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When we started planning the Glacier National Park portion of our road trip, I kept reading about this little place called Polebridge Mercantile that sold delicious huckleberry bear claws that were made right on-site, along with bread, rolls, and other pastries. I read social media posts, articles, and reviews. Mentions of Polebridge Mercantile popped up everywhere, and people were raving. What made this place so great? I was curious enough to investigate.
Getting to Polebridge Mercantile
During the previous day, we made the trek along Going-to-the-Sun road from the east side of the park. To read about that adventure, click here. After our gorgeous drive, we checked in at the KOA in West Glacier for the night. The next morning, we were ready to explore the west side of Glacier National Park. But first, we set out to sample some huckleberry bear claws.
The map says the drive was about an hour, but I don’t remember it taking that long. I suppose it must have, though.
The drive is along a dirt road, and that seems to concern some people, but we’re from Missouri, so we weren’t bothered. Just take it nice and easy; no need to speed or drive like a crazy person. Apparently, there is another route, and that road may be rougher, but the one we took wasn’t too bad.
Arriving at the Mercantile
When you finally turn down the lane to enter Polebridge, you’ll see the recognizable red store at the end of the road. By the time we arrived that morning, the place was already buzzing. There were people around, but it wasn’t uncomfortably busy.
Besides the mercantile, you’ll find some additional eating and drinking establishments along with some fruit stands. The food and drink places seem like they’re more for a later time of day.
After we parked the car, we headed straight for the mercantile in search of the famous bear claw. Then endless possibilities of baked goods are almost overwhelming.
The bear claws are near the register.
Here’s a side view.
Oh goodness! These are delicious! After one bite, I knew what all the hoopla was about. Yum!
I also bought a sandwich for later. Also yummy!
The mercantile also has other items for sale, just like any good mercantile would.
Exploring the Polebridge Mercantile Area
Besides the mercantile, there are some other eating and drinking establishments in the area. These probably get swinging later in the day. It’s still fun to explore.
You can also buy berries at the fruit stand. While we were there, we heard someone talking about going to pick huckleberries that afternoon.
Polebridge is just a nice area to relax and enjoy your refreshments, including bear claws.
Many people online seem to ask if Polebridge Mercantile is worth the stop. For my family, the answer is definitely, YES! The goodies were good, but it was fun to drive out to a little place just south of the Canadian border and see what life could be like in a small Montana village in the summer. If you’re on the fence about visiting Polebridge while you’re visiting Glacier National Park, I’d suggest giving it a try.
Other adventures on this road trip: