Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Waterton Lakes, Alberta

After an overnight stay in Calgary with its endlessly reflecting skyscrapers and a tranquil park almost in the heart of downtown we loaded the minibus and trailer that would be our base of the next 14 days and headed south to Waterton Lakes National Park.

Canada 01-001 Reflections of Calgary skyscrapers

Canada 01-002 Princes Island Park

Canada 01-003 above Waterton looking south towards USA

Canada 01-004 across Upper Waterton Lake to Vimy Peak (2379m 7805 ft)

After travelling almost all day we took a drive up Red Rock Canyon, tempted by the prospect of seeing some local wildlife at close quarters and to get a better feel for the area we would be walking in for the next couple of days. The wildlife didn’t disappoint -

Canada 01-005 Black Bear feeding by the roadside

The light coloured Black Bear wandered down the valley eating berries as it went, quite unconcerned by the two or three cars that stopped to watch and photograph it. So unconcerned and tranquil was this bear that it was difficult to appreciate that bears could be a serious threat to any or all of us.


The next day we walked from Cameron Lake over the Carthew-Anderson Trail back to Waterton with spectacular views of the south eastern Rockies.

Canada 01-006 Cameron Lake

Canada 01-007Summit Lake 

Canada 01-008some of our group descending towards Carthew Lakes

Canada 01-009outflow from Upper Carthew Lake

Canada 01-010  one of the many Marmots

The second day’s hike from Waterton took us up and along the Akamina Ridge in British Columbia with equally spectacular views south into Glacier National Park in Montana as well as east towards Carthew Lakes and north into the rest of Waterton Lakes National Park

Canada 01-011 Bear Grass

Canada 01-012looking east towards Carthew Lakes 

Canada 01-013 approaching the Akamina Ridge from the west

Canada 01-014 remains of a cornice on the ridge 

Canada 01-015looking back to Akamina Ridge above Wall Lake 


  1. Wow! Outstanding pictures! Quite a bit different than back home eh?

  2. Glenn - Yes, quite a bit different!

  3. Looks great Ian. Was it an organised trek you were on? :-)

  4. Lucky, lucky you! Beautiful mountain landscape. Looks like you had some good weather too. Love that picture of the bear and the roadside flowers. Bet that made your day!

  5. wow, that looks like a serious cornice!

  6. Andrew - organised by KE Adventure.

    Old Runningfox - seeing our first Black Bear was a real treat and the wild flowers were everywhere, just beautiful. With only a few wild sheep and goats the meadows are almost completely ungrazed and what a difference it makes.

    kate - a serious cornice indeed, above a very large drop - probably over 2000 feet to the valley below.