This is one of the world's most spectacular and difficult hikes. Once a wartime pipeline route, its 372 km (231 mi) run through the Mackenzie Mountains and up to Macmillan Pass on the Continental Divide, and into the Yukon. You can begin your trip at Norman Wells in the east. About 48 km (30 mi) in, you'll find yourself scrambling in rocky Dodo Canyon and several unpredictable river crossings follow.
You can also fly in to try part of the hike from drop-off points along the trail. If you plan on doing the whole trail, you'll need to arrange for a couple of food drops, as the average trek will take 22-24 days. You can write in your trip journal about the number of caribou or sheep you've seen, the rivers you crossed, or the abandoned 1940s trucks and pumping stations you saw hidden away in the bush. You may even have a bear encounter to report.
The Canol season runs from June to September. However, you can expect every type of weather, from hot to rainy or snowy. For more information visit http://canoltrail.tripod.com