Ontario | Bruce Trail
Distance Hiked: 274.6km
The Bruce Trail is an 885km trail that follows the Niagara Escarpment from Niagara to Tobermory. The trail in divided into nine sections with each section managed by its own club. The trail itself is very well maintained and clearly marked by white blazes painted on trees or signposts. There are an additional 400km of side trails that are marked by blue blazes.
Virginia | Shenandoah National Park
Visited: October 2017 – 4 days
Favourite Hikes: Old Rag, Bearfence Mountain, White Oak Canyon, Dark Hollow Falls, Stony Man
The Shenandoah Valley stretches across 200 miles between the Blue Ridge Mountains in the east and the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians in the west. The Shenandoah National Park encompasses around half of that stretch from Front Royal in the north to Rockfish Gap in the south. The Skyline Drive, the main road that winds and twists through the park, offers sweeping views of rolling hills from the neighbouring mountain ranges in either direction.
New Hampshire | White Mountains
Visited: October 2017 – 2 days
Favourite Hikes: Mount Pemigewasset, Lonesome Lake
The White Mountains is one of the best places in New England to enjoy the great outdoors. Especially in the fall when the leaves are changing colour. This mountain range encompasses about a quarter of the state of New Hampshire and a portion of western Maine. Every fall thousands of tourists flock here to experience some of the best fall foliage New England has to offer.
Maine | Acadia National Park
Visited: September 2017 – 3 days
Favourite Hikes: Precipice Trail, Beehive Trail, South Bubble Rock, Gorham Mountain, Jordan’s Pond Loop
Located on Mount Desert Island along the Atlantic coast in Maine, Acadia National Park is the first and only national park east of the Mississippi River. It encompasses all of the beauty, charm, and ruggedness of New England’s wilderness. Many of the trails weave their way up, down, and around mountains, through lush forests and along a granite coastline that has been (and continues to be) ravaged by the never-ending lapping of waves by the ocean.
Montana | Glacier National Park
Visited: August 2016 – 4 days
Favourite Hikes: Grinnell Glacier, the High Line, Hidden Lake Overlook, Avalanche Lake, St. Mary’s Falls
Glacier National Park is located in northwestern Montana along the US-Canada border just south of Waterton Lakes National Park. Together these two parks formed the first ever International Peace Park to better preserve and protect the shared ecosystem along the Continental Divide. Spanning across a million acres, Glacier National Park is home to 25 active glaciers (although scientists estimate they will all disappear by 2030), 71 species of mammals (including the grizzly bear!), and 151 trails (totaling 1,200km). The Going-to-the-Sun Road, the park’s only road that cuts through the park, offers exhilarating views as you’re winding around, through, and over the mountainous terrain.
Wyoming | Yellowstone National Park
Visited: September 2015 – 8 days
Favourite Hikes: Mount Washburn, Brink of the Lower Falls, Uncle Tom’s Trail, Bunsen Peak
The first national park was established here in Yellowstone. Situated along much of northwestern Wyoming and parts of neighbouring Montana and Idaho, even over a hundred years ago there was a collective need to protect and preserve the abundant wildlife and many geothermal features surrounding the area. Today Yellowstone boasts of being one of the largest ecosystems in the Lower 48 to support a wide variety of animals – including many endangered species like the grizzly bear, gray wolf and American bison. Resting atop an active supervolcano, it is also home to half of the world’s geothermal features.