I’m one of the lucky ones. Over the last few years I have explored some of the most scenic parts of Canada – often with a backpack. I have by no means done all the best backpacking trails in Canada but I can tell you that none of these will disappoint. Most will make you very happy to be alive – though that may be at the end of the day when you’ve finally dropped your backpack.
Chilkoot Trail, British Columbia, Yukon Territory and Alaska
Historically important, the Chilkoot Trail is the Gold Rush trail from the late 1800’s. As you hike from tidewater in Dyea, Alaska to the US/Canada border, you will pass many relics left over from the gold rush days. Although the trail is short – just 53 kms one way – it’s challenging. But it’s also picturesque and the scenery over the short distance is diverse. Book early to get the campsites you want when you want them – and be prepared for snow at the pass. Don’t forget your passport.
Grizzly Lake, Tombstone Mountains, Yukon Territory
One of my all-time favourite backpacking trips in Canada – the hike to Grizzly Lake (and onto Divide and Talus Lakes) is best done in late August if you want to see the fall colours at their peak. Spectacular lakes, rugged mountains and scenic vistas await you almost every step of the way. The weather is highly changeable so you must pack for all seasons. Allow a minimum of two days; three to four days is preferable. At the Tombstone Territorial Parks office, you can pick up bear canisters for your food as well as bear spray.