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Walking has numerous health benefits, such as decreasing stress, improving cardiovascular health, warding off chronic illnesses, and reducing obesity-related complications.
In Canada, hiking has been growing in popularity since the pandemic, with 72 percent of Canadians saying they regularly use trails around the country for outdoor activities.
For those looking for some outdoor fun, here are eight top hiking trails from coast to coast.

First Footsteps Trail, Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia

A great hike for beginners, this 0.75 kilometer trail loops along the meadows with some short steep sections and steps. Visitors will be able to enjoy stories of the indigenous people, including traditional artwork. The trail also takes visitors around what is called the icebox, which is a large cleft in the rock that has snow all year. For a longer journey, link to the nearby Koo Koo Sint trail, which is an easy mountain-top hike that takes about 60 minutes.

Emerald Lake Trail, Yoho National Park, British Columbia

This lakeshore trail offers a view of the Rocky Mountains and the surrounding forest for an easy-level hike around the west side of the lake. It is 5.2 kilometers, which takes about two hours to complete. The trail includes a gravel path from the parking area to the bridge, which is at the back of the lake.

Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail, Banff National Park

An easy way to see one of the most picturesque spots in Banff, the lakeshore trail winds around Lake Louise with its turquoise-colored waters. The hike has mountain views and hikers will see a waterfall and the glacier waters at the far end of the lake. The trail leads to the milky creek, which is where the lake gets its beautiful color.

Sand Dunes Nature Trail, Douglas Provincial Park, Saskatchewan

A unique hike in the prairies, the trail in Douglas Provincial Park takes visitors around one of just three sand dune areas in the province. The dunes stand 25 meters tall and are found among the grasslands and aspen woodlands. The trail is just over 11 kilometers and can take two to three hours to finish. It’s recommended to hike the trail either in the morning or evening when the temperature is cooler because there is no shade available along the hiking trail.

Nassagaweya Canyon Trail, Milton, Ontario

You don’t need to travel far to find a great outdoor hiking adventure. Nassagaweya Canyon Trail is just a short drive from Toronto. On this 9.4 kilometer trail, views include lush woods that lead to the crest of the Niagara Escarpment at Rattlesnake Point. The trail connects the Rattlesnake Point to Crawford Lake. It’s about a four- to five-hour hike through the area.

Georgian Bay Trail, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

One of the most popular places to hike in Southern Ontario, this trail is one of the best that leads visitors to the scenic cliffs and shore in the park. The trail is three kilometers and a moderate to difficult level. It takes about three hours to complete, and there are two route options from the shoreline. Hikers can head into Indian Head Cove, where there are two sea caves to explore. Going down the Marr Lake return route can be tricky as it is lined with boulders along the shore.

Williams Falls, Mount Carleton Provincial Park, New Brunswick

This is a simple and easy trail for families or those new to hiking with spectacular views of the falls. The trail is 0.3 kilometers and takes less than 30 minutes to complete. Once you arrive, you can stand on the bridge over the top of the falls or head to the lookout platform below to get a view of the water as it cascades down the rocks.

Coastal Trail, Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador

Hikers can start the Coastal Trail at the visitor center or Newman Sound Campground. It takes explorers along the coast of the inner Newman Sound with occasional sandy spots and along the boreal forest. The trail is 9.5 kilometers and takes about three to four hours to complete. It ends at Pissamere Falls and is considered easy to moderate.

Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia

Considered an easy trail, the Skyline offers some amazing views at the end of the trail, which leads to a headland cliff that overlooks the coast. From various lookout points on this trail, visitors will be able to spot whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This trail is an 8.2 kilometer loop that takes about two or three hours to complete.