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mrscanada Waterton Lakes National Park - A travel report by Lyla
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Waterton Lakes National Park,  Canada - flag Canada -  Alberta
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My Favorite Park In Alberta.

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Waterton Lakes National Park is smaller than the other National Parks in Alberta. I like it best because even though it’s small there are a lot of things to see in a natural setting. These mountains are so high you have to see them to believe it.


Waterfall
Waterfall
On the way from Lethbridge to Waterton Lakes a nice place to stop is at Cardston to see a small version of the Morman Temple that is a replica of the one in Salt Lake City.

Waterton Lakes is on the border with the U.S.A.,(Montana). It shares the mountains and lakes with Glacier National Park in Montana. The only way to get here is by car (from Canada and the United States), or by bus from Lethbridge, (it's a 30-minute drive). T

These mountains were carved out of rocks from ancient glaciers. The climate is mild because of the warm Chinook winds.

There are two lakes here the Upper Waterton Lake, (this is the deepest lake in the Rockies), and Emerald Bay.

It may be the smallest park but you'll see as many animals here as you will in Alberta's other National Parks.


Favourite spots:
The River Between The Lakes
The River Between The Lakes
The Willock & Sax Gallery is a place to go to see historical art that focus' on Alberta artists. You will see original paintings, photography, prints, drawings, folk art, original art, First Nations & Intuit, (you might call them Eskimoes), sculpture along with their drawings, ceramics, art glass, sculpture, jewelry and wood carvings.

The Gust Gallery displays the art & the landscapes of Southern Alberta artists that working in two or three dimensional mediums.

What's really great:
Paddling On A Lake
Paddling On A Lake
Buffalo Paddock is a scenic drive around the one way looped road that will take you through the middle of a buffalo herd, bears, mountain goats and deers. It's nice to take a cruise on the M.V. International and see the part of the mountains that you would never see any other way.

It's nice to take a cruise on the M.V. International and see the part of the mountains that you would never see any other way.

We always hike to Cameron Falls and enjoy seeing the animals and wild flowers on the way.

Sights:
The Upper Lake
The Upper Lake
If you can't stay at the nicer hotels walk through them or have breakfast or lunch at one or all of them.

I like to eat at Chris' Restaurant because their food tastes like home made food.

Beamer's Coffee Bar is in the townsite and they make soups, salads, light meals and desserts.

The Harvest has a small café but I go there for the bakery.

The Boulton Creek Trading Post makes hamburgers, pizza, pasta salads, baked goods and ice cream.

Accommodations:
Bears
Bears
The Prince of Wales Hotel is on top of a mountain and seems to be standing on guard. It's the posh place to stay.

If you want to stay in a nice but cheaper hotel I suggest the Waterton Lakes Lodge, (has about 80 rooms), the Kilmorey Lodge, (that was built in 1911 and refurbished many times since then), or the Bayshore Inn, (it's in the village). You might even want to stay in a motel.

Nightlife:
A Male Deer
A Male Deer
The mountains are so high here that after an active day you'll want to go to sleep after dinner.

If you want to do something then play pool, go bowling, see a movie or take a walk through the village and buy an ice cream cone.

Ice cream always tastes better before you go to sleep.

Hangouts:
A Male Elk
A Male Elk
I hang out with my friends from Chicago and their friends.

There are a lot of private parties and bar-b-cues in the summer.

Restaurants:
Big Horn Sheep
Big Horn Sheep
If you can't stay at the nicer hotels walk through them or have breakfast or lunch at one or all of them.

I like to eat at Chris' Restaurant because their food tastes like home made food.

Beamer's Coffee Bar is in the townsite and they make soups, salads, light meals and desserts.

The Harvest has a small café but I go there for the bakery.

The Boulton Creek Trading Post makes hamburgers, pizza, pasta salads, baked goods and ice cream.

Other recommendations:
Morman Temple
Morman Temple
A Wilderness Permit is required for overnight stays in the back country. Permits are available from the visitor center. There is no charge for children aged 16 and under.

There are some activities that have been prohibited within the park and they are collection or removal of any natural (such as wildflowers, driftwood, berries) or cultural objects, (First Nations artifacts), hunting, snowmobiling, para-gliding, parachuting, hang gliding and the use of personal water craft.

Fire are restricted to designated fire pits only. Please don't leave your garbage even if you bury the food in a hole.

Use pit toilets when available for both urine and solid human waste. That’s the poop on Waterton Lakes.

Published on Saturday September 16th, 2006


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Fri, Feb 16 2007 - 08:30 PM rating by travler

I have never heard of this place.

Thu, Dec 21 2006 - 09:36 AM rating by jesusferro

Wonderful and beuatiful very much

Sun, Sep 24 2006 - 05:14 AM rating by marianne

Lyla,
Nice pictures, was it difficult to get so close?

Sun, Sep 17 2006 - 05:44 AM rating by davidx

Excelent report and photos. Thanks.

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