Great Divide Trail (GDT)

Canada Canada

Worth knowing

The Great Divide Trail runs for a length of 1130 kilometers through Canada.

The difficulty of the trail is rated as demanding and it usually takes 57 days to walk the Great Divide Trail.
Of course, how long it really takes for the trail depends on the experience and fitness of the hikers.

The drinking water supply is on the way no problem, since there are numerous possibilities to fill up the water supplies.
This can be done, for example, at streams, springs, but also at wells or public facilities. However, the water may have to be filtered before drinking!

On the trail you are self-sufficient.
But at irregular intervals (at least every few days) there is the possibility to buy food.
This needs to be planned accordingly and it can only be recommended to contact the aid stations and check the opening hours.

You can stay overnight in a tent/tarp and on campsites.

Wild camping on the trail is a gray area As always, leave behind no traces . Rubbish has to be taken away and nature has to be respected and protected!

Campfires are currently allowed. However, this can change at any time.
Therefore, please be sure to pay attention to public notices and a possible risk of forest fires..
In addition, new fireplaces should never be built, but existing ones should be used.

Facts about Great Divide Trail

1.130 km
Elevation gain
34.500 m
Elevation loss
34.800 m
Highest Point
2.590 m
Lowest Point
Old Fort Point Trailhead / 1.055 m
Round Trip?
Walk in both directions?
1.130 km
34.500 m
34.800 m
2.590 m
Old Fort Point Trailhead
1.055 m
You have the following accommodation options on the Great Divide Trail
  • in a tent/tarp
  • on campsites
Solitude on the Great Divide Trail
Wilderness / Virtually no people and no settlements

The best time to hike the Great Divide Trail is:


Arrival to the Great Divide Trail

You will arrive via Calgary International Airport.

You can get to Starting point via Taxi / Uber. Duration approx. 3 hours.

Departure from the Great Divide Trail

Departure is via Calgary International Airport.

You can get to the airport per Taxi / Uber / Zu Fuß. Takes about 12 hours.

Map and elevation profile of the Great Divide Trail

What else you should know about the Great Divide Trail

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