My fiancee and I are planning on starting the Great Divide route this sat 3rd Aug. We've been concerned about the trail conditions and have been doing as much digging as possible to find out if it is possible to get through the Canada section. At the weekend we had a good kit buying session in Banff and took the opportunity to ask the outdoor shop assistants their knowledge of the routes, we also asked at Parks Canada but they had little first hand knowledge and will always toe the party line.
What we have concluded are that trail conditions following Spray River and up Goat Creek are poor, with several bridges still out and the trail washed out. However, a bike shop bloke said that his girlfriend had cycled that part of the route. There are sections where you will need to ford rivers, so, as long as river levels are ok, this is possible. Another cyclist told us a similar story. Our plan is to be prepared and get in amongst it.
As a safer alternative to this there is the Legacy trail, that goes from Banff to Canmore. You can then cycle through Canmore and onto the Smith Dorien Road where you can join the Route at the South end of Spray Lakes.
From this point the previous thread from the couple on a tandem suggests we can make it over Elk Pass. From here on, the information is thin on the ground.
I also ordered my ACA Canada maps for the route 6-8weeks ago and not received them, is this normal?
Hope this helps Jacin. We have got a spot device so I'll try post the link and update this thread as we go.