Waterton National Park
August 12-13, 1995
Driving into Waterton Village, we found Jeff and Darla in the room next to ours in the El Cortez and enjoyed the evening together. This little cafe was in walking distance from our rooms so we went there for dessert.
Darla, Jeff and Rod at the buffet breakfast at the Prince of Wales Hotel, Waterton Park, Canada. Rod has never been known to turn down a buffet breakfast, and this one had fantastic scenery to boot.
Darla and Jeff with the great view you get from the Hotel dining room. You look over Waterton Village and the Upper Waterton Lake, all the way down to the pillars on top of Citadel Peak at the far end of the lake.
The hill by the Prince of Wales is a popular picture-taking place. Although the visibility is good at lake level, it was cold and the wind was blowing very strongly.
We had gotten up early this morning with the hope of tackling the Carthew Trail, but with the high wind and the heavy cloud cover we could see up on the tops of the mountains, we decided to put off the ascent until tomorrow.
We decided to board the 73 ft ship International for the trip down to Goat Haunt at the south end of the lake. That involved crossing the U.S. border on the way down. Goat Haunt is a part of the U.S. Glacier National Park.
The cruise down the Upper Waterton Lake to the tiny outpost and dock at Goat Haunt was a relaxing one. The guide told us about the geology of the area and about the damage from the severe floods of spring 95. Darla and Jeff are standing by the information center which is a short walk around the end of the lake from the dock.
This is the view of the tiny outpost of Goat Haunt and our ship docked by it. It is taken from the information center shown above.
There were a lot of interesting curves and folds in the rock strata, and we got more geology information from the knowledgable guide. She told us that the red and green argillite minerals both got their color from iron, which made red minerals when oxygen was present and green when it was not.
We got good views of the lush forest as we traveled up the lake, but the peaks were totally socked in with heavy cloud. It was a better day to be low than high.
Just past the wind generators was a reservoir where the wind was so strong that they had built two-sided wooden wind shelters with all the picnic tables! We ate lunch there and watched the hardy sailboarders with wetsuits out on the reservoir. By the time we left, we were certainly convinced that they had picked a good spot for wind turbines!
After lunch by the reservoir, we noticed another set of conventional propeller-type wind generators off in the distance toward the west, toward the mountains. We decided to go and investigate and were able to get a pretty good view of them.
In stark contrast to the steep mountains of the Waterton Park area, this country about 30 miles north was like the great plains, gently rolling with hay fields, cattle and wheat.
A view down Upper Waterton Lake all the way to Goat Haunt on the south end.