Finally, the Canadian Rockies: A week in Waterton Lakes National Park

Leaving the prairies and getting to the mountains makes for a dramatic arrival to Waterton Lakes National Park. We were lucky enough to get there before they suffered badly from the effects of the Kenow fire in September 2017.

During our time there, we stayed at both Crandell Mountain Campground (closed for 2018, due to the fire) and Belly River Campground. There is also a campground right in the town (Townsite Campground), from which one can walk to an assortment of shops and restaurants (kinda’ unusual for a national park).

This is a really great little park and it’s teamed up with Glacier National Park in Montana, to form the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a pretty cool thing, considering there is an international border between the two parks.

This park has great, great hiking – hope you enjoy these photos and that it inspires you to head to Waterton Lakes National Park sometime.

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Here we are on Bear’s Hump, overlooking Waterton Lake in Waterton Lakes National Park
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Great view from Bear’s Hump – hike up is steep but, less than 2 miles total
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Our dog Moose enjoying Belly River in Waterton Lakes National Park
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One of the many black bears we saw in Waterton Lakes National Park (they are very brown in this region)
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Sandra messin’ about in Red Rock Canyon in Waterton Lakes National Park
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Sandra on the Carthew-Alderson Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park
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Negotiating the scree on the Carthew-Alderson Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park
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Dominic on the Carthew-Alderson Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park
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Posing for a pic on the Carthew-Alderson Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park
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Sandra on the Carthew-Alderson Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park – a full day hike which requires a shuttle
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Sandra heading down on the Carthew-Alderson Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park

It was a pretty chilly day on the trail and Sandra wore all her layers, including her ultralight raincoat Frogg Toggs Women’s All Purpose Rain Suit, Cherry/Black, Medium.

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Dominic taking a break, near the end of the Carthew-Alderson Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park (we took a shuttle to Cameron Lake and then walked to Cameron Falls in town to complete the day hike – Cameron Lake access is closed in 2018, due to the 2017 fire season)

 

Keep following this blog, where we’ll share more great hiking pics from the Canadian Rockies: Kootenay National Park (B.C.), Banff National Park (Alberta), Jasper National Park (Alberta), Yoho National Park (B.C.), Glacier National Park (B.C.) and Mount Revelstoke National Park (B.C.). And we spend a day in Glacier National Park (US).

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