Enjoy the GDT safely in 2021
As we leave 2020 behind and look forward to 2021, the Great Divide Trail Association continues to consider what is best for the health and safety of the trail community that we serve. Even while the COVID-19 pandemic continues, staying active in the outdoors is an excellent way to keep your body and mind healthy. We encourage everyone who spends time on the GDT this year to do so safely and continue to do your part to limit the spread of COVID-19.
In accordance with public health restrictions, all in-person GDTA related events, activities, and meetings are cancelled until further notice. Virtual events and meetings will be used when appropriate. Outdoor events with fewer than 10 attendees will only take place where local health restrictions allow, and if attendees are able to safely practice physical distancing.
For those considering travel on the GDT in 2021, remember that travel on the GDT is considered non-essential.
At this time, the GDTA supports single-day hikes or horseback rides on the GDT and longer (weekend or multi-day), self-sufficient trips that don’t require resupply if they are in your local area, where trails and trailheads are open.
To limit the potential transmission of the virus between you and others when on the GDT, please follow these guidelines:
- Travel only with members of your household; practice 2-metre physical distancing from others at all times on the trail.
- Avoid long-distance ‘thru’ hikes that involve resupplying and interaction with people in communities along the GDT.
- Be completely self-supported on GDT outings; bring everything you need.
- Stay local, explore sections of the trail near your home.
- Always Leave No Trace.
Backcountry use has the potential to add unnecessary stress to the healthcare system and put public safety staff at risk, including exposure to COVID-19, which could then impact resources to support search and rescue, so please keep your hiking plans conservative and your risk low.
Thank you for being responsible and taking precautions to keep yourself and others safe. And remember the GDT will still be there for your future long-distance wilderness adventures.
Despite the pandemic, the GDTA continues our work with your support:
- Our Trail Building & Maintenance Committee continues to move forward with trip plans for this summer.
- Our Trail Protection & Advocacy Committee continues to make progress toward our goal of permanent protection of the GDT.
- Our first ever charitable donation campaign held by our Ensuring Financial Capacity Committee was a huge success thanks to your generous support!
The GDTA will continue to monitor and follow the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Provincial Health Authorities of Alberta and BC, and provide updates as new information becomes available.
Take care out there.
The Great Divide Trail Association