Waterton----eh

Trip Start Jun 21, 2010
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Trip End Jul 06, 2010


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Friday, July 2, 2010

Vicki:

Our drive to Waterton National Park, Canada was a short one hour trip. I was a little surprised at the entrance fee to this park.  The three national parks that we entered this trip only cost us $25.00 for the week per park.  In Canada, we paid $46.80 for just 3 days.  I would have thought that since both Glacier and Waterton Parks are considered one park, the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, that the rates would have been similar.  I was obviously wrong.

The weather here was very cool.  It started in the 40's in the morning and just warmed up to the 60’s at midday.  We went up to the hill where the historical Prince of Wales hotel was located to take a picture from that view.  This was a hotel that we originally considered booking but after reading many bad reviews of the place, we opted for a B&B instead

We were amazed as we drove into the town of Waterton to see all the deer that just roam around here.  We often saw several deer just sitting on the front lawns of many of the homes here.  Deer are as normal a sight here as cockroaches are to New Orleans. 

We are staying in the Cowboy room of the Northland Lodge B&B in Waterton.  The room is small but very cozy and our hostess, Jeanne said that we may see a deer poking her head in our window in the morning.  I think that is cool.

We decided to take a "sweet" hike as described by our hostess whose trailhead was located about a hundred yards from the B&B.  The Bertha Falls hike was described as “challenging” by Canadian ratings, but the breathtaking falls at the end of the trail were worth the effort.  Somewhere along the trail, Michael and I misread the signs and went down another trail to Bertha Bay.  We were so disappointed that the breathtaking falls looked like a babbling brook.   When we got back on the original trail and discovered our error, we felt like we would be cheating ourselves if we did not proceed to the falls.  We were glad that we did as we were rewarded by a beautiful waterfall.  The hike was definitely a “sweet” hike as described by our hostess.

After our hike, we decided to play tourist and explore the little town of Waterton.  It is really a very quaint, but quite touristy, little town.   Tomorrow we are going on the Crypt Lake hike which is described as one of the most unique hikes ever encountered.  I am looking forward to it.

Me:

The Waterton area is described as “where the mountains meet the prairies”.  That is obvious as you drive the 40 miles or so from Glacier National Park in Montana to Waterton National Park in Alberta, Canada.  As you drive north along the eastern edge of either park you see majestic, snow-capped mountains to your left and merely rolling hills to your right.  The land apparently flattens out east of these Rocky Mountain parks and begins hundreds of miles of prairies. 

I was feeling lazy from the drive, and the big breakfast, this morning.  Vicki pushed for us to do a hike as we had the whole afternoon ahead of us.  The afternoon around here seems to go forever as it stays light until 9:30 or 10:00 p.m.  We decided to hike to Bertha Falls. This hike is supposed to be about 3.2 miles, however, we both misread a trail sign and turned left when we should have gone straight.  This added a 1 mile round trip to Bertha Bay.  We looked at the roaring Bertha Creek as it flowed towards Bertha Bay and said “Is that what they call a waterfall?”  When we returned to the main trail and the sign we realized our mistake.  Feeling that we didn’t accomplish the goal of our hike, we forged on and turned a 3.2 mile hike into a 4.2 miler.  The extra effort paid off as Bertha Falls is a sizeable and scenic waterfall that is worth the hike.  We never considered going on further to Bertha Lake today, although we heard intriguing reports from other hikers of significant snowdrifts up there.  One hiker even said that the light rain that we were experiencing during our hike was falling as snow near Bertha Lake.  We will wait until tomorrow for a long hike as we are planning a difficult 10 mile hike to Crypt Lake.
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