Canada 2017 travel blog

The Prince of Wales Hotel opened in 1927

The Prince of Wales Hotel

The town & the lake from the Prince of Wales

Columbian Ground Squirrels

This squirrel stayed still long enough for me to get a photo

Rocky Mountain Sheep

There's 1 or 2 sheep in the campground

Cameron Falls

The weather is much the same as yesterday – sunny, high about 20C & a strong wind coming straight up the lake. Waterton Lakes National Park adjoins Glacier National Park in Montana & together the 2 parks form Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Upper Waterton Lake, which is the lake I’m camped beside juts 4.7 km into the USA so passengers on the lake cruise (not operating this early in the season), need to bring their passport. Most of the mountains at the end of the lake are actually in Montana.

I did some of the easier walks today but, as you can see from the photos, much of the terrain is seriously steep so I didn’t tackle any of those walks. However, I did make it up the hill to the Prince of Wales hotel which sits on top of a bluff overlooking the town.

It’s a spectacular building & I was disappointed that it’s also still closed. I found out that it was a railway hotel, built in 1927 but not by the Canadian Pacific railway. It was built by a US railway company as a destination for tourists coming up the lake from Goat Haunt Montana by boat.

The wildlife around here is amazing. Columbian Ground Squirrels (& their burrows) are all over the campground so you have to be very careful where you walk, plus there are the added obstacles with piles of Rocky Mountain Sheep & White-Tailed Deer dung thick on the ground. Fortunately, it’s a bit too early for the bears.

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