By Plane: The nearest commercial airports are in Great Falls and Kalispell, Montana, USA. The closest international airport is Calgary, Alberta, Canada. You will need to rent a car, and drive another 2.5 or 3 hours to get to St. Mary from each of these three locations.
By Car: Take I-15 or U.S. Highway 89 to arrive from the south, or U.S. Highway 2, then Highway 89 to St Mary to arrive from the east or west. If you are driving in from the north, you will be taking Highway 2 in southern Alberta, Canada.
By RV: If you are coming from the south, east or west on Highway 2, we recommend you take Highway 464 north out of Browning. When it intersects with Highway 89, turn south and go 7 miles to St Mary. We are on the left. This is a much easier route than Highway 89.
By Train: Amtrak passenger service has a daily stop in East Glacier Park, Montana. There are several car rental businesses there to provide you with transportation to drive the additional 40 miles to St. Mary.
How St. Mary Got Its Name
One of the many stories about how St. Mary got its name, is Father DeSmet, a Catholic priest, was caught in a heavy fog coming off of Divide Mountain on the old Beaverslide trail. When the fog cleared, the first thing he saw was the face of St. Mary. He was able to use this as a landmark to help guide himself down to St. Mary Lake. The face of St. Mary appears in the rocks of Single Shot Mountain, which is the high mountain directly in front, across from us. The face can be better recognized when looking back at the mountain from about four miles north of St. Mary.
St. Mary is located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, which is approximately 1.5 million acres in size and is home to about 8,000 Blackfeet. The name Blackfeet, according to legend, was given to them because their moccasins were blackened from prairie fires. The Blackfeet or Piegans (Pi-kun-i) live here in Northern Montana. The Indian reserve to the north in Canada is the home of the Blood Indians (Kai-nah). If you are in the area during July, plan on attending the North American Indian Days Celebration. This celebration is held in Browning the second week in July and brings together Indians from many tribes throughout the U.S. and Canada. Native dances, a parade and a rodeo are just a few of the events in this four-day celebration
Answers to the most frequently asked questions:
No: The wind has never blown like this before.
Yes: The Johnsons live here year round. We usually open in late May and close in late September. The bathrooms are in the lower dining room, down the stairs to the left.
No: There is no hunting here, except for tribal members.
Yes: You can fish on the reservation, you must have a tribal fishing license.
No: We don't serve alcohol nor do we allow you to bring in your own.
Yes: We do have facilities available for large groups, either in the cafe or in the campground. Please call for details.
Yes: Most of the antiques in our Cafe belonged to our family. Over the years, tho, people have also given us some of the items.
We are located at the eastern entrance to Glacier National Park in St Mary. Glacier has about 40 glaciers. Going to the Sun Road, a 50-mile drive, crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, and offers the most spectacular mountain scenery imaginable. Much of the park is accessible by car. Glacier has nearly a thousand miles of trails for hiking.
For more information on Glacier National Park, please visit their website at