Traversing the Great Divide
Traversing the great divides in society and the economy requires skillfully riding on the backs of conflicts and differences in interpretations, rather than seeking to resolve them. This website is dedicated to exposing false economic trade-offs and highlighting innovative solutions that celebrate diversity. The aim is to encourage financial decision-makers and their regulators to acknowledge ambiguity and recognize its value for investment decision-making and analysis.
The Great Divide Trail traverses 1200 km of the Canadian Rockies, extending the length of the border between the Province of British Columbia and the Province of Alberta. The trail was first proposed in the 1960s by a group of outdoors enthusiasts, but to date it remains a work in progress, a patchwork of unmarked trail systems funded by regional governments and private donations. Its use remains contested by competing interests among industry and motorized recreational vehicle users. At the same time, the trail’s existence depends on these conflicting interests, as it is joined together by logging roads, motorized vehicle trails, seismic lines and railway beds. For those willing to embrace uncertainty, the trail provides a navigable path through one of the largest continental divides in the world.
*I have yet to traverse the GDT. The photos on this site are my own, taken in Mount Robson Provincial Park, Jasper and surrounding areas.