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Runner’s Canada 150 road trip is sure to bring out your inner-wanderlust

Jake Graham is travelling across Canada by vehicle and is running at stunning locations along the way

Jake Graham

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


Twillingate, N.L.


Fogo Island, N.L.


Cape Breton Highlands National Park, N.S.


Arisaig Provincial Park, N.S.


Cape Breton Island, N.S.