Pathfinder Newsletter

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Volunteer Opportunity – Marketing Position

Volunteer opportunities

The Great Divide Trail Association is an active organization with significant growth in 2018 and we are looking for an individual to take on the responsibilities of marketing and outreach. Some of our key accomplishments in 2018 include: Membership grew by about +30%. Significant work going into the planning, designing, constructing and…

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In Memoriam – Bruce Parkin

Bruce Parkin

By David Higgins Oddly, for someone who’s been closely involved with the Great Divide Trail for 45 of his 65 years, section-hiking the entire GDT – let alone thru-hiking it, where you knock the whole thing off in one go – is a notion that has never come into my…

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Section D Facelift

Howse floodplain route

By Brad Vaillancourt and Dan Durston Every family has its black sheep and the GDT is no different. Section D – Field to the Crossing – has an infamous and long-standing reputation of being the worst section of the GDT, demanding blood, sweat and tears from thru-hikers while providing very little…

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Pathfinder Newsletter – Summer/Autumn 2018

Pathfinder-Fall 2018

Summer of 2018 was very busy for the GDTA, with more trail building and maintenance trips than ever before! Despite another bad wildfire season, the GDT was as busy as ever with record numbers of thru-hikers on the trail. Read more about our recent events and activities in this edition…

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2018 Trail Building & Maintenance Trips

Base camp

2018 was a very busy year for the GDTA, with more Signature, Hybrid, Walking, Bridge-building, and Scouting trips than ever before! A huge amount was accomplished thanks to the large number of hard-working and dedicated volunteers. Key accomplishments in 2018: 90 km of the Original Great Divide Trail cleared and…

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities

The Great Divide Trail Association is a 100% volunteer run organization. As presented at our 2018 Annual General Meeting, we currently organize our activities around five committees or volunteer teams. Most meet regularly in Calgary but it is possible to Skype or call into the meetings.  If you are interested in…

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The Vanishing Trail

Cairnes Creek on the David Thompson Heritage Trail

by Dave Higgins Amazing and improbable as it is, Howse Pass is one of the gentlest crossings of the Continental Divide in the southern Canadian Rockies, yet somehow it has managed to escape the fate of other passes in the region. No road or rail line disfigures it. This despite…

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Volunteer Recognition Awards

Pictured above are Lani Smith, Deb Yanchula, Dan Durston, Vikki McGuire

As you may already know the GDTA is a volunteer based organization that relies on the work and passion of people like you. Every year we recognize the efforts of volunteers who go above and beyond to help us achieve our objectives. This year has been an exceptional year for…

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