Monkman Pass
Credit: Taylor Kennedy
Seventy years after it was built and abandoned, the 63-kilometre Monkman Pass Trail was reopened in 2009. The route, which runs through the northern Rockies and Monkman Provincial Park near Tumbler Ridge, B.C., was originally blazed and cleared by Alex Monkman and a few other Peace region farmers in the late 1930s, as an alternate trade route for their grain. The trail was forgotten until 2006 when Kreg Alde and other locals teamed up with BC Parks to reopen it.

What to do: With three or four days you can hit the highlights on an out-and-back hike from Kinuseo Falls to Monkman Lake. You’ll pass the little-known Cascades, eight perfect waterfalls in succession, and spend a day exploring the Tarns, a sprawling alpine meadow with epic views. But the ultimate Monkman experience is to hike the entire trail to Hobi’s Cabin on the Herrick River, a seven-day trek that requires a helicopter or riverboat shuttle.

For info: Tumbler Ridge Visitor Information Centre (250-242-3123).
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