The following is a description of a self-organized 18 days hiking tour in the Canadian Rockies that my wife Lidia and I undertook in the summer of 2010.
We arrived at Calgary airport on July 5th at 10:30 a.m. and drove south towards Waterton Lakes National Park immediately thereafter. Waterton is a beautiful park with beautiful trails.
We departed Calgary for home on July 22nd.
WATERTON (elevation 1,279 m. asl)
We stayed at: DUNGARVAN CREEK B&B
|After leaving Calgary via the #2 highway we followed the much more scenic highway #22 via highway #533 just out of Nanton. Nanton has a very interesting little aviation museum: "NANTON LANCASTER SOCIETY AIR MUSEUM"|
Waterton Lakes National Park adjoins National Glacier National Park (USA) to the south and together they form Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.
For thousands of years this was primarily the territory of the Aboriginal tribes of the Kootnai and Blackfoot. Thomas Blakiston was the first European on record to explore the area back in 1858 and he named the lakes for Charles Waterton, an XVIII century English naturalist.
At the time of our visit, some trails were not reccomended by Parks Canada due to lingering snow accumulation on sections of some trails (e.g., Goat Lake and Carthew-Alderson trails).
NOTES: At the time of our visit this trail had a bear warning.
This popular trail includes 18 switchbacks and it is described as one of the "... steepest short trail in the Rockies" [Canadian Rockies Trail Guide; Brian Patton & Bart Robinson; 8th ed.]
The view from the unobstructed rocky top is spectacular.
NOTES: The trail from the Akamina Parkway is shorter and less steep than the approach from Red Rock Canyon.
NOTES: It takes about 20 minutes to the falls. At the time of our visit the wild flowers were in full display along the trail, so after visiting the falls, we decided to continue along the easy Blakiston Creek Trail for about 4 more kilometers [hiked 10 Km. total, return].
NOTES: The 100-meter falls originate from the Lineham lakes situated above the sheer cliff. The Lineham Creek trail ends at about 400 to 500 meters before reaching the base of the falls.
NOTES: We enlisted to join the International Peace Park Hike co-guided by an American Park Ranger and a Canadian Park Warden. Due to several stops, during which the guides touched on various subjects - both historical and natural history of the area, it took about 7 hrs. to reach the end of the trail: Goat Haunt (since it is situated in the USA a passport is needed - some nationality restrictions apply). The group then took the pre-paid ferry back to Waterton.
FIELD (elevation 1,243 m. asl)
situated in YOHO NATIONAL PARK
We drove to Field via the Crowsnest Pass and via Golden where you will find a large grocery store to stock up (now there is a Walmart in Pincher Creek). There is a small convenience store with very limited supplies in Field and a larger one in Lake Louise Village, but prices are quite high.
The village of Field dates from 1884 when the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway reached this point. It was named after Cyrus W. Field, promoter of the Trans-Atlantic cable, who visited the area. The present site was surveyed in 1904 after the north side of the village was destroyed by an avalanche off Mt. Burgess.
Yoho Park was named as such by Deville and it means "wonder, astonishment" in Cree Indian.
I had phoned to book 2 daily passes 3 months to the day prior to our intended visit to Lake O'Hara. In our case I had to call back twice: one for the Sunday trip (I had to reserve 3 months to the Monday; my call on the Friday prior was too early...!) and then again on Wednesday.
NOTES: On the trail to Lake McArthur by 9:10.
NOTES: This is a beautiful hike.
The steep trail will rewards the hiker with a remarkable cirque where the lake is set.
While driving to the trailhead, we saw a black bear crossing the road and stopping to forage nearby the road.
We followed it in the clockwise manner as described by the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide (... one of the best day hike loop in the Canadian Rockies). As you gain altitude, after the wide alluvial fan, you will be rewarded by a spectacular view of the President Range, Emerald Glacier and its stunning water falls.
The trail passes adjacent to the famous and " ...CLOSED and RESTRICTED ..." areas of the Burgess Shale Fossils beds.
JULY 16 - 20
(elevation 1,000 m. asl)
We stayed at: BECKERS CHALETS
During our visit, the road to Edith Cavell was closed till July 29 for repair.
While in Jasper we saw numerous wild animals: grizzly sow with two cubs, one of which had black fur; an elk with huge racks; mountain sheep; a dozen of elks with babies crossing the Miettes river near the bridge on 93A; a coyote; two foxes.
NOTES: By the time we got back down, we counted well over 60 hikers using this trail.
Great 360-degree view from the Old Fort Point, which has nothing to do with a fort, past or present.
On the 21 we drove back to Calgary with numerous and some long stops along the way.
|TOWNS WHERE WE STAYED AT|
SUMMER 2010 - PHOTO ALBUMS
WATERTON NATIONAL PARK YOHO NATIONAL PARK JASPER NATIONAL PARK
1) The Canadian Rockies Trail Guide; Brian Patton and Bart Robinson, Summerthought Publication, Banff, Canada - Eight edition, 2007