The Views From Our Balcony

IMG_20160703_081813We’re spending a few days at the Prince of Wales hotel in Watertown Lakes Park.  It’s the park on the Canadian side of the border, across from Glacier National Park on the U.S. side.  Together, the two parks make one of the largest contiguous wilderness preserves in the world.  Bears and elk and other critters don’t pay much attention to national boundaries.

The Prince of Wales is an old Canadian railroad hotel — which means, by definition, that it’s a fabulous, almost whimsical structure.  More on that later, but the setting is even more fabulous than the hotel structure itself.

The Prince of Wales is found on the side of the deepest lake in the Canadian Rockies, with the towering peaks of the mountains just across the lake.  It’s got to be one of the most beautiful settings in the world.  And since our hotel room has a balcony located at just the right spot, I got to revel in these views when I woke up this morning.  It’s not a bad way to wake up.

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Bear Sighting

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After we crossed into Alberta yesterday, we promptly saw our first indigenous wildlife — in this case, a brown bear.  She was nosing along the shrub line with a baby bear, oblivious both to the staggering beauty of the Canadian Rockies in the background and to the fact that her appearance was causing a huge tie-up on the two-lane road leading into and out of Watertown Lakes Park.  Traffic was stopped in both directions, as people leapt from their cars to take pictures.

Me?  I took the picture above from the driver’s seat of my rental car.  I’m as much a fan of taking photos as anyone, but I don’t want to mess with bears.  I’m not sure what the people jostling at the roadside for the best camera angle would have done if the bear decided to turn and charge, but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have been pretty.