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Local hikes across Canada you can do during the COVID-19 pandemic

From the feedback we have received on some of our recent postings we know some of you are going stir crazy. So we asked around and your fellow travellers sent in places you can go to stretch your legs, take an invigorating walk and enjoy nature.

While we applaud people taking the opportunity to go outside, we would like to take a moment to remind you this is not for those in self-isolation or quarantine. And it goes without saying how important physical distancing is. If we all practice this, the pandemic will be more manageable so that we can all travel again. This article in the Globe and Mail has some sensible advice.

Please also check with the relevant authorities for local conditions and trail closures and dress, prepare and act accordingly.

Nova Scotia: hikes along the Fundy shore

Starting on the East Coast, Allan from Halifax shared some of his favourite hikes. "Kenomee Canyon is a world-class hike and only 30 minutes from here. My second favourite are the spectacular hills and woods just above the Fundy shore in the Economy River Wilderness Area. Anywhere along the Fundy shore, as long as you pay heed to the tide tables, is great for hiking: Margaretsville, Morden, Harbourville, Canada Creek, Long Beach or Bramber (pictured) are all within 90 minutes from Halifax".

Montreal - inner-city & river-side hikes

While all national parks in Quebec are closed, people in Montreal are looking for more local options. Marie-Joëlle tells us she "loves Parc Lafontaine" (pictured). She also recommends the bike & walking path in Verdun-Lasalle which follows the river: "The path takes you to Parc des Rapides, a favourite of mine. The birdwatching is awesome".

Ottawa - Gatineau and west of the city

Jason in Ottawa loves going out to Gatineau. "The Wolf Trail is a 9km loop with a fantastic lookout. I also like the Lusk Caves but they are often water-filled". In the city Jason recommends little-known Mud Lake: "It is a mild hike with lots of birds and good accessibility by public transit. It feels like you are out in Algonquin though!" Another local favourite is the Jack Pine Trail in the Greenbelt. "Very popular and a huge hit for people with young kids. The chickadees eat right out of your hand!"