For most of my four decades as a traveler, I have been a cultural quester more than a wildlife wanderer. I’ve lived in Paris, Athens, Tokyo, and San Francisco, places where you’re much more likely to encounter a legion of latte-sippers than a leap of leopards. And when I’ve ventured farther afield, I’ve tended toward […]
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 our accommodations in St. Mary, on the edge of the pristine lake of the same name. We’ll be perfectly positioned to spend a full day on the trail in either Many Glacier or Two Medicine – both spectacular! 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 three 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 interested anglers can opt for a day on the Elk River (additional cost).
Reluctantly, we return across the border to catch flights home in Kalispell, Montana.