We took the hour ride. It took us over the US border and back into Canada. They tell you that you do not need your passport on this trip and technically this is true. But when on the US side you can get an unusual stamp for the entrance at Goad Haunt. Often time hikers take this tour and go off at Goat Haunt into wonderful country side for the day or days and then come back. They do need a passport to do this.
The descriptions we got concerning the different mountains, how they were named, and geology were informative. The narrator had a great sense of humor and new the area.
Tucked away, just off the road. You could almost miss it if your distracted by the campground on the left.
The Cameron Falls are located in the townsite of Waterton Village. This serene cascade is well lit at night for viewers enjoying a peaceful evening stroll. These falls are also the site of the oldest rock in the entire Canadian Rocky Mountain range! Precambrian bedrock dating 1.5 billion years (1500 million years) old has become exposed and is visible near the falls.
There is an Osprey nest located in the field along the entry road. It's to the north. We stopped in the evening, figuring that feeding time would be about then and we'd have a chance to see the birds returning or leaving the nest. Instead, we waited for nearly an hour before a pair of Osprey arrived and circled the nest in large swoops. We never were able to confirm, but there may have been young in the nest.
Spend the day in paddleboats or driving the parkway. There are numerous stops, trails and things to do along the road. We were there while the Buffalo Grass was in bloom. What a sight.
Open first weekend in May to October 31 - Closed from Little Prairie picnic site to Cameron Lake for rest of year.
The Akamina Parkway is a winding mountain road which runs 16 km along the Cameron Valley and ends at Cameron Lake. Along the way, stop at the national historic site commemorating Western Canada's first oil well. Cameron Lake has an interpretive exhibit and a boat rental concession. A pleasant trail follows the western shore of the lake for 1.6 kilometres.
Open first weekend in May to October 31
The Red Rock Parkway travels 15 km up the Blakiston Valley through rolling grasslands and ends at Red Rock Canyon. It is the best place to experience Waterton's classic prairie meeting mountain landscape. At the end of the parkway, a short self-guided trail loops around the canyon. In June, the wildflowers are spectacular along this road. It is also a great place for wildlife viewing. The parkway is narrow and may not be suitable for larger motorhomes.
It is said that Buffalo Grass blooms only once in a life time. There are blooms every year because there are lots of different aged plants in the park. The problem is that in some years, there will be so few plants in bloom that you can't easily find them. Then in other years, nearly the entire park seems to be in bloom. The year were visited (2004) the Akamina Parkway was lined by blooms from one end to the next.
Take the cruise up (or is it down) Waterton Lake to Ghost Haunt. The lake leads from Waterton National Park, Alberta Canada into the US and ends at Ghost Haunt, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA. Get the first cruise of the day. For while the wind blows all day at the northern, Waterton Township, end, it is quiet the first few hours of the day at Ghost Haunt. As you progress down the shoreline, you'll find a glassy smooth surface. If you're lucky and you ahead of the errand boat from Ghost Haunt, you'll have a chance for a mirror reflection of the surrounding peaks on the waters surface.
Located in the park is the Waterton Townsite. Here, you'll find a campground, shops, stores for supplies, fuel and rentals. It's a change to get your laundry done or to get a meal.
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