Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour

On Day 32 of our RV trip – Sunday, May 27th – the big event of the day was a 2-hour boat cruise on Upper Waterton Lake. The weather on Saturday hadn’t been great, but Sunday was as perfect a day as we could have ordered to be on the lake.

We had bought our tickets on Saturday, and were at the dock 15 minutes before the 10:00 am sailing time. The cruises, run by the Waterton Inter-Nation Shoreline Cruise Company from May 5th through October 8th, cost $51 each.

Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour
While much of the information we read beforehand indicated that cruises are done with the historic 165-passenger M.V. International, which was built on Waterton Lake in 1927, we went on the modern 125-passenger Miss Waterton. I got one of the 20 spots on the open upper deck, while Cathy stayed on the open rear part of the lower deck.

Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour
The tour does a complete circumnavigation of Upper Wateron Lake. This was the view back to the south, to the townsite.

Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour
A particular fine perspective on the historic Prince of Wales Hotel.

The historic Prince of Wales Hotel from the Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour
Getting a broad view of the effects of the Kenow Wildfire was very interesting in places.

Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour
We pulled in within feet of these impressive cliffs. I think he was kidding about cliff divers, but expect that he was serious about it being a popular place to conduct weddings.

Impressive cliffs, Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour

Impressive cliffs, Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour
The scenery was too incredible to properly describe in words or even to capture in photos.

Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour
The Canada/USA border cut on the east side of Upper Waterton Lake.

The Canada/USA border cut, Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour
And the border cut and monuments on the west shore. The guide said that the border cut was last slashed out 4 years ago. What a job that would be!

The Canada/USA border cut, Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour

Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour
If I had taken notes, I’d be able to tell you the name of the next two creeks and the icefield beyond. I took a notepad but was too busy taking photos to be writing 🙂

Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour

Montana's Waterton River, Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour
Many of the peaks along the lake rise to over 8,000 feet.

Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour

Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour
The Goat Haunt Ranger Station, Montana.

The Goat Haunt Ranger Station, Montana - Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour
This is Montana’s Waterton River.

Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour
A popular hiking trail leads south from the dock at Goat Haunt.

Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour
The upper deck of Miss Waterton. Crew checked at least twice to ensure that only 20 people were up there, but few people were moving around.

The upper deck of Miss Waterton, Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour
I really wasn’t ready to leave. If the engine had quit and we had to wait a couple of hours for another boat, I’d have been okay with it. Well, with no bathroom on board, maybe one hour 🙂

Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour
More views of the effects of the Kenow Wildfire, which only reached about halfway down Upper Wateron Lake.

Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour

Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour
Bertha Peak, which looms above the Townsite Campground, is pretty much completely burnt.

Bertha Peak, which looms above the Townsite Campground, Waterton Lakes National Park
The Townsite Campground from the water.

Townsite Campground, Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour
That’s snow in the yard of that home – fairly deep snow (over a foot deep).

Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour

Right at noon, we docked back at the Waterton Townside, and our exploration of Waterton Lakes National Park continued in other ways (described in the last post).

The next day, we headed north towards Cochrane, where we’d be for a week or so.



Comments

Waterton Lakes National Park boat tour — 3 Comments

  1. hi Murray and Cathy
    I have a feeling that Waterton is one of those places that it does not matter how many great pictures you look at it needs to be experienced to get the full picture.
    It is on the list for next spring, hopefully the road will be reopened so I can scoot around then (-:

  2. The boat tour looked phenomenal! Awesome photographs. We were going to take the boat across the lake last year and hike up to Crypt Lake but the trail was closed due to deep snow.That was about the middle of June. You had some amazing weather there for photos as well…

  3. We took that tour the last time we were up that way… 2012 I believe. We hiked the Goat Haunt trail while we were there.