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The Best Hiking Trails in Atlantic Canada

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There’s no better way to experience the rugged landscape of Atlantic Canada only on foot. From New Brunswick to Newfoundland, this region is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Offering some of the world’s finest walks – old and new – you can expect to encounter land and sea wildlife, iconic landmarks and vibrant communities along the way. We’ve selected some of the provinces best long distance hikes to slow down and enjoy the rugged coastlines and dense forests in this incredible part of Canada.

The Island Walk, Prince Edward Island

It may be Canada’s smallest province, but Prince Edward Island (also known as PEI) now boasts one of the most epic hikes. The 700km trail opened in September 2021 and circles the entire island, crossing a mix of coastal paths, red dirt roads, beaches and quiet streets. Highlights include Prince Edward Island’s iconic lighthouses, a tour of its two cities – Charlottetown and Summerside – and experiencing the island’s culture in its small local communities, fantastic arts scene to culinary delights. After all, it’s nicknamed “Canada’s Food Island,” being a top destination for oysters and lobster. Due to the easy terrain and low difficulty of the trail, the Island Walk should be a prime candidate for beginners who have always wanted the challenge of a long-distance hike. As the journey takes approximately 32 days, many hotels have teamed up to facilitate the transport of luggage between accommodations. It is also possible to tackle smaller sections of the track if you are visiting for a shorter period.

More information: The island promenade