18 Epic Multi-Day Backpacking Trips in Canada

Planning is key. In fact, if you have dreams of spending a week under the stars, carrying everything you need on your back as you trek one of Canada’s most epic trails…

…Well, start planning for next summer, today.

We’re here to help you. For starters, you need a route. Scroll down and choose one of these 18 epic multi-day trips. Some are an overnight, some are a week. (Some, even longer!)

Stoked? Let’s get started in the West:

West Coast Trail

Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia

West Coast TrailParks Canada

It’s 75 kilometres of mud, sweat and maybe even some tears. It’s also 75 kilometres of vast sand beaches, towering old-growth evergreens, raging rivers, fairy-tale-esque waterfalls and whale and wolf sightings. Welcome to the West Coast Trail—running through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island’s remote west coast, this is one of Canada’s most iconic backpacking trips. Expect to take five to seven days to complete this challenge—or half that via the new midway entry/exit point at Nitinat.

Sunshine Coast Trail

Powell River, British Columbia

Sunshine Coast TrailTourism Sunshine Coast

There are one-star-difficulty routes on Powell River’s Sunshine Coast Trail and there are four-star routes. But really, they’re all five-star—in that this is one of the best hiking trails in Canada. Officially, it is Canada’s lengthiest hut-to-hut hiking trail and also the only free one. It’s 180-kilometres long, but it’s almost always done in segments—some as short as an hour or two, some for several days with stout climbs into the gorgeous alpine. For a primer, try the two-day Mount Troubridge section, or maybe Sarah Point to Powell Lake. Even a day-walk to Rieveley’s Pond is worthwhile.

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