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Gorgeous places to run in Canada


Need some running inspiration? How about plan a mini getaway to any of these gorgeous Canadian locations this summer. Canadian runners are spoiled with choice when it comes to running in beautiful country. If you happen to live close to any of these areas, consider yourself lucky. If not, why not find a way to explore?

Manitoulin Island, Ont. 

This island is located in Lake Huron and is accessible by ferry ride from Tobermory. What makes it so great? Clear water, clean air, rocky beaches and trails that take you to waterfalls. Going for a run here is hard to resist. The island’s population is fairly active and there’s a lot to discover. Maybe even snack on the island’s trademark hawberries while you’re out.

ThinkstockPhotos-466198253Hopewell Rocks, N.B.

This iconic Canadian landmark is just outside of Moncton. They are one of New Brunswick’s most brag-worthy features located along the coast of the Bay of Fundy. Visiting them would be the highlight at the end of run especially given the well-marked trails you’ll be running on.

Yoho National Park, B.C. 

This is a runner’s paradise. Visiting Yoho, you’ll see stunning views of 28 different mountain peaks. Go for a run and finish near Takakkow Falls or visit Kicking Horse River.

Appin Road, P.E.I. 

Appreciate east coast scenery and keep cool this summer while running on the shaded Appin Road in Prince Edward Island. The Appin Road takes runners through lightly wooded area in the province’s countryside. The trail was created in 1862 so it’s historic as well as scenic.

Cavell Meadows, Alta.

Why plan a run trip to Cavell Meadows this summer? You’ll be taken in by the caribou habitat, wilderness and abundance of flowers. Adding the Glacier Loop is a must for runners.

ThinkstockPhotos-495716257Brigus, N.L.

If you like to zone out when running, visiting a quaint east coast town might be the best way to go. Mapping a route that you adore will be easy in Brigus (an hour outside of St. John’s). While running alongside harbour views with fresh sea air, runners won’t want to cut the run short. It’s Irish, English and Welsh heritage is still very much present– it looks like a European town.

Cowichan Bay, B.C.

Cowichan Bay is home to the Kinsol Trestle, the largest trestle bridge in the commonwealth. It was closed for years but is now fully restored meaning that runners can experience this incredible piece of architecture. Cowichan Bay doesn’t allow any fast food chains in their region either so that means that the post-run snack will likely be a healthy one.