Planning Your Day
If you only have:
...a couple of hours - We recommend you visit the Prince of Wales Hotel National Historic Site for the spectacular view of the Upper Waterton valley, then drive up the Red Rock Parkway to the canyon. If you have time, stretch your legs on the short loop around the upper canyon.
...half a day - We recommend you drive up the Red Rock Parkway to the canyon. On your way back towards the townsite, visit the Prince of Wales Hotel National Historic Site for the spectacular view of the Upper Waterton valley. Then take the 20 minute drive up the Akamina Parkway to Cameron Lake, where you can browse the interpretive exhibit and stroll around the lakeshore. This is a wonderful place for a picnic. If you don't bring food, you can stop in at the townsite for lunch before departing.
...a day - You can easily drive all the scenic parkways, but we recommend travelling the Red Rock Parkway early or late in the day. You will have ample time to walk one of the short trails at Cameron Lake and Red Rock Canyon. There is also an excellent vista of most of the park from the viewpoint on the Chief Mountain Highway. You should be able to do all this, plus take in the worthwhile 2-hour boat cruise on Upper Waterton Lake.