Sometimes I imagine living in Waterton during these months must be what
it's like to be inside of a snowglobe. Looking out my window now, there
is knee-deep snow, a hazy cloud hanging over the sky and Bear's Hump is
covered in white. A literal winter wonderland!
On Tuesday before
driving in Pincher Creek, the scenery was quite similar (maybe a little
bit less snow). Amazingly, once we arrived in town, there was not a
single snowflake to be found on the ground, the sun was out shining!
That's only a half hour jaunt from the park! Our winter weather seems to
be totally self-contained, which many people might see as a drag, but I
think is pretty cool. I can't wait to get out cross-country skiing
again this year.
Cameron Lake has been closed off at the end of the
Akamina Parkway road, to reopen the man-made ski trail that comes out
annually. My boyfriend and a friend rented snowshoes yesterday and went
up the trail towards Wall Lake, as far as the snow would safely allow.
They were smart, let people know where they were going, when to expect
them back and checked the avalanche warning system before they left (a
must if you're doing backcountry or going down some of the seasonally
un-maintainted trails.) They said although chilly, it was beautiful and
the snow was a perfect powder. I'm just itching for my next day off to
get out there with a pair of skis strapped on, camera in tow.
other really cool thing about Waterton in the winter is the sense of
community. There are only about 80 residents kicking around, so you get
to know your neighbours a bit better. Movie and dinner nights with
friends have been something to look forward to. A bunch of us also have a
new tradition we like to call Poker and Pancake night (just as it
sounds: we make pancakes and bacon, then we play poker.) I think as a
vacation destination, you really have a quite unique situation. As
someone who grew up in a city, it's really quite relaxing to escape the
busy-ness of everyday life, be surrounded by breathtaking scenery and
have true peace and quiet- although, this is everyday life for me now
and it's great!
Speaking of the weather, the Pincher Creek Parade of
Lights is happening tonight, beginning 6:30 pm, starting on Hewetson
Ave, near Ranchland Mall, proceeding down Main St to the Subway- -cross
your fingers it's not too nippy out. Waterton Park Inns and Resorts will
have a horse-drawn carriage in the parade, pulling some of their staff.
Watch for them (if you wave them on, I know they have candy.)