Waterton Lakes National Park
Just across the Canadian border from Glacier is Waterton Lakes National Park (403/859-2224, www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/waterton, day pass C$6.80 adult, C$5.80 senior, C$3.40 youth 6–16). Although a much smaller park (it covers only 203 square miles), it’s worth visiting for spectacular scenery and a distinctly Canadian flavor. The views from Waterton are outstanding—both the look down glacier-dug Waterton Lake and the view of the prairies meeting the mountains. The two parks are known collectively as the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, but they are managed separately with separate entry fees.
There’s actually a town in Waterton Park, with a handful of year-round residents, several private summer cottages, and a small tourist strip on the Cameron Creek delta. Development has been kept pretty much in check, though; there are no soaring condominium towers and no McDonald’s.
As with most of the eastern slopes of the Rockies, the wind can be persistent and strong in Waterton.
All prices quoted for Waterton are in Canadian dollars. Alberta’s area code is 403.
© W.C. McRae & Judy Jewell from Moon Montana, 7th Edition