Buffalo Paddock - Waterton - Hiking Alberta

 

The Buffalo Sanctuary near Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

 

Just north of the Waterton Lakes National Park entrance/exit is a large, grassy area of rolling land set aside as a Buffalo Paddock.  The periphery 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 natural habitat.

 

Buffalo Paddock - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada A herd of bison is grazing in a forested shallow within surrounding native grassland.

 

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All visitors must remain in their vehicle because it would be potentially dangerous, and possibly lethal, to approach these large and powerful wild animals, particularly when young are present.  The bison can run much faster than we can, in spite of their size, so pulling over to roadside for photographs using telephoto lenses from a safe distance is the recommended alternative.  

On the return drive to Calgary, north on the Cowboy Trail (Hwy 6), and west on the Crowsnest Highway (Hwy 3), there is time to make a brief stop at beautiful Lundbreck Falls.

 

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Lundbreck Waterfall - Crowsnest Pass, Alaberta, Canada During the brief visit at Lundbreck Falls a train passes on the TransCanada rail line. A beautiful experience of sight and sound.

 

The drive continues 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 Kananaskis Country mountains. 

A brief stop at mountain-surrounded Highwood Pass provides an opportunity for a leg stretcher at the highest driveable pass in Canada.

 

Highwood Pass - Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

At Kananaskis Lakes Road, the ride home links west for the continuing drive north on the gravel Smith-Dorrien Trail with incredible mountain views on the west side of the Opal Range until the drop into the Bow Valley Corridor signals supper-time at Craig's Family Restaurant in Canmore beneath majestic Mount Lady Macdonald

 

The return drive to Calgary ends a wonderful visit to Waterton Lakes National Park.

 

 

 

 

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