Buffalo Paddock - Waterton - Hiking Alberta

Just north of the Waterton Lakes National Park entrance/exit is a large, grassy area of rolling land which has been set aside as a Buffalo Paddock.  The periphery of this huge area is fenced but a Texas gate allows access to a loop road through the area on reasonably decent gravel road.  A small herd of buffalo lives here in the wild and it is an excellent opportunity to view these huge, magnificent animals in their natural habitat.
Buffalo Paddock - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada A herd of bison is grazing in a forested shallow within surrounding native grassland.

Buffalo Paddock - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada Buffalo Paddock - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada Buffalo Paddock - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada Buffalo Paddock - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada Buffalo Paddock - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada It is suggested all visitors remain in their vehicle.  We pull over to roadside and take photographs using telephoto lenses from a safe distance.  It would be potentially dangerous, and possibly lethal, to approach these large and powerful wild animals, particularly when young are present.  They can run much faster than we can, in spite of their size. On our return drive to Calgary, north on the Cowboy Trail (Hwy 6), and west on the Crowsnest Highway (Hwy 3), we make a brief stop at Lundbreck Falls because it is a beautiful place and we have the time. Lundbreck Waterfall - Crowsnest Pass, Alaberta, Canada Lundbreck Waterfall - Crowsnest Pass, Alaberta, Canada Lundbreck Waterfall - Crowsnest Pass, Alaberta, Canada
Lundbreck Waterfall - Crowsnest Pass, Alaberta, Canada During our brief visit a train passes on the TransCanada rail line. A beautiful experience of sight and sound.

We drive north on Hwy 22 past the Chain Lakes and the Whaleback before turning west on Hwy 541 at Longview, Alberta for the incredible drive north through the Kananaskis Country mountains.  We make a brief stop at Highwood Pass which is the highest driveable pass in Canada.  It is a perfect place to stop and stretch the legs. Highwood Pass - Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada At Kananaskis Lakes we link west and drive north on the gravel Smith-Dorrien Trail with incredible mountain views on the west side of the Opal Range until we drop into the Bow Valley Corridor for supper at Craig's Family Restaurant in Canmore beneath majestic Mount Lady Macdonald.  The drive to Calgary ends a wonderful visit to Waterton Lakes National Park.

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