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This page relies on those of you who have traveled the trail. If you have hiked, biked or snowmobiled the trail (or plan to), please contact Jason Vorderstrasse at canoltrail@hotmail.com.


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Hiking Stories

July/August 2002 "Canada 2002 - Heritage Trail", written by Johnny Vigl. The webpage consists of photos and an excerpt from a longer report, available for 10 Euros. In German.

August 2000 " Hiking the Canol Without Resupply", written by Chris Ferguson. This report gives hints of how to travel along the trail, and has tips for those who wish to travel without resupply points. Another such report of hiking without a resupply point is that by Michael Teut from June 1996, see below.

August 2000 "Canol Trail 2000", written by Chris Ferguson with photographs by Bruce Kirkby. This link to the Wayback Machine consists of more details of the trip undertaken by Chris Ferguson and Bruce Kirkby, MP 222 to MP 0.

August 2000 "Historical Wilderness: The Canol Heritage Trail", written by Chris Ferguson with photographs by Bruce Kirkby. This link is to an article which is the same as Canol Trail 2000, above, by Chris Ferguson and Bruce Kirkby, MP 222 to MP 0, but features different photographs.

July/August 2000 "Godlin Lakes to Macmillan Pass", written by Peter Ion. Detailed day-by-day trip report of hike between Godlin Lakes and Macmillan Pass, MP 170 to MP 222.

July/August 2000 "Canada 2000 - Canol Trail", written by Johnny Vigl. The webpage consists of photos and an excerpt from a longer report, available for 10 Euros. In German.

July 1999 "Armed to the Teeth on the Canol Trail", written by Nick Dale. This link to another site gives a detailed day-by-day report of MP 238 to MP 0.

August 1998 "Backpacking the Canol Heritage Trail", written by Steve Queen. This link to another site gives a detailed trip report of MP 238 to MP 0, along with several pictures.

August 1998 "The Canol Trail: A Very Different Hike", by Dave & Roberta Cobb. This link is to a short article which also covers the same hike as that written about by Steve Queen.

August/September 1997 "Solo Hiking the Canol Trail (Revised)", by J.R. Harris II. An extremely detailed day-by-day trip diary, the first to appear on this site, revised in 2001. Original version is below. J.R. hiked from MP 222 to MP 54. Highlights of the story include Trapper the dog, whose presence actually makes the hike easier...

August/September 1997 "Solo Hiking the Canol Trail", by J.R. Harris II. An extremely detailed day-by-day trip diary, the first to appear on this site. J.R. hiked from MP 222 to MP 54. Highlights of the story include Trapper the dog, whose presence actually makes the hike easier...

August 1997 "Hiker Rescued from Canol Trail", written by Jennifer Pritchett. This linked news article describes the rescue of Jim Hrymack from the trail.

August 1997 "Canadian Forces Canol Trail Journal", written by Maj. Dan Drew. This daily trip diary covers the adventures of a group of military men from MP 80 to MP 0.

July 1997 "My Trek on the Canol Heritage Trail", written by Bryan Much. This detailed, day-by-day trip diary describes a trip from MP 222 to MP 0. Highlights include a Twitya River crossing and several bear encounters.

Summer 1997 "Hiking from Macmillan Pass to MP 170", written by Ian Reekie. This trip summary does not include much information, but does describe the southernmost part of the trail, from MP 231 to MP 170.

Summer 1996 "Trekking Canada: The Canol Heritage Trail", written by Hansruedi Steiner. Although not a trip report, this linked page (in German) includes several photos and tips.

June 1996 "My Experience Solo Hiking the Canol Trail", written by Michael Teut. This trip report, which is daily diary for approximately the first half, recounts a solo trip from Norman Wells to Macmillan Pass (MP 0 to MP 212) undertaken with no food drops. A fall in Dodo Canyon underscores the potential dangers of hiking alone.

August 1993 "34th Dunbar Point Grey Venturer Company Expedition", written by Graham Bustard. Day-by-day trip report, one of two reports of a through-hike from Norman Wells to Macmillan Pass (MP 0 to MP 212) as opposed to the other way around. The trip also included Matthew Harper, Kyle Hunter, Colin Smith, Steven Overland, Dwayne Smith, Brad Done, and Neil Piller.

July 1993 "Tirolers on the Canol", by Johnny Vigl. Day-by-day report of trip from Godlin Lakes to the Plains of Abraham, as well as some post-hike activities. Trip participants were rescued on the trail.

July 1993 "Tiroler auf der Canol", by Johnny Vigl. Same story as above, but in its original German.



Biking Stories

Summer 1991 "Biking the Canol Trail", by Sally Manning. This magazine article gives a brief overview of doing a round trip bike ride on the Canol Trail between MP 169 and MP 231.



Mushing and Snowmobiling Stories

December 1998- January 1999 "Adventures on the Canol Trail in Winter", written Bruce Thomson. This snowmobiling story, by one of the support personnel for Nicolas Vanier, covers MP 231 to MP 40. It's a day-by-day trip report, but unfortunately ends rather abruptly.

December 1998- January 1999 "The White Odyssey", written by RafaŽl Pelfresne and Pierre Michaut. These reports, written by two members of the team supporting Nicolas Vanier's dogsled trip, cover the portion of the trip along the Canol Trail. Parts of the story, particularly regarding getting stuck in a snowstorm, are rather harrowing.

December 1998- January 1999 "L'Odyssee Blanche", written by RafaŽl Pelfresne and Pierre Michaut. This is the original French version of the above story, on the official Nicolas Vanier website. One may also read about the rest of his trip.