Located in Montana, Glacier National Park borders the Canadian provinces of British Colombia and Alberta. It’s named the world’s first International Peace Parks, meaning the US and Canada work together in maintaining the flora and fauna of this beautiful place. Also, apart from the US and Canada having the longest undefended border in the world (5,525 Miles!) , the nature of the mountain ranges of this place made it so that there cannot be a formal demarkation line between US and Canada in this place.
Anyway, we stayed just outside the National Park so access to it was easy.
Glacier National Park contains one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve ever been to.
We were at the lake early in the morning. No one else was around (maybe 1-2 people we saw), and the water was just so calm, so eternal–it was surreal. I can only describe the water as being like mercury–it was as if someone had dropped an ounce of silver in the water!
We were there September and the weather was really cool. Cooler than most parts of the other West Coast cities we had just been and driven through. I’ve also seen photos of Lake Mc Donald during winter, and it is just gorgeous.
It’s really hard to describe the lengths and depths of Glacier National park. Here is a map of it from the Visit Montana website:
It’s such a HUGE area, that if we wished to explore every nook and cranny of the place, it may have taken us about 2 weeks. However we were just there for a couple of days so to save time, we took the very famous Red Bus Tours of Glacier National Park
These tours have been operating for over 75 years, and these are still the very same buses/cars-the engine of course , are changed.
It was a nice group of 8 in the tour, 9 including our guide. Our guide Glen was extremely knowledgeable about the area, and also knows so much about history which is a really cool bonus!
Here I am inside the bus. It was really cozy inside, leather seats, no A/C. The top of the bus comes off too. We did the Going-to-the-Sun-Road tour, and as we went further up the mountain, our guide took the car roof off.
The view from the top was just amazing
We even saw a makeshift caravan…
plate number was from Alaska. Awesome!
But the best sighting for me was this mountain goat just chilling out…
It’s always exhilarating for me to see animals in their natural habitat. I have seen mountain goats in zoos before but to see them naturally..it’s just amazing.
All of this was worth the cold weather I endured. I had to be wrapped up real snug like a bug in a rug!
Red Bus Tours
Glacier Park, Inc.
P.O. Box 2025
Columbia Falls, MT 59912