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Glacier National Park WITHOUT TOURISTS | Waterton Lakes, Alberta, Canada


What’s up everybody I’m Alex. I’m Marko, and we’re the Vagabrothers. This week we’re in Alberta, Canada, exploring Waterton Lakes National Park. Waterton Lakes is situated in South West Alberta, where the Rockies intersect the US/Canadian border just north of Glacier National Park in Montana. Though not the largest park in Canada, it’s incredibly diverse in both geography and wildlife. From jagged peaks, to deep lakes, forests, with wild bears, to grasslands where Bison graze. Well we’ve quite literally just arrived at Waterton Lakes Park, and we’ve run into a bear. There’s a black bear right in front of the hotel, foraging around for berries. Beautiful! This place is pretty cool, but it’s definitely the land of contradictions. That was a brown bear that was actually a black bear. This looks like a Swiss Chalet, but it’s named after the Prince of Wales, and all the bellmen look like Scotsmen. And we’re in Canada, but we’re right next to America. Contradictions or not, this place is awesome and we’re really excited to spend the next couple of days exploring. We’re going to go jump into the Prince of Wales Hotel and take a look around, learn a little about the history behind this awesome building. Let’s do it! The Prince of Wales was built during Prohibition by Americas Great Northern Railroad, which also helped found Glacier National Park in Montana, to which their trains provided the only access and their hotels the best accommodation. The plan was to encourage American tourists to make a boozie side trip into Canada to enjoy the stunning scenery from the Prince of Wales Hotel, cocktails in hand. But these days the hotel is better known for its high tea. High tea with the beautiful Lake Waterton right here. I’m a happy camper. From inside it’s hard to tell that this is the second windiest place in Canada. The hotel fell off its foundation twice during construction. The bellboy took us up to the roof. Going up! Guys right now we’re in the bell-tower of the hotel. I feel more like Quasimodo. On the way down, he told us about the hotel’s spookier history. Yes, so we have a Poltergeist up on our 6th floor, and she’s been known to slam windows open, throw guest sheets off of their beds. The Shining based their ghost off of her. Here’s Johnny! Well I don’t know if you believe in ghosts, but this place? I could feel it. And I’ve seen The Shining, it’s pretty spot on. I don’t know. I used to work at a hotel that was supposedly haunted, and I saw it from both sides. I didn’t think it was real. I always thought it was just a little thing to get more tourists to come and I always expect this could be a show and… The owner walking away and being like “And I would’ve gotten away with it if it weren’t for you meddling kids!” South of the hotel is Waterton Lake, which is bisected by the US/Canadian border, and traversed by the same ferries that transported the first visitors during Prohibition. Thank you! Well guys, we have not been on this boat for more than 15 minutes and we’ve already encountered our first wildlife, a mama bear and her 2 cubs. Pretty incredible. It’s absolutely gorgeous here. The lake is deepest lake in the Canadian Rockies. And it’s just hemmed in by these beautiful mountains. It was a really cool experience on the lake. From the boat you can also see deep glacier craved valleys that give Glacier Park its name, as well as the physical border required by law. Ok so we are now at Goat Haunt, which is part of the International Peace Park, and this is really cool because this is sort of a park that Canada made together to celebrate peace between these 2 nations and all the other ones on earth. So it’s cool because there’s no customs, no passport control. It’s just all about a place where you’re not really in one country or the other. Well it’s bright and early, 6:30AM to be exact. We’re going to go track some bears. They’ve got Grizzly’s here; they have black bears. Waterton is not a very large park, but for the size of the park, they’ve got a pretty healthy population of bears. We’re going to be quiet bears. We’re a little bit sleepy bears, but we’re excited bears too. Definitely hungry bears! Definitely hungry bears. Wouldn’t mind a coffee bear. I’m ready, I’m a ready bear, are you ready bear? I think we can bear it. So let’s go up the canyon and see what we can find. Well even though it’s the middle of summer, the mountains are really high here, and the valleys are really deep, so the sun doesn’t get down into the bottom of the valleys here until I don’t know, 10:30 or 11:00 in the morning. It’s 6:30 right now, and it’s freezing! Although we didn’t see any bears on our walk, Waterton is full of wildlife, including some species with endangered habitats, such as the bull trout and the North American Bison. Of course the ironic thing is that we were on a hike all morning and didn’t see a bear until we get down to the parking lot, and then there he is..a bear hanging out right next to the creek. We are raising things up a notch. We’re going to go hop on these Honda Ruckus bikes. I’ve got the eagle-rider, cafe-racer helmet on and we’re going to do some exploring! It’s more like a dumb and dumber helmet but still, I like it. We’re going to take the road up to Cameron Lake. It’s a lake that’s just kind of up a little bit higher from Waterton, and it’s a curvy road, pretty scenic, so it should be rad. I’m ready to ride, how ’bout you? Oh, my key’s already in the bike! I’m ready to start the Ruckus! That was badass. Well, we have just had an amazing moped ride up to Cameron Lake We’re here at Cameron Lake. It’s an alpine lake. On the other side is Montana We’re going to hop on some SUPS (some Stand Up Paddles) and see if we can paddle back to the States and come back. There are some clouds in the sky, but we’ve been pretty lucky with the weather so far. Time to GoPro up! Yeah switching to GoPro. It’s our last day here in Waterton Lakes. It’s our last day in Alberta, and we’re ending with something very special. The park rangers here have been kind enough to offer us an aerial tour of the Waterton Park So we’re heading up in the helicopter, and we’re going to see it from the air. Ready? For sure let’s do it. From up in the chopper we glimpsed alpine lakes, accessible only to hikers. Proving that for all we’d seen, there was still a lot more to explore. Alright guys thanks for watching. Hope you enjoyed the episode. If you want more info, make sure you check out Travel Alberta’s website. There are links in the info box. As always if you enjoyed the video, make sure you give it a thumbs up, share it with your friends, and subscribe to Vagabrothers for new travel videos every Tuesday. In the meantime stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road! Peace!

Stephen Childs

63 Comments

  1. Love your videos! I found you guys from the California Road Trip vlogs by Ben Brown and am completely blown away by your style. I like how to you don't try to vlog like everyone else, your perspective is unique, clean, well edited and refreshing! Kudos!

  2. Sooo good! I had never been interested in traveling to Alberta but now it's def on my list! Thanks for introducing the beauty of the world to us!

  3. What a beautiful place! This must be a truly amazing experience. Awesome video!

  4. Great one!  I heard you mention that I can find you on AppleTV?  Which icon do I click?  Thanks.

  5. I can't believe you guys were right by where I live! I was there a couple weeks ago!

  6. Do you guys have a normal house, or do you live just only on the road?

  7. I like how you continue to incorporate some VLOG techniques you developed in Cali. Keep em coming!

  8. I love your channel! you guys should have at least 1million subscribers, and a show on the travel channel! thank you for making amazing travel videos! xoxo

  9. you keep the quality of your content at this level and good things are indefinitely coming your way, great work! great video!

  10. Amazing video guys! Glad the drone shots are back, I was afraid we would lose those for a longer while because of the high costs of buying a new drone.
    The lighting in every single one of your shots of the surroundings is superb by the way.

  11. 3:52 I would have done exactly the same, but belting out: I'm the king of the world!! hahahahaha

  12. We encountered a bear too at that hotel, few minutes after, a park ranger arrived and told everyone to stand far back cuz the bear might attack us. Waterton is a really good place to have a picnic, the view is amazing. Although the wind is freezing. But its still so beautiful. worth it.

  13. What an experience!! That place is so breathtaking!! Now I want to plan a trip and explore more of Canada, you guys are so inspiring. Love your videos!!

  14. Love the style of your videos. Every time I watch them I get butterflies in my stomach. Your videos increase my aspiration to travel the world.

  15. Can you guys just get your own TV show already? Your videos are SO good!

  16. I was just recommended to see your Iceland Video and I subscribed after watching only about 20 seconds in, you guys are such unique and great travel vloggers! x

  17. Hey guys, thanks for the stickers! Just wandering, how do you make your world map animations? Thanks.

  18. Your videos are always so captivating and well-made. Nicely done! Did you get up to Banff while you were exploring Alberta? I'd love to see you guys do a video there. It's gorgeous! And how did you get the shot at 7:06? Did you go with others?

  19. Genuinely curious how long it took to make this video. It's like a full on production, super interesting and completely awesome!

  20. I am so glad you decided to share your experiences with us. There are so many things I'd never have known and seen if it wasn't for you two. Amazing video, as always and thank you so much, for uploading. Keep up the awesome work!

  21. Cool video guys! keep up the awesome vids! How's england? We live there, Hope you enjoy it!!! check out our channel!

  22. I love your videos! Starting my Canada's journey sept 2nd with Toronto finish up in BC!

  23. I only can tell you guys are more than right 🙂 Been there in July 2015 and already up at 4 am to catch the sunrise around the Bosporus between upper and lower waterton lake. It's just breathtaking! And yes, we had our stay at 6th floor in Pince of Wales…. well hauted 🙂

  24. I don't know if these guys know it, but Canada is not next to "America". It is next to the United States. Furthermore, Canada being next to the States is not a contradiction.

  25. You two have my favorite travel vlog! You go into the history, culture and actually have interviews!! What program do you use for your animated graphics? I'm trying to start my own travel Youtube channel for women and could use some graphic programs suggestions!

  26. I've travelled all over the USA and half of Canada, and must say I was in awe of this beautiful place. I'm so lucky to live only an hour away! Great video guys!

  27. Ffs.. This video would be much more enjoyable if you two weren't the biggest flamers on the planet. I have no problem with gays as long as they act normal. No need to flaunt it and make sure everyone knows.

  28. I love your video! Great historical information and humorous.
    Did you guys shoot this video with a smart phone? That's pretty impressive quality if u did.

  29. If you guys ever come back to Waterton I'd be honored to take you on one of the incredibly scenic hikes there as well as some lesser known gems not featured in this video!

  30. Trips on the Lake take you All the Way down to Glacier Park's North Shore and Back…..The wild life you can see is incredible…..I saw more Eagles nesting in Trees along the lake Shore then I ever saw in America…..Bob Fox, USA

  31. You should visit Calgary(3 hrs away from waterton) during stampede season!

  32. Where did you rent those bikes! And do you happen to recall what the rental rate was? Great video y’all

  33. Why does it feel like you ripped off the Wildkrats intro
    Hey what's up everybody?
    I'm Alex
    I'm Marco

  34. Waterton in portuguese (Brazil) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySGVCggVubI

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