The Great Trail

3 Year Hike along 24,000 km of Canada’s Great Trail finishes its First Province!

3 Year Hike along 24,000 km of Canada’s Great Trail finishes its First Province!

It has taken us just over 40 days to cross Canada's most easterly Atlantic province - Newfoundland.  Amid our trek we have hiked across The East Coast Trail, the Grand...

Jul 23, 2019 : Sonya
“Day 4” or the day I wanted to toss it all in and get the heck off the trail…..

“Day 4” or the day I wanted to toss it all in and get the heck off the trail…..

At this point, just less than 3 weeks into our 3 year hike across Canada along The Great Trail – a pathway which is 24,000 km long, things still feel...

Jun 27, 2019 : Sonya
The Great Trail – Halfway Through Our First Province at 450 km of a 24,000 km Trail

The Great Trail – Halfway Through Our First Province at 450 km of a 24,000 km Trail

Halfway through our first province on an adventure across Canada that is just beginning! It has been 22 days since we began our #hike4birds across Canada on the Great Trail...

Jun 24, 2019 : Sonya
The Great Trail – The first 225 km of a 24,000 km trail!

The Great Trail – The first 225 km of a 24,000 km trail!

Canada's Great Trail has no official starting points.  This is wonderful as the trail passes through 15,000 communities and has an eastern terminus, a western terminus and a northern terminus. ...

Jun 11, 2019 : Sonya
Equipment List for 23,000 km along Canada’s Great Trail

Equipment List for 23,000 km along Canada’s Great Trail

We are a couple days away from striking out onto the world's longest recreation pathway - The Great Trail.  The key to the success of our hike, and the part...

May 29, 2019 : Sonya
The Moon, or Why We Need More Hikers, Roamers, and Explorers!

The Moon, or Why We Need More Hikers, Roamers, and Explorers!

These days I am constantly asked - Why? Why give up your career?  Why sell your house to fund a trip talking about birds?  Why donate most of your possessions...

May 24, 2019 : Sonya
Things I Have Learned in a Year of Preparing to Hike on Canada’s Great Trail

Things I Have Learned in a Year of Preparing to Hike on Canada’s Great Trail

As I head back to Ontario after 40 days and 750 km of training to pick up the extra gear I need to start my hike in St. John’s Newfoundland...

May 22, 2019 : Sonya
It Was the Name That Got Me…

It Was the Name That Got Me…

As we near the departure date (less than two months now!), working with great collaborators like Bird Studies Canada and Nature New Brunswick and gaining great support from Clif Bar...

Apr 6, 2019 : Sonya
Praise for the Trail Crews, Volunteers, and Trail Angels

Praise for the Trail Crews, Volunteers, and Trail Angels

As the hiking season gets into full swing with people already on the Triple Crown trails or the Discovery Trail in the United States, on the various Caminos and GR...

Mar 31, 2019 : Sonya
Unexpected Responses: How Can Anyone Hate This?

Unexpected Responses: How Can Anyone Hate This?

There you are---you have just summited Mount Katahdin, finishing your AT trek, or you have concluded your PCT on the Canadian border, or reached the Cathedral in Santiago---and you Instagram...

Mar 11, 2019 : Sonya