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My name is Samantha Olthof. I am based in Northern Ontario, Canada, and try to spend as much time outside as possible. Here you can find my writing on hiking, gear reviews, and plenty of gratuitous puppy pictures.

So here is the grand overview of the Great Trail Planning Guide. I’ll be updating this post with links as each piece of the map is published. I’m going to generally work from East to West, hopping up to include the Territories when it seems appropriate.

Note: this article originally appeared on The Trek, which you can read here. Packit Gourmet started as a way to feed Debbie and Jeff Mullins’s family during outdoor adventures. They then turned their backcountry culinary skills into a family-owned and operated business. They sell backpacking meals out of their family home near Austin, TX. Details Price: Meals range […]

Note: this article originally appeared on The Trek, which you can read here. The Laugavegur Trail is a 36-mile trail stretching across southern Iceland, featuring a terrain diversity similar to the PCT: desert, glaciers, mountains, and forests. Imagine you somehow combined Mordor and the Shire, and that mental image will come close to approximating the beauty […]

Note: this article originally appeared on The Trek, which you can read here. La Cloche Silhouette Trail is a 48-mile trail found in Killarney Provincial Park in Northern Ontario. The signage in the park suggest taking a minimum of seven to ten days to hike the trail, but anyone with decent backcountry experience can do it […]

Quebec is a wonderful section of the Great Trail to cycle. Most of the trails are made for it, and the bike infrastructure in cities is well done. The most iconic of these bike routes is the Route Verte which encompasses 5300km of bikes trails. Many of the GT sections in Quebec are part of […]

Cape Breton As a kid, my family took a road trip from Ontario to the East Coast. Cape Breton is one of the most vivid memories I have of that trip (I don’t really remember the trip back because Harry Potter 6 had been released and I spent most of the return voyage with my […]

New Brunswick contains over 900 km of the Great Trail and connects the PEI, Quebec, and Nova Scotia sections to each other. It is home to some enormous forests and the northern Appalachian Mountains. It is the only province to have both French and English listed as its official languages, and about 1/3 of the […]

Prince Edward Island is the simplest section of the Great Trail to plan. It consists of a single trail: The Confederation Trail. The famous Confederation Bridge leads from the mainland to P.E.I. If you’re hiking or cycling, you’ll need to take the ferry.  This 449.46 km trail (ideal for walking or cycling) will take you […]