Ways to enhance your Waterton experience
Here are some tips and ideas to help you make the most of your visit to Waterton Lakes National Park in 2018.
Drive to the Bison Paddock overlook, walk up to the viewing area and be captivated by the vista of the rough fescue prairies, Waterton valley and mountains. See how the Kenow Wildfire has changed the landscape.
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.
Parks Canada will host a number of special events and festivals in Waterton Lakes National Park this summer. Check out our events schedule for 2018.
Join the Parks Canada interpreters for a variety of guided hikes, fun family activities and drop-in theatre programs. Our interpretive programs run daily throughout July and August.
The park offers some excellent opportunities for canoeing and kayaking. Try kayaking on Lower Waterton Lake or Maskinonge on a hot, calm summer day. Remember to self-inspect your boat.
Drive the Chief Mountain Highway from the prairie, through the aspen forest to the overlook to witness the contrasts and diversity that make this place so special.
Enjoy a picnic and do some sightseeing at the Maskinonge - Waterton's largest and most noticeable wetlands area. Spot as many plants, birds and animals as you can. You may be lucky enough to hear the booming call of the Sand Hill Crane, or witness an osprey fishing!
Stay on the beaten path and explore the vibrant community of Waterton - there's lots going on! It offers a variety of services, accommodations, dining opportunities, shops and attractions.
Cycling offers a special way to experience Waterton Lakes National Park. Ride 6.9 kilometres of paved trail that spans from the Entrance Gate to Linnet Lake. The Kootenai Brown Trail, named after the first park official, features breathtaking landscapes and a variety of rest spots along the way.
Let nature design your dining space. Sit in the quiet shade of a cottonwood tree at Linnet Lake picnic area, or enjoy the tranquility of the Maskinonge day-use area.
Get up close and personal with Waterton Lakes National Park by volunteering. We have lots of volunteer events, like the Knapweed Rodeo. Help us wrangle this Waterton weed!
Visitors can enjoy the Peace Park Plaza's new pathways, exhibits and interpretive nodes and take in the scenery of Upper Waterton Lake from the Red Chairs. The Peace Park Plaza celebrates Waterton Lakes and Glacier national parks' designation as the world's first international peace park.