When completed, the Trans Canada Trail will extend 23,500 kilometres (14,600 miles) from coast to coast, with a spur leading from Edmonton up through the Yukon to the Arctic Ocean. Around 80% of the trail has been completed, with section south of Banff National Park through Kananaskis Country and the Elk Valley being one section of the trail still needing to be finished.
Which is why we were surprised to meet up this weekend with Dana (pictured above at Mooseprint Books and Gifts) , a forest technician from Prince George, who is attempting to walk the entire trail before it is officially completed. Having started his odyssey six years ago in Newfoundland, he can almost smell the Pacific Ocean, which he hopes to reach before winter sets in. But first, after an interview with CBC on the grounds of the Fairmont Banff Springs this morning, he headed off up the Spray Valley and into Kananaskis Country and beyond.
Follow his epic journey on Facebook by clicking through his website at www.thegreathike.com.