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There is so much to recommend walking in Canada: incredible wildlife, stunning landscape, some of the friendliest locals you're ever likely to meet, and everything on a scale that can be truly jaw-dropping to European eyes. Options for hiking holidays are many and varied across this vast country, but for first time visitors one of the most popular destinations is the Rocky Mountains - the major mountain range in the North Americas. Stretching all the way from the far north of British Columbia along the western spine down to New Mexico in the south of the United States, the Rockies offer seeming endless miles of trails for those walking in Canada.

Vamos from Vancouver

One of the most popular starting places is the city of Vancouver. While Vancouver is recorded as the eighth largest Canadian city, it is actually the third largest metropolitan area, so there is plenty of urban landscape to explore before you head off to the Rockies' wilderness. The cultural, commercial and financial heart of the West, Vancouver is a vibrant, modern multicultural city, considered the most ethnically diverse in the country - with more than half the population not speaking English as their first language. This atmosphere makes Vancouver an absolute must visit for anyone travelling to this part of North America.

The proximity of Vancouver to the local mountains makes it an ideal place to kick off a holiday spent walking in Canada. Taking only a short journey outside of the city, visitors can quickly find themselves in the midst of the ranging natural surroundings that make the country famous amongst the global rambling community. A popular destination to head to from the city is Manning Park, a small resort in the Cascade Mountains close to the border with the United States (Washington State).

Manning Park

If you've booked a holiday walking in Canada's western British Columbia province, then Manning Park, or E.C. Manning Provincial Park to give it its proper name, is a large recreational park and ski area covering over 70,000 hectares. Established in 1941, the park covers a variety of terrains from wet coastal forests, to impressive mountain peaks and alpine grasslands. The park is fondly regarded amongst walkers and hikers in British Columbia, with a wide range of trails offering walks of any duration from half an hour to a week in total. For those who want to take a rest from dry land, the park also offers canoeing opportunities and, in the winter, is a top spot for both downhill and cross-country skiing.

Tony Maniscalco is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. Join us on a holiday walking in Canada to see scenic locations & landscapes at the best value prices. We offer over 250 guided group walking holidays in over 65 different countries.

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