Waterton Lakes National Park Journals

Peaks and Pinnacles of Waterton National Park

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A June 2002 trip to Waterton Lakes National Park by dawn

Zums Eatery & Mercantile Photo, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta More Photos
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Peaks and Pinnacles of Waterton National Park

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Overview

Peaks and pinnacles of Waterton Photo, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
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Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada and Glacier National Park of the United States have more in common than a shared border! In 1931, The Rotary Club of Alberta began the process to develop the two into an International Peace Park….the very first of it’s kind. Considering that Waterton is 203 square miles and that a single male grizzly bear requires 364 miles of territory to live, the combination of the parks ensures that the delicate ecosystem that supports bear and wolf continues. There are over 120 miles of groomed trails within the Canadian Park so bear sightings aren’t uncommon. Besides the animals, what keeps me coming back? Imagine that Waterton is a magnificent je...Read More

Kilmorey Lodge

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Hotel

Kilmorey Lodge Photo, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
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This dark timbered lodge has been sitting across from the lake on a quiet cove for over 70 years. It actually looks up at the famous (and overpriced) Prince of Wales Hotel, which is on a windy bluff across the water. Killmorey was built as a home for the famous "Kootenai Brown" who was the first Warden and the driving force in preservation of the lakes for all people of all nations. Today, the lodge has 23 individually decorated guest rooms with many treasured antiques. Choices of rooms range from two twin beds to family suites and several are romantic canopied suites from some other place and time. For those of us who love homey comfortable places, the Kilmorey has that special "feel" ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2002

Kilmorey Lodge
117 Evergreen Avenue
Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
(403) 859-2334

Crandell Mountain Lodge

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Hotel

Crandell Mountain Lodge Photo, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
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Rates: peak season- $129-$199 Crandell Mountain lodge lies under the shadow of the Bears hump hike in Waterton with a pleasant walk to the harbor of Waterton Lake and several hundred feet from a quite cove where wild deer come to graze. The Tudor two-story building provides plenty of accommodation choices….from a single room to a charming honeymoon suite with fireplace and Jacuzzi tub to family suites complete with a small kitchen. Our hosts, Jamie and Ashlee have worked hard revamping and decorating the lodge into a homey country and wilderness lodge of 17 guest rooms. Darcy and Jocelyn, the sister and brother-in-law,also work here, and offered up nice conversation as well as touring r...Read More

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Crandell Mountain Lodge
102 Mount View Road
Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
(403) 859-2288

Lamp Post Dining Room

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Restaurant

Lamp Post Dining Room Photo, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
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Why would anyone want to eat anywhere else while in Waterton? With an award winning chef and many dining kudos’ under their belt, this is a sure bet for your money. It shows in the quality fresh food that is prepared well regardless if it is in new inventive recipe’s or timeless homespun ones. Breakfast menu: You can get the usual breakfast items such as omelets or pancakes, but I want to take you on a little dining adventure! How about Swedish Oatmeal Pancakes topped with whipped cream? I don’t remember my grandma topping it like that…especially if you try Wild Saskatoon berries with it! Try Morning Spaetzle with diced ham, onions and cheese, a zesty breakfast wrap with salsa or t...Read More

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Lamp Post Dining Room

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
(403) 859-2334

Zums Eatery & Mercantile

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Restaurant | "Zum's of Waterton"

Zums Eatery & Mercantile Photo, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
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We first went to Zum’s for breakfast and really enjoyed the "Sweetie Cakes" which were pancakes topped with mixed fresh berries and whipped cream. ($8.99C) They also serve waffles the same way. ($8.99C) Ron had a huge 3-egg omelet ($9.99C) that he couldn’t finish. The servers were friendly and provided a bottomless cup of coffee for me and my morning obsession but fancy Latte’s and Espresso were available too. Zum’s is a family kind of place that is open from 8 am. until after dinner. A really good thing to keep in mind is that most items from their lunch menu can be packed up for picnic hikes if you want to be out in the wild at mealtime. We also ate dinner here one night having the Roc...Read More

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Zums Eatery & Mercantile
116B Waterton Avenue
Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
(403) 859-2388

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

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Attraction | "HEAD SMASHED-IN BUFFALO JUMP"

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Photo, Alberta, Canada
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For 6,000 years American Indians have gathered on the plains below these sandstone cliffs for one purpose…a mighty kill of buffalo! The beasts were first coaxed by Indian braves dressed in disguise as baby calves who called the buffalo closer to the cliffs with an imitation of cries. While behind, others dressed as wolves gathered and forced the buffalo into a tighter group. Buffalo have bad eyesight so a runway of branches stuffed into stone cairns brought them closer before the final terrifying push of yelling warriors sent the herd running. One young man decided to position himself under the cliffs to watch the buffalo fall from above and that is where he was later found with his head smashed ...Read More

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Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Highway 785 18 Kms North & West Of Fort Macleod
Alberta
(403) 553-2731

Cruise on Waterton Lake

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Attraction

Cruise on Waterton Lake Photo, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
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We boarded the boat in sunshine with calm waters, but it isn’t always so! There have been times that the circle of mountains forms a windtunnel where gusts reach 120 mph creating waves on the lake of 6-7 feet! I even heard that the Prince of Wales Hotel blew off its foundation at one time! This is the deepest glacial lake in the mountains (487ft) with impressive Citadel peak looking like a fortress of needles and Bertha Mountain, which was named for a woman who sold liquor to locals during prohibition. She was VERY popular and now has a mountain, a creek, and a waterfall named after her, which elevated her status equal to the Queen of England We traveled over 14 miles roun...Read More

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Cruise on Waterton Lake
Main Pier
Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Hiking trails

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Hiking trails Photo, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
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One of the glories of visiting a National Park is getting out into the wild….no matter what your fitness level….to be able to see the wonders of the natural world! For those of you who don’t want to do it alone or prefer the narration of an experienced guide I have a few connections for you: Canadian Wilderness Tours- www.Canadiannatureguides.com Heritage Education Program- (403) 859-2624 Waterton Outdoor Adventure- (403) 859-2378 Another great place to check is at the Park Office where there are daily Ranger led walks during the summer. I have been on some of these in Glacier, but not Waterton, and have found them to be very well done and proving that one is...Read More

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Hiking trails
Waterton National Park
Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Common Sense in Bear Country

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Story/Tip

Dear Deer! Photo, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
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A few words for you to consider about wildlife: Don’t bother with those bear bells sold in the gift shops. Bears don’t associate the ringing of a bell to humans. My husband calls them "dinner bells." The best thing you can do on a hike is to talk a lot and sing songs. A bear can run at 35 MPH. Don’t even think about getting out of a car to walk closer to one. I’ve seen this at Many Glacier! Safety is still in numbers. There have never been reports of bears attacking a group of 4 or more. Mountain lions will track a group, but it is the lone hiker that is in the greatest danger. Most bear attacks are because people surprise them on the trail or their...Read More