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 ($20-$50 and 4.5 hours). The bus from Calgary arrives in Pincher Creek very early in the morning (2:55am) 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).
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 (a3) 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 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. At the end of your GDT hike, if you don’t have a vehicle waiting for you at the Kakwa trailhead and would rather not walk down the 75 km Walker Creek Road to Highway 16, Cara Peters can pick you up (or drop you off for SOBOs) at the Kakwa trailhead and take you to the Scarecrow Farm B&B and Campground near McBride. You must have a satellite transceiver to contact Cara 24 hours prior to confirm your arrival at the trailhead.
Scarecrow Farm Bed & Breakfast and Campground
PO Box 512, 4806 Hwy 16W, McBride BC, V0J 2E0
Call or email Cara for rates and availability.
Other Transportation options along the GDT:
- Greyhound offers scheduled bus service to and from Pincher Creek, Coleman, Blairmore, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, and Mount Robson.
- Brewster offers chartered coach service to and from Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper.
- Car rentals and taxi service are available in Pincher Creek, 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||b14||25 km|
|Cache Creek Trail||b21||2.1 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|
|Tumbling Creek Trail||c31||10.5 km|
|Helmet Creek Trail||c35||13.6 km|
|Tally-Ho Trail||c39||4.8 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||Access to Jackpine High Route||43.4 km (road) + 7.2 km (trail)|
|Walker Creek Road||GDT northern terminus||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|
|Allison Creek Road||b4|
|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|
|Natural Bridge & Amiskwi Trail||c39 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||on Walker Creek Road|