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5 viewsThe day after our Grinnell Glacier hike (11.2 miles total) we decided to drive up to the Waterton Lakes area which is the part of the park that is in Canada. One the way up, Briar was chilly but Andy was hot so another good thing about the Trailblazer was that it had dual climate control. This was actually quite typical during the trip- AC on full blast, or sunroof open & Andy's window down, and Briar had the heat on high. Sheesh.
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3 viewsBorder crossing from the USA into Canada.
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3 viewsIn case you wondered, the province of Cananda just north of MT is Alberta.
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4 viewsThe first glimpse of one of the Waterton Lakes.
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4 viewsOff in the distance you can see the Prince of Wales hotel, which is by far the nicest hotel in this part of the park. It's quite stunning and an economy room there is for the bargain price of $265 a night!
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3 viewsA short aside: In Glacier National Park (MT) they don't let mountain bikers on any of the trails (at least none that we saw). However, up in Waterton, there were several trails that allowed mountain biking, so we took this opportunity to rent bikes and go for a beautiful ride in the back country (seriously, this was more in the back country than even the parts of Glacier we were in, so we were really on edge with the bear situation).
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3 viewsWe had to cross a few streams on our ride which was fun and challenging. We don't get to do that so much on our rides in the desert.
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3 viewsBriar tackles the rocky stream head on.
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4 viewsThis trail took us on a climb through thick forests.
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4 viewsThere were plenty of blind curves on the trail and as we sailed through the woods we had to constantly shout out or whistle to put the bears on notice. One thing you definitely do not want to meet in the woods is a startled grizzly.
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5 viewsWhen we got back to the parking area a family of mountain goats came down from the mountain to look for some food.
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5 viewsThey came extremely close to us and didn't care about the presence of human beings at all. In fact, they didn't come to us for food (which is good because feeding the wild life there is strictly forbidden).
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