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Backpackers and Canada
Hitting the trails in Canada is practically a national pastime. From glaciers to plunging valleys to raging rivers, Canada is not for the meek, but is something you will never forget.

With thousands of miles of mountainous terrain, Canada is an outdoors dream. Throw in the many lakes and rivers, and Canada can be a treat for any type of outdoors person. No matter which province you choose to backpack in, you'll be surprised at the many different types of climate and land formations you'll discover. Follow the trails in your chosen area, and bring a map – there's plenty to explore in Canada.

One of the most interesting provinces in Canada has to be British Columbia. On the west coast of Canada, this province is located above Washington State, and is home to one of Canada's largest cities, Vancouver. It's location on the Pacific Ocean allows for your trip here to include trails that go along coastlines, as well as those that head through mountain areas.

One such trail is the Baden Powell Trail, located in the district of North Vancouver. This trail, which spans 41 km (25.5 miles), runs from Burrard Inlet in Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. One section of the trail, known as the District section, comprises a 10 hour hike starting at Grouse Mountain Resort and going eastward to Panorama Drive in Deep Cove. Other entry points to the Baden Powell Trail allow for shorter hikes as well, such as the starting points in Lynn Canyon Park and Skyline Road.

Another trail in the same area of British Columbia that provides great hiking is the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island. This trail, one of several on the island, is 47 miles of wilderness that's perfect for the experienced backpacker. The rainforest area here was cleared in 1906, and the West Coast Trail was originally created to make a refuge for mariners who could become shipwrecked along the beach. The area around Vancouver Island was once known as "the Graveyard of the Pacific" for its dangerous coastline. Now, it's still important to carry maps and tide tables with you when in this area, as it can become unsafe at times. Waterfalls, caves, and other natural formations are all along this trail, making it great for those who enjoy the beauty of nature.

Trekking in Canada is a great way to enjoy the wilderness and beauty of this unspoiled country. There are many different types of trails and camping grounds throughout the country, and one can choose where to visit based on the type of hiking and other outdoor activities they're interested in. One thing's for certain – a trip to British Columbia to hike their many trails will be a trip you'll never forget.
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