Waterton Lakes National Park
The Great Road Trip of 2015
“It’s where mountains meet the prairies,”
Named in honor of English naturalist Charles Waterton, Waterton Lakes National Park is a small, quiet national park in the at the southern tip of the Canadian Rockies. It borders Glacier National Park in Montana to the south, together making up the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the first of its kind in the world. On top of being a International Peace Park, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve – the only park in the world to own all three designations.
Naturally, I was intrigued.
After a cloudless sunrise at Swiftcurrent Lake in Glacier National Park, I was at the Chief Mountain border ten minutes before the crossing even opened for the day. The customs agents gave me a small grimace when he asked me if I had any alcohol with me and I replied with, “Just 24 beers.” The maximum allowed.
And just like that, I was checking off another national park. Not that I’m in to checking ‘experiences’ off as so many people seem to be, but in this case, I didn’t really intend to spend any time there, other than doing a quick driveby on my way to Banff. And the 60 kilometer per hour (I’m in Canada now…) winds coming off Waterton Lake were going to make sure I stuck to that plan.
Beautiful, but I was too excited for Banff and the Icefields Parkway…