This is a hike that I wanted to do for a while. Rated as ‘Premier’ in the hiker’s bible – Don’t Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies – my expectations were great. It all started with a $17 boat ‘tour’, which consisted of a 10 minute ferry across Waterton Lake. The two highlights, crawling through a 20 metre cave, and an airy ledge replete with bolted chain, fell somewhat short of their descriptions. Crypt Lake is in a tightly bound cirque, so the views consist of high mountains all above you, but it’s nothing new. Perhaps I was soured by the rain which began as soon as we reached the lake, and did not subside until we reached the boat launch again. I do look back on this trip fondly since it was shared with friends.