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article imagePhoto Essay: Waterton Lakes National Park

By Grace C. Visconti     Aug 18, 2013 in Travel
Waterton Park - This is a Photo Essay of Waterton Lakes National Park in Waterton, Alberta, one of Canada’s treasured tourist vacation spots. This area is a photographer’s dream especially for anyone interested in wildlife and landscape photography.
On July 19, 2013 I set out on a journey to Waterton Lakes National Park. I had always wanted to visit this part of Alberta but never had the chance to do so until recently. As the Alberta Environmental Writer for Digital Journal, I have obtained a greater appreciation for the preservation of our land by having written a wide variety of articles focusing on environmental issues. Visiting a place like the Waterton Lakes National Park proved how important it has been to preserve natural habitats.
I arrived at the entrance of Waterton Lakes National Park and the mountains were stunning. I stood at the entrance of the park in awe of the beauty there. I took out my Nikon D7000 DSLR. I was using a Nikon 18-105mm DX VR lens that came with the kit when I bought the camera for the wide-angle photos and a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR Nikkor Zoom Lens VR for the close-up photos of the flowers. This zoom lens is one of my favorite lenses.
A field and the mountains at the entrance of Waterton Lakes National Park  Alberta
A field and the mountains at the entrance of Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
I embarked on a hike along the Bear’s Hump trail, the steepest and toughest hike I had ever done. The elevation gain was 240m (787 ft.) in just over 1 km. The trail switchbacks up Mount Crandell and was the steepest from the Upper Trail to the Viewpoint at the top but once I reached it, the climb was worth it. The view from this vantage point was absolutely spectacular.
The last viewpoint of the Bear’s Hump trail in Waterton Lakes National Park  Alberta.
The last viewpoint of the Bear’s Hump trail in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.
A Golden-mantled ground squirrel at the top of Bear’s Hump  Crandell Mountain  Waterton Lakes Nati...
A Golden-mantled ground squirrel at the top of Bear’s Hump, Crandell Mountain, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.
There were many friendly Golden-mantled ground squirrels that interacted with people. One approached me and so it became part of this Photo Essay. I was cautioned as a hiker not to feed the wildlife. I brought my bear spray along just in case I needed it. Although, I was informed by the clerk at the Visitor Information Centre that if I stayed on the trail, it would be fine.
Wildflowers on the Bear’s Hump hiking trail in Waterton Lakes National Park  Alberta.
Wildflowers on the Bear’s Hump hiking trail in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.
On the Bear’s Hump hike, there were many wildflowers growing on the sides of the trail. In June, Waterton has a Wildflower Festival where the activities include: Wildflower Identification, Wildflower Habitat, Wildflowers by Horseback and by Cruise boat, Photography Workshops, Botanical Watercolors, Afternoon Tea and much more. Check out the link. Additionally, there are other festivals in the area during the summer months.
Close-up of a fly on a daisy in the bush near the end of Bear’s Hump hike  Waterton Lakes National...
Close-up of a fly on a daisy in the bush near the end of Bear’s Hump hike, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.
The Town of Waterton was quaint just like Banff and Canmore, Alberta but I was more mesmerized by the natural beauty of the Waterton Lakes National Park landscapes.
One of the buildings in the area that had historical significance was the Prince of Wales Hotel since it was built in 1927. Many tourists had visited the Prince of Wales National Park throughout the years.
The Prince of Wales Hotel at dusk  Waterton Lakes National Park  Alberta.
The Prince of Wales Hotel at dusk, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.
I left Waterton Lakes National Park at dusk, one of Alberta’s tourist treasures, happy that I had visited the area. There were many peaceful serene settings, stunning landscapes and the people were so friendly. I will definitely return to Waterton Lakes National Park, a piece of paradise in southern Alberta, next year for the Waterton Wildflower Festival in June.
Dusk on the way out of Waterton Lakes National Park  Alberta.
Dusk on the way out of Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.
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