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Waterton camping long-weekend

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.

Accommodations
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.


Hike options
Bear Hump
Carthew-Alderson
TBA

Meals
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.

Rough Itinerary

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.

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  • Imran H.

    So I finally got some more photographs uploaded for this trip. Only about seven months late. :) Hmmm. We should return to Waterton soon.

    1 · February 3, 2015

  • Esther F.

    For someone like me just getting into photography, this trip provided me some quite good experience. Crazy enough stayed up late to near midnight for night scene shooting and got up at 4:15am for sunrise (ya, not so easy for someone needs 8 hr sleep); Tried the tripod for the first time; Made a new record of taking macro in a single day… So my thanks go to Imran first for making it happen and to all the crazy buddies for your great company.

    June 24, 2014

  • Charlotte

    A superb weekend with superb people. Big thank you to everyone for such an unforgetable weekend. Special thanks to Imran for having organized the trip and for having accompanied me to those special side trips to the Bear's Hump, Sunrises and the Fox Plays; to Fio for having arranged the motel and offered me the long rides; to Shirley for having patiently taught me how to take macro pictures.

    It's a busy week and I'll be away next week. But when I come back in July, I will process the pictures and load some to show how special and dedicated a bunch we were !!

    Looking forward to seeing you again in Mt. Assiniboine. Cheers!!

    June 24, 2014

  • Dong

    Posting my photos to show my appreciation for the organizer - Imran, Fio and others.

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Serena

    I changed as No..Sorry about late cancelling but I am planing to go tomorrow morning according to the weather condition . I have your phone numbers I will check where you will be if I go tomorrow morning .. Thanks.

    June 19, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Sounds good. Call or text me once you're near or in Waterton.

      June 19, 2014

  • Charlotte

    Update on road closure: Red Rock Parkway is closed.
    The Marquis Hole road is closed.

    So Akamina is open! Yes !!!!

    1 · June 19, 2014

  • Jeff

    I am leaving in the morning with some stops along the way to explore. I should be at the Town campsite by late afternoon. I am in site H10.

    June 18, 2014

    • Fio

      Hi Jeff, we are leaving at 1pm, could you text me if u find any road closed? My number is[masked], .... Which roads are u going to follow? Hw2 to Fort MacLeod and then hw3 to pincher creek and then hw6?

      June 18, 2014

    • Jeff

      I don't know which route I am going to take. But, it will likely be back roads where I can explore along the way.

      1 · June 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just a word of caution, Waterton Lake, and Waterton River is under flood warnings this week, so you may want to check for any road closures or detours depending on direction of travel before you all leave?!

    Here's a link to the advisory page...

    http://globalnews.ca/news/1398431/update-water-rising-in-southern-alberta-state-of-emergency-declared-in-several-communities/

    1 · June 18, 2014

  • Imran H.

    Hey guys, let's meet at the Waterton Heritage Centre on 117 Waterton Avenue at 9am on Friday morning. We can meet up in front of the place to do introductions and come up with a good itinerary for the weekend that accommodates any weather etc. conditions at the park as well as everyone's preferences for types of hikes and activities they would like to try during this weekend.

    June 18, 2014

  • Shawn

    Hi! I am not going but will be down there this weekend visiting my parents (who happen to live in Pincher Creek) anyway. I am from the area, if you haven't decided on a hike i would suggest wall lake. The trail head is on the road to Cameron Lake and it ends with a spectacular view of a small lake / glacier that is surrounded by three "walls" of mountains, it also crosses the AB/BC boarder. The hike is fairly easy and there is lots to see. Also if you are looking to see some bears there are lots in the area. (be safe) The best paces are on the road to red rock canyon (beautiful place for photos) and on the road to Cameron Lake. Hope everyone has a great time and experience it truly is a treasure of our province

    3 · June 17, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Sounds great! Thanks Shawn for the advice. It's a beautiful park and I'm quite looking forward to seeing it.

      June 18, 2014

  • Jeff

    Is this meet-up going to happen? The area is experiencing significant rain (>100mm in last 24 hours)? Please let us know asap since I will be leaving in the morning if it is a go...

    June 18, 2014

    • Charlotte

      I just spoke to an agent in PC, she told me that both Akamina and redrock parkways are currently closed and are under assessment. Akamina might be opened soon. She suggests to watch the "Bulletin" closely because that's where we get the most up to date info. FOr the moment, backcountry travel is NOT recommended. http://www.pc.gc.ca/a...­

      June 18, 2014

    • Imran H.

      See my recent posts addressing the spring conditions at Waterton.

      June 18, 2014

  • Jeff

    Have made some calls and researched on web.

    The area is very wet with more rain today through to tomorrow morning. Several trails and campgrounds are closed due to flooding and erosion. The Townsite campground is currently still open. Supposed to be dry and warm from Thursday afternoon through Sunday.

    So, weather while we are there looks good. But, many trails may be closed. Also, if you are camping, it may be wet upon arrival on Thursday...

    June 18, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Indeed. I will recommend bringing gaitors for hiking and a tent pad/sheet to lay underneath your tent to keep things dry.

      Honestly, this is exciting stuff! Firstly, they had much bigger issues with rain and flooding last year this time, so we're already doing better. Secondly, we should take advantage of these conditions as the wildflowers should really be coming up now thanks to the spring rains, plus the waterfalls will be really going which should be a sight to see as well.

      June 18, 2014

  • Imran H.

    Hi everyone! Just wanted to address spring conditions at Waterton National Park. Yes, the area has had significant rainfall recently which has led to some road closures etc. However, the Townsite Campground is still open and our reservations should still be valid and good. Of course, anyone staying at the motel etc. should be fine as well. The two parkways are indeed closed currently mainly as a precautionary measure. The park officers will most certainly re-open the parkways as the weekend goes on as the weather outlook is for a dry, sunshiney weekend (at least that's what the current forecast says). Yes, we may have to tailor our hiking plans to ensure that we stay away from any trails that are too wet or even any with avalanche danger (yes, hard to believe, but there is still lots of snow at higher elevations). Regardless, there is still lots to see and do in the Waterton area this coming weekend. We won't run out of places and things to photograph. :)

    1 · June 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    on holidays july 20

    June 13, 2014

  • Aslinah S

    Hello Dong and Mae. I still have not received the payment for the campsite #22. If you have more people, you can split the cost ($78 x 4) and email the payment thru Paypal: [masked] Thanks

    June 10, 2014

    • Dong

      Done. Transferred in full. #22 is available for one more tent (3 person in max.).

      1 · June 13, 2014

    • Aslinah S

      Hi Dong. Thank you so much for the payment. I sent you the site information, so please check your email. Thanks! :)

      June 13, 2014

  • Esther F.

    Imran, I just signed up for your carpool because I live very near Century park LRT and I saw that's your pick up location.

    Fio, I am still in for Motel with you.

    1 · April 25, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Esther, I may be leaving slightly later on Thursday evening. Plus.. I may be bringing my boy along too in the car. Just FYI. Can pick you up around 5:30pm. I hope that's alright.

      June 11, 2014

    • Esther F.

      Imran, the new pick up time is fine. thx

      1 · June 12, 2014

  • Fio

    I updated the carpooling information, im taking a bigger car now.

    1 · June 8, 2014

    • Charlotte

      Fio, in the carpool info sheet, you have 1pm at Century park. Please confirm so that I can make plans accordingly. Thanks

      June 11, 2014

    • Shirley M

      Ok thks. Can't see the carpool info from my iPhone.

      June 11, 2014

  • Imran H.

    Hmmm. May be bringing my eleven years old son along for this one. Hopefully that's alright with everyone. Luckily I do have space in my tent. Phew.

    1 · June 11, 2014

  • Charlotte

    Attention to the people who want to hike the Carthew-Alderson Trail on Saturday Jun 19: This is a note I got from Kelly Baker: As of right now, the Carthew-Alderson Trail is not passable due to trail conditions. Our shuttle will start running once the trail is hikeable.
    PLease check Parks Canada website for up to date details on trail conditions, http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/tcond/cond_e.asp?oPark=100429
    and check our website for shuttle information www.hikewaterton.com/shuttles

    If the trail opens before June 19, please contact us with credit card information and we can book your seats. We also accept drop-ins as well, especially in the early season.

    Please contact me if you have any other questions or concerns.

    Best,

    Kelley Baker

    General Manager
    Waterton Outdoor Adventures
    [masked][masked]
    [masked]

    June 6, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Hmmm. Ok. We can keep an eye on trail conditions. I hope we'll have some wildflowers come that weekend! -fingers crossed-

      June 8, 2014

  • Fio

    Hello ladies (Shirley, Esther and Charlotte) Can you please send the money transfer to [masked] for the hostel?
    Is 123cad each one
    Thanks !!!

    May 20, 2014

    • Charlotte

      Hi, Fio, I just sent the payment through paypal. Thanks again

      May 27, 2014

    • Fio

      Thanks ladies, I got the 3 deposits, yay!!!! We are almost ready to go :)

      May 30, 2014

  • Zabedul Akbar H.

    Sorry guys, something important came up and I will not be able to make this trip. Hopefully will meet you guys in some future photo hike. Have fun!

    May 29, 2014

  • Charlotte

    I will hike the Carthew-Alderson Lake Trail on Saturday Jun 19. Esther indicates that she would like to do it as well. It's a beautiful one way hike. 20 km with vertical gain of 650m. 8 hours for ordinary hikers, probally 10 hours for us photo bugs ;) According to "Hiking with Barry", there is a shuttle service. I emailed the shuttle service company to reserve two spots for me and Esther. If any one else is interested, please make your own shuttle reservation.

    http://hikingwithbarry.com/2012/08/25/carthew-alderson-trail-waterton-lakes-park-hiking-alberta/.

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • Aslinah S

    Hey guys. Sorry I can't make it the trip to Waterton. For those who want to share the campsite #H22 with Dong for please update the accomodation sign-up sheet.
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12Y5BNGdJJ5ZACHMlUslMXqOcyMIp8xGcBlWDA6544yA/edit?usp=sharing
    The site is cost me $78 for the three nights and it can take four people. Please send the money thru a Paypal to [masked].
    Thank you!

    May 25, 2014

    • Dong

      I stay put in camping (#H22).

      May 28, 2014

    • Dong

      Mae, you are welcome to stay in #22. I have my single person tent. So you can bring two more person with you in your tent. We can split the camping site cost (by tent). Can you please confirm if it works with you. Thanks.

      1 · May 28, 2014

  • Imran H.

    Alright guys. Here's the executive decision: We'll do both camping AND motel. People who want to camp (including me) can reserve a spot in the Waterton Townsite Campground, in the 'Campground H' section of it. I have just booked site H23 there. It cost me $78 total for the three nights. We can put two tents on the site and thus sleep four people people on that site thus. I have a 2.5 person tent so I can have someone else share my tent with me too. As well, someone with another tent is also welcome to share the site with me and thus split the $78 with me.

    Everyone wanting to camp there, do go ahead and book your site there as soon as you can. Remember it is the wildflower festival weekend so it will not be long before it's all reserved. Try to find a site near my H23 one so I won't be lonely. :)

    I will put up a accomodations sign-up sheet too so we can keep track of who is staying where.

    1 · April 25, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Lisa Mae, bringing your family will probably not work here as a) this event is currently full and we already have people on the waiting list, and b) there is a two-person maximum that you can add as a guest for the event. So.. if the event wasn't full, you could have added up to two people to it as your guests. How many people are you wanting to bring with you?

      May 5, 2014

    • Aslinah S

      Hi Imran. Sorry i forgot to add the accomodations sign-up sheet. I'll bring my own tent and will be sharing site with Dong, and it can take two more people.

      1 · May 5, 2014

  • Aslinah S

    Ok. I'm going to make a reservation in the campground, if anyone want to share site please let me know. My kids also would come along with me. Thanks!

    April 28, 2014

    • Aslinah S

      Hi Amir. You are welcome to share the site. I probably change my trip or so. I will let you guys know when close to the date, and also will send you the site information. Thanks. :)

      May 4, 2014

    • Lisa M.

      Me, too, please..

      May 5, 2014

  • Carolina R.

    Sorry guys. Talked to my husband we and decided to visit this place on another date so I will leave my spot for someone else and I hope to join another event. Imram, please take me off the carpooling list. Thank you and I enjoy this trip!

    May 3, 2014

  • Fio

    Are we going to the motel or camping? I making reservation in the motel for 3 or 4 people and would like to know who is with me! Preference to: no snoring people haha, is a about 145dol per night for 3 nights for 4 people is about 105dol .... I didn't look too much so that's my first and only choice right now unless somebody knows about a heaped motel :)

    April 24, 2014

    • Aslinah S

      Ok Imran. I just updated at the carpooling sheet my daughter Sophie will get a ride with you. Now i'd need to settle with the others who can give me a ride with my boy. Thanks

      April 28, 2014

    • Aslinah S

      *updated the carpooling
      grrrr my typo!!

      April 28, 2014

  • Fio

    Hello, can somebody help me adding information in the accomodation sheet?

    Motel name: Bear Mountain
    3 nights: 490.5dol (taxes included)
    Description: 2 rooms plus kitchenette
    Total people: 4

    People confirmed: Charlotte, Esther, Shirley and Fio

    Ps. Hostel confirmation code: 6/20-8

    Thanks!

    April 27, 2014

  • Kathy

    I have removed my name because I also signed up to go with another group to Waterton the following weekend.

    April 25, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Booooo! ;) Just kidding. Shame we won't see you this time. The weekend after will also be good as the wildflower festival continues until then too!

      April 27, 2014

  • Charlotte

    Imran, I have signed up in the sheet to carpool with you. So what do you do concerning the accomodation: motel or camping?

    April 25, 2014

    • Charlotte

      Imran, I have changed my carpool option to go with Fio since she can take 3 passengers, The info is updated in the spreadsheet. Fio is taking the day off and I take the afternoon off, so we will leave around 12:45-1pm on Thursday

      1 · April 26, 2014

    • Zabedul Akbar H.

      As Charlotte changed her carpool option I took the spot and signed myself up to carpool with you.

      1 · April 27, 2014

  • Imran H.

    Event description updated. I have added a sign-up sheet for accommodations. Please do add to it if you're booking a camp site or motel room. If looking for a place to stay in, please check it first and add your name to an existing camping/motel booking so we can share accommodations.

    April 25, 2014

    • Fio

      I can see it, but my stupid smart phone can type anything in there, soooo ..... so far I have Esther and Shirley with me in the motel but we need another person to keep the price in 123dol per person for 3 nights.

      April 25, 2014

  • Fio

    Imran, I cannot enter information for the car pooling, could somebody do it for me? My phone number is[masked] and I can take 3 people, my car is Kia Soul 2011, not sure what else do you need, i live SW of edmonton, gonna be leaving any time on Thursday but not too late so we can do some stops, if we can meet with the cars around 2pm (just an example) somewhere and go "kind of together" will be great.

    April 25, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Done. Check it and let me know. Or, do add to it if you can. (May need to use a computer if your phone isn't letting you see the sign up sheets)

      April 25, 2014

  • Carolina R.

    I also vote for camping. I can drive so I could take three people.

    April 25, 2014

    • Fio

      Hey Carolina, are u Canadian or where are u from?

      April 25, 2014

    • Imran H.

      Carolina, I've added your carpool offer to the sign-up sheet. Can you check if it looks ok? Do fill up the spots I left blank there too.

      April 25, 2014

  • Fio

    Shirley? Shirley!!! Are u willing to drive this time and go to the motel? We are 3 angels waiting for u lol

    April 25, 2014

    • Fio

      Ok, Im willing to drive this time, ok we are 3 girls again and I can drive you two if u want, .... we just need another person for the car and motel and we are on our way!!! Fingers cross and maybe Charlotte changes her mind haha

      April 25, 2014

    • Shirley M

      I can do the kitchenette room

      1 · April 25, 2014

  • Imran H.

    Hi guys! Okay.. some updates. It looks like people can now make reservations for the Waterton campground already using the Website (as linked to in the event description). Now.. if we go for Townsite Campground H, we can put up two tents on each site. We can have a maximum of 6 people per site although.. realistically, we should probably do 4 people (two per tent). So for the three nights that comes to $80 total. And that will thus be $20 per person. (Can someone double check this too?)

    If you'd rather stay at a motel instead (as there are no hostels here), the cost for that will come to $105 (for three nights, per person, with four people in two bedrooms).

    We can have people in both the campsite AND the motel. Can I thus get you to reply to this comment with your preference: Motel or Camping? I'm fine with either, but we need to book soon.

    April 24, 2014

    • Fio

      I'm fine with camping but I vote for motel

      April 24, 2014

  • Charlotte

    I would like to hike the Carthew- Alderson trail, tons of wild flowers and amazing scenery too. It's not an easy hike, but would be well worth the effort

    1 · November 23, 2013

    • Imran H.

      Should be fine. We can easily split up the group into an easier hiking group and an advanced hiking group, and the latter can do the Carthew-Alderson!

      April 24, 2014

  • Zabedul Akbar H.

    looking forward for this trip!

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Michael C.

    Don't want to be a party pooper, but as someone who has recently visited Waterton twice in May, I can say that hiking options will be limited. It might be spring in the town, but it's still winter on most of the trails!

    2 · November 22, 2013

    • Imran H.

      Good advice Michael! Ok, I'll move this to a different weekend. Maybe we can do this to coincide with the Wildflowers festival!

      November 22, 2013

  • Margie

    Sorry, I'll be in the UK. Next time.

    November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How long is the drive?

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Depends on when... Busy until after labour day.... Will this be in a hostel etc?

    July 19, 2013

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