GDT Route Updates for 2017

Wonder Pass

Effective immediately, the GDTA is announcing a couple changes to the main route of the GDT as well as a two fantastic new alternate routes that will appear in Dustin Lynx’s forthcoming 3rd edition of his guidebook (expected to be released in early 2018). These new routes are all reflected in …

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Spring 2017 Trail and Road Conditions Update


Trail Conditions Update – May 1, 2017 Spring is in the air! This is transition time on the GDT. Valley bottom trails at lower elevations vary from bare and muddy to slushy and icy, while trails at higher elevation remain snowbound. With warmer weather, trail conditions can change quickly, from …

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Charlie Russell talks at Sold Out GDTA Fundraiser


Charlie Russell spoke to a sold out crowd of hiking enthusiasts, GDTA supporters, Girl Guides, Scouts at the John Dutton theatre in Calgary on March 21st.    Charlie Russell has spent the better part of 55 years studying and living with grizzlies and his philosophy boils down to: “They (grizzly bears) …

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Backcountry Kitchen


Let’s Get Dehydrated! By: Shannon Budesilic Any back-country dehydrating enthusiasts out there? This weekend, I managed to dehydrate some beautiful kiwi (little green, sweet gems) and some saskatoons and cranberries. The saskatoons, being a little dry already, turned out a little like saska-raisins, which are cool little blue shriveled things …

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Draft Castle Management Plan


A few weeks ago the Alberta Government proceeded with an Order in Council to make both the Castle Provincial Park and the Castle Wildland Provincial Park official. For the history of this process, you must go all the way back to 1895 when part of the area was included in …

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Julia Lynx Concert: A Benefit for GDTA


The AWA headquarters was packed on Saturday, January 28 as it hosted the first event of 2017 put forth by the GDTA Outreach Committee:  Julia Lynx concert: A Benefit for the GDTA. Julia Lynx thru-hiked the GDTA in 1996 with her partner Dustin, an experience that eventually evolved into a …

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GDT in Backpacker Magazine


Backpacker Magazine’s Long Trails edition awarded the Great Divide Trail the title of “Wildest Thru-Hike” – Check out the article by Ted Alvarez here. Few blazes, fewer trail angels: Canada’s Great Divide Trail offers a rare chance to go back in time and experience the birth of a thru-hike.

Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass

Canada 150

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, Parks Canada is offering 2017 Discovery Passes for free. For all of 2017 this pass gives visitors unlimited access to National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites across the country. Note that campground fees are not included in the Discovery Pass. Go …

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Pathfinder Newsletter – Autumn 2016


Summer of 2016 was the most productive one yet for the Great Divide Trail Association! This Autumn edition of the Pathfinder Newsletter will provide a summary of our efforts including: Trail maintenance and building trips Trail Tales Oh The Peaks You Will See Annual General Meeting GDTA Photo Contest And well-deserved …

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