September 2022 Trail and Road Conditions

September 22, 2022 Cooler temperatures, shorter days and the first snowfall and frost are signs that summer in the mountains is winding down. Trails are generally still in good condition but expect some wet and muddy sections following periods of rain or snow.  TRAIL CLOSURES AND NOTICES:   COVID-19: We encourage everyone…

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Call for Board Members – August 2022

Great Divide Trail Association, Calgary, Alberta Backpackers, hikers, outdoor enthusiasts, would you like to share your passion with others? Do you want to participate in responsibly creating an iconic Canadian wilderness opportunity? Do you have 6-10 hours to volunteer each month? The Great Divide Trail traverses the continental divide between…

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August 2022 Trail and Road Conditions

August 26, 2022 Wildflowers are blooming and berry season has started! Most of the GDT is now snow free with the exception of some lingering snow patches at higher elevations. Valley bottom trails at lower elevations are mostly dry. TRAIL CLOSURES AND NOTICES:   COVID-19: We encourage everyone who spends time on…

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July 2022 Trail and Road Conditions

July 23, 2022 Wildflowers are blooming! Above average snowpack and a cooler than average spring have resulted in lingering snowpack at elevations above 2100 metres. Valley bottom trails at lower elevations vary from dry and bare to wet and muddy due to rapid snow melt in the warm weather. Many…

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GDTA Membership Drive

The Great Divide Trail Association has set several ambitious goals for 2022. This year we will be holding 7 trail building trips on the High Rock Trail (HRT) as we prepare for the official opening ceremony of the HRT on July 22! We are excited to announce the return of…

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Shrubs Along the GDT: Not all Alders or Willows!

By Jenny L. Feick, PhD If you have ever attended one of the GDTA’s trail work trips you have likely helped to clear shrubby vegetation from the Great Divide Trail and its immediate vicinity. Shrubs are the woody perennial plants that are smaller than a tree with multiple permanent stems…

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Our New GDTA Corporate Supporters

by Kate Hamilton The GDTA is pleased to announce several new corporate supporters that were engaged this year. These are industrious, small businesses whose products and services are all about hikers – gear, lodging, food, resupply, information sources, and memorabilia. Like us, they are outdoors enthusiasts and believe in taking care…

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Resurrecting the GDTA Trail Users Code

By Jenny Feick, PhD I recalled the old GDTA Trail Users Code while listening to the Her Odyssey duo when Lani Smith, my husband Ian Hatter and I met them for lunch at Truffle Pigs in Field on a clear sunny September day in 2021. Bethany Hughes and Lauren Reed…

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What Goes Around (But Didn’t Go Anywhere) Has Come Around Again

By Jenny Feick, PhD Read in The Globe and Mail: https://apple.news/ARKD6TecwThGWflUpiS9nHg Brianna Sharpe’s Globe & Mail article in April 2022 entitled “Hikers push for Alberta’s Great Divide Trail to be given official recognition” brought to mind one of the many opinion pieces expressed during the story telling sessions that formed the backbone of the book…

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