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Great Canadian Trails

Great Canadian Trails

Headquarters in Ottawa, Canada

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Number of tours
33
Age Range
18-75
Number of reviews
11
Rating
4.7/5
Response rate
100%
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Guide
5/5
  • CK
    Written on October 4th, 2019
    We enjoyed the Halifax to Lunenburg bike tour very much. It was almost perfect! Our bikes from Bike and Bean were excellent and Bike and Bean is the best bike s…
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  • MY
    Written on August 8th, 2019
    All the breakfasts were very good. The supper at Provincialart was exceptional. The one at Le Baril Roulant was horrible. One of our bicycle tires was not in go…
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  • JK

    Gros Morne Sampler

    5.0Excellent
    Written on June 8th, 2019
    It's a fantastische adventure. Rebecca and Ian are experienced guides. I totales recommend it!
    Great Canadian Trails commented on this review
    Hi Justus, Thank you for your kind words, we are pleased to read that you have enjoyed your adventure in Newfoundland.
  • Canadian Rocky Mountain Hikes reviewer 4
    Written on October 20th, 2018
    It was amazing, the best trip ever. I'm really happy to choose Great Canadian Trails.
  • Canadian Rocky Mountain Hikes reviewer 5
    Written on September 2nd, 2018
    Fantastic! Anne and Sharon are great
  • MT
    Written on January 6th, 2018
    The winter adventure was an amazing experience! The transportation, however, could have been arranged better. We were expecting to be driven from the cabin to t…
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  • AH
    Written on September 13th, 2017
    Excellent variety in choice of trails, giving a good flavour of different terrains from the Coastal Mountains to the Rockies. Hikes from easy to moderate. Lots …
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  • SS
    Written on September 12th, 2017
    Excellent guide. Good accommodation. Trails sometimes tough especially going down. Unfortunately couple of days of bad smoke from forest fires.
  • DM
    Written on August 16th, 2017
    I really enjoyed the week of hiking witj Great Canadian Trails. We went on beautiful trails with a very knowledgeable and fun guide. We stayed in comfortable …
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  • L

    Canadian Rockies mountaineering course

    5.0Excellent
    Written on August 11th, 2017
    Canadian Rockies Mountaineering Course This trip was a perfect first taste into the world of mountaineering. I learnt a lot about safety and rescue on the moun…
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About Great Canadian Trails

Innovative Active Itineraries
 
We do things a little differently. Even when visiting major parks, we venture into areas away from the large tourist sites. Accessing secluded vantage points enables us to gain a unique insight into these spectacular regions. Our vast selection of itineraries draws upon some of the country’s most inspiring landscapes, incredible networks of trails, and stunning national parks, showcasing communities along the way.
 
Leaders in the Field
 
Great Canadian Trails has been created by one of the world’s most experienced adventure tour operators, World Expeditions. Since 1975, World Expeditions has used our understanding of the land to carefully construct trekking, cycling, rafting, climbing and kayaking adventures around the globe. With operations based out of Ottawa, Canada, GCT offers a range of unique, self guided and small group guided adventures across the country.
 
Expert Guides
 
Each guided adventure is led by exceptional leaders whose local knowledge, professionalism, and passion for the outdoors ensure an enriched experience. On remote hikes, you can feel confident that you are in safe hands with leaders certified in wilderness first-aid and the backcountry know-how that only comes from experience and a deep understanding of their natural environment.
 
Self Guided Options
 
Prefer independent travel but without the hassle of planning or carrying all of your gear? GCT offers supported, self guided hiking and cycling packages across the country. Each self guided itinerary has been tried and tested with every detail accounted for. We’ll provide you with bicycles, accommodation, luggage transfers, route notes and maps, and emergency assistance so that all you need to do is spend the day exploring at your own pace, until your heart’s content.
 
Great Value
 
Quality services at the best prices make our adventures great value for money. Having essential items like internal mountain flights, experienced guides, National Park fees, meals, sightseeing and entry fees included in the trip cost allows you to better budget for your big adventure. Our excellent safety record, outstanding service, and commitment to responsible and sustainable travel practices guarantee you unsurpassed value for money.
 
We create excellent adventures!
 
Our trips have featured in the world’s most prestigious magazines, blogs, and newspapers including: The New York Times, Explore Magazine, Outpost Magazine, Canadian Geographic, Great Walks Magazine, Traveller, The Great Canadian Bucketlist and more.
 
International Flavour
 
World Expeditions is truly global company with offices in Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. When you join one of GCT’s small group adventures, you can expect a fun mix of nationalities to share the trails with – Typically leading to heaps of interesting conversation and lots of laughs!
 
Responsible Travel
 
We aim to ensure that our destinations retain their natural character and cultural diversity for future generations. Read more about our commitment to responsible travel and true sustainability.

Highlights

Active holidays in Canada from coast to coast
Supported self-guided and small group guided adventures
Innovative itineraries to the best trails in Canada
Quality services at the best value

COVID-19 Updates

Your Well Being is our Priority

We are closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation. With the easing of some travel restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic, our travellers are looking forward to hitting the trails. At present, our Canada-USA border remains closed to non-essential travel up until July 21st, 2020, and inter-provincial travel is still limited. We are reviewing our trips six weeks before the scheduled departure, and we will contact all of our affected travellers. For trips beyond that period, we recommend that our Canadian travellers hold off on making a decision at this time. We invite our international travellers to contact their travel consultant if you would like to postpone your 2020 tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. 


The ongoing safety of our travellers is our top priority. Our style of travel is naturally already adhering to social distancing guidelines. However, new measures are being adopted by our accommodation providers, transfer services and government policies regarding public transport. Individual provinces and territories, in conjunction with health authorities, have set policies based on ensuring everyone’s safety. Our partners will be strictly adhering to these policies and, in many instances going beyond to provide hygienic and safe environments.  


Examples of what our travellers may expect when joining a cycling or walking holiday in the coming weeks (subject to change without notice depending on current health advice):


Joining the trip:


Completion of a health declaration form prior to joining a trip. 



1. General hygiene in the hotel

a. Where it is not possible to maintain a 2 metres distance between people, we ask that you wear a mask. Some will require you and the crew to wear a mask in common areas except when seated for dining. 

b. You will be encouraged to regularly handwash / sanitize throughout your stay. 

c. High touch areas will be cleaned / disinfected regularly through the day with a log kept. 

d. Rooms will be thoroughly sanitized between guests. Unless you request it, your room will not be cleaned every day. For longer stays when staff enter your room, they will wear a mask and take all precautions to maintain strict hygiene practices. This includes the disposal of cleaning wipes and gloves after each room has been cleaned, hand sanitizing between cleans etc. to avoid cross contamination. 

e. Standing areas in bars will not be available. 

f. Drinks and snacks will be individual and not shared. 



2. Meals

a. These will be served to you and not provided as a buffet. 

b. Two sittings may be required in the dining room in order to ensure social distancing is maintained. 

c. There will be no shared items such as table spices or butter pots. 



3. Bike Handovers

 a. All bikes will be provided with disinfected seats and handles. 

 b. Staff handing over bikes will wear face masks and gloves. 



4. Public Transport

a. Many provinces & territories and cities are requiring people to wear face masks on public and private transports. 

b. As capacity may be limited on buses and trains you will need to allow plenty of time to travel to your destination. 

c. Bookings are required on longer journeys (outside urban areas). 



5. Visiting Tourist Sites

a. Most tourist sites will require advance purchase tickets for a set date and time. 

b. As numbers are limited it is advisable to book well in advance.



6. Eating out

a. Seating will be limited in order to comply with local social distancing guidelines



General

The above information represents examples of what procedures are likely to be in place for your trip while the virus remains. These will be dependent on the region of travel, local health authority advice and current conditions and may be adapted and changed over the weeks depending on these factors. You will receive additional information specific to your trip before your departure.


As a traveller, we recommend you also take your own precautions at this time, including using a face mask when social distancing is difficult, regular handwashing of at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face and ensuring that you respect social distancing requirements. Such precautions are likely familiar already if you are out and about in your neighbourhood, visiting shopping centres and/or taking public transport.


We appreciate that some of these new procedures may seem overwhelming; however, it is important to remember that for the majority of the time, as you are walking or cycling during the day, the pleasures of active travel and exploring will not be compromised. There will also be some silver linings, including reduced crowding of tourist sites and genuine warmth from locals happy to see travellers returning.

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Our team of experienced tour specialists have travelled to hundreds of countries around the globe and have decades of first-hand travel experience to share. Contact us now to have all of your tour-related questions answered!