On June 2nd, 2017, Melanie Vogel set out to solo thru-hike 18,000 kilometres across Canada from the Atlantic to the Arctic to the Pacific Ocean on the Great Trail.
Her long-distance hike started in Cape Spear, Newfoundland the most easterly point of Canada and will lead her trough all ten Canadian provinces and two of the three territories to finish in Victoria on Vancouver Island in 2020. Her expedition takes her through maritime terrain, boreal forests, along the Great Lakes, the Canadian prairies, the Rocky Mountains and into the tundra and permafrost as she goes north to the Arctic. Melanie has already covered six provinces and more than 8000 km. With her choice of walking this huge country, the German born and raised adventurer is embracing Canada, to better connect to the land, its people, nature and herself. As an ambassador for the Great Trail she ultimately wants to inspire people to get outside and discover trails in their backyard and by doing so find the connection back to nature.