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You are allowed to carry bear spray across the border as long as it's clearly labeled.

I bought my spray last summer at the general store in Babb. It's right on the main street thru the town. It's called Thronson's.

Fishercap lake is a very short hike. The trail starts at the far end of the lower (main) parking lot at the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn.

The Iceberg Lake trail starts at the upper parking area at Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. We didn't take the ranger-led hike as my daughter wanted to sleep an hour longer. We left 9:30 (the ranger-led hike leaves at 8"30) and we caught up to them after a while. They stop often. Partly for the slower people and partly because the ranger will give a lot of explanations.

On the way back the Iceberg Lake we saw a grizzly about 10 yards above us walking parallel to us. We took some quick pictures and stopped to let it go. Instead he came down onto our trail, walked a few yards, turned towards us and sat down to splash in a little stream and cool off. This lasted about 20 minutes until he got up and ran up the hill.

For the Grinnell Glacier hike going with the ranger is a good idea as the boat ride knocks off a couple of miles. This hike is shorter than Iceberg but quite a bit steeper. Tougher on old knees.

I also found Hidden lake a bit of an issue. A good part of the trail is on a boardwalk and there are a lot of stairs.

The hardest hike we did was in Waterton Lakes. Bear's Hump. Not that long but STEEP. A lot of high earth, rock and railway tie stairs.

The area with the cable on Highline wasn't a problem. That would usually freak me out. It's quite a bit wider than I thought it would be.

Also, I was quite surprised at how nice St Mary and Virginia Falls are.

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From Calgary airport you'll loop over and around the airport onto Rt 2 (Deerfoot Trail). This is the road that goes all the way down to the border and to Glacier NP.

To go to Waterton Lakes you'll probably veer onto Rt 6 at Fort MacLeod.

Just below the Calgary airport in the back of the Deerfoot Mall (you can't see it from the front. you have to drive around back) is a Walmart Supercenter. You can pick up all of you supplies there.

To get there you go down on Rt 2 (it's actually parallel to the airport so the exit is very soon) and get off at 64th Ave NE. The mall is on the Southeast corner.

The only things you really can't take across the border are citrus and raw meat. Pretty much anything else.

In fact, I didn't realize that my daughter had actually bought some citrus and the agent at the border just laughed and told her not to sell it.

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