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.
Canada Jetlines operates from Toronto Pearson International Airport to Calgary International Airport.
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!
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
September is that time of the year
when those fall colors start to bloom. Off season rates are also available!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Languages: English and French
Currency: Canadian Dollar
Airport: Calgary International Airport (YYC)