Friday, 28 May 2010

Waterton National Park


Waterton National Park is in the south-western portion of the Province of Alberta.

Some time ago, in the early 70s, I was on a road trip with my mother to central Montana and swinging back through part of Glacier National Park and into Waterton National Park. What intrigued me about the scenery was the near absence of foothills before the mountains. They seem to just be there without any of the fanfare from the foothills I was accustomed to in the Calgary and Nanton areas of southern Alberta. The photos posted reflect this.

In early 2009 I posted two hiking trails in Waterton: The Wall Lake Trail and the Snowshoe Trail.

Later in the summer I will be posting about other hiking trails in this area.


Photo Credits: I1][2]-Gord McKenna CC=nc-nd-flickr. Click to enlarge.


Leah J. Utas said...

It really is something to just come upon the mountains down there without the foothills preamble. It's very dramatic.

Teresa said...

I love these photos. The greens are so brilliant, and the mountains make such a wonderful back drop. I can't wait for the virtual hikes!

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Barbara,
That last photo is simply breath taking. I can only imagine rolling across the flatland and coming onto that. Some it would no doubt scare, but others call to wildly.

Cloudia said...

Wonderful country!

Aloha from Waikiki, Barbara

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Merisi said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous views!
Mountains that rise from flat lands like these take one's breath away.

I was driving out of Geneva towards Italy last March, when the snow-covered mountain range that leads to the Mont Blanc peak so suddenly filled my windshield, I momentarily thought it was fog I was seeing. It was the strangest sensation having all of a sudden those mountains towering ahead of me.

Bernita said...

That distant view of mountains draws one like a spell.

EG CameraGirl said...

Hmmm. The mountains really do jut up from the plains. No foothills at all!

Reader Wil said...

You are blessed with such a beautiful country!

Waterton National Park said...

In 1995, the Waterton National Park has been granted world heritage status due to its distinctive climate, mountain-prairie interface, physiographic setting and tri-ocean hydrographical divide. The flora and fauna are abundant.