The macrocosms longest route, ready this year, spans the whole country. Its a busy itinerary, our intrepid columnist is assure, so there shouldnt be brings
When I was a girl, I met someone who had done the Pennine Way long-distance footpath. And I gazed with awe on him. After all, 267 miles seemed a heroic achievement, requiring various forbids of Kendal mint cake and the spirit to appearance aggressive sheep dogs. I recall that guy as I step out, for the first time, on Canadas brand-new long-distance footpath, The Great Trail( aka Trans Canada Trail ). I am not at the start, or the finish, but somewhere in between, on a itinerary that is a mind-boggling 15,000 miles( 24,000 km) in span, far and away a long time footpath in the world. If “youre supposed to” chop this interval into a series of quenching 20 -mile-long day strolls, there would be sufficient for two years.
Yukon, Tombstone park
The Great Trail starts near St Johns, in Newfoundland and Labrador, and finishes on Vancouver Island, after an Arctic detour. I am in Yukon Territorys Tombstone territorial park, taking the first of my own era steps along the itinerary. Here it follows the Dempster Highway through the common, leader north towards Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic coast. I am not going that far, only a few miles up a valley called Grizzly Creek towards the spectacularly jagged Tombstone flowers. Underfoot is soft mossy forest floor speckled with flowers, the itinerary eventually climbing steeply on to a stony crest with sweeping opinions of dark hatching crests. On the way, my template Benny points out moose, then marmots, but no grizzlies.