Waterton Lakes National Park

Prince of Whales Hotel and Upper Waterton Lake

Prince of Whales Hotel and Upper Waterton Lake

Having spent the money on an annual pass for the Canadian National Parks, we decided to spend a few more days taking advantage of it.  Waterton Lakes National Park borders Glacier National Park in the US.  It was established as the world’s first International Peace Park in 1932 and is considered a “hidden Jewel” of the Rockies.  Without Kim’s dad’s awesome vacation weather karma, we once again had to struggle with some wet and gray weather.  From what we were able to see, the park is pretty impressive in a much more compact way than Jasper or Banff. 

 

Top of Bear Hump trail
Top of Bear Hump trail
Since we arrived, We actually spent time catching up with emails and just relaxing in the camper.  When we weren’t being lazy, we (of course) were on the trails looking for the next timer shot of the day.  We took a short, but steep, walk up Bear Hump Trail, and yes we did see bear.  From a distance (Mom) we spotted a mamma and her two cubs.  They actually made the count 5 bears in this park already and 16 total for the trip.
View on the trail to Bertha Falls
View on the trail to Bertha Falls

After Bear Hump, it was off to Bertha Falls.  Anything with a name like Bertha warrants a visit as it was Kim’s grandma’s name.  It was a nice trail along Upper Waterton Lake.  The further into it we got, the lounder the thunder got as well. 

Lower Bertha Falls
Lower Bertha Falls

Although we got soaked, and Bertha Falls wasn’t “all that”, we had a good time anyway.  From there we headed into town and enjoyed a very tasty and well deserved black rasberry frozen yogurt, yum!

Kim practices her relaxtion skills

Kim practices her relaxation skills

The plan for our last day in Waterton was to take the Crypt Lake trail, voted Canada’s best hike in 1981.  The trail starts with a boat ride across the lake, then 4 waterfalls, a 60 foot tunnel, Crypt Lake, and approximately 11 miles and 2,300 foot elevation gain later you can rest.  Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate.  We woke up to rain and gray once again.  Looks like Crypt Lake will have to be on the next trip around.  We spent much of the day chillin’ in the camper then went into the park for our “last licks” (so to speak).  We did manage to see a mama bear and her 2 cubs, probably the same one from the Bear Hump hike. We got much better pictures this time… Off to Glacier National Park and back to the US.

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