Even though the GDT is remote and crosses few highways, public transportation and trailheads do exist to allow you to access the trail at various points whether you’re thru-hiking or section hiking.
Southern Terminus – Waterton Townsite:
From Calgary: Greyhound offers bus service to Pincher Creek from Calgary (Note that this bus service will discontinue in October 2018). The bus from Calgary arrives in Pincher Creek very early in the morning (3:25am) so you might want or need to stay the night in Pincher Creek and head to Waterton the next morning. There is a campground (Sleepy Hollow) 10 minute walk from the bus station in Pincher Creek and several nearby motels. From Pincher Creek, a taxi service can take you the remaining 55 km to Waterton townsite for $80-90 (obviously more economical with 2 or more passengers).
Airport Shuttle Express offers a shuttle between the Calgary Airport and the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Lakes National Park ($200 per person). This shuttle continues on to Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier, Montana for an additional fee.
From Glacier National Park (USA): Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters offers shuttle service during the summer to and from the Chief Mountain border crossing, connecting Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta with Glacier National Park in Montana.
From Waterton Townsite, there are two ways that hikers can reach the actual southern terminus on the International Boundary:
- Hike 6.3 km from the Lakeshore trailhead (a2) to the International Boundary (a1) and simply turn around at the border and walk back to Waterton Townsite (12.6 km return hike).
- Take a boat from the Waterton marina to Goat Haunt Ranger Station in Glacier National Park (USA) and hike 12.8 km back to Waterton Townsite via the Lakeshore Trail. Passport required. For sailing times, ticket prices and customs information, check out Waterton Shoreline Cruises Co.
Mount Robson (the Original Northern Terminus): Greyhound offers bus service to and from Mount Robson arriving and departing very early in the morning (Note that this bus service will discontinue in October 2018). This is a highway “flag stop” near the Mount Robson Visitor Centre. Call or check out the Greyhound website for more information or reservations.
Kakwa Trailhead (the Extended Northern Terminus): There is no public transportation to the Kakwa trailhead so you must make your own travel arrangements. Access is via the Walker Creek Forest Service Road off of Highway 16. Walker Creek FSR is a rough and muddy dirt road and a 4WD high clearance vehicle is required.
Other Transportation options along the GDT:
- Greyhound offers scheduled bus service to and from Calgary, Pincher Creek, Coleman, Blairmore, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, and Mount Robson. Note that Greyhound will discontinue bus service in October 2018.
- Brewster offers chartered coach service to and from the Calgary airport, Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Jasper.
- Car rentals and taxi service are available in Calgary, Pincher Creek, Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper.
Other Access to the GDT:
Turn on the “Access Routes & Trailheads” layer on our map to see exact locations of the following access points along the GDT.
|Access Roads and Trails||Nearest Waypoint||Distance to the GDT|
|Snowshoe Trail||a16||11.1 km|
|Dutch Creek Road (4WD)||b14||25 km|
|Cache Creek Trail||b21||2.1 km|
|Soda Creek Trail||b22||3.9 km|
|Baril Creek Trail||b30||9 km|
|Burstall Pass Trail||c6||11.3 km|
|Mount Shark Trail||c7||5.8 km|
|Sunshine Village Trail||c15 or c16||1 km|
|Healy Creek Trail||c17||6.5 km|
|Tumbling Creek Trail||c31||10.5 km|
|Helmet Creek Trail||c35||13.6 km|
|Sunset Pass Trail||e6||12.6 km|
|Nigel Pass Trail||e13||7.4 km|
|Poboktan Creek Trail||e20||6 km|
|Mount Robson Berg Lake Trail||f16||29.6 km|
|Holmes River Road + Blueberry Trail||g6||43.4 km (road) + 7.2 km (trail)|
|Grande Cache Horse Trail||g21 (f36)||72 km|
|Walker Creek Road (4WD)||g29||74.6 km|
|Trailheads directly on the GDT||Corresponding Waypoint|
|Lakeshore Trail||a2 at Waterton Townsite|
|Carthew-Alderson Trail||a3 at Waterton Townsite|
|Carthew-Alderson Trail||a8 on Akamina Parkway|
|Rowe Lakes Trail||a9 on Akamina Parkway|
|West Castle Road||a30 near Castle Mountain Ski Resort|
|Suicide Creek Trail||a31 on West Castle Road|
|Lynx Creek Road||a36 and a44|
|Coleman||b1 on Highway 3|
|Deadman Pass Trail||b4 on Allison Creek (Atlas) Road|
|Aldridge Creek Trail||b32 on Kananaskis Powerline Road|
|Elk Lakes Trail||near b38 on Elk Valley Road|
|Elk Pass Trail||b40 on Kananaskis Lakes Trail|
|North Interlakes Trail||c1 on Kananaskis Lakes Trail|
|Hawk Creek & Floe Lake Trails||c23 on Highway 93|
|Ottertail Trail||c38 on Highway 1|
|Tally-Ho Trail||c39 near Field|
|Natural Bridge & Amiskwi Trail||d0 on Emerald Lake Road|
|Howse Pass Trail||d16 on Highway 93|
|Owen Creek Trail||e1 on Highway 11|
|Skyline Trail||e25 on Maligne Lake Road|
|Signal Mountain Trail||e32 on Maligne Lake Road|
|Old Fort Point||e34 near Jasper|
|Miette River Trail||f1 on Highway 16|
|Kakwa Lake Trail||g29 on Walker Creek Road|