Blogs from Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada, North America

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We stroll down the main street of Waterton Park looking for somewhere to eat breakfast, and wander into an establishment called Trappers. It’s all decked out in the sort of check that we usually associate with the outfits that lumberjacks wear. There are life sized models of foxes in the windowsill next to our table, and most of the breakfast menu is different variations of flapjacks and maple syrup. This place couldn’t be more Canadian if it tried. I was after some poached eggs but the menu says that they don’t make them because poaching isn’t allowed in national parks. Groan. We’ve been told that cruising on the lake is a must do activity here, so off we sail. Our guide tells us that the lake is nearly 150 metres deep at its deepest point, which ... read more
Upper Waterton Lake
Upper Waterton Lake
Upper Waterton Lake


So we were a bit afraid of this hike. 10.5 miles and 2100 foot elevation gain. Took the boat from Waterton to the trailhead (15 minute ride). It took us 3 hours to get to the lake. I'm not going to lie, it was not easy. We are in our 50s and in decent shape, but we made it. Crawling through the tunnel and up the rock wall with the cable wasn't nearly as bad as all the rocky switchbacks getting there. The lake is beautiful. Spent about 45 minutes there then had to head back in order to catch the boat back. 2.5 hours back down. (there was only one shuttle time running this time of year, 10am with a pickup at 530pm.) Did get to see a helicopter dumping water on the fire across ... read more
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We landed in Kalispell MT and drove 3.5 hours around Glacier NP up into Waterton, Alberta. The hotel is as quaint and charming as I expected. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Our room is small, but it has a bed and our own bathroom, so that's all I need. Views are spectacular. Had a nice dinner at the hotel (bison stew) then an early bedtime since we had been up since midnight Alberta time the day before in order to fly and drive there. Did manage to listen to a presentation by the bellhop about the hotel, Waterton, the park and the fires, which was interesting.... read more
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Started off early at 730am. Could smell smoke in the air from the fires. Was chilly, too, in the 40s. Hiked to lower Berths Falls then on to Berths Lake. PERFECT WEATHER! Sunny and fairly clear. The scenery is just breathtakingly gorgeous . Got back into town and had a late lunch at the Lakeside Chophouse. Bison carpaccio and a bison Rueben. YUM! Back at the hotel for a nap, shower and light dinner. Great first full day here.... read more
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Today we stopped at Prince of Wales hotel in Waterton. It was a gorgeous old hotel and the male staff wore kilts. After, we walked around townsite and finished Xplorer program and exchanged money. Drove to Banff. Saw two moose when stopped at Chain Lakes Provincial Park for lunch. We are staying near Lake Louise and I didn’t know the Lake Louise area was separate from “Banff”, about a 30 mile drive with not much in between:). This might explain why people asked if we were going to see Lake Louise when I mentioned we were going to Banff! We had dinner in Lake Louise village and stopped to see Lake Louise. Now I understand why it is so popular! It is a milky blue color and nestled among mountains and pine trees. Lake Louise Chalet ... read more
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Bonjour à tous, De retour au Canada, la prochaine incursion aux US ce sera pour l'Alaska. Ma bonne nouvelle du matin, à été de lire les infos françaises sur internet, et de voir que Najat avait été dégagée du paysage. Je sais que nous sommes très nombreux à partager cette bonne nouvelle. Hier dans les plaines, la voie ferrée longe la route, arrivé à Havre, j'ai été attentif à ne pas choisir un hôtel trop proche, j'ai déjà eu de mauvaises expériences. Je me suis fait avoir, et en pire, un peu à l'écart des voies, il y avait un centre de maintenance des locos juste sous ma fenêtre. Ces locos sont bien sur aux normes US en diesel et particulièrement bruyantes. J'ai passé une sale nuit avec ces bruits. Ce matin je retrouve ma longue ... read more
Two Medecine Lake
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Today began with a loud gobble, repeated a few dozen times. The sound came from the woods behind our room and before long a big 'ol Tom came prancing out in the meadow. He was strutting big time for his lady companion but she didn't seem impressed. We have been fortunate to have daily visitors from the woods at the B&B. We have seen several deer, guineas and turkeys. That just adds to the charm of this unique place. We decided to head back to the east side of the park today with no real plan in mind. The west side is more of a hub for all the planned activities and is a bit crowded. Lots of bicyclists, boaters, tours, kayaks, group activities. The east side is more of the scenic side and less congested. ... read more
Canadian Border crossing
Panoramic view of Waterton Lakes
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You may have noticed that there are few photos of David in this trip (or maybe not -- go back and look, there's definitely more photos of me.) There's a reason -- and it's a story I can now tell. Well, actually, David's going to start this story; I'll set it up: Near the end of June, we went on our yearly pilgrimage to southern Alberta near Lethbridge where we attended the rocket launch at Rock Lake -- it's not a lake of water, but a "lake of rocks" -- a rock pit surrounded by miles and miles of prairie and rolling hills. (Rocket launches may be a topic I'll discuss someday, but not today.) It seems to be always hot at this event, but this year it was exceptionally hot (I got a nasty burn), ... read more
Perfect day on the lake!
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Day 6 Well, another night in a National Park Lodge and now we know the "business" of the folks in the room next door! Geez, just paper thin walls. oh well, still a great view and it was nice and cool and got a decent nights rest anyway. Rented kayaks for an hour and cruised the lake enjoying the spectacular scenery before getting back on the road. We stopped at a world renown place called the Cattle Barron Supper Club and had lunch. Supposedly this place was on the travel channel. Had a buffalo burger and was pretty good. Arrived at Waterton National Park in Alberta around 2 or so and got all checked in to the hotel where we found wifi and a tv with 3 channels! We are living large! Next we headed to ... read more
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First Impressions and Townsite Campground We hadn’t heard much about Waterton Lakes Park in Alberta, Canada, other than it was smaller and less impressive than Banff or Jasper to the north or its International Peace Park partner, Glacier in the US, to the south. We reserved two days in the townsite campground, which is basically downtown in a very flat open communal park and initially unimpressive. However, this charming park really grew on us! The landscape is less treed so the vistas are quite broad. One of the centerpieces is the Prince of Wales hotel on a bluff overlooking Middle Waterton Lake and its setting is really spectacular. Our camp neighbors, from around the world, from Chile to Belgium, were very friendly. We met a fabulous professional Canadian wildlife photographer who advised us all on where ... read more
Bears Hump Overlooking Upper Waterton Lake
View from townsite camp space
Deer in Waterton townsite




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