The emphasis of this guide is on discovery of the history of the trail, the lifestyle of those who used it and its importance to the development of a fledgling nation.
Today’s trail is 200 km long. The guide is divided into three sections: 1) Northern Section: St Norbert Heritage Park to Otterburne; 2) Otterburne to St. Malo; 3) St. Malo to Emerson at U. S. border
Although the present trail does sometimes follow many parts of the original trail, for the most part, it does not. Much of the landscape would have been the same and in some instances users will actually see what the original trail users would have seen in the early 1800’s.