Is This the Longest Trail in the World?

Prior to reading this thread on the City-Data forums about the Trans Canada Trail I did not know that Russia was the only country with a bigger land mass than Canada. I also did not know that Canadians had built a trail system that would allow anyone to walk, jog or bike the full length of said land mass.

At the time of this writing, the discussion itself isn’t all that long, or interesting – but the subject is certainly intriguing. A trail that stretches completely across Canada, maintained by various regional groups and that is “planned and built according to the needs and desires of local communities.”

According to, the Trans Canada Trail is the longest hiking trail in the world. And it even has its own website.

As the City-Data thread title suggests, this really does sound like a hidden gem – though I’m sure locals don’t consider it hidden and probably use parts of the trail system daily. I hope the thread grows into a discussion of sections that traverse noteworthy scenery or historic spots. And if that doesn’t happen, well, maybe readers who are familiar with the trail will post experiences in the comments section below.

Have you hiked, run, biked, cross-country skied, or otherwise transported yourself along sections of the Trans Canada Trail?

  • Where did you start?
  • Where did you end?
  • How frickin’ cold was it when you went?

Read the thread in its entirety: The Trans Canada Trail, a hidden gem

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  1. The Bruce trail which is part of the trans Canada trail is heavily used in the summer by families and mountain bikers a couple minutes from where I live. How fricken cold? Well it’s currently 77 degrees out 😉

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