In the 1920’s, when the owners of Alberta’s new Prince of Wales Hotel ($) announced that it would offer unparalleled views of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the New York World bluntly declared the lodge’s true intention: to become “a haven for thirsty American travelers.” Yet long after Prohibition, the hotel maintains a certain (if rugged) allure from both sides of the border. With its sloped roof and interior beams of dark Douglas fir, it feels as at home in the park as the eagles that swoop over the bell tower. Afternoon tea service is now a main draw, but I prefer to take a dram of Canadian Club rye in the Windsor Lounge, where the whisky tastes as crisp and dry today as it did when it was forbidden.
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