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The Great Hike


Dana Meise

Photo courtesy Dana Meise

This year, Dana Meise will complete his childhood dream. On June 1st 2015 he plans to hike from Whitehorse to Inuvik, thereby completing an eight-year journey and becoming the first person to walk the entirety of the Trans Canada Trail, touching each of Canada’s three oceans along the way. Since starting on May 2008 from Cape Spear, Newfoundland (the country’s most eastern point), he has walked to Middle Island, Ontario (the southernmost point) and eventually made his way to Clover Point in Victoria, B.C. (the most western point). To date he has completed 20,000kms of the journey. This final installment will take three months, and cover 1700kms to reach the northernmost section of the Trans Canada Trail.

Along the way, "The Great Hike" has shared the journey through social media posts and photos. As a forest technologist with 20 years experience, Dana Meise has much to offer his 10,000+ followers, who follow his progress via his satellite phone updates. Meise will be volunteering to speak in schools, both during the journey and after. Last year Dana Meise was awarded The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Expedition of the Year. Read his reflection on his 2014 season here.

The Trans Canada Trail is one of the world’s longest networks of trails and waterways. When completed in 2017 (when Canada turns 150 years old), the Trail will stretch nearly 24,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, connecting close to 1,000 communities. So far, over 17,000 kilometres of Trail have been developed.

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