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“Waterton Lakes National Park is awesome!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Waterton Lakes National Park

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Idaho
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7 reviews
3 helpful votes
“Waterton Lakes National Park is awesome!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2009

I totally love Waterton Lakes National Park. I had the awesome opportunity to visit Waterton this past July and again in September, and it was wonderful both times. The scenery is gorgeous, the residents are extremely friendly and helpful, there is plently to do yet provides a relaxed atmosphere, and the wildlife are abundant. I took the Shoreline Cruise out to the Goat Haunt Ranger Station both times and had a terrific time. The drives out to Cameron Lake and Red Rock Parkways is not only relaxing but just fantastic with lots of hiking and wildlife watching opportunities. While Waterton is still a tourist destination, it is not as crowded and touristy as Banff and Jasper National Parks. Out of the six Canadian National Parks that I visited this past July, Waterton is by far my favorite. I definately intend to go back again this next summer.

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Chicago area, IL
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95 reviews
352 helpful votes
“Kootenai Lakes Trail - a great trail to take when stopping at Goat haunt”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2009

Kootenai Lakes at Goat Haunt:
Our cruise down to Goat Haunt was beautiful. The sun was out, hardly any wind, the water was therefore flat… and it was a nice temperature.

On the boat we were near near a group of college students that were heading down to goat hunt and that were going to hike back – it is about 8-10 mile hike – a really nice hike…

We wanted to get down to goat haunt and go to Kootenai Lakes about a 5-6 mile mostly flat hike. I thought this would be a good hike due to seeing something new.. the hike along the lake – was just seeing what you see from the boat – but, I do have to say that I changed my thoughts on this – I think it would b a really nice hike – next time we will do that hike… They do a ranger led hike – that hikes from Waterton to Goat Haunt and takes the boat back…

It was an incredible day for a cruise… the reflections on the water were amazing the colors were great…. When we got to the US and Canadian Border, the guide on the microphone pointed out the line that shows the border. They clear the trees in that spot and go right up to and above tree-line on the mountain. It is really something to see. They also have a plaque/statue/marker there that marks the border.

As we got into the Canadian side, the reflections where even better. When we got down to Goat Haunt, they noticed a moose in the water along the shoreline. They moved the boat around so that people could see it. But, it was a quick look and then it was gone. If you had not looked right away you would have missed it. They sat there for a little while hoping the moose would come out of hiding – but it did not.

We docked, cleared customs and began hiking… at first we were a bit worried… we did not see anyone coming And we knew it was bear/grizzly country We made noise and waited to see pole coming… eventually a really nice couple came along… we hiked together – but yet apart – keeping our eyes on each other – but yet giving each couple space… This worked out great

We made noise as we hiked along And we hiked fast – really nothing to see here except forest and the mosquitoes were terrible – I guess with no or little wind -they come out – and they come out in force

So we hiked fast making noise… 2.5 miles came up and we were approaching the lake…

Just as we got to it a guy held out his hand showing 5 yep and we knew it was 5 moose.

We got down to the lake and saw 3 and then 4 and then 6 and then 7 moose…. About 4 big ones and 3 kids… it was an incredible sight… and worth every mosquito bite….

The water was that amazing color here – and on the other side of the lake.

We hiked quickly back – making very good time and the mosquitoes were not as bad – possibly more windy…we got back with about a half hour before the boat made its journey back… and yep, the wind was back… windy but enough wind to stir up the water – and the bugs and all gone away..

We went to Prince of Wales for dinner. We ate in the pub area. We had an excellent salad, buffalo sandwich and desert. It was fun and very relaxing to just sit and stare out at the water – what a view…


Bertha Falls:
The hike starts right on the edge of Waterton. The hike goes up for a ways. Once you get up there are beautiful views. We looked down the lakes and then looked at Prince of Wales Hotel… Very scenic… we continued on. We eventually go to the waterfall – a really nice waterfall…

On the way back we stopped a little longer at the viewing point and the view was great…

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Ireland
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2 reviews
2 helpful votes
“peace park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2009

was in waterton 18th june to 25th, again it is one of the most peaceful places on the planet, shop keepers and staff are most obliging and restaurant staff are wonderful, servers are mannerly, and scenery is absolutely astounding.

walk up bears hump needs a little time, a few stops along the way if you are not fit, bring plenty water to drink on the way up, but when you get there the view is astounding, and the chipmunks are sure to amuse

in the townsite there are many animals, especially the mule deer and their fawns, and the ground squirrels dash about all over the place, and don't forget the birds and butterflies.

Cameron lake is so tranquil, with some bears to be seen on the way up along the drive.

the golf course is wonderful, as are the staff in the club house.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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7 reviews
3 helpful votes
“Beautiful,Peaceful waterton”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2008

Waterton is a beautiful place to visit. The town itself is very peaceful and relaxing. Great hiking,food, icecream shops are wonderful, and wildlife everywhere!!!!

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Rochester, MN
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8 reviews
26 helpful votes
“Fantastic vacation spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2008

One of my favorite vacation spots, Waterton Lakes National Park does not have the reputation of nearby Banff/Jasper parks, but I actually prefer it because of the proximity of everything, the lack of crowds, and the natural beauty all around.

If you stay in the townsite (campground or motel), you are within 15 minutes of most activities in the park.

Most recently, my family stayed in the campground for a week in early July 2008. Deer and ground squirrels were common in the campground and townsite. We also saw a bear walk right across the road in front of us on the Akamina Highway (saw two bears on our last visit), and a moose while taking the cruise to Goat's Haunt.

We hiked nearly 20 miles during the week, including Bear's Hump, Bertha Falls, Wall Lake (which isn't in the park, but the trailhead is), Kootenai Lakes (in Glacier National Park), and Blakiston Falls/Red Rock. Bear's Hump is a must - a short but challenging hike, with fantastic views of the townsite, lake, and surrounding mountains at the top. And when it rained one day, we strolled through the souvenir shops and visited the Prince of Wales Hotel.

We rented surreys from Pat's for an hour one afternoon. The kids loved it, but it is quite a bit of work to go up even gradual rises. But we made it over the small hill to see Cameron Falls. You can also rent bikes and scooters at Pat's. At Cameron Lake, we rented a rowboat and spent a couple of hours on the lake. We also took the cruise to Goat's Haunt

To catch our breath and relax each evening, we made an excursion to Big Scoops Ice Cream Shop. Aptly named, they have a good variety of flavors, and quality ice cream as well. We'd walk down to the lakeshore and relive the day's adventures while finishing off the ice cream.

The town doesn't have much in the way of eating establishments, but there are a few. There is also a laundromat, a grocery store, and a movie theatre. The townsite also has a playground, tennis courts, and supposedly, an indoor swimming pool.

Overall, a great place to get away to a beautiful natural setting, but with a good variety of things to do, as well as a few amenities close at hand. All with very little in the way of crowds.

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