Hike: Lakeshore Trail, Waterton Lakes Natl Park
Distance: 13km – one way (return by boat)
By far my favourite hike in the park, a true paradise! Highlights: an ever changing diverse forest, beaches, turquoise streams, tons of edible berries (saskatoons, hucks, thimbles) and a suspension bridge.
Bring: Passport and return boat ticket.
I brought my Dad along on this guided hike, led by two guides (Canadian and American). I wanted to learn more about the biodiversity in the park, along with some history lessons about Waterton-Glacier Peace park. We all met at the Bertha trail head at 10am sharp and began our trek along the west side of upper Waterton lake. From there we headed south along the shore to our destination, Goat Haunt, Montana.
|beach at Bertha bay|
At the halfway mark you cross into Montana, but you won’t find any custom officials here. You don’t actually check into the ranger station until the end of the hike.
We took a break for lunch, where we relaxed on the dock with our feet in the cool glacial water.
From there, we continued on our journey, passing through lodgepole and aspen forests, meadows, with a few streams along the way.
Towards the end of the hike we crossed a suspension bridge hovering above a crystal clear turquoise stream. Definitely one of my favourite parts of the hike!
We arrived at the ranger station at Goat Haunt around 5pm, with a few minutes to spare before boarding the boat.
On the boat ride back to Waterton, I leaned back into my chair, closed my eyes and dozed for most of the trip. So relaxing. When my Dad and I stepped off the boat we made a beeline for the closest restaurant… we needed beer and food. Asap.
An ice cold Rickards in a frosty mug definitely hit the spot! We each had two beers, a light dinner, then stopped by a candy store for (birthday cake) ice cream and lime turkish delights before hitting the highway. If you have a day to spend in Waterton, put this hike on your bucket list!