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
- 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.
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)
102A Windflower Avenue
Waterton Lakes, AB
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)
Pincher Creek, AB
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
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)
PO Box 1209
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)
12537 20th Ave
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.
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
Sunshine Village (en route)
Sunshine Village c/o White Mountain Adventures
131 Eagle Crescent, Box 4259
Tel: 403-760-4403 (October to June)
Tel: 403-762-7889 (June to September)
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 Mad Trapper’s at Sunshine Village daily from 11:30am-6:30pm. Sunshine Village offers a backpacker shuttle to and from Banff townsite.
Banff Post Office (23km from Sunshine Village)
204 Buffalo Street
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)
312 Stephen Avenue
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
*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
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)
502 Patricia Street
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
Near the Mount Robson Visitor Centre is a cafe, a small convenience store and a campground.