Cel­e­brat­ing Canada 150: Run­ning in Our Na­tional Parks

Canadian Running - - FEATURES - By Jay Smith

On July 1, our na­tion cel­e­brates its sesqui­cen­ten­nial an­niver­sary. Through­out 2017, Canada’s na­tional parks are free for ev­ery­one to en­joy. Jay Smith ex­plores our grand­est parks from a run­ner’s point of view, dis­cov­er­ing which are worth trav­el­ling to for a great trail run­ning ad­ven­ture.

Ex­plor­ing on your own two feet is one of the most ex­hil­a­rat­ing ways to ap­pre­ci­ate the nat­u­ral won­der of our coun­try’s out­door na­tional trea­sures. These eight stel­lar parks pro­vide breath­tak­ing views along short and long sin­gle­track ad­ven­tures for run­ners of all abil­i­ties

In 2017, to cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th birth­day, en­try to all na­tional parks is free. Not that park passes ever broke the bank, but if you have been cu­ri­ous about check­ing out the trail run­ning at the na­tional park near­est you – or mak­ing a trip across the coun­try to bucket-list the heck out of your sum­mer – this might be the year to do it. Mind the crowds, bring the bear spray and bug juice, and lace up!

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