Waterton and Glacier in a Snap!: Fast Facts and Titillating Trivia


240 pages
Contains Photos, Illustrations, Maps, Bibliography, Index
ISBN 1-894765-56-7
DDC 971.1'68




Reviewed by William A. Waiser

William A. Waiser is a professor of history at the University of
Saskatchewan. He is the author of Saskatchewan’s Playground and Park
Prisoners.  His book, Loyal Till Death: Indians and the North-West
Rebellion, was nominated for a 1997 Governor Genera


A lesser known Alberta national park—after Banff and Jasper—is
Waterton Lakes (established in 1910) in the southwest corner of the
province along the Canada–U.S. border. The park is unique in that it
is nestled up against Glacier National Park across the border in
neighbouring Montana. Together, they form the world’s first
international peace park.

Waterton and Glacier in a Snap! is an eclectic collection of amusing
anecdotes, amazing facts, and other oddball features about the two
parks. There are stories about the development of the parks and the
people who have lived and worked there, stories about famous
personalities who have visited the region, and of course, stories about
animal encounters. The material is loosely organized into chapters, but
given the nature of the book, the reader can easily delve into it here
or there without worrying about missing the thread of the story. And
that’s because there is really no overarching story—the book is more
like a tabloid collection along the lines of the old “Ripley’s
Believe It or Not.” It’s ideal summer reading, especially for
parents with kids who are visiting the parks.


Djuff, Ray, and Chris Morrison., “Waterton and Glacier in a Snap!: Fast Facts and Titillating Trivia,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 22, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/16613.