Tips for Beginner Hikers

With sections weaving their way through mountain ranges, along river beds and the shores of vast lakes and immense oceans,  the Trans Canada Trail is truly a paradise for hikers of all skill levels. 

Getting ready for your first hike is an exciting prospect, but it does require a certain level of advance preparation. Here are our tips for ensuring your first hike on the Trail is as mind-blowing as it should be! 



Take small walks every day to adjust

Beginner hikers should never underestimate the importance of starting small. A successful hike doesn’t necessarily involve reaching the top of a mountain straight away – rather, it is rooted in healthy lifestyle changes before you even hit the Trail. We recommend increasing your step count and getting outdoors every day before tackling your first hike. 


Know the Trail section before you go 

Another must on any beginner hiker’s to-do list is to research your selected Trail section before you go. Most information on Trail sections can be found using our interactive map, or on our Trail partners’ websites. Check out trail ratings online, which may provide specific information on the length, altitude and difficulty of each section of the Trans Canada Trail. Ratings help you make informed decisions about your hike, and also provide an insight into what sort of Trail section you can expect. 

On the day of your hike, always make sure to check the weather forecast before and during your adventure so you can bring provisions and suitable clothing, such as the wind and waterproof options offered by Columbia Sportswear. 



Make sure someone knows your itinerary 

Even if you’re hiking with someone else, letting additional people know where you’re going is paramount. Take time to talk to trusted friends or family members who will not be on the hike with you. Ensure they know the details of your itinerary, as well as what time you expect to return. Should you not return at that time, they can be a vital link in calling for the help you may need. 

Carrying an emergency device, such as a SPOT Satellite Messenger device or GPS phone, is another way to stay safe. However, these devices should only be treated as a backup. They should not be used as an excuse to take chances with your personal safety. 



Bring some snacks to keep you fueled 

Let’s face it – nothing beats some mid-hike munching! Some high-energy snacks, like protein bars, are essential to ensure your energy levels remain steady during your hike. This is a crucial part of your hiking prep – whether you’re going for a day-long stroll or a longer excursion. 

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