Toronto’s Jake Graham is showcasing a runner’s ultimate cross-Canada adventure with his breathtaking photographs.
For Canada 150, the 25-year-old Wake Forest University graduate (who competed for the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based institution in track and field and cross-country) is doing a nationwide road trip and running along the way. In the early stages of his road trip, Graham is in Atlantic Canada before heading west to the Pacific Ocean and onto the territories and Arctic Ocean.
The talented photographer says that although he hasn’t quite done as much running as he would have liked so far, he often explores the hiking trails in advance to scout out potential locations in advance. “Then I already know where to return to, what gear to bring, what time of day is best, and so on,” he says.
The best spot he’s visited to date, though it’s early on his cross-Canada road trip, is the Long Range Traverse in Gros Morne National Park on the west coast of Newfoundland.
“One of those places you have to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not imagining what’s right in front of you,” he wrote of the experience. “Ever since I first saw photos of this place I knew I had to get out there to experience it myself. Late last week during a four-day backcountry hiking trip in Newfoundland, I reached this incredible spot as the evening sun began to fill Western Brook Pond.”
Graham says that one notable location he will make an effort to stop at is the Skyline Trail in Jasper National Park. He recalls reading this Canadian Running feature on the national park and putting it on the list of must-run/must-visit locations.
Take a look at his adventures thus far with the following selection of photos.
Gros Morne National Park, N.L
One of those places you have to pinch yourself to make sure you're not imagining what's right in front of you. Ever since I first saw photos of this place I knew I had to get out there to experience it myself. Late last week during a four day backcountry hiking trip in Newfoundland, I reached this incredible spot as the evening sun began to fill Western Brook Pond. As my fellow hikers continued onwards into the Long Range Mountains, I found a place to make camp and had the fjord to myself for the night. The camping fees for the night were only about $20, but the view it provided was priceless. If you ever have the chance, get up to the top of the Western Brook Gorge in Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park. There aren't many places like this left where the only option is to strap on a pack with all your gear and start climbing through rivers, mud, thick brush and snowpack to earn that view. So get out there and see it for yourself. #ImagesofCanada #NewfoundlandandLabrador @NewfoundlandandLabrador Featured on @thankyoucanada Featured on @life_in_canada Featured on @outdooorphotographymag
There are places in this world that make you feel small and fill you with wonder. For me, one of those places is the coast of Newfoundland during iceberg season. Being able to get out on the water and up close with these massive icebergs really enhances the experience. Gazing up at these giants and seeing all of the details in the ice will leave you speechless. After getting off the @IcebergQuest boat earlier in the afternoon, I went out to a coastal lookout for a different perspective while they headed back to sea. With the help of some off roading, rubber boots and a call to the captain, this shot was born. If you look closely, you'll see someone waving a Canadian flag on the stern – getting ready for tomorrow's big day. I'm excited to ring in Canada's 150th tomorrow in an epic manner with the following folks. We'll be the first in the country to ring in the big day, and that's a guarantee. Follow along to see what I'm talking about: @ImagesofCanada @ChasingSunrise @IcebergQuest
Fogo Island, N.L.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park, N.S.
The rolling coastal hills of Cape Breton make for one of Canada's most beautiful drives. Each look off provides a unique perspective of the coast. From this one you can see the lobster boats out pulling their traps, the road carving its way through the hillside and La Bloc rock in the distance. @VisitCapeBretonIsland | #ImagesofCanada
Arisaig Provincial Park, N.S.
Cape Breton Island, N.S.
Some prefer fine dining, but I'd rather pull a lobster roll and a Keith's out of the cooler to enjoy beneath the setting sun. When in Nova Scotia, don't leave without visiting Cape Breton – the extra effort to get up to this area of the province will be quickly be rewarded with beautiful coastal views like these. @VisitCapeBretonIsland | #ImagesofCanada