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Canadian Alternative for 2020

jozero

Been there, going again...
Camino(s) past & future
CF x 3
With so much uncertainty around walking in Spain this year, here is an interesting alternative for Canadians (and anyone able to visit Canada in the current reality) that just happens to be pretty close to the same distance as the Camino Frances!

Vancouver Island Trail

There are so many amazing places along this west coast island trail but of course, you will need to carry your own Albergue (aka tent) and food for the stretches between towns.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
With so much uncertainty around walking in Spain this year, here is an interesting alternative for Canadians (and anyone able to visit Canada in the current reality) that just happens to be pretty close to the same distance as the Camino Frances!

Vancouver Island Trail

There are so many amazing places along this west coast island trail but of course, you will need to carry your own Albergue (aka tent) and food for the stretches between towns.
There is also The Island Walk on Prince Edward Island - no tent required.

 

jozero

Been there, going again...
Camino(s) past & future
CF x 3
There is also The Island Walk on Prince Edward Island - no tent required.

I may be biased (read as I’m from Vancouver Island so am totally biased) but the variety and beauty of this trail makes it a top choice ;)

but am sure if the PEI walk goes anywhere near the red cliffs it would be spectacular too.
 
I’ve been looking at the Island Walk, also the East Coast Trail, but as both currently have 14 day self isolation, have decided for this year to focus at home in Alberta. Fortunately many great options until travel is safer.
 

kazrobbo

Tassie Kaz
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2012
CP 2015
St Olavs Norway 2016
88T Japan 2017
PWC/VF 2019
Israel 2020 X
Wales CP 21?
KK?
VdlP?
@Parksville; if you're still touching base with the Forum, have you tackled any of this trail?
I'll email you too...been meaning to for ages anyway! 🤗
👣 🌏
 

NorthernLight

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
I’ve driven around much of PEI and I think this walk would be wonderful. I also recall seeing some ‘inland‘ pathways on the old railway lines.
 

TinaPEI

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Hopefully sometime....
We call those "rails to trails" and some portions of the "Walk around the Island" are on those. My only concern with the Island walk are the mosquitoes. They seem to find me quite appetizing.
 

mikebet

Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to Pamplona (2016); Baiona to Santiago (2018); Sarria to Santiago (2018)
I hiked the West Coast Trail (Port Renfrew to Bamfield) on Vancouver Island some years ago. It's a really nice walk, with both beach and forest alternatives -- depending on the tide in some cases. One of the best features is camping on the beach and building a campfire from driftwood, which is in great piles and perfectly dry. You can make an EPIC campfire.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
If I were a camper I could be on the PCT in twenty minutes, but it's no substitute for the Camino for me. I did walk a few PCT miles a couple of weeks ago and met several through hikers. I wanted to tell them Buen Camino! 😊
I agree, @trecile. I have been to many of our absolutely beautiful mountainous national parks in the USA and done some hiking, but they are no substitute for the Camino.
 

NorthernLight

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
I seem to recall reading that there is a village to village route along the south shore of the St Lawrence River in Quebec, east of Quebec City/Levi.
 

Owen Duguay

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 Le Puy to SJPP to Santiago de Compostelle to Finisterre. Environ 1700 km.
Yes there is a Camino here in the Eastern Townships.
 

jozero

Been there, going again...
Camino(s) past & future
CF x 3
I have spent time in gorgeous Banff, but no long distance hiking for me there...between carrying a tent, food, and my bear phobia, I say "no thanks".
My wife said she wasn’t at all scared of bears... I asked her if she actually thought she was fast enough to outrun a bear??!! She said no, but I’m fast enough to outrun you so that’s all that matters :)))
 
Camino(s) past & future
2002, Toulouse/Aragon 2005, Cami S Jaume/Aragon 2007/9, Mont Saint Michel/Norte/Vadiniense 2011, Norte/Primitivo 2013, Norte/Primitivo 2014. Norte 2015, Cami S Jaume/Castellano-Aragonese 2016

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Aragones-Frances (2016); VdlP-Sanabres (2017); Madrid-Frances-Invierno (2019)Levante
My wife said she wasn’t at all scared of bears... I asked her if she actually thought she was fast enough to outrun a bear??!! She said no, but I’m fast enough to outrun you so that’s all that matters :)))
I am going to Banff for a short hike in a few days. It is a little challenging to go alone and have to carry everything, including bear spray, of course. But surely if your wife went with you she could get you to carry a generous share of the gear. And this would make her even better able to outrun you, if necessary. Unless the bear thought her the tastier target.
 

C clearly

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
My wife said she wasn’t at all scared of bears... I asked her if she actually thought she was fast enough to outrun a bear??!! She said no, but I’m fast enough to outrun you so that’s all that matters
I've got news for your wife. According to this article, her tactic won't work.
 

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Aragones-Frances (2016); VdlP-Sanabres (2017); Madrid-Frances-Invierno (2019)Levante
I've got news for your wife. According to this article, her tactic won't work.
Well, I read the article, but it was a little intimidating, since by Wednesday I shall be in their home territory, and walking alone, as always. My last couple of encounters with a bear were not very frightening, but that does not mean that they were not dangerous. When a very large bear wandered past my picnic table while I was eating my lunch, I ought to have been afraid. Maybe bears are just not fond of vegetarian food, or of vegetarians as food.
 

jozero

Been there, going again...
Camino(s) past & future
CF x 3
I've got news for your wife. According to this article, her tactic won't work.
I’ve had the Fortune/misfortune of having had several very close encounters with Grizzlies in northern BC and wouldn’t actually try the ’run faster than your friend/spouse’ tactic. For one thing, the fact that I was frozen with fear pretty much eliminated the running part. Second, even if I could have run, I’m sure the overwhelming need to spontaneously eliminate my bowels I immediately experienced caused me to clench my legs together like a vice on a workbench, again negating any run option... now I just stick to walking the Camino, much less scary and messy...
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese Coastal {Feb-March 2020}
Camino Frances {March 2019 & 2020}
Just back from a spectacular week on the East Coast Trail. Perfect weather - great sea breeze. Ferryland's cobblestone road (circa 1621) at the archeological site, then to the lighthouse to watched a dozen Humpback whales feeding on Caplin was the highlight. Saw full tail waves and could hear their spouts blow. Stunning!

Even saw an iceberg (berg in Ferryland last year) on a side trip to the UNESCO Viking settlement at L'ance-aux-meadows. My wife says "All of Newfoundland is like a park". Just fantastic!

Hoping to walk Grand Manan, Campobello and Deer Islands next week, before walking across PEI in September. All the time we'll be pining to finish the Frances and the Camino Del Norte.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Ingles 2018
I may seriously consider a section of this trail next Summer if we still don't have the freedom to travel carefree? I live in Vancouver so very little effort needed to reach the trail. Even if I do, I am sure this will be a poor second best to the Camino seeing as I prefer towns, villages, bars, restaurants, hotels, albergues, history, culture, trying to speak Spanish and connecting with others along the way. Of course my thoughts are trivial in comparison to the virus status we have at present.
 

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Aragones-Frances (2016); VdlP-Sanabres (2017); Madrid-Frances-Invierno (2019)Levante
I was supposed to go to Banff for a hiking holiday tomorrow, but my friend, who was driving, has cancelled. So I may not get out this summer, unless I put a lot of energy into trying to make alternative transportantion arrangements, which aren't looking too good this year.
 

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