I first came to Red Rock Canyon in 1978 as a child and loved it. I spent hours playing in the river, climbing the rocky outcrops, exploring the woodlands around. My family used to come here often to barbeque and whilst I loved the place I didn't really appreciate quite how special it was until I came back as an adult with my own four children. It is simply stunningly beautiful. We found a new-fangled barbeque lodge where the old log cabin of my childhood had stood, just off the road up to the main car park (follow the signage for horse trailers). You really could be at the end of the earth, all alone. We spent a glorious sunny afternoon by the river, finding "treasures" among the stones, and just soaking up the beauty of the place. Unfortunately the old BBQ pits of my childhood have all disappeared: you need to bring your own disposable or portable BBQ if you want to do serious cooking, but there is a lovely cast-iron stove (with a relief picture of hockey skaters on the door) which you can use to heat up a camp kettle or, with the door open, roast marshmallows.
Waterton is full of beautiful hidden corners -- I could name many others -- but this one is particularly dear to me and really worth a visit if you want peace and seclusion.
P.S. There are bears around -- all year -- so be careful. We met a mama-bear and her cub on the road back!
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