Grizzlies abound!

Trip Start Jul 04, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2013

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Cavell Campground and Townsite Campground

Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Thursday, August 30, 2012

So after leaving the Badlands we head south to a National Park that arguably has to be the most spectacular place in the Canadian Rockies.  Waterton Lakes includes old-growth forest, wind-swept prairies, ancient glaciers and deep, cold lakes.  Bison, elk, mule deer, wolves, black bear, grizzly and mountain lions all co-exist in this park, which also shares a common goal of preservation with their cousins to the south, in Glacier National Park in Montana, USA.  Native peoples gathered here for thousands of years, while more recently the fur trade and the discovery of oil in the 19th century bought eager settlers.  in 1995 the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park gained recognition as a World Heritage Site, one of the great treasures of the world.

Upon entering into the town of Waterton, visitors are greeted by the majestic Prince of Wales Hotel, which overlooks the town and Waterton Lake.  We ended up camping for the first portion of our visit at Crandell Mountain campground with minimal facilities and incredible views of the mountains and bears frolicking on the slopes!  Needless to say, while in bear country you keep food put away and the bear spray handy!  We hiked up to Lake Crandall (with Mom ever vigilant for bears) and strolled around the small lake.  The next day we embarked on a rather windy bike tour along the Kootenai Brown Trail which begins in the town and continues to the entrance of the park (we managed 5km before the wind won and we ran out of steam!)

Our second half of our stay we camped at the Townsite Campground as the other campground closed for the season.  The boys celebrated Tuesday September 4th in style by having dessert at the Prince of Wales Hotel overlooking the lake and mountains, while having a not-back-to-school party!  Our second and most challenging hike so far in our travels was up the Bear's Hump Trail.  Think straight up, high altitude for 2.8km!  I thought I was going to be sick at one point but I felt rather pathetic watching Jakob practically run up it!  Perseverance prevailed and the view at the top was spectacular.  On our last day we canoed into the States on Cameron Lake with views of a glacier.  Life doesn't get much better. 

Well this wraps up the Canadian portion of our trip.  Next destination, Yellowstone National Park MT/WY!
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joanne lennie on

I am really enjoying reading your blog, you write so well, I feel like I am following along with you on your travels. Can't wait to read your next entry.

steppingout on

Thank you!! Glad you are enjoying the trip!

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