. Whether you want to hike one kilometre or 30 kilometres, you’ll be part of Canada’s hike connecting Canadians.
There is NO cost to participate in the Great Canadian Hike. However, we are accepting donations to assist with improvements and upkeep to The Great Trail.
We are limiting groups to 10 or less, but you must abide by all local and provincial/territorial COVID-19 restrictions. COVID-19 and local guidelines for physical distancing will be provided to you in advance of your hike by email.
We are limiting the numbers of registrants per trail, per day to limit exposure to a large number of hikers. We encourage hikers to keep at least two metres (six feet) apart from other groups. If you would like a quieter hike, please choose early mornings during the week and/or hike on trails further away from large urban centres.
Healthcare providers are encouraging people to get outside and get exercise. The Great Canadian Hike is a challenge designed around a physically distant, socially together world.
No, this is an unsupported challenge and you must be self-sufficient.
Plan that there are no washrooms along sections of the Trail. We are not bringing in toilets, hand-washing stations or temporary structures for this challenge. It is an unsupported challenge, and you will need to plan accordingly.
Depending on the length and remoteness of your hike, we suggest a few items you can take in a day pack. ● Laced footwear with good tread (no flip-flops or open toed shoes). ● Waterproof jacket, layered clothing for all conditions. ● Food and water. ● Sunscreen. ● Bug repellent. ● First aid kit. ● Cell phone – more remote locations may not have cellular access.
Yes, most sections of The Great Trail do not loop back on themselves.
Contact your local emergency services by calling 911, if you have cell coverage. For remote hikes plan on being self-sufficient for an extended period (bring first aid kit, extra food).
We can’t guarantee cellular coverage, but if this is of serious concern to you, consider choosing hikes close to populated areas.
Use the hashtag #greatcanadianhike and tag @TheGreatTrail on your Instagram or Facebook posts.


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