Let's revisit Waterton!
This year, the Waterton Wildflower Festival goes from Friday, 20th June through to Friday, 27th June. So let's drive down to Waterton on Thursday evening and spend Friday, Saturday and a few hours on Sunday doing the Wildflower hikes (around 1.5-2 hours each) that the festival puts on. We can also do the 'Bear Hump' hike at sunrise or sunset for a panoramic view of the whole area. Plus we can do any of the longer hikes too, depending on preferences.
Please note that this isn't actually a long-weekend. We're simply going there on a Thursday evening and making it into a four-day trip. You will need to take a day or two off from work or school as this is not an ACTUAL long-weekend. Sorry for any confusion.
Because of our larger group size, we will most likely split up into two groups for hikes. One group can do more hardcore hikes and the other can do the shorter, wildflower hikes. We can discuss this closer to the date.
We are going to have some people camping at the 'Townsite Campground' in the 'Campground H' section. We will also have some people staying at a local motel as well. The cost for the camping will be approx. $20 per person for the three night stay (assuming splitting the cost of the camp site amongst four people). The cost of the motel will be approx. $100 per person for the three night stay (depending if there is a kitchenette in the room or not, and splitting it amongst four people).
- Camping option
If you are wanting to camp then first check our accomodations sign-up sheet to see if someone isn't looking to share their already purchased camping site. If so then simply add your name into their sign up there and you can then simply share that camping spot. If you'd like to get your own site (which can accommodate two tents and thus four people) then you need to book a site on the Parks Canada campsite reservation system at https://reservation.pc.gc.ca/. Remember that you're reserving a site at Waterton Lakes National Park in the Townsite Campground, specifically Campground 'H'.
- Motel option
If you'd like to sleep in a motel then again.. check first on the accommodations sign-up sheet to see if someone isn't already looking for someone to share a motel room with. If so then simply add your name to the appropriate spot on that sheet. If you need to book your own room at a motel then simply find a motel in Waterton and book your room and add your booking information to the sign-up sheet - especially if you can share your booked room with someone else.
Transportation and Carpooling
To make this more environmentally (and economically) friendly, we're organising a carpool for this event. If you're able to give people a ride down to Waterton, please add yourself to the carpool sign-up sheet. If you're looking for a ride there, check the same sheet for available spots in people's cars and add your name to them.
If someone else is driving you there and/or back, please check with them about what the cost of this will be beforehand (if the driver hasn't mentioned a cost in the carpool spreadsheet). The CRPH doesn't have a set driving cost formula so.. it's up to the driver what they consider fair to charge for the drive.
Please note that we're going into a National Park. If you have a Parks Pass then please do bring it. Otherwise you will need to pay $9.80 (per person, per day) at the park gate upon arrival. Some attendees may have a group Park Pass that could let you in for free so check with people in your driving group if someone may have a group pass.
Please bring food to last you the weekend. There are eateries in the town of Waterton which we will also most likely visit for dinner during at least one night of our stay.
Thursday, 19th June: Drive out to Waterton to our respective accommodations. Stop at Pincher Creek for sunset (or anywhere you want). :)
Friday, 20th June: Meet at Waterton Heritage Center (117 Waterton Avenue) at 9am to do introductions and plan the weekend. This is not a breakfast place, so I do recommend having breakfast before arriving here or just pick up something for yourself and bring it along. Once we're done planning the weekend we will just set off to do some hiking, so do have your hiking equipment with you so we can simply get going after our meet. After the hike, return to your accommodations. We will then meet up somewhere in town for dinner and evening/sunset photography.
Saturday, 21st June: Do sunrise on Waterton Lake. Could try a view from Bear Hump or from the short or from a nearby hill, or even from inside the Prince of Wales Hotel. Lots of possibilities. Then, we meet somewhere in town for breakfast. Then we're off on a hike of our choosing. After this, we return to our accommodations. We can then meet somewhere for dinner and sunset/evening photography as we decide.
Sunday, 22nd June: Do sunrise on Waterton Lake again. Then set off to do some short hike. We have a six hour drive in front of us to get us back into Edmonton, so I'd like to leave Waterton by noon or so in order to be back home around 7pm (with stops along the way if we find something neat to photograph).
Please check the 'More -> Files' menu/section on the CRPH Meetup site for checklists and the standard event attendee waiver (which you will be asked to sign when we first get together at Waterton as a group).
*Please note that this event may be cancelled or postponed in case of inclement weather or other issues. If this event does need to be cancelled or postponed, people who have RSVP'ed will be contacted directly.
BY ATTENDING THIS EVENT YOU (AND ANY GUESTS) ARE ACCEPTING (AND HOLDING YOURSELF RESPONSIBLE FOR) ANY RISKS THAT PERFORMING THIS TYPE OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITY COMES WITH, HOWEVER UNLIKELY. YOUR EVENT COORDINATOR WILL DO THEIR BEST TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE AND CARE TO ATTENDEES BUT CAN NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE, LOSS, ILLNESS OR INJURY THAT MAY OCCUR WHILE ON THIS TRIP OR DURING THE PROCESS OF TRANSPORTATION TO AND/OR FROM THE DESTINATION. ANYONE CHOOSING TO GET A RIDE FROM SOMEONE ELSE FOR THE PURPOSES OF CARPOOLING MUST DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK AND RESPONSIBILITY. THE CRPH CAN NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE IN CASE OF ANY INJURY, DAMAGE OR ANY OTHER ISSUES THAT MAY ARISE FROM CARPOOLING.