Weekend in Waterton

We spent this weekend in Waterton National Park, which is down south near the U.S. border. Jon had never been, and I hadn’t been since I was a kid, so it was a fantastic chance to see a new(ish) place. The weather was as to be expected for October – clouds, sun, rain and, of course, windy. But we enjoyed the time with friends, and a chance to explore a bit of the beautiful park and townsite. It was great for me, since Jon had to stay in the cabin and do physics, but I got to explore outside with friends (instead of exploring by myself). We haven’t been anywhere in a while, so I was very excited to get out and shoot some photos.

On Saturday we took a quick climb up Bear’s Hump and then a wander in town, as it was windy and a bit cloudy out. Jon got left at home to work and guard against all the deer. Our first stop was the Prince of Wales Hotel, which is closed at this time but worth stopping by for the view.

One of the well recognised sites
The Prince of Wales National Historic Site
Then we climbed up Bear’s Hump (a short walk) and scrambled a bit further for views of the mountains (cloudy) to the west and the prairies (clear) to the east. After climbing down, we completed our afternoon’s adventures by walking the lakeshore back into town.
View to the east from Bear's Hump
View to the east from Bear's Hump

On Sunday we’d planned on hiking, but the rain and low clouds in the morning made us change our minds, and instead we took a short trip to Red Rock Canyon where we did the quick interpretive loop and then clambered around in the canyon itself for a while. I got a booter in the freezing water but Jon was allowed out to play so it was worth it. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and play games in the cozy cabin.

The canyon and its red rocks
The canyon and its red rocks

Amazingly, the weather cleared and the clouds lifted just as we were packing to go, so I hurried down to the lake shore to see the view into the U.S.A. We’d driven in to the park in the dark, and it had been cloudy for the weekend, so this was my first glimps of the mountains further away.

View down the lake.
View down the lake.
Mountain from the townsite. And the wind wasn't blowing!
Mountain from the townsite. And the wind wasn't blowing!

On the drive out, we finally got to see the mountains, and since the lake was clear, they were reflected beautifully. I made Jon stop just before we left town so I could grab a few reflection shots. If someone can supply me with the name of this mountain….

Reflection in the lake
Reflection in the lake

So, a pretty relaxing weekend in all. It was great to get away, weekends feel SO much longer when you’re not at home! We’d like to return to Waterton in the summer when Jon can actually get out and explore.

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