Resupplying

Generally, you will be able to resupply (via a mailed package and/or purchasing food from a local store) every 4 to 9 days along the GDT. There are only three places along the GDT with stores that carry adequate food and supplies for long-distance backpacking: Waterton townsite, Blairmore and Jasper – so preparing resupply packages is an essential part of a long-distance journey on the GDT. There are small stores at Boulton Creek Trading Post, Field and The Crossing Resort where limited food and supplies are available.

Supplementing your resupply packages by buying food along the way supports the local communities that you are passing through. Whether you’re buying ice cream, drinks, fresh produce, dairy or baked goods, buying locally is also a great way to add variety to your diet.

Mailing Resupply Packages

Be aware of the hours of operation for the resupply locations. You may find yourself racing to beat closing time, or waiting for it to reopen.

For Post Offices, mail your package general delivery. The standard policy is that the packages will be held for 15 days so write “Please hold for Great Divide Trail hiker” with your anticipated date of arrival to ensure the package will be there when you arrive. Allow plenty of time for shipping as some remote locations may take up to two weeks to receive a package. You will need government issued photo id to pick up your package from most post offices.

Resupply Package Label:

  • Your name
  • General Delivery
  • Address
  • City, Province
  • Postal Code
  • Your anticipated date of arrival  “Please hold for Great Divide Trail hiker on month/day/year”

IMPORTANT: Ensure your resupply package is tightly sealed (i.e. mouse-proof) and contains no perishable items or hazardous materials. Call or email in advance to confirm that the resupply location will accept your resupply package.

Bounce box

A ‘bounce box’ is a package that you continually mail ahead to yourself as you travel along the trail, giving access to your desired personal items without having to carry them. The bounce box can include things like: books, maps, camera charger, town clothes, replacement shoes or socks, hiking gear, first aid materials, etc. Be aware that using a bounce box can be expensive.

 


Resupply Location* Mailing Addresses from South to North:

*at or near a GDT trailhead access point (including the distance from the GDT):

Waterton Lakes Post Office (en route)
General Delivery
102A Windflower Avenue
Waterton Lakes, AB
T0K 2M0
Tel: 403-859-2294
M-F 8:30am-4:30pm

Waterton Lakes townsite has several hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, a small grocery store, a laundromat, an outdoor gear shop, a campground, a Parks Canada office and a shuttle service office.

Castle Mountain Ski Resort (en route)
Box 2721
Pincher Creek, AB
T0K 1W0

Tel: 403-627-5101 or 1-888-754-8667

Castle Mountain Ski Resort has limited/variable hours so call ahead to arrange resupply. Their guest services office is open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 3pm and the pub is open Friday (4-9pm), Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (9am-2pm).

Coleman Remedy’s Rx Postal Services (en route)
8335 – 20th Avenue
Box 550
Coleman, AB
T0K 0M0
Tel: 403-563-3242
M-F 9am-6pm & Sa 10am-4pm

Coleman has two motels, a few B&Bs, several restaurants and a convenience store.

A Safe Haven B&B (en route)
8126 20th Ave (on Highway 3)

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1209
Coleman, AB
T0K 0M0
Tel: 1-800-290-0860
Email: asafehaven@shaw.ca
Daily 10am-10pm (except the first weekend in July)

Safe Haven owners, Alannah and Dan offer a discount to GDT hikers which includes meals, laundry service, wifi, a beer and they will drive hikers to Blairmore for supplies.

Blairmore Post Office (6km on Highway 3)
General Delivery
12537 20th Ave
Blairmore, AB
T0K 0E0
Tel: 403-562-2977
M-F 9am-5pm

Blairmore has two motels, a few B&Bs, several restaurants, an outdoor gear shop, and a supermarket.

Boulton Creek Trading Post (2km on Kananaskis Lakes Trail)
Boulton Creek Trading Post has a small store but is no longer accepting resupply packages.

Tel: 403-591-7226
Su-Th 9am-8pm & Fr-Sa 9am-10pm

Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Visitor Centre (8km on Kananaskis Lakes Trail)
Peter Lougheed VIC c/o Alberta Parks
Suite 201 – 800 Railway Avenue
Canmore, AB
T1W 1P1
Tel: 403-678-0760
Daily 9:30am-4:30pm

Sunshine Village (en route)
Sunshine Village c/o White Mountain Adventures
131 Eagle Crescent, Box 4259
Banff, AB
T1L 1A6
Tel: 403-760-4403 (October to June)
Email: info@whitemountainadventures.com

Tel: 403-762-7889 (June to September)
Email: sunshinemeadowsbanff@hotmail.com

White Mountain Adventures offers this service free to backpackers. They will transfer the package from Banff to Sunshine Village where it can be picked up at Bruno’s cafe at Sunshine Village daily from 11:30am-6:30pm. White Mountain Adventures also offers a backpacker shuttle to and from Banff townsite.

Banff Post Office (23km from Sunshine Village)
General Delivery
204 Buffalo Street
Banff, AB
T1L 1A0
Tel: 403-762-2586
M-F 9am-5pm & Sa 11am-3:30pm

Banff has several hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, two supermarkets, a laundromat, a few outdoor gear shops, a nearby campground, hot springs, and a Parks Canada office.

Field Post Office (4km on Highway 1)
General Delivery
312 Steven Avenue
Field, BC
V0A 1G0
Tel: 1-800-267-1177
M-F 9:30am-1:30pm

Field has a hotel, several B&Bs, a few restaurants, a small grocery store and a Parks Canada office.

Fireweed Hostel (4km on Highway 1)
PO Box 37
313 Stephen Ave
Field, BC
V0A1G0
250-343-6999
Daily 9am-11pm
*Do not use courier service to Field.

The hostel books up in the summer, so if you want to stay overnight reserve in advance.

The Crossing Resort (2km on Highway 93)
Mail bag 333
Lake Louise, AB
T0L 1E0
Tel: 403-761-7000
Email: info@thecrossingresort.com
Daily 9am-8pm

The Crossing Resort has accommodation, a cafeteria, a restaurant, a pub and a general store that carries basic hiking supplies and groceries.

Jasper Post Office (en route)
General Delivery
502 Patricia Street
Jasper, AB
T0E 1E0
Tel: 780-852-3041
M-F 9am-5pm

Jasper has several hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, a supermarket, a laundromat, a few outdoor gear shops, a nearby campground and a Parks Canada office.

Mount Robson Visitor Centre (29km via the Berg Lake trail)
BC Parks, Mount Robson
Box 579
Valemount, BC
V0E 2Z0
Tel: 250-566-4038
Email: MountRobson@shaw.ca
Daily 8am-5pm

Near the Mount Robson Visitor Centre is a cafe, a small convenience store and a campground.

Holmes River Road Resupply (7.2 km via the Blueberry trail on the Jackpine High Alternate Route)
The Blueberry Trail can be accessed on the Jackpine High Alternate Route at Blueberry Lake. 7.2 km down the Blueberry Trail you will reach the unsigned Blueberry trailhead on the Holmes River Road, just past the bridge at kilometre post 42 from Highway 16. This location can be used with vehicle support in lieu of the Mount Robson Visitor Centre. If needed, Cara Peters from the Scarecrow Farm B&B and Campground can bring your resupply package to this location at a prearranged date and time. You must have a satellite transceiver to contact Cara 24 hours prior to confirm your arrival at the trailhead.

Cara Peters
Scarecrow Farm Bed & Breakfast and Campground
PO Box 512, 4806 Hwy 16W, McBride BC, V0J 2E0
Email: scarecrowfarmmcbride@gmail.com
Phone: 250-569-0351
Call or email Cara for rates and availability.

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