Celebrate Canada’s 150th


With World Record Holders: Eric and Paul Chan

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Eric and Paul Chan finishing the 1st race of The 8 Deserts Challenge, Marathon Des Sables (MdS), Sahara Desert, Morocco

After traveling to 6 continents to complete 8 desert races in under 12 months, Eric and Paul Chan are back home in Toronto to celebrate Canada’s 150th with a National Park tour.  The Chan Brothers recognize the importance of achieving a balanced life by spending time in the outdoors. In the spirit Parks Canada’s offer of free entry into all of Canada’s National Parks, the objective of this tour is to showcase the hidden treasures and trails of 10 National Parks in 10 Provinces across Canada.  The mission is to showcase to the international community all the outdoor treasures Canada has to offer over 10 weeks August to October 2017.

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Red chairs from Butland Lookoff with a beautiful view of fundy shore scenery (Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, Canada)

Provinces & National Parks

British Columbia

Glacier National Park or Yoho National Park: The park’s history is closely tied to two primary Canadian transportation routes, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), completed in 1885, and the Trans-Canada Highway, completed in 1963.  In other words, it is tied to the creation of Canada. The park contains high peaks, large, active glaciers, and one of Canada’s largest cave systems.

Alberta

Waterton Lakes National Park: Connected to Montana’s Glacier National Park, Waterton Lakes is the only park in the world designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a US-Canada peace park, and a biosphere reserve. Waterton Lake is the deepest lake in the Canadian Rockies and is Canada’s fourth national park, created in 1895

Saskatchewan

Grasslands National Park: Grasslands National Park represents the Prairie Grasslands natural region, protecting one of the nation’s few remaining areas of undisturbed dry mixed-grass/shortgrass prairie grassland.

Manitoba

Riding Mountain National Park: It was designated a national park because it protects three different ecosystems that converge in the area; grasslands, upland boreal, and eastern deciduous forests.

Ontario

Bruce Peninsula National Park: Located on a part of the Niagara Escarpment, the park comprises 156 square kilometers and is one of the largest protected areas in southern Ontario, forming the core of UNESCO‘s Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. It is also home to the northern terminus of the famous Bruce Trail, the oldest and longest hiking trail in Canada.

Quebec

Forillon National Park: Created in 1970, Forillon was the first national park in Quebec. Shaped by erosion, Forillon National Park offers an impressive, natural decor with its majestic mountains, its meadows dotted with wildflowers, its coves lined by pebble beaches, as well as its steep cliffs overshadowing the sea.

Labrador/Newfoundland

Gros Morne National Park: The second largest national park in Atlantic Canada, Gros Morne in Newfoundland and Labrador is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is home to Newfoundland’s second highest peak and to the highest waterfall in eastern North America.

New Brunswick

Fundy National Park: Fundy is home to the most dramatic tides in the world, making its Bay of Fundy a finalist for one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Nova Scotia

Cape Breton Highlands National Park: Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton was the first national park designated in Atlantic Canada. The Cabot Trail, a world-famous scenic highway, runs along parts of the coastal borders on both sides of the park and crosses the highlands.

Prince Edward Island

PEI National Park: Only National Park in PEI, The Prince Edward Island National Park also includes Green Gables, which was the childhood inspiration for the Anne of Green Gables novels by author Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Presentation of Flag to Eric and Paul Chan by Consul General David Alward in Boston, Massachusetts, Harvard University, April 12th, 2017

Join the Tour

We welcome the public to join us at each National Park for 5-10K distance on the trail to enjoy the beauty of each park as we explore the park over a 2 -3 day period.  If you are interested in us joining your group or help you lead an event, please contact us.

Weekly Tour Schedule (2-3 days of running)

  • Friday: 20-40km Run
  • Saturday: 20-40km Run
  • Sunday: open to the public, 5 – 10K Hike or Run