Waterton in Glacier International Peace Park


Alb 01After the cool, rainy day caused us to skip our Iceberg Lake hike, the decision to drive into Waterton Canada was a good one. Going through Customs was fast, with one vehicle in front of us, then Waterton in Glacier International Park was just a few miles up the road. We enjoyed a photo stop at the Prince of Wales, a hotel along the Great Northern Railway with the design of a Swiss chalet, and an impressive floor-to-ceiling lobby view of Waterton Lake. From there, we headed into the charming European village of Waterton. After a quick stroll in the rain of the main street, we chose Lakeside Chophouse in the Bayshore Inn for lunch, where we were seated next to a window with a lovely view of Waterton Lake. Our server was friendly and attentive; the soup and salad flavorful. After learning that the inn and restaurant only operate during the short season of May until October, we concluded that might account for the inflated prices in and around the parks.

Again to our disappointment, plans were modified when we decided to skip the drive to Banff because of the rain and clouds, but not before sampling a new chocolate shop. Welch’s Chocolate Shop was not what I had envisioned, and not a chocolate experience highlight. The dark chocolate bar recommended was Cadbury of all things, in a European wrapper. I fell for it anyhow, but should have passed on this one. It did give me something to enjoy on the drive back to Kalispell. We got a room at the cozy historic Kalispell Grand Hotel downtown, then returned to Thai Palace for another great vegetarian meal of Pa Nang and Green Curry.