The Belton Chalet is optimally situated at the West entrance to Glacier National Park. It's just a quarter mile to the park gate, and two miles to the Apgar Village and Visitor Center. Apgar Village sits at the foot of Lake McDonald, a ten mile long crystal clear lake perfect for lake activities like boating, fishing, and swimming. It's just a short walk to the Old Bridge over the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, the original entrance to the park. You'll see whitewater rafters floating under the bridge, and people fishing and swimming. Order a Box Lunch from the Belton Chalet to fuel your full day adventure!
Glacier Park Boat Company rents motor boats, rowboats, kayaks and canoes at both ends of Lake McDonald (Apgar and Lake McDonald Lodge). From Apgar, pick up a boxed lunch from the Belton Chalet, hop in a canoe and find a picnic spot along the 20 miles of shoreline.
Professionally guided trail rides are available both inside and outside the park with Swan Mountain Outfitters. These historic trail rides are on mountainous forested trails, and offer views of forest and mountain peaks. More information is available at the Belton front desk in the Lodge lobby.
You have a choice of rafting adventures on the Middle Fork and North Fork of the Flathead river. These rivers form the southwestern and western boundaries of Glacier National Park and offer a unique view of the park. Four raft companies in the West Glacier area offer half day, full day, and multi-day trips.
Neither license nor permit is required to fish inside the boundaries of Glacier National Park, but you will need a current copy of park fishing regulations from the Visitor Center in Apgar. For Guided Fishing outside the boundaries of Glacier on the Middle Fork, North Fork South Fork and lower Flathead River, check out Lakestream Outfitters or any raft company in the area. Visit the Glacier Outdoor Center on Highway 2 in West Glacier to get outfitted with fishing gear and get the current local fishing report.
Soak up the essence of Glacier National Park on a guided hike. Whether a day hike or a multi-day backpacking trip, you can take in the scenery and concentrate on the trail and let your guide service make shuttle, meal and tenting arrangements. The best way to learn the most about our flora and fauna is to go with a guide!
A favorite route for bicyclists is National Historic Landmark – Going to the Sun Road. Pedal from West Glacier to Logan Pass or all the way to St. Mary during biker friendly hours in the summer season. For more details, call Glacier National Park: 406.888.7800. Coming Soon in 2016 A safe, separated pedestrian and bicyclist path from West Glacier all the way to Hungry Horse! Looking to rent bikes? Check out:
See the engineering feat that was built from 1948-53 on the South fork of the Flathead River, located about 12 miles south of West Glacier. You can request a self guided tour into the dam.
Head into Whitefish and tour Whitefish Mountain Resort at Big Mountain. Take a gondola ride to the summit and cruise down the trails on a mountain bike or on foot, or try out the amazing Zip-Lines, Walk in the Treetops, Alpine Slide and Aerial Adventure Park, all the while surrounded by views of Flathead Lake, the Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park. Go back through Whitefish and visit the Great Northern Brewery tasting room for free samples. Whitefish has many great restaurants and eclectic shops to browse through.
A short 7 mile drive south of the Belton Chalet brings you to the red Whisky Barn in Coram, Montana. Glacier Distilling Company opened in January 2010 and offers several spirits to taste, cocktails to enjoy, and tours of their facility.
Some of the great entertainment parks of the past have survived here in Northwestern Montana. Take a break from nature and bring the kids to one of these great oldies:
The Amazing Fun Center:Giant Maze, bumper boats, go-karts, and mini-golf
The House of Mystery and Vortex:A great gift shop with a fun tour through a vortex forest and fun house