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Waterton side trip worth it for campers?

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Waterton side trip worth it for campers?

I was considering a side trip up to Waterton, but I'm not sure if it is worth the hassle if we're camping 7 days and will likely have a good amount of food/beverage that may be subject to border crossing restrictions. I would hate to have to throw stuff away just to cross over, and possibly throw stuff away before coming back to the US. Basically, would we be better off spending a week in Glacier or is it worth the possible issues to spend 4 nights in Glacier and 1 or 2 in Waterton?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Waterton side trip worth it for campers?

You could certainly have some food issues, generally with regard to meat, produce and alcohol. That issue is easily resolved by only buying what you need of these items while you are in GNP so that you are able to use everything up before you cross the border and then you can buy small quantities of what you need for your time in Canada.

Where I think the real hassle lies is in breaking camp, packing up and then setting everything back up again in another location.

Waterton is close enough to do a day trip from GNP, if you'd like to see the park. It's less than an hour's drive from St Mary to Waterton village. Ensure that you have your passports with you, for your re-entry into the US.

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2. Re: Waterton side trip worth it for campers?

Camping Girl...thanks for the advice. I didn't realize it was only about an hours drive. If we can do a good job at planning our food rations, then we'll try to work it in. Do you feel it is worth the trip up there for a couple people that have never been to Glacier National Park? Meaning, would we likely be just as satisfied spending an extra day hiking/exploring Glacier?

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3. Re: Waterton side trip worth it for campers?

Waterton is a great side trip, especially the drive up as early as possible in the morning as the sun comes up on the eastern side of the range. The boat trip to goat haunt and the easy hike to kootenai lakes almost always brings moose sighting (and mosquitos).

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4. Re: Waterton side trip worth it for campers?

Looks like if we stay at Many Glacier Campsite (which seems highly recommended) it would be a good basecamp for a day-trip to Waterton.

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5. Re: Waterton side trip worth it for campers?

We stayed in St. Mary's and did a day trip to Waterton. We enjoyed it a lot, although I'm sure you can find an equally enjoyable day in Glacier. It's a nice change of pace. You get a bit more "town" because Waterton is a medium sized resort town.

If you go, I'd recommend a short hike just as your entering Waterton that starts just behind the Visitor Center. I can't remember the name, but it's about a 45 minute uphill hike to a breathtaking view point of the whole lake and surrounding mountains. The whole hike will take about and hour and a half.

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6. Re: Waterton side trip worth it for campers?

That little hike jjo recommended is Bear's Hump. It's a bit of a grind getting up there, but the views are *so* worth it.

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