The Western Trail, sometimes referred to as the Wildflower Trail, runs through three national parks and is one of the most beloved trails in the country. The trail follows the Trans Canada Trail, a section of the Canadian Pacific Highway. The route of the trail passes through numerous cities and towns along its path, which provide numerous attractions and activities for visitors. A visitor to this historic trail will appreciate the beautiful landscape, wildlife, abundant plant life, historic landscapes, abundant wildflowers, historic caves and mineral deposits, as well as numerous lakes and waterfalls.
The Trans Canada Trail divides into seven parts: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, New York, Ontario (including Niagara Falls and Niagara peninsula), and Quebec (including Orleans and southern end of Grand Etangry). The western trail also includes the Charlevoog Trail, the Woodshed Trail, the Prairie du Sac originator, and the transmission line to Neahdlerys west from Kitchener. The western part of the trail follows the crest of majestic Mount Everest. It then meanders southward towards the peaceful town of Vimy.
The western trail also includes portions of three countries: United States, Canada and Mexico. The American portion of the trail follows the banks of the Continental Divide of the United States. The trail also begins at the confluence of three rivers on the west side of the United States. Among these rivers are the Missouri, Des Peres and St. Lawrence rivers.
On the Canadian side of the great western trail, the trail continues southwards into Baffin Island territory, which is sparsely inhabited and consists of vast expanses of alpine meadows. Baffin Island provides an ideal habitat for black bear, caribou and mountain goats. Other species include the gray squirrel, the fisher and several varieties of migratory birds.
The western trail passes through three states – Texas, Montana and Wyoming. Between these states, the trail meanders through numerous magnificent locations. One of the most spectacular locations is the Flathead Indian Reservation, a location with an enduring historical significance for the western pioneers. Another beautiful area includes Thunder Basin National Grassland, where you can find lush green meadows, rolling hills and abundant wildlife.
The western part of Arizona’s Grand Canyon borders the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. The Colorado section of the trail includes portions of the Bureau of Land Management lands and National Parks. The Bureau of Land Management manages and protects public lands through allotment, license and royalty sales. Indian tribes such as Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and Santo Domingo are involved in the management of public lands. Various other Native American tribes such as Pueblo, Pima Indians along with the Pueblo Indian Community are tribal members whose land rights are preserved under the law.