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Waterton Lakes National Park has over 255 km (191 mi) of trails in the Park, ranging in difficulty from short strolls to steep treks of several days' duration. Hiking is the best way to experience this paradise.
For a spectacular view over Waterton Village and the lake, there's a short, moderately strenuous hike to the overlook at the top of Bear's Hump - 2.8km round trip with an elevation gain of 225m. Or, rent a canoe or kayak at Cameron Lake for some water fun. Waterton Park offers a huge variety of fishing experiences, too.
Take a trip up to Red Rock Canyon - a 16 kilometer drive from Waterton Village, where the layers of red and green coloured minerals offer a brilliant contrast to each other and the lush surroundings.
If you're travelling between early June and late October, the easiest way to get from Waterton to Glacier National Park, Montana, is through the Chief Mountain border crossing. Between November and the end of May, the next closest port of entry to the USA is at Carway, south of Cardston.
From the Chief Mountain border crossing, it's a spectacular drive south, through the small town of Babb to St Mary. St Mary is at the eastern end of the Going to the Sun Road, one of the most amazing highlights of Glacier National Park. To truly appreciate the Going to the Sun Road, you should allow enough time to travel it in each direction. Take a guided tour or use the Park shuttle to experience this spectacular scenic highway.
After completing the road in both directions, you will be back in St Mary. As you are unable to take your RV over the Going to the Sun Road, you will need to continue your journey around the perimeter of the park to get to your next overnight stop in West Glacier. Allow a couple of hours to get there.
If you're travelling outside of the peak travel months of July and August, we suggest you check to make sure the Going to the Sun road is open before crossing the border into the USA.
The Kootenai (in the US) and Kootenay Rockies (in Canada) provide some spectacular mountain scenery today as you drive west on Highway 2 through Kalispell and Libby to Moyie Springs. Just east of Moyie Springs is the junction of US Highways 2 and 95 where you head north towards the border crossing at Porthill, Idaho.
US Highway 1, becomes Canadian Highway 21 at Rykerts, 11km south of Creston, BC. Nestled in the Creston Valley, between the Selkirk and Purcell Mountains, the attractive town of Creston presides over a broad and fertile river valley where the Kootenay River comes home to Kootenay Lake.
At Creston, you have the choice of saving time on your journey by taking Highway 3 west towards Osoyoos or travelling up the east side of the Kootenay Lake on Highway 3A. If you have the time, we recommend you take the second option.
On this route, beautiful scenery, sandy beaches and panoramic views of the Selkirk and Purcell Mountains are sure to delight both young and old. At Kootenay Lake, you’ll take the Kootenay Lake Ferry to Balfour.
After disembarking the ferry at Balfour, you may like to take the road left up to Ainsworth Hot Springs, a few kilometres north of Balfour. If not, continue on to your destination for today, Nelson.
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Spend your day exploring Osoyoos and the region. From winery tours, museums and walks, enjoy the beauty and warmth of this gorgeous Okanagan town.
Consider a drive up Highway 97 into the heart of the Okanagan Valley. You can travel as far as Shuswap Lake area before returning to Osoyoos through Kelowna, Peachland and Penticton. Don’t forget to check out your CanaDream app for partners in these areas that offer discounts.
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From Osoyoos, Highway 3 takes a south-west toward the US border before it takes a sharp turn again north to Keremeos. The Keremeos area boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in North America.
Located just 30 minutes west from Keremeos is Cathedral Lakes Provincial Park, with its amazing towering mountains and their waterfall veils. If you decide to spend the day hiking in Cathedral Lakes Provincial Park, you may like to add a day to your journey and spend the night in Hedley.
Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains at the junction of the Tulameen and Similkameen rivers is Princeton, a town rich in history and filled with tales from the early days and adventures of the gold rush era.
The next leg of your trip will take you through mountainous terrain to Manning Provincial Park before reaching the town of Hope. Join the Trans Canada Highway as you leave Hope and travel through the rich farm country of the Fraser Valley. Continuing along Highway 1, the farm country begins to disappear gradually as you approach the cities that make up the Greater Vancouver region.
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