10 summer experiences in Waterton Lakes National Park
Here is some inspiration for your visit to the park in the summer.
Home to a string of pristine mountain lakes, Waterton Lakes National Park is a paradise for anyone who enjoys being on, in, or near the water. Cool off (literally - the average temperature of the park’s waters is normally well below 15°C) with a swim, canoe ride, paddleboard, or relax in the sun at Emerald Bay. Before dipping your toes in, check the water temperature, make sure to clean, drain, dry and have your watercraft and equipment inspected before use.
Ensuring that you have the proper safety equipment and are familiar with your chosen activity is the best way to stay safe on the water.
Experience the night sky in the Waterton-Glacier International Dark Sky Park. Bring hot chocolate and a blanket to the Bison Paddock Lookout and spend the evening star gazing, identifying constellations or experimenting with night photography. See if you can find the Milky Way Galaxy!
Hike Lineham falls trail and view the stunning 250-metre high waterfall, and take in the pristine views of Mount Lineham and Mount Blakiston, the highest peak in the park.
This trail passes through burned and unburned terrain. Experience the effects of the 2017 Kenow Wildfire on the landscape and discover ecological renewal firsthand.
This scenic drive is one of the most popular areas in the park as there are many day use areas along the parkway. Stop to discover Western Canada’s first oil well, or explore Cameron Lake. Day use areas and trailhead parking lots fill up quickly on weekends and holidays, so plan to arrive early in the morning or later in the afternoon.
Stop in at the new visitor centre! It is a perfect place to take a photo with Parka, find help choosing a trail and learn more about the park. Attend an interpretive program to learn more about the programs Parks Canada is involved in to preserve this incredible place. Stroll over today to start your adventure.
The Peace Park Plaza celebrates Waterton Lakes and Glacier national parks' designation as the world's first International Peace Park. The world heritage site represents peace and goodwill between nations, and promotes the cooperation required to protect the wildlife and nature that are larger than the parks. Enjoy the monuments, interpretive experiences, and take in the scenery of Upper Waterton Lake from the Red Chairs.
This short, scenic route passes through fescue grasslands inside the park's summer paddock. This loop allows you to view bison in their natural grassland habitat as they roam freely in the enclosure.
For your safety, you must remain in your vehicle. Note that bicycles and motorcycles are not permitted.
Are you an early riser? Head to Maskinonge Lake to watch the sunrise. And bring your binoculars! Over 250 species of birds have been identified in Waterton Lakes National Park and they like to camp out in the wetlands of Maskinonge Lake.
By far the most popular hike in Waterton Lakes National Park. The 2.8 km return trip hike brings you to a bluff partway up Crandell Mountain, offering breathtaking views of the community, Upper Waterton Lake and grassland areas of the park’s eastern boundary. Bring lots of water for this hike, as there is little tree cover on the developed pathway.
See where the mountains meet the prairies. Unwind and watch a magical summer sunset fall beneath the mountains from Waterton Valley viewpoint on the Chief Mountain Highway. This point offers picture perfect views of the Waterton valley, Blakiston valley, Vimy Peak and the adjacent prairies.