With sections weaving their way through mountain ranges, along river beds and the shores of vast lakes and wild oceans, The Great Trail of Canada is truly a paradise for hikers of all 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 Trail section before you go. Most information on Trail sections can be found using our interactive map, or on our partners’ websites. Check out trail ratings online, which may provide specific information on the length, altitude and difficulty of each Trail section. 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.
Make sure someone knows your itinerary
Even if you’re not hiking alone, letting someone know where you’re going is paramount. Take time to talk to a trusted friend or family member who will not be on the hike with you. Ensure they know the details of your itinerary, as well as what time to start worrying and call for help.
Carrying an emergency device, such as a SPOT tracker 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 cut corners on your own personal safety.
Bring some snacks to keep you fueled
Let’s face it – nothing beats some mid-hike munching! Some high-energy snacks, like Clif 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.