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Wild Waterton

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After spending a few days in Cochrane (west of Calgary), with our grandson Will, Amy and Bryan, and our daughter Emily, we drove south about 2.5 hours to spend a few days in Waterton, probably our favourite National Park. We stayed one night at Lee Creek Campground in Cardston just east of Waterton. It's got to be the nicest municipal campground in Western Canada. It's a beauty. BUT . . . it rained, a lot! No drips in the Yellow Trailer though! The BBQ burgers were just a bit soggy.

The next day we awoke to more rain which quickly turned to sleet then snow. By the time we slid and slipped into Waterton, winter had returned for its Spring visit.

Waterton boasts stunning, Swiss-like mountain views, Big Weather, glacial lakes (the Upper Lake is the deepest one in the Rockies), and abundant flora and fauna (especially bears). The Park is Canada's 4th oldest and is the northern (and smaller) sibling of Glacier National Park in Montana. The views of the prairie butting up to the front ranges are magical. In years past, we have hiked and backpacked throughout this Park. Some of the best trails anywhere. Bring your Bear Spray.P1000255

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Needless to say, with all the snow, Larry couldn't resist making a Snowman, actually a Snowmoose. Warmer temps and the incessant Waterton winds quickly melted Bullwinkle and he puddled.Snow Moose

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The sun eventually shone and we were able to poke about the few stores in the Village open this early in the season for business, chow down a famous Waterton Pizza (it's the BEST), spot herds of Bighorn sheep, a black bear, striped chipmunks, Columbian ground squirrels, Sandhill cranes and a wily coyote. Kath bought jammies too! P1000227

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Tomorrow we head out of the Park, north through Lethbridge to Taber then to Tillebrook PP just east of Brooks, AB. Hope the meadowlarks are singing and the May Longweekenders not too rowdy!

Posted by YellowTrailer 15:15 Archived in Canada Tagged wild waterton

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Hey you two, watch out for them thar "bars" specially if they are Grizzley!! Love your travelogue,safe travels & have fun

by shirley roberts

love the snow moose, and fabulous pictures, enjoy!!!!

by Dena Aplin

Hi Larry and Kathy,
We loved the photos and commentary about Waterton, our favourite park, as well. We laughed about the snow; only in Alberta, eh? Looking forward to the continuing adventures of the Yellow Trailer and its courageous crew. We send hugs and best wishes to you.

by David Anderson

Hi Folks, what an adventure you are having. Great snow sculpture, especially the antlers. We are really enjoying this cross Canada travel/photo log. We wish you many sunny days. S and S

P.s. How is the cookie supply?

by Shelley Cotton

Hi Kathy and Larry!
Just subscribed now. Sure looks like you are enjoying yourselves. Nice pictures btw.
We wish we still had our t@da so we could do part of the trip with you.
Happy trails and looking forward to see you in Winnipeg.
Cheers!

by Don & Lorraine

Awesome snow moose! You can come back to Victoria now, we finally have some beautiful weather. Safe and happy travels, keep the updates coming!

by Marte Robertson

Hi Welcome to Weyburn glad to see you took the southern route through Saskatchewan. It's much nicer than following Number One (Trans-Canada) the highway might not be the best but take your time...you'll see lots you didn't expect to. Have a great trip and drive safe.

by Rob Ror

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