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Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
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Owner description: A park symbolizing the long-standing friendship between Glacier National Park and its neighbor, Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada.
Reviewed September 22, 2012

We get up to Waterton each time we visit Glacier NP, but I'd love to spend a few days here. We enjoy the afternoon tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel and have hiked Cameron Lake, taken the boat to Goat Haunt, and hiked up the Bear's Hump (fantastic view...highly recommend!), but I'd love to see Red Rock Canyon and some other areas, too. I know I'm not in shape enough to get back to Crypt Lake, but would love to see this area, too. Something to train for!

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

My husband and I camped for three nights the last week of August, 2012. The views are simply stunning and the wildlife is abundant. Best wildlife viewing is just after sunrise, but if you can see wildlife at any time throughout the day. For example, we say Bald Eagles circling for fish in St Mary's lake and heard the bugle of an elk in the same location the first morning we were there. Also seen were Black Bear (twice), grizzly bear, deer, mountain goats, ptarmigan and a female moose. The latter came out of the woods near a pond and nearly stepped on us. Too close. We hope to go back and spend a week there as we didn't get to see everything we hoped to see.

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

The Peace Park was flying the Canadian and U.S. flags at half mast for the death of the four Americans in Libya. It was a true sign of the commitment of our countries to each other and or the peace we all want.

2  Thank ConnieP
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

We spent a day in Waterton and six in Glacier which I found superior in every area except the hotel. The Price of Wales is a beautiful edifice with a spectacular view and reasonably priced food, superior cuisine. The village itself is as much a tourist trap as a Disney town. We took both advertised drives. They were pleasant, no more. Rt. 89 was better.

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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Fly into Kalispell if coming from the lower 48 as it is a much less busy airport than Calgary and more manageable. Depending on the time of day, the 3 hour drive to Waterton (assuming you are lodging in Waterton) goes by quickly as the scenery is spectacular. And the drive seems lengthy only because the speed limits are low.

Because my husband had a day visit to the Prince of Wales hotel 10 years ago, he decided he wanted to go back for a stay so we called the park lodging reservation line but the Prince of Wales was booked for part of our stay, so we were referred to the Bayshore Inn. We ended up staying in both. I have reviewed both of those hotels and restaurants under the appropriate heading.

First, plan on a variety of weather conditions. The first two days were sunny, high 60's and calm. Then the wind started (with 60 mph gusts), which brought low clouds, rain, hail, rainbows, and cold for two days. The next 2 days were mostly sunny, in the 50's and much less windy. The days that were bad were devoted to driving around the area and doing short hikes when it was dry.

The trails within driving and walking distance from Waterton were fantastic for day hikes. (We're in our early 60's). During our 6-day trip we saw 15 bears, 3 while on a hike to Crandall Lake about 100 yards from the trail's end at the lakeshore (we did not stay long). The others were from afar with binoculars, passing in front of our car on Red Rock Canyon Drive, seen on the golf course, or eating berries in the hills. There seems to be no shortage of bears.

Upper and Lower Rowe Lake Trail was both moderate and strenuous. We took 5 hours to do the hike, which was worth it but seemed to take forever on the return.

Because of being tired, the next day we took the Upper Waterton cruise to Goat Haunt, which was wonderful. But, if it's windy and/or cool, the ride might not be as much fun. Luckily we had perfect weather: 60's and calm winds. The boat hugs the eastern shore most of the way and ends up at the southern end of the lake. There was a bear carcass on the shore that another black bear was feeding on, so the boat always made an attempt to swing by to see if the bear was there. What they fail to tell you while on shore is that if you take your passport, you get a special stamp at Goat Haunt. The passport is not necessary for the trip, but fun to get it stamped. We did not get that information while onshore, so missed the opportunity. For prime seating, get in line 30 minutes before departure... not 10 minutes as they say boarding begins. Keith, the narrator, did a great job throughout the tour. If the weather is nice, it is a nice trip.

We did the Bear Hump hike which provides a spectacular view of the Waterton area. But, if you have short legs, it may be difficult as some steps are a good 12 inches high. Hiking poles are definitely helpful.... unless you're young. Then you only need stamina.

Other fun hikes: Red Rock Canyon, Bertha Falls and Cameron Lake canoe tour. The drive to Cameron Lake is beautiful. We decided to do the canoe tour, which cost $40 per hour plus $6.00 for every 15 minutes beyond. We paddled to the end of the lake, which took about 90 minutes round trip. Luckily the winds were calm when we started, but began picking up near the end, which made the return trip a bit challenging. DO NOT DO THIS trip if it's windy; it would not be fun. Otherwise, it was a highlight of our trip because the weather was clear, warm with mostly calm winds.

Definitely a spectacular destination, but we would have either shortened our stay to 3 nights and 4 days if staying at the Prince of Wales ($257 per night), or found other less costly lodging for a longer stay.

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