The Great Divide Trail Association (GDTA) was originally established in 1975. In the late 1970s and much of the 80s, thanks to the passion and hard work of a group of dedicated GDTA volunteers, much of the Great Divide Trail outside of the Parks was scouted and built. Unfortunately due to lack of government support, the GDTA fell dormant in the late 1980s. (Read more about the History of the GDTA.)
In the early 2000’s, a group known as the Friends of the Great Divide Trail began to work on the GDT once again, breathing new life into the Trail. And in 2013, the Friends of the Great Divide Trail officially re‐activated the Great Divide Trail Association.
The Great Divide Trail Association is a Canadian not‐for‐profit corporation and registered charitable organization headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, responsible for maintaining, promoting and protecting the Great Divide Trail. The Great Divide Trail Association works with regional partners to coordinate trail improvements, maintenance and protection. We are supported by members, volunteers and hikers who make the Great Divide Trail experience possible.
Read more about What We Do.
- Provide a public amenity by planning, designing, constructing, maintaining, and obtaining formal recognition and protection for the Great Divide Trail as a significant heritage site in the Rocky Mountains of Canada; and
- Educate the public about the Great Divide Trail, and promote and encourage its use in a manner consistent with the conservation and preservation of the scenic and wilderness value of the Rocky Mountains of Canada.
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