Top 15 Runs in Canada

Canada is becoming an increasingly popular business and vacation travel destination. This huge country has several major cities, each with a distinct character. Toronto is the financial capital, and as the fourth largest city in North America, is a major cultural destination. Montreal, the largest French speaking city outside France, is a haven for food and fashion. Vancouver is one of the world’s most beautiful cities and one of the best for running. Quebec City is charming and historic. Ottawa, the National Capital, is wonderfully laid out and has an extensive series of urban trails. Hilly Halifax is the capital of Atlantic Canada and features some wonderful waterfront running. Here is our list of the top 20 runs in Canada, representing at least one from each major Canadian city, from Victoria to St. John’s (west to east, not in order).

River Valley Routes

Edmonton, Alberta

The largest urban park in Canada, with 160 km of maintained trails and 20 major parks. Great running opportunities. We've mapped out routes on the north and south sides of the river, with tables for segment distances.
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Fish Creek Provincial Park

Calgary, Alberta

Fish Creek Provincial Park, 10 miles south of downtown Calgary, is among the largest urban parks in Canada, stretching 12 miles from east to west. The park features 50 miles of trails, of which 19 miles are paved.
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Mount Royal

Montreal, Quebec

The iconic Montreal run. Mount Royal defines the city, and this Olmsted-designed park offers numerous trail options, including a run to the summit–accessible from downtown!
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Old Port/Old Montreal

Montreal, Quebec

Montreal has a wonderfully preserved and refurbished old port and old city. There are numerous running options, down to the paths in the Old Port and the “Basin de Horloge”, and passing the famous Notre Dame church.
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Halifax Waterfront

Halifax, Nova Scotia

A wonderful run along the Halifax waterfront. Dedicated boardwalk most of the way, with great views of the water and harbour. Lots of great shops, restaurants, and important Halifax sights along the way.
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Beach Running on PEI

Prince Edward Island

The red sand beaches on PEI's southern shore are better for running than the white sand beaches on the northern shore. Some of the favorites for running include Argyle Shores, Canoe Cove, and Chelton Beach, and Tea Hill.
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