"Just having time to be there together, without distractions, that's what matters."
"The staff was great, the food good and we were all happy," she remembers. "We all had no worries. There were no kids to clean up after. We could all just relax."
After dinner, they relaxed in the lounge and listened to the hotel's storyteller share tales of old cowboys and infamous ghosts. The hotel is indeed rich in characters, after all!
But it was when the full moon came up over the mountain and reflected on the surface of Upper Waterton Lake that the getaway really touched Judy. She says it shone in straight through the lounge's giant windows. Later, she went out on to the Prince of Wales' famous fire escapes to see it unfiltered. "I wanted to get every moment out of it," she says.
"Just having time to be there together, without distractions, that's what matters," she says. "It was about being together. We were in no hurry."
Judy says she was looking for a place that would appeal to each person in her group—it needed cross-generational appeal. She had a senior with some mobility issues who needed to feel comfortable and safe, and not have to travel too far from her home in Calgary. Judy, in the "middle generation", wanted some options for activities, shopping and exploring. And as a supporter of national parks, she's always been drawn to protected places. And for the young mothers, a chance to get away and relax was key.
"As a little town with a beautiful hotel that's not too far away, Waterton was excellent," she says.
They went in early season and mid-week, offering more availability for guest room options.
In the end, the trip to Waterton was just one-night away from their lives. But it was an experience they will all cherish forever.
Post-script: Amy began feeling pre-labour symptoms on the drive back to Calgary from Waterton, and Judy's grandson was born three weeks later! Judy says there were actually four generations on the trip!