“Take a Peak at This, eh?” – Frank

Tucked away in the southwest corner of Alberta, Waterton Lakes National Park is one of the most unique mountain parks on Earth. Known for its humbling hiking trails, crystal clear blue waters and sweeping views of the Rockies, Waterton possesses exceptional natural beauty. 

Just three hours away from the city of Calgary, Waterton is a charming town that is home to just around 100 people, making it a small yet mighty attraction in the Rockies. This is the only spot where you will find a UNESCO World Heritage site. With its exceptional diversity of flora and fauna, this quaint waterfront town packs a powerful punch. 

Airport Information

Canada Jetlines operates from Toronto Pearson International Airport to Calgary International Airport.

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The Best of Three

Waterton is the only national park to have three designations – it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an International Peace Park, and a Biosphere Reserve!

How to Get Around

Well-maintained highways make this destination easily accessible by car. If you need a lift, the Tamarack offers shuttle service to hiker around the park

When to Visit

When to Visit

September is that time of the year when those fall colors start to bloom. Off season rates are also available!

Top Things to Do

Top Things to Do

Check out all that Waterton has to offer here

Emerald Bay

Dip your toes in and bask in the sun at Emerald Bay. This is a great spot for those who love being on, in or near the water. Explore the wreckage of a sunken logging boat known as the Gertrude. 

Waterton-Glacier International Dark Sky Park

Given their relative isolation, the Glacier National Park is home to some of the darkest night skies. Gaze at the stars, observe the moon and try your hand at night photography at this location. Bring hot chocolate!

Akamina Parkway

Drive down this winding mountain road along Cameron Valley. The 16 km.9.9 mile trip stops at Cameron Lake, an alpine lake sheltered at the rear of the valley. Explore trailheads or spend the day swimming, fishing at one the picnic spots at Cameron Lake. 

Bison Paddock Loop

Located on the park’s north boundary, this scenic meadow provides an opportunity to view bison in their natural, grassland habitat. It is known to be the only national park that conserves rough fescue – nutritional grass for plains bison. 

Red Chairs

There are over 200 red Adirondack chairs placed at beautiful locations across Canada, including four sets here at Waterton Lakes. Enjoy the view after an arduous hike or a leisurely stroll. Find them in these locations – Middle Lake boat launch, Marina Point, Lakeshore Trail, and Cameron Creek.

Wildflower Wonderland

Nicknamed “Wildflower Capital of Canada,” this ecological wonder boasts a high number of rare plant species – over 175 are provincially rare, and twenty are found only in Waterton. Bring out your inner flower child by exploring these lively pops of color – from glacier lilies to beargrass. 

What to Know

What to Know

Languages: English and French

Currency: Canadian Dollar

Airport: Calgary International Airport (YYC)


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