13 Photos to Inspire You to Through-Hike the Great Divide Trail

My obsession with the Canadian Rockies led me to find the Great Divide Trail. I knew it would be more of a ‘wilderness experience’ compared to popular through-hikes like the PCT and ACT, but it was more challenging than I could even imagine.

The experience was spectacular and unforgettably humbling.

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Views of Mt Assiniboine, one of the most spectacular peaks in the Canadian Rockies and often called the ‘Canadian Matterhorn’.

Views of Mt Assiniboine, one of the most spectacular peaks in the Canadian Rockies and often called the ‘Canadian Matterhorn’.

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An iconic view in Sunshine Meadows was a nice moment of a really long day!

An iconic view in Sunshine Meadows was a nice moment of a really long day!

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Getting to passes just in time is worth celebrating!

Getting to passes just in time is worth celebrating!

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Amazing golden hour at the top of the mountain!

Amazing golden hour at the top of the mountain!

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A calm morning along the Rockwall section of the trail.

A calm morning along the Rockwall section of the trail.

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I don’t keep my camera out for most river crossings, so this cute stream is a memento of those intense crossings!

I don’t keep my camera out for most river crossings, so this cute stream is a memento of those intense crossings!

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This stretch of trail took a while because the view was so captivating!

This stretch of trail took a while because the view was so captivating!

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I’ve always wanted to see sunset from Assiniboine so I’m appreciative of the great weather!

I’ve always wanted to see sunset from Assiniboine so I’m appreciative of the great weather!

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A beautiful time of day.

A beautiful time of day.

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So many stunning meadows and wildflowers.

So many stunning meadows and wildflowers.

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Sub-alpine meadows on the Brazeau Loop in Jasper National Park!

Sub-alpine meadows on the Brazeau Loop in Jasper National Park!

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Jasper NP passes were the best.

Jasper NP passes were the best.

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Impressive mountains with no-one in sight!

Impressive mountains with no-one in sight!

 

DISCLAIMER: THE GDT IS CURRENTLY AN IDEA OF A TRAIL BY THE GREAT DIVIDE TRAIL ASSOCIATION. THEIR WEBSITE STATES THAT “THE GDT IS NOT OFFICIALLY SIGNED AND THE ROUTE IS ACTUALLY MADE UP OF SEVERAL SEPARATE TRAIL SYSTEMS JOINED TOGETHER BY ATV TRACKS, ROADS, AND WILDERNESS ROUTES. THE GDT VARIES FROM BEING A WELL-DEVELOPED, BLAZED TRAIL TO AN UNMARKED, CROSS-COUNTRY WILDERNESS ROUTE WHERE NAVIGATION SKILLS ARE REQUIRED.” IT’S SOUTHERN TERMINUS IS IN WATERTON NATIONAL PARK AND THE MOST ACCEPTED POINT FOR THE NORTHERN TERMINUS IS MT ROBSON, ALTHOUGH KAKWA PROVINCIAL PARK IS A FURTHER OPTION, MAKING THE TRAIL 1,130 KM IN TOTAL WHICH GENERALLY TAKES EIGHT WEEKS. THE GDT I COMPLETED IS A 500 KM SECTION THAT THE GDTA DESCRIBES AS SECTION C TO E.

CanadaMikaela Gregory