My husband and I are planning a self-drive holiday in Western US/Canada this upcoming July/August and have included a visit to Glacier/Waterton N.P. enroute. We are from Denmark. The last 2 weeks have been a disaster trying to find reasonable accommodation on both sides of the park. All lovely and affordable places fully booked. I was really getting concerned that we wouldn't find anything and would have to skip the park entirely and drive directly to Banff. But a few hours ago I found a room at the Port Polson Inn by Flatbed for the night before entering the part and finally a room at Bear Mountain Inn in Waterton the following night. The latter would, however, normally not have been my choice but the only hotel with vacancies apart from the Prince of Wales, the Waterton Lakes Resort, and Waterton Glacier Lodge, which we find way overpriced and hence not of interest. (Have in vain tried Crandell Mountain Lodge, Northlodge Inn, Kilmorey Inn, Aspen Village, Bayshore Inn + Many Glacier & Swiftcurrent + Tamarac Lodge as well as outside in Mountain View the Inn, the lodge and Rocky Ridge and you name it). So when finally someone took the phone at Bear Mountain Inn and offered accommodation - we grabbed it immediately. The price is rather low (CAD 89 + tax queen double) and the website confirming a simple motel in 60th atmosphere, which we are ok with - but what are we to expect? Will we be allright there? For us it is not fancy amnenities that matters - a clean bed and shower is fine. It's the environment, the views and the location that matters. We love to sit on a terrace looking at the mountains, the lake and the sun setting and to stroll through meadows or along lakesides etc. Will that be fullfilled at this overnight place?
We have one day to travel from Polson to Waterton and experience the national park. With this limited time available, what would you recommend us to focus on? We are not climbers nor much of hikers - but do enjoy mountain/lake sceneries and simple non demanding brief hikes of 2-4 miles with not much ascend (we are mid 50th and out of good shape). We are looking tremendously forward to experience this remote part of US/Canada, the mountains, the praries, the lakes, the ranches, so wish to get the optinal out of our brief visit. In anticipation of any good pieces of advise, thank you so very much.