06-Aug-2001 -- Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park: the world's
first International Peace Park. The 114W confluence deep
in the heart of Waterton-Glacier is the last confluence on
the Canada/US border within Alberta. As the crow flies, it
is about a 9 km hike from the Cameron Lake campsite.
However, the terrain is far too rugged to let you take
anything approximating a straight line approach! You
traverse 4 switchbacks on the trail up to Summit Lake, and
4 switchbacks on the trail down to the border trail. The
hike between Cameron Lake and Summit Lake is quite nice
(just a little steep), with culverts and bridges keeping
the trail dry. On the south side of Summit Lake, things
are considerably different. Little travel is done on this
trail, and the trail is nearly overgrown with vegetation
in many places. The trail crosses the international
boundary cutline at 48 59' 55.7" N and 114 0' 35.1" W. This
is approximately 0.71 km from the "confluence".
The closest approach to 114 W on the boundary trail requires
one to walk through about 0.36 km of fairly heavy forest.
The point I chose to take confluence pictures at was 48 59'
55.4" N and 114 0' 0" W, with a UTM of 719412 Easting,
5431664m Northing and 1534 m elevation.
On the way back to Cameron Lake, I met a US Park Ranger
repairing a Bear warning sign at the point where the
boundary crosses the cutline noted previously. He mentioned
that for some reason, the bears like to wreck this warning
sign during the spring. There is lots of berries along the
trail, which means keeping aware for bears is a necessity.
I didn't see any bears on the trip, but on the way back I
was chased by a horse fly for about 4 km (or maybe a pack
of them :-).