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Staying in Waterton vs. Glacier

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Staying in Waterton vs. Glacier

Hi,

We are a family of 5 (kids 17, 14, and12) traveling to Glacier/Waterton and then the Lake Louise/Jasper area this August. I have looked into accommodations for our 3 nights in the Glacier/Waterton area and have found a place in St. Mary, Montana, another in East Glacier, Montana, and then one in Waterton, Alberta. (We're flying in and out of Calgary.) I really like the accommodations I found in Waterton best. I realize that most of the park is in Montana, and staying up in Waterton would have us driving more to see the sights, but we really don't mind that. So, my question is, is it a mistake to stay in Waterton and take day trips into Glacier NP? Also, is two full days enough there to do a couple of great hikes and see everything or should we add one more night there before we head north?

Thanks,

Kim

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1. Re: Staying in Waterton vs. Glacier

Well, here's the thing: you want to stay in both East Glacier and Waterton. You need about 2 days in each and logistically, you don't want to be driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road every day. Both areas are completely different and 2 days at each will only give you a small taste. The really are 2 different National Park(s) and of course, it takes time to sightsee and also you'll need time to hike.

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2. Re: Staying in Waterton vs. Glacier

OK~thanks. I think we'll stay two nights in St. Mary or East Glacier and then two nights in Waterton before heading north. This seems to be a better idea as I've also heard the border crossing can get backed up during high season~that would be a pain to have to go through there twice a day if we were staying up in Waterton the whole time. This way we'll only have to cross the border once.

I appreciate your advice~thanks!

Kim

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3. Re: Staying in Waterton vs. Glacier

It's an incredibly scenic and diverse drive from Waterton to Banff. I would encourage you to start your day early, pack a picnic and drive the Highway 22 (also know as the Cowboy Trail) http://www.thecowboytrail.com/ and then drive Highway 40 to connect you across to Highway #1 (the main highway to Banff). This drive is simply amazing! In summary don't miss it - Highway 22 and Highway 40 - one of my favorite drives in all of Alberta.

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4. Re: Staying in Waterton vs. Glacier

Sounds wonderful! I'm looking forward to the drive!

Thanks!

Kim

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