The Waterton Lakes, in southern Alberta, near the border with Montana were named after the English naturalist Charles Waterton, (1782-1865). Waterton Lakes is the Canadian half of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park in recognition of the co-operative relationship between Canada and the US.
The entrance to Waterton Lakes National Park is a short distance after turning off Alberta Hwy 5/6 southwest of Cardston. Lower Waterton Lake lies on the east side of the entrance road, as does the iconic Prince of Wales Hotel closer to the village of Waterton.
Waterton is situated on the northwest shore of Upper Waterton Lake, and has a wonderfully quiet, small-town feel.
Walking became our default method of getting around in this delightfully quiet spot surrounded by the natural beauty of the lakes and rugged peaks.
Paths along the Upper Waterton Lake shoreline are especially picturesque.
The feeling of being in a remote village was enhanced each morning of our May visit by the appearance of several bighorn sheep right in front of the door of our hotel room.