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International Peace Park

Take a Walk on the South Side

I had seen Goat Haunt on the map in Glacier and learned the only way to reach it was by an 8 hour hike or a boat ride from Waterton. I chose the boat ride.
On The International on Waterton Lake

On The International on Waterton Lake


The Waterton Lakes Glacier Peace Park was the first park to cross the boundaries of two nations, It was formed in 1935 after Canadian and American Rotary Clubs worked with their national governments to establish it. Today, there are only about five others throughout the world.
Canada US Border from Waterton Lake

Canada US Border from Waterton Lake


Celebrating 100 Years with Ranger John Frank

Celebrating 100 Years with Ranger John Frank


This day, August 25th, was the actual 100th anniversary of the USA. I celebrated it with a nature walk to Rainbow Falls.
Show Your Passport to Take a Hike

Show Your Passport to Take a Hike


The birds and the animals don't recognize national boundaries. It seems fitting that our two nations also have this understanding on the border between these two parks. And we did until 9/11. Now, if you want to walk past the park shelter, you must show a passport.
On a Walk in the Park

On a Walk in the Park


Your Choice - Horse Ford or Suspension Bridge

Your Choice - Horse Ford or Suspension Bridge


The River Runs Clear

The River Runs Clear


Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls


Two Nations Two Parks One Peace Park

Two Nations Two Parks One Peace Park


The name Goat Haunt is left over from the "olden days." There haven't been any mountain goats here for almost 100 years! I chose to do this trip because I had not seen any goats while in Glacier Park.
Foiled again!

The boat ride between Waterton Village and Glacier is about an hour each way. They provide excellent commentary on the geology and history. Ranger John says to remember the words Silt, Tilt, Glide, Slide when understanding how the area was formed. I remember the words, but I will let you do further research if you want to understand how the mountains were formed millions of years ago.
Old Mountains Atop Young Mountains

Old Mountains Atop Young Mountains


And Then the Rain Began

And Then the Rain Began


After the hike, the rain began. It fluctuated between a drizzle and a steady stream until the next morning.
I felt I should officially register in an actual campground instead of claiming squatters' rights in the city picnic ground. It was not nearly as nice.
Okay But Picnic Park Was Nicer

Okay But Picnic Park Was Nicer


Stepstool Required

Stepstool Required


It was also odd that the post on which I was supposed to hang my registration was so high I could not reach it even with my step stool. My neighbor finally posted it for me.

Once again, I was not successful with any wildlife sighting. Everyone on the boat saw a bear. People in the campground saw one on the road.
The Only Bear I Saw

The Only Bear I Saw

After a night of cold and rain, I could not face fixing breakfast in the mud. Instead, I went to the Prince of Wales Lodge for a fine breakfast and a warm morning in the lobby.
Prince of Wales Lobby

Prince of Wales Lobby


The bellhops in the Glacier Lodge all wear railroad engineer coveralls, hats, and kerchiefs. They look like little boys in dress-up. Here they all wear Scottish kilts. This bellhop told me they all laugh at the costumes across the border. I wonder if the "engineers" laugh at their Northern peers.
Prince of Wales Bellhop

Prince of Wales Bellhop

From the Prince of Wales Front Lawn

From the Prince of Wales Front Lawn

Posted by pscotterly 20:15 Archived in Canada

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