There’s something for everyone in Waterton Lakes National Park this summer! Here is inspiration for your next visit to the park.

Get out on the water

Paddleboarding is becoming increasingly popular in Waterton Lakes National Park

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, paddle a canoe or 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 self-permit your watercraft and equipment.

Gaze at the stars

Waterton Lakes National Park is a great place for astronomy lovers

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 Bertha trail

See how the Kenow Wildfire has changed the landscape on the Bertha trail

Hike the Bertha Falls / Bertha Lake trail and experience the effects of the 2017 Kenow Wildfire on the landscape. Discover the processes of ecological renewal and change.

Explore free programming

Our team of Parks Canada interpreters will provide a variety of entertaining and educational programs this summer

Join our Parks Canada interpreters on guided walks, family programs and evening theatre shows.

Have a campfire at Pass Creek Day Use Area

Pass Creek is a popular day use area on Blakiston Creek next to the Entrance Road

End your day with hot dogs and s’mores around a campfire at Pass Creek. Dip your toes in Blakiston Creek and share stories with family and friends around a crackling fire.

Explore Waterton townsite

The vibrant community of Waterton

Stay on the beaten path and explore the community of Waterton. Wander along the streets, grab a bite to eat, find that perfect gift or simply spend time with family and friends. Tour the Peace Park Plaza or visit Cameron Falls.

Bike the parkways

Red Rock Parkway is open to motor vehicle traffic and cycling

Grab your bike or rent an e-bike in the Waterton townsite and ride the Akamina and Red Rock parkways. While the bike trips themselves are exhilarating, be sure to visit Cameron Lake at the end of the Akamina Parkway, or Red Rock Canyon and Blakiston Falls at the end of Red Rock Parkway. Great hiking is accessible from the parkways, including the scenic Bellevue Trail off Red Rock Parkway, or the remote beauty of the Lineham Falls trail off Akamina Parkway.

Akamina Parkway is closed for construction. An Area Closure is in effect. This closure is expected to continue into late 2020

Take a sunset stroll around Prince of Wales hill

The Prince of Wales Hotel is the park's most recognized landmark

Enjoy a short stroll on a warm summer’s eve around the historic Prince of Wales hotel. Experience the breathtaking views of Upper and Middle Waterton lakes against the backdrop of a beautiful sunset.


Learn something new and make a difference by volunteering

Thousands of people every year are mesmerized by Waterton Lakes National Park’s abundant wildlife and amazing landscape. For those who want a richer perspective, the park offers a range of volunteer activities and events.

See the park from horseback

Horseback riding through Waterton's stunning landscape is a rewarding experience and an important part of the park's history

Horseback riding is a traditional way to explore Waterton Lakes National Park. Take a guided horseback tour or find more information on self-guided trail riding.