I spent two lovely weekends in Waterton. The first was with my mom and niece. It was their first time camping so it was quite an exciting experience for all of us! Unfortunately, my favourite campsite Crandell Mountain was all booked up, but we found a nice spot in Waterton Springs Campground just outside of the national park. One day one we ate delicious hotdogs at Wieners of Waterton (which are honestly the most delicious hot dogs I have ever eaten) followed by huge scoops of ice cream. We enjoyed some sun by the beautiful Waterton Lake before hiking up to the top of Bear Hump for the most stunning views of Waterton Town, and finished off the evening with a drive out to Red Rock Canyon where we spotted 3 black bears along the way! Our second day we tackled the backcountry hike to Bertha Lake. I was incredibly proud of my 70-year old Mama and my 10-year old niece for doing this, it was a little harder than I expected! The most rewarding part was our dip in the crystal clear waters of Bertha Lake.
The second weekend I went up with both of my parents. We stayed at Dungarven Creek Bed & Breakfast just outside the National Park in Twin Butte. Waterton gets really packed during the summer months, so if you are looking for another place to stay I highly suggest this one! My dad has trouble walking so this was more of a driving trip but we sure made the most of it! Our first day we drove out to Cameron Lake. My mom and I walked around the scenic lake which comes off of Cameron Glacier and is filled with wild raspberry bushes and bear grass. We did a sunset boat cruise along Waterton Lake which crosses over into Montana at Goats Haunt. The next day we drove out to Glacier National Park and did about 75% of the Going-to-the-Sun road. My mom and I went on a hike up to Logan's Pass. This was her favourite part of the trip because the fields of alpine wild flowers reminded her of the fields in Poland. I was there last summer and I could go again and again, it amazes me every time. Before heading home we made one final stop to Weiners of Wateron. We also checked out the Prince of Wales Hotel, which is the oldest Fairmont Hotel in Alberta. Until next year Waterton!