Glacier to Waterton: Crossing the Border
The Eco Womb has finally gone international! In the first leg of our Alaska Trip we visited Waterton Lakes National Park, just across the border from Glacier.
This is the first in a series of blogs that will be following the 2019 Alaskan Overland Tour. These blog posts will cover our travels in several sections. For real-time updates go to our Updates page.
Before heading into Canada for the first time, the Eco Womb Tour returned to Glacier National Park for a bit of hiking and exploring. We had previously visited the west side and drove along Going-To-The-Sun-Road, but now we planned to explore the famed Many Glacier area and the windswept St Mary area. And I’m very glad we did.
The weather was perfect, the waterfalls were gushing at 110% due to the snowmelt, and the wildlife was out in full force. And the best part was the crowds, which are huge in the summer, were non-existent!
We spent several days enjoying the park and its wonders before we headed up to the border crossing between Babb, MT and Cardston, AB. We wanted to do the scenic Chief Mountain Highway that goes thru the park, but were both worried about the road conditions and in desperate need of some organic foodstuffs.
The border crossing was relatively easy. I’ve heard lots of different stories about being held up at the border, but we only had to go inside and give them our story (plus check my kayak for invasive species) and we were on our way!
The first thing I noticed about Canada was that it looked no different than the US, except for the metric system, which pretty much EVERY COUNTRY EXCEPT THE USA uses. So after doing some quick converting, we were set for Canadian travel.
We arrived at Waterton soon after, and immediately was impressed. The townsite was on a small plain at the edge of Upper Waterton Lake, backed up to the jagged mountains.
We took a rest, but still went adventuring! We rode our bikes across the town which is perfect for biking, with wide streets and plenty of paths.
And you know we had to find time for hiking!
After two days of exploring the park, we packed it up and headed to our next destination (Calgary).
My next blog post will cover our travels from Calgary to Dawson Creek, the start of the Alaska Highway.