10 summer experiences in Waterton Lakes National Park
There’s something for everyone in Waterton Lakes National Park this summer! Here is inspiration for your next visit to the 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.
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 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.
Join our Parks Canada interpreters on guided walks, family programs and evening theatre shows. Our free interpretative programs run daily until August 30, 2019.
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.
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.
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.
The Akamina Parkway will close from September 9, 2019 to late 2019 for significant construction work.
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.
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.