Resupply Locations are detailed below:
*at or near a GDT trailhead access point (+distance from the GDT)
** Please note extra field notes. Reserve in advance, and call before you mail boxes to make sure they still accept packages and that their policies haven't changed.
Mailing Addresses from South to North:
Waterton Lakes Post Office @ km 6.9 (4.28 miles) (+500m on Fountain Avenue)
102A Windflower Avenue
Waterton Lakes, AB
Waterton Lakes townsite has several hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, a small grocery store, a laundromat, an outdoor gear shop, a campground, a Parks Canada office and a shuttle service office.
Castle Mountain Ski Resort @ km 94.1 (58.47 miles) (en route)
Pincher Creek, AB
Tel: 403-627-5101 or 1-888-754-8667
Castle Mountain Ski Resort has limited/variable hours so call ahead to arrange resupply. Their guest services office is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 3pm and the pub is open Friday (3-10pm), Saturday (11am-10pm) and Sunday (10am-4pm). The hostel ($25) is open daily in the summer.
Coleman Remedy’s Rx Postal Services @ km 145.9 (90.65 miles) (en route)
8335 – 20th Avenue
M-F 9am-6pm & Sa 10am-4pm
Coleman has two motels, a few B&Bs, several restaurants and a convenience store.
Blairmore Post Office @km 145.9 (90.65 miles) (+5 km east of Coleman on Highway 3)
12537 20th Ave
Blairmore has two motels, a few B&Bs, several restaurants, an outdoor gear shop, and a supermarket.
A Safe Haven B&B @ km 146.1 (91 miles) (en route)
8126 20th Ave (on Highway 3)
PO Box 1209
Daily 10am-10pm (except the first weekend in July)
Safe Haven owners, Alannah and Dan offer a discount to GDT hikers which includes meals, laundry service, wifi, a beer and they will drive hikers to Blairmore for supplies.
Boulton Creek Trading Post @ km 344.0 (213 miles) (+2 km on Kananaskis Lakes Trail)
Boulton Creek Trading Post does not accept resupply packages but has a small store that sells some food and baked goods.
Su-Th 9am-8pm & Fr-Sa 9am-10pm
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Visitor Centre @ km 344.0 (213 miles) (+8 km on Kananaskis Lakes Trail)
Attn Peter Lougheed Discovery Centre
Suite 201 – 800 Railway Avenue
Sunshine Village @ km 442.6 (274 miles) (+1.3 km on Sunshine Village access trail)
Call or email Banff-Sunshine to make package delivery arrangements.
Please note that White Mountain Adventures is no longer offering their free package delivery service or their shuttle service to Sunshine Village. Banff-Sunshine has taken over both of these services. Package delivery and storage costs $25 per week, per package. This fee is waived if you spend a night at Sunshine Mountain Lodge (which is now open during the summer). For more information, contact or call 403-762-6525.
The gondola from Sunshine Village to the base of the ski hill runs Friday to Monday and costs $42. An alpine shuttle bus from the village to the base runs Tuesday to Thursday and costs $35. Alternatively hikers can walk down to the base of the ski hill (6 km) and catch the shuttle bus to Banff townsite from the base for $10 one-way or $15 return. For more information or to make a reservation, check out their website.
Banff Post Office (+23 km from Sunshine Village)
204 Buffalo Street
M-F 9am-5pm & Sa 11am-3:30pm
Banff has several hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, two supermarkets, a laundromat, a few outdoor gear shops, a nearby campground, hot springs, and a Parks Canada office.
Field Post Office @ km 552.4 (342 miles) (en route)
312 Stephen Avenue
Field has a hotel, several B&Bs, a restaurant, a cafe that sells some groceries, and a Parks Canada office.
Fireweed Hostel @ km 552.4 (342 miles) (en route)
PO Box 37
313 Stephen Ave
(Courier service is not recommended for package delivery to Field.)
The hostel books up in the summer, so if you want to stay overnight reserve in advance.
The Crossing Resort @ km 658.0 (408 miles) (+1.5 km on Highway 93)
Mail bag 333
Lake Louise, AB
The Crossing Resort has accommodation, a cafeteria, a restaurant with all-you-can eat lunch and dinner buffets, a pub and a general store that carries basic hiking supplies and some groceries.
** LONGEST STRETCH HERE **
Jasper Post Office @ km 850.0 (528 miles) (+400m on Patricia Street)
502 Patricia Street
Jasper has several hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, a supermarket, a laundromat, a few outdoor gear shops, a nearby campground and a Parks Canada office.
Mount Robson Visitor Information Centre @ km 950.6 (590 miles)(+29 km on the Berg Lake Trail)
Tel: 250-566-4038 *Call in advance to confirm arrangements for your resupply package.
Daily 8am-5pm; after June 15: Daily 8am-7pm
Near the Mount Robson Visitor Centre is a cafe, a small convenience store and a campground.
Paper maps, trail notes, GPS data, Phone Apps and Google Earth files are incredible helpful when planning the route you are taking, understanding the terrain and the gear you need, and being safe. The best maps I have used for planning this adventure are below:
There are several permits for the GDT that each hiker needs to get, and they vary depending on the route you take. The 3 most common permits you need for the entire hike are:
If you want to camp in the backcountry (which you will), this permit has you covered.
Gives you access to 80 parks in Canada (8 of which you pass through)
Covers most camping fees.
Because you are passing through multiple National Parks, it's advised that you call each park separately INSTEAD of using their online system to make sure you have all the camping permits you need, info is below:
National Park Backcountry & Campground Reservations:
Online reservations for Banff National Park’s backcountry camping open on March 1, 2018.
In person at a Banff National Park Visitor Centre
Online reservations for Jasper National Park’s backcountry camping open on January 24, 2018.
Telephone: 780-852-6177; press 2 (not 1) to reach someone in Jasper
In person at a Jasper National Park Visitor Centre
Online reservations for Kootenay National Park’s backcountry camping open on March 1, 2018.
Telephone: 250-347-9505 (seasonal)
In person at a Kootenay National Park Visitor Centre
Waterton Lakes: *The GDT is CLOSED in Waterton Lakes NP due to damage from last year’s Kenow wildfire.
Reservations can be made up to 90 days in advance
In person at a Waterton Lakes National Park Visitor Centre
Online reservations for Yoho National Park’s backcountry camping open on March 1, 2018.
Telephone: 250-343-6783 (seasonal)
In person at a Yoho National Park Visitor Centre
Provincial Park Backcountry & Campground Reservations:
Three Provincial Parks require backcountry campground reservations. Hikers planning a long-distance trek through multiple parks will have to make all required campground reservations separately.
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park backcountry campgrounds reservations are available up to 90 days in advance.
Online – $12 per person/night + $12 reservation fee
Starting April 10, 2018, reservations will be required during peak season (June 26 – September 30) for all overnight stays at Magog Lake and Og Lake campgrounds. Reservations can be made up to 4 months in advance of your arrival date via the BC Parks Discover Camping Reservation Service – $10 per person/night + reservation fee.
Beginning October 1, 2017, backcountry campgrounds on the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park are 100% reservable from June 17 to September 17, 2018.
Online reservations only – $10 per person/night + $6 reservation fee
Permits and reservations are not required for backcountry campgrounds along the Moose River in Mount Robson Provincial Park.
All other Provincial Park backcountry campgrounds do not take reservations and have first-come first-served self-registration (free to $10 per person/night).