I loved this little hamlet. If you are lucky enough to visit during the Wildflower Festival like I was, remember to look down as often as you look up! The boat ride was good but only worth the money if you are not a hiker.
Waterton National Park puts you right in the midst of some of the most beautiful and rugged parts of the Rocky Mountains. It has a different atmosphere to the other mountain parks -- it is calmer, much less visited, perhaps a little less alpine, but nonetheless impressively mountainous. Waterton National Park also has a reputation for having more wildlife, especially grizzly bears.
The hostel in Waterton National Park is in the townsite; it is a regular, mainstream hostel with the usual amenities. The townsite itself is like a village with easy access by road. It provides services and acts as the hub of the national park. If you really want to stay at a wilderness hostel, then you may want to visit one of the other national park areas, as you are spoiled for choice there.
There are many activities you can arrange when staying in the hostel in Waterton National Park. You can take a boat on the large and small lakes and ponds. There are several horse-trip outfitters that run everything from short jaunts to week-long treks. You can even hike to the United States and Glacier National Park. If you do want to see bears or any other wildlife, organize a trip with a reputable guide. Also remember that there are no guarantees when it comes to actually finding animals, even here. Parks Canada is a good place to look for more information.
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