Many trail runners cherish their alone time in the forest. But once in a while, introverts unite at their local trail running club. These groups can be the gateway to new running routes and new friends. The only thing better than beautiful trails are likeminded people to share them with. If you want to add a social run to your training week, try one of these trail running clubs in Canada.  

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Halifax, N.S.

Halifax Trail Runners meet every Wednesday night at the shop on Quinpool Road. They meet in different locations on the weekends, which is listed on their website. 

Newfoundland and Labrador, Nfld.

Tuckamore Trail Runners in the Corner Brook area. They meet weekly and encourage runners of all abilities and ages. You can find them exploring the many trail on the west coast of Newfoundland. 

Quebec City, Que.

Le Coureur Nordique meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Boutique Nordic Runner.

Montreal, Que.

Montreal Trail Club is the only trail running club in the city. They offer a group run for all abilities–”enthusiastic,” “confirmed,” or “hard.” Distances range between 10K and 13K. Join the fun every Tuesday at 6pm EST. 

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Ottawa, Ont.

The MEC trail running crew meets Sundays at 8:30 a.m. for a rip around Gatineau Park or the Greenbelt trails. Get more info here.

Natural Fitness Lab Club meets for free trail runs Tuesdays and Sundays in the Gatineau Park area.

Toronto, Ont.

The Salomon Store in North York has group trail runs from the store every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. The group usually runs 10K depending on the weather and the group. Each month there is a Salomon prize draw. Just show up, as RSVP is not required.

Hamilton/Burlington, Ont.

The Burly Trail Runners have a tempo style run every Tuesday and social style run every Thursday. On Saturdays they join the MEC meetup trail group in various locations in Hamilton and Burlington.

Burlington, Ont.

Hustle and Flow Trail Running Collective joins early Wednesday mornings for their ‘Rise and Grind.’

St. Catharines, Ont.

Morningstar Runners meets every Saturday morning at 8:30am PST at Morningstar Mill. They have various distances and paces available for runners of all abilities. 

London, Ont.

Meet the at Kains Woods Sundays at 8:00 a.m. to run with the MEC trail crew. The group will run 5K to 7K on fun and runnable trails.

Winnipeg, Man.

Trail Run Manitoba offers 12 week clinics for their local races organized by Dwayne Sandall and Natalie Duhamel. 

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Edmonton, Alta.

Edmonton Trail Runners gets together Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Check out their meetup page for times and locations. 

Photo: Edmonton Trail Runners

Calgary, Alta.

Calgary Trail Runners (CTR) is a group of likeminded people who like to run outside together. You’ll can find them running in the West Bragg Creek or Elbow Valley trails. Their voluntary $5 membership fee is donated to The Greater Bragg Creek Trail Association. Check out their group meetup page or Facebook group for details about the next run.

MEC YYC Run Crew also meets every Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. from their downtown store.

Canmore, Alta.

Strides running store leads group runs every Monday night at 6pm MST from their Railway Avenue location.

Jasper, Alta.

Contact Girls Breaking Trails for group adventure runs in the Rockies. Meet them Tuesdays at 6:00 a.m. at the Lole store.

Invermere, B.C. 

Crazy Soles running and yoga stores leads trail running group runs every Saturday. 

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Abbotsford, B.C.

Abby Trail Running Club offers free group trail runs every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. They also host ladies only runs and beginner runs on the first and third Tuesday of every month.  

Vancouver, B.C.

Fraser Street Run Club leads all kinds of running groups throughout the week. On the weekends they’re usually exploring the trails. Check out their Instagram or Facebook to join their next adventure. 

West Vancouver, B.C.

Salomon Trail Lab hits the trails every Saturday morning at 8am PST. New routes each week with friendly leaders and paces for all abilities. 

Photo: Katie Mills

North Vancouver, B.C.

PNW Trail Runners meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm PST from End of the Line General Store. 

Squamish, B.C.

Capra trail and mountain running store leads free group runs. Join the Capra Crew Tuesday or Saturday mornings from the store. 

Whistler, B.C.

We Run Whistler trail runs meet every Tuesday at Lululemon at 5:55pm PST. 

Prince George, B.C.

Prince George Road Runners offers a trail running group twice a week. 

Spend this weekend meeting new friends and exploring new trails.  

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