Banff, Alberta – Hike it, bike it, paddle it, ski it, get a horse and ride it – Canada is creating the longest recreational trail in the world. The trail is being made up by linking up about 500 smaller trails. Of the planned total 24,000 km length, about 17,000 km is ready at this point. When complete, the Trans Canada Trail will link almost 1000 communities, and it will pass within 30 minutes of four out of five Canadians. The goal is to connect the Trail as a continuous coast to coast to coast route by 2017, in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary.
From Calgary, the proposed route will follow the Bow River west through the foothills to the Rocky Mountains, via Bragg Creek, Bow Valley and Kananaskis Provincial Parks, Canmore and Banff National Park. Banff National Park has 1600 km (1000 miles) of hiking trails that range from an hour to a multi-day back country experience. You can follow on Twitter at @TCTrail
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Banff National Park of Canada, Banff, Alberta