While the Hikers Are Away, the Animals Will Play
The 2013 floods washed out sections of the Akamina Parkway in the park, leading to a summer-long road closure.
While this may have been frustrating for visitors, denying them access some of Waterton's best hiking trails, it was a boon for the park's wary wildlife.
The busier trails in the Cameron Valley, such as Rowe Lakes trail, get upwards of 700 visitors a day during the busy summer hiking season.
With such high traffic volumes, most animals steer clear. But when the road closure prevented humans from accessing the trail system, wildlife quickly took advantage of the easy travel routes.