The hotel was built back in 1926 and 1927 by the America’s Great Northern Railway to lure visitors up to Canada during the prohibition years. The hotel was named quite obviously for the Prince of Wales, later to become King Edward VIII. POW is the only hotel in the grand railway hotels of Canada to be built by an American railway company. It was designated a National Historic Site by Canada in 1995.
Though we cannot stay there, since it recently closed for the season, we nonetheless wanted to visit this beautiful area. Some comments from previous guests complain about having to use stairs to reach your room, that the upper rooms are too windy, and the guest rooms need an upgrade. For those of you who stay in national park lodges, you know this is a fairly standard response.
Room rates are rather high, with high tea running a ridiculous $30 per person. But the views are apparently the best of any national park lodge in the world! We shall see. The view is nothing short of breath-taking, Elaine!
Just down the road in Waterton Village is the pulse of the park. In fact, Waterton has a golf course, the Waterton Lakes Golf Course, a beautiful course, and one of Canada’s oldest. It was inspired and built by Stanley Thompson between 1929 to 1939. Cycling is a great way to see the area as well, with four main bike trails. The warning to cyclists center around strong winds and wild animals. Neither one is the cyclist’s friend!
Nearly 400,000 people visit Waterton each year. The center of activity revolves around the hiking trails. Horseback riding and boating are also options. Much will depend on the wind in particular, and the weather in general. Snow can fall in mid-September, to nobody’s surprise. In fact, it did snow here last week.
There is something about getting a decent meal so far from civilization. Sheri’s crab and avocado salad used fake crab. And my Saskatoon chicken was literally boiled, then covered with huckleberry preserves. Perhaps we are spoiled by dear friends, Megan and Kathleen down near Bigfork, Montana. They are both gourmet chefs, proving it can be done in any location!