Where in the world can you find a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an International Peace Park, and a Biosphere Reserve all rolled into one? At Waterton Lakes National Park, the only place on earth endowed with all three titles.
Tucked away in in the southwest corner of Alberta, Waterton lies 3 hours south of Calgary and 1.5 hours southwest of Lethbridge. The dramatic collision of prairies and mountains has forged a rich variety of landscapes. The grasslands, aspen groves, evergreen forests and alpine tundra are home to flora and fauna found nowhere else.
The smallest of our Rocky Mountain parks, Waterton is pleasantly free of crowds. Hit the trails and you’re likely to see more wildlife than people. Take in the remarkable view at the top of the Bear’s Hump. Soak up the sun on the beach of Upper Waterton Lake, or cruise across the water to another country! Hit the links at the golf course and when the sun sinks below the peaks, swap stories with new friends at the clubhouse restaurant.
UNESCO. Biosphere. Border. Peace. Here’s your insider Waterton Lakes National Park checklist!
Cruise across the deepest lake in the Canadian Rockies to Goat Haunt, Montana in the United States. The border between the two countries, the 49th parallel, is a line cut right through the forest.
The striking red and green hues and intriguing rock formations of the riverbed make Red Rock Canyon a photographer’s dream. Brave the clear, cold pools of the mountain stream on a hot day.
Want your name on the “glory board” of kickass hikers? Rise to the Triple Crown Challenge and complete three world class hikes in one summer – Akamina Ridge, Crypt Lake and the Alderson-Carthew Summit.
Wet and wild
Calling all water babies: hit the lakes and rivers for canoeing and kayaking, swimming, fishing and water skiing. There’s even a one-of-a-kind scuba site in Emerald Bay – go wave hello to Gertrude, a sunken paddle wheeler over 100 years old.
Parka in the park
Embrace the Rocky Mountain winter in Waterton and snowshoe or cross-country ski along the snowy trails. Tobogganing and skating on a frozen mountain lake are true Alberta traditions. Experience the thrill of ice climbing. Go camping in the winter for free!