We were tired and hungry and without accommodations when the three of us arrived in Tavira, a small coastal town in Portugal’s Algarve region. We had crossed the eight-mile-wide Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco to southern Spain and journeyed over to continue our trip to Portugal; the winter sun had set and many were sitting […]
The “Crown of the Continent” is a staggeringly wild place, home to iconic wilderness species like grizzly bears, wolves, wolverines, and bull trout. This journey explores the heart of that mountain kingdom—Glacier National Park in the U.S. and Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. Besides your classic hikes in the national parks, you’ll also walk the lesser-known trails of Mt. Fernie Provincial Park.
Beginning in the vibrant town of Whitefish, we travel straight to Glacier National Park, traversing the Going-to-the-Sun Road, with a beautiful hike en route. By day’s end, we arrive at Many Glacier Hotel on the edge of Swiftcurrent Lake. We’ll be perfectly positioned to spend a full day on the trails in the Many Glacier area! Then, it’s across the border to Canada we go, with accommodations looking out over Waterton Lake. The next morning is spent hiking in Waterton before traveling a scenic roadway to our last and certainly not least destination, Island Lake Lodge. We have two nights to unplug and savor the beauty of this remote lodge, surrounded by 7,000 acres of wilderness. Hiking is the name of the game, and there’s a network of fantastic trails right on our doorstep.
Reluctantly, we return across the border to catch flights home in Kalispell, Montana.