11 Family-Friendly Hiking Trails Across Canada

When you want to get out and explore nature with your whole crew, without a steep incline, take a stroll down one of these great family-friendly trails. They’re certainly not short on great views!

1. Gold Creek Falls

Golden Ears Provincial Park, BC

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If you’re RVing in Golden Ears Provincial Park, be sure to bring the family out to explore the Gold Creek Falls Trail. The wide trail travels through the lush west coast rainforest up a gradual hill, following Gold Creek as you head toward the falls. Get up close to the falls (and wet from the mist!) with viewing areas at the top and bottom. The 5.5km trail offers several great spots to stop and enjoy a picnic by the creek.

2. Grassi Lakes Trail

Canmore, AB

Grassi Lakes Trail is a great family hike, not to be missed if you’re exploring the Canmore area. The winding path rewards you with panoramic views of Canmore, a waterfall, and two stunning turquoise lakes. Choose your route depending on your preferred difficulty, one with an easy, gentle incline to the lake, and the other a more difficult route past the Grassi Lakes Waterfall and a steep accent to the lake.

3. Island Lake Hiking Trail

Narrow Hills Provincial Park, SK

Enjoy the beautiful landscape of Narrow Hills Provincial Park along the Island Lake Hiking Trail, which is about 6km long. The wide trail features a sandy terrain and is easy to follow, and is a great place to see moose and deer that frequent the boreal forest.

4. Spirit Sands

Spruce Woods Provincial Park, MB

Your family will love to explore the desert-like area known as the Spirit Sands in Spruce Woods Provincial Park. The towering sand dunes are home to the northern prairie skink, Manitoba’s only lizard! Try to spot a western hognose snake and two species of cacti, also unique in Manitoba, as you hike along the self-guided trails. A return trip through the dunes can take from one to three hours.

5. Millennium Trail

Whitehorse, YT

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Enjoy gorgeous views of the river and forest and learn more about the history of Whitehorse as you walk along the Millennium Trail. The popular, 5km multi-use paved trail is great for all ages and abilities. If you’re up for an even longer trek, this trail connects to the Yukon River Loop Trail, which carries on down the river in a 15.5km loop, crossing at the scenic Miles Canyon.

6. Twin Bridges Trail

Chutes Provincial Park, ON

This easy, 6km round-trip hike along the shores of the Aux Sables River rewards you with great waterfall views. Beginning at Chutes Provincial Park’s main waterfall, the wide, groomed trail continues past a series of smaller waterfalls, named the Seven Sisters cataracts.

7. Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area

Saint-Joachim, QC

Take advantage of the free entrance to the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area this year, and explore the beautiful landscape where the St. Lawrence River meets the large coastal marshes, mountains and plains. The park offers 20km of hiking trails, with several easy options starting at 1km in length. Be sure to bring your binoculars, as Cap Tourmente is home to more than 180 bird species!

8. Polly’s Cove

Halifax, NS

You’ve probably heard of Peggy’s Cove, but if you’re craving gorgeous ocean views with fewer crowds, head over to nearby Polly’s Cove. Head out on the footpath that travels across the rocks and bogs to the ocean, about a 2km trek.

9. Dickson Falls Trail

Fundy National Park, NB

Dickson Falls is the most accessible waterfall of Fundy National Park, as well as the most photographed, reached with a quick 1.5 km loop trail. The spectacular views might just inspire you to tackle another of the park’s impressive hikes.

10. Greenwich Dunes Trail

Greenwich, Prince Edward Island National Park, PEI

Photo credit: Colin Whitlock 

Explore the coastal dune system, cross a long boardwalk through Bowley Pond, and discover various natural habitats that are home to rare plant species on the Greenwich Dunes Trail. The area is also special for its historic richness, with archaeological findings dating back 10,000 years.

11. Coastal Trail

Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland

The most popular trail in Terra Nova National Park, the Coastal Trail travels along the coast of inner Newman Sound, providing views of tidal mud flats, Pissamare Falls, and Sandy Point. The 9.5km return trail is rated as easy with some moderate climbs, and if you have an avid birder in your group, it provides great shorebird viewing opportunities.

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