Why wait until summer to visit Waterton Lakes National Park? Consider visiting in spring, with less crowding and lots to see and do.

Here is our list of top 10 things to do in the park this spring.

Get moving in the valley bottom

Riding the Kootenai Brown Trail is a great way to explore Waterton Lakes National Park

Bike, walk or run along the paved Kootenai Brown trail and enjoy the scenic vistas and unique plants and animals that call this place home. You might even take the short path down to the shoreline of Lower Waterton Lake, past the historical resting place of John George “Kootenai” Brown, the first settler in the area and the first park official.

Look for wildflowers along Red Rock Parkway

South-facing slopes and open meadows in the valley bottoms offer great spots to view early-flowering plants

Take a jaunt along the Red Rock Parkway, either by foot or bike, and try to spot the early-spring blooms of prairie crocus and glacier lilies. Be sure to bring a camera!

Visit the International Peace Park Plaza

The Peace Park Plaza offers spectacular views of Upper Waterton Lake

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. Learn more about the world’s first international peace park at the marina exhibit in the townsite. While you’re there, take a walking tour of the townsite on the path along the shore to Cameron Bay and then up Evergreen Avenue to Cameron Falls. Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the benches and sheltered tables along the path.

Watch for migratory birds at the Maskinonge

The Maskinonge is a great place to relax by the water

Take a peek through your binoculars into the wetlands on a search for migrating birds. From the tiniest wrens to the hugest sandhill cranes, you are sure to have a spectacular sighting. Birds are the ultimate tourists in Waterton Lakes National Park!

Stroll around Linnet Lake and look for signs of spring growth

The Linnet Lake Loop is a short stroll on a paved path

Take a leisurely walk around Linnet Lake. Listen for bird calls, look for signs of spring blooms, animals, and new plant growth following the Kenow Wildfire.

Take part in a spring volunteer event

Learn something new and make a difference by volunteering

Connect with us by participating in a spring volunteer event. Help control invasive plant species, count wildflowers or birds, or exercise your green thumb in the native plant garden.

Take in the scenic views along the Chief Mountain Highway

The Chief Mountain Highway provides scenic views of the Waterton Valley

Stop at the Chief Mountain Overlook and experience the full panorama of ‘the mountains meeting the prairie’. Spring is prime wildlife watching season so keep your eye out for birds, ducks, deer and bears. While viewing these animals, it is important to remain respectful and mindful of your safety and theirs.

Have a picnic at Pass Creek

There are several great locations to choose from to enjoy a picnic in Waterton

As you enter the park, stop by Pass Creek picnic site for a sheltered lunch stop. Fire pit and tranquil creek view included.

Enjoy an early-season hike to Bertha Falls

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

Enjoy a spring hike on the Bertha trail to Bertha Falls. Take in the spectacular views of Upper Waterton Lake and Mount Richards before reaching the falls.

Visit Waterton’s shops, cafes and restaurants

The vibrant community of Waterton

The flowers are opening and so are the shops and restaurants in the Waterton townsite. Grab a bite, indulge your sweet tooth, update your wardrobe or explore your artistic side. Take a wander through town and see what catches your eye … or your stomach!