2015 Montana, Calgary Stampede, Icefield Parkway travel blog

Waterton Lakes NP, AB - Waterton Township - site A12

Waterton Lakes NP, AB - Waterton Township - site A12 - another...

Waterton Lakes NP, AB - Waterton Township - site A12, and another...

Waterton Lakes NP, AB - Waterton Township - site A12 - some...

Waterton Lakes NP, AB - Waterton Township - site A12 - more...

Waterton Lakes NP, AB - Waterton Township - deer in the campground...

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 0 - our route...

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 1 - Chief Mountain

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 2

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 3

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 4 - Fall is...

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 5

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 6 - the US...

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 7

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 8 - the Canada...

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 9

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 10 - the sign...

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 11- Also entering Alberta,...

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 12

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 13

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 14 - and we...

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 15

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 16

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 17 - horses and...

St. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB 18 - the Prince...

Waterton Lakes Village 1 - some of scenes in the town

Waterton Lakes Village 2 - the only place to get groceries within...

Waterton Lakes Village 3 - typical alpine village shops

Waterton Lakes Village 4

Waterton Lakes Village 5 - a perpetual campfire by the Wieners cafe

Waterton Lakes Village 6 - plenty of vacancies this time of year...

Waterton Lakes Village 7 - a view of the Prince of Wales...

Waterton Lakes Village 8 - Cameron Falls near the campground and town

Waterton Lakes Village 9 - the back of the Prince of Wales...

Waterton Lakes Village 10 - the front of the hotel, now closed...

Waterton Lakes Village 11 - Upper Waterton Lake looking into the sun

Waterton Lakes Village 12 - Lower Waterton Lake - the Blakiston fan...

Bison Paddock 1 - the herd has been cut to less than...

Bison Paddock 2

Bison Paddock 3 - some of the plains around the paddock -...

Bison Paddock 4 - the lake they use for water

Bison Paddock 5 - on the way back, though this is a...

Cameron Lake 1 - a Bighorn on our way to the lake

Cameron Lake 2 - Fall is defintely here

Cameron Lake 3

Cameron Lake

Cameron Lake 5 - Cameron Lake

Cameron Lake 6 - the lakeshore trail goes from where I am...

Cameron Lake 7

Cameron Lake 8 - a small Golden Mantle Squirrel (I think) checking...

Cameron Lake 9 - and hiking stick

Cameron Lake 10 - a grouse ahead of us on the trail

Cameron Lake 11 - and in the tree

Cameron Lake 12 - the trail

Cameron Lake 13 - the view of the lake on the way...

Cameron Lake 14 - some more fall color on the way back

Cameron Lake 15

Elks 1 - The Blakiston fan just outside Waterton Lakes. This is...

Elks 2

Elks 3 - they stay within the trees during the day then...

Elks 4 - part of one bull's "harem"

Elks 5 - the bull bugling

Elks 6 - they are really majestic animals

Elks 7 - the bull stays close to his cows and drives...

Elks 8 - always on the lookout for danger or another bull

Elks 9 - on another day when the sun was still low...

Elks 10 - when this guy comes out of the trees and...

Elks 21

Elks 22

Elks 23

Elks 24

Elks 15 - at this point he was only about a hundred...

Elks 16 - this was the other bull making sure he didn't...

Elks 17 - sunrise one morning as I went to check out...

Elks 18 - the harems are growing as each day passes

Elks 19 - uh oh, two bulls in the same vacinity

Elks 20 - and they begin sparring

Elks 21

Elks 22 - let's take a break and see who is watching

Elks 23 - Ok, time to finsih this and see who's better

Elks 24

Elks 25 - all right, they're yours - wait til next year!

Elks 26 - two more young ones in training on another part...

Elks 27

Elks 28

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Elk Competition


Our trip from ST. Mary, MT to Waterton Lakes NP, AB was a short 48 miles though it took us an hour and 20 minutes including a very short stop at the border. Our route took a shortcut through the corner of Glacier NP along the Chief Mountain Highway. The highest speed limit was 45 mph in the U.S. portion and 80 kph (50 mph) in the Canadian part. Even though it is fairly twisty-turny and has a couple of grades, it's a pleasant drive and definitely a much better drive than going up through Cardston, AB. Going up through Cardston adds 21 miles and about 10 minutes to the trip though on much better roads.

We are staying at the Waterton Townsite campground at the edge of town. I may have mentioned earlier that Canadian national parks do something our U.S. ones could emulate: they have a town within the park which always give you access to a certain amount of amenities including a bank, post office, restaurants, and other retail stores. Waterton Lakes is no different and has a number of restaurants, lodges and other retail shops.

Our campsite is very large and we have full hookups with 50 amps. Kind of crazy but the sewer hookup is in the middle of the drive and the best we could position the Mothership still left it under the coach about three feet from the rear. This requires you to get down and crawl under a little bit to get the hose in place! Satellite acquisition was easy and we have limited cell service with our expanded Canada-Mexico plan. The campground is full this weekend but we expect it to empty out a bit during the week.

We, of course, spent the weekend watching football, but during the week we went out to the Blakistan fan at dusk to see the elk. We saw them on five different occasions but this last Monday was the best by far. We have had a lot of rain and very high winds (60 mph gusts Sunday) but Monday was a beautiful day, bright and crisp, and the elk really came out at dusk. We saw several different herds and had the opportunity to see two big bulls fighting over one herd. We also saw a couple of young bulls duking it out like they were rehearsing for a future year! We included several pictures of the action. I also have a film but my connection is too low to upload it here so will upload when we get to Great Falls and remind you in that posting that is here then.

We did manage to hike the Cameron Lake trail which is an enjoyable two mile or so hike alongside the edge of Cameron Lake. It was good exercise and a very enjoyable hike. On the way to the lake, fall was very evident as the many birch/aspen trees were turning a bright yellow which was very pretty contrasted with the deep green firs beside them.

We have decided to leave a day early so we will leave tomorrow for Great Falls, MT where we will stay at the Maelstrom AFB FamCamp three nights so we can take advantage of the commissary there before traveling on back to Florida. We try to have our refrigerator as empty as possible for the border crossings between Canada and the USA going both ways but that means we need to stock back up on arrival in the new country.

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