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Canada: A Taste Of ‘The Great Trail’

February 24, 2017 Whats On No Comments Email Email

Discover why Canada is a top destination in 2016!

Lonely Planet has just named it the top destination for 2017, it’s celebrating its 150th birthday and the final sections of the Trans Canada Trail, the world’s longest network of recreational trails, are on track (pardon the pun) to be completed in time for the celebration!

Join Great Canadian Trails expert, Keri May, at the free events to be held at 6pm on  Tuesday, 28 February (Sydney),   Wednesday 1 March(Melbourne) and Thursday, 2 March (Brisbane)at World Expeditions’ city offices – details and registrations here.

Canada boasts 47 National Parks and Reserves, dozens of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves, hundreds of thousands of lakes, a handful of stunning mountain ranges and the longest coastline in the world and World Expeditions’ 29 adventures there are a great way to see some of its most scenically stunning regions.

If Canada is high on your must-visit destination list, don’t miss the World Expeditions Canada Australia Tour.  Register online at

Here is a link to images: and below are four of the most popular experiences:

Best for first timers >>> Le Petit Train Du Nord

Just north of Montreal lies the longest linear park in Canada: Le P’tit Train du Nord features a 125-mile gentle cycle path built over an old railway line. Unlike many rail trails which are laid out in straight lines, it curves around rivers, lakes and the base of mountains, along an old settlers’ route through lush ‘Laurentides’ countryside, charming villages and abandoned (but beautifully restored) train stations. An introductory level trip, it is traffic-free, easy to follow and family friendly, with shuttles dropping off your luggage at your next B&Bs and refreshments available along the way.

  • NEW! Le Petit Train Du Nord (5 days) launches 15 June, from $1,440 per person

Best for nature lovers >>> Fundy Footpath Fall Colours

Hike the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in North America’s east coast! The UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve “offers hikers an opportunity to observe some of the last remaining stands of old-growth coastal Acadian Forest in the world as well as spectacular vistas, pristine beaches, unique estuaries, interesting geology and lots of wildlife” – but you will also get to witness the highest tides in the world, enjoy fire-side gourmet meals (including a lobster dinner on the beach!) and fall asleep to the sound of the waves.

  • Fundy Footpath Fall Colours (8 days) departs 27 September, from $3,380 per person

Best for food and wine >>> Niagara Wines & Waterfront Trail

A week-long discovery of the Niagara Peninsula by bike, cycling the Waterfront Trail through award-winning wineries – almost 75 per cent of Canada’s world famous ice wine comes from Ontario – such as the iconic Inniskillin Winery, which pioneered the production of ice wine in the New World back in the 1980s. The area is known for its ‘farm-to-table’ movement and locally grown ingredients, while the Niagara escarpment enjoys a unique micro climate, which combined with fertile soils make it the province’s prime fruit-growing area.

  • Niagara Wines and Waterfront Trail by Bike (8 days) departs May-October, from $1,790 per person

Best for photographers >>> Prince Edward Island by Bike

Small in size but big in character, Canada’s smallest province was the first to complete its section of The Great Trail. The 300-mile Confederation Trail is a modified abandoned railway line that connects the far west to the far east coast through forests, wetlands, small towns and former railway stations. From the stunning Gulf Shore Ways to the heart of Green Gables, photographers will fall in love with its colourful fishing villages, red clay terrain, sand dunes, Acadian architecture and tapestry-like farmland dotted with hay bales.

  • Prince Edward Island by bike (7 days) departs June-September, from $1,990 per person

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