Trans-Canada Trail Hikers: 1,300Km Down, 23,000 to Go

Sonja Richmond and Sean Morton. Photo: Daniel Baylis

After leaving their old lives behind a few weeks ago, Sonja Richmond and partner Sean Morton have achieved a minor victory in passing the 1,000km mark on their three-year journey across Canada. They arrived in Nova Scotia last week.

Sonja Richmond on the trail. Photo: Daniel Baylis

Their trek along the newly minted Trans Canada Trail began June 1 at Cape Spear, Newfoundland, the easternmost point of Canada. For the next two-and-a-half weeks, they continued on to Port-aux-Basques, where they took a few days off to visit Gros Morne National Park. After a short ferry ride to the mainland, they then spent the next 39 days trekking 890km to Nova Scotia.

The Trail only opened in 2017, and the couple has discovered that Google Maps and online information are not always accurate or up-to-date, because so few hikers have gone that route. Often, the few stores where they could resupply were located within an all-too-broad 10km radius, and tracking them down has put the pair slightly behind schedule.

Drinking water, at least, has not been an issue, since there have been plenty of clean lakes and streams along the way. They just filter the water against giardia.

A simple backcountry cabin feels like luxury after weeks in a tent. Photo: Daniel Baylis

The next leg through Nova Scotia begins in the small, hard-to-pronounce town of Whycocomagh (We’koqma’q) and continues north to Cape Breton. The couple have trekked approximately 1,300km out of their 24,000km expedition.

Although the distance across Canada by road is just 8,030km, the Trans Canada Trail makes a giant detour up to the northern Yukon before looping back south and finishing on Vancouver Island.

Trans Canada Trail.


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Kristine De Abreu

Kristine De Abreu

Kristine De Abreu is a writer (and occasional photographer) based in sunny Trinidad and Tobago.

Since graduating from the University of Leicester with a BA in English and History, she has pursued a full-time writing career, exploring multiple niches before settling on travel and exploration. While studying for an additional diploma in travel journalism with the British College of Journalism, she began writing for ExWeb.

Currently, she works at a travel magazine in Trinidad as an editorial assistant and is also ExWeb's Weird Wonder Woman, reporting on the world's natural oddities as well as general stories from the world of exploration.

Although she isn't a climber (yet!), she hikes in the bush, has been known to make friends with iguanas and quote the Lord of the Rings trilogy from start to finish.

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1 year ago

Great to read news about the great trail. I’m following these guys
they are now crossing Ontario. Take a look at their logbook further down their page. It’s amazingly precise.