Bertha Lake Hike at Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

Waterton Lakes National Park, the Canadian side of Glacier, is often overlooked for its more famous counterpart. I knew nothing about it before we stopped for a weekend, and was pleasantly impressed with a few of its more notable features. If you’re in the area or going to Glacier anyway, I recommend checking it out and hiking to Bertha Lake. The hike itself is moderate and is easy to complete in 3 to 4 hours if you hurry. However, there’s a 2ish mile path around Bertha Lake that is, in my opinion, the coolest part of the hike. During summer, the lake is surrounded by fields of wildflowers, and is flanked by large peaks, many of which are reddish. Because of this, half the rocky beaches surrounding the lake are bright red, which is a phenomenon I haven’t seen anywhere else other than Santorini, Greece. There’s also cell service there and a campground for backpackers. And, like all hikes in Canadian parks, this one is dog-friendly. As an added bonus, there are 2 dog-friendly patios that serve beer and food within Waterton: Zum’s and The Taco Bar.

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Views from the hike to Bertha Lake and its waterfalls. Waterton recently had a huge forest fire.

 

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Views from the hike to Bertha Lake. Waterton recently had a massive forest fire.

 

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Wildflowers around Bertha Lake.

 

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A red beach surrounding Bertha Lake.

 

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Odin on a red beach in Bertha Lake.

About the author

Lauren is a 'digital nomad' (for lack of a less obnoxious term) who works, lives, and travels out of her truck camper with her partner, Patrick, and dog, Odin, the one-eyed Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. She started TravelSages in the summer of 2013, and has since founded a digital marketing consultancy, called LyteYear, and a sustainability brand, called RePrint. Before moving into her tiny mobile home, Lauren lived in Chicago for 6 years, pursued two graduate degrees, studied abroad at Oxford, worked for a summer in Hong Kong, and traveled to various countries in between. She has a mildly unhealthy love of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Netflix, and breweries with good New England IPAs.

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