Prepare to see the most picturesque views around in this special location where the open prairies meet looming distant mountains.
On the edge of the Rockies, but still in the Alberta prairies lies the stunning Waterton Lakes National Park. With breathtaking views that are postcard worthy, visitors will not be disappointed.
Stay in a Waterton Lakes National Park area accommodation and relax, or take part in the hiking, golfing, fishing, boating, cycling and skiing offered. Keep the camera ready to catch squirrels, marmots, deer, bears, bison, and thousands of waterfowl on film.
Scenic Road Trips
Activities & Attractions
Hiking, cycling, horseback riding, boat tours, fishing, wildlife sightseeing, bird watching, geocaching, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking the Triple Crown (3 mountains, one day), photography, mountain biking.
Waterton Lakes National Park
The Crypt Lake Trail, Upper Waterton Lake, Eiffel Lake, Red Rock Canyon, and Cameron Falls are all popular hiking trails and easily accessible in Waterton Lakes National Park.
Cycling Tour of the Town
One of the most popular activities involves pedal power on Waterton's unique Surrey bikes with two sets of pedals and steering wheels.
Located just inside the park boundary, off Highway 6 is the Bison Paddock Loop Road. During spring, summer and fall, direct descendants from the original herd of Great Plains bison live and graze in their natural habitat. After the fire of 2017, there are only a few Bison as many were relocated.
The Blakiston Fan (south of the Entrance Parkway, between Lower and Middle Waterton lakes) often hosts hundreds of elk, easily seen along the parkway. At the gate area or Lower Waterton viewpoint, you may see elk crossing the Waterton River or river otters swimming by.
Along the Akamina Parkway you might see moose, mule deer, red squirrels, snowshoe hares and marten. Watch for playful river otters at Cameron Lake.
Deer and bighorn sheep are common, especially in the community. A rare highlight would be sighting one of the park’s wild cats (cougar, bobcat or lynx).
The Red Rock Parkway is only accessible in winter by foot, snowshoes and skis, so head out and enjoy tranquil vistas while keeping your eye out for wildlife.