June 13, 2010

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

We drove up into Waterton Lakes National Park on the edge of where the mighty Rockies meet the Great Plains. We spent two days here. The first stop was visiting the famous Prince of Wales Lodge overlooking the great glacier-carved Waterton Lake.

Prince of Wales Lodge

Near the lodge, we encountered these wandering bighorn sheep walking down the road

The lakeshore

Maile retrieving sticks from the icy lake

It was very windy, as you can see in this image

As you can see, it also rained a few times and even had fresh snow at the higher elevations.

Then, we headed off to the campground. Near the campground was the Red Rock Canyon. We did a short hike checking out these interesting sedimentary formations. It started raining halfway through, so we cruised through the loop pretty quickly and then set up the tent at the campground.

Tomorrow, I'll write about the beautiful, but cold hike to the Rowe Lakes Basin up above the treeline at Waterton Lakes National Park.

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