The Beauty Of Waterton Lakes National Park Will Blow Your Mind!

Waterton Lakes National Park is located in the southwest corner of Alberta, Canada.  It borders Glacier National Park in Montana, United States. Waterton Lakes National Park is part of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, which was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1995 for their distinctive climate, physiographic setting, mountain-prairie interface, and tri-ocean hydrographical divide. Within the park, there are areas of significant scenic values with abundant, impressive and diverse flora and fauna.

The beauty of Waterton Lakes National Park is sure to blow your mind. It instantly became one of my most favorite places on earth. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking, the residents were friendly and we loved the relaxed atmosphere.

The drives out to Cameron Lake and Red Rock Parkways were both closed to vehicles from the damage caused by the wildfire that happened at the end of last summer. Even though we were bummed that we would not be able to do those drives where wildlife was said to be abundant, we sure did not have any trouble finding some great wildlife – deer, a moose with her calf, and plenty of bears! If we had another day I would have loved to go on a hike. Even though you couldn’t access those parts of the park by vehicle, you could still go on foot. A great reason to make it back!

Camping at Waterton Lakes National Park was also beautiful. There was quite a bit of light from the washrooms that were nearby us (bonus with having three kids under five at the time!), but the night sky still lit up enough to blow our minds. I’m fascinated by the sky and what is beyond our planet; I could have gazed up at the sky all night.

It sure was impressive to see a Mama bear and her cubs playing in the wildflowers, a moose with her calf in the swamp and the more common sightings such a deer we find just as exciting. What is it about wildlife that leaves us so in awe? We were hoping to see a bull Moose to get a look at those massive antlers, but the bull eluded us. One day!

50 photos that really showcase the beauty, wonder, and fun:

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The beauty was unreal
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How stunning is this !?!
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The mountain views were absolutely spectacular.
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The path to beauty – A view walking from the parking lot of the iconic Prince of Wales hotel.
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Such a cute town to wander – so many wonderful boutique shops and restaurants.
Beaver Tail
If you haven’t tried a Beaver Tail, you should! So yum! We discovered these in Waterton.
Girls enjoying some ice cream cones
Best way to cool down on a hot day
Little boy enjoying some ice cream
Even Jacob likes to dig in. The messier the face, the tastier it was. Right ?!?
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Pure relaxation – this was such a peaceful spot to enjoy the sounds of nature.
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I can’t get over the beauty!
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I take a picture like this every year – it is so fun to watch them grow.
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This year my yearly traditional photo also grew by one now that Jacob is old enough to sit so he is visible for it.
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Loved the wildflowers everywhere we turned

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Waterton Lakes National Park - Snake Skin
Snake skin – You can hear them through the tall grass. Always stay on established trails where you can see what you are walking on.
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Drive, walk, or bike — breathtaking!

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The most perfect view — blew my mind!
Waterton Lakes National Park - Prince Of Wales Hotel
Prince of Wales Hotel — Built in 1927, this historical hotel sits high on a bluff overlooking the Waterton Village. You can even have high tea at the hotel — not something you’d think of when considering a National Park!
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Not even a fence can hide the beauty
Waterton Lakes National Park - Bear
We had so many amazing bear sightings. A Mama and her cubs, some lone bears, bears wandering through wildflowers. I had not seen a bear in the wild before, so this was SO exciting!
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The Cubs sure seemed mischievous and playful! It was great fun to watch them!
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Time for a snack

Waterton Lakes National Park - Bear

Waterton Lakes National Park - Bear
There were plenty of Rangers around to remind everyone viewing the bears to keep the radios off in their cars. They do not want the bears to get used to the noise and become comfortable with it.
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Playing in the wildflowers
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This one had quite the personality!
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What a sight to see!

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Taking some time to relax
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Just wandering the campsite
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Couldn’t get enough of this cuteness!
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Those spots! How cute! You’ll find these cuties wandering around town.
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Mama and babe
Waterton Lakes National Park - Moose
We spotted a Mama and this babe enjoying some water — it was such a sweet sight! We were hoping to see a bull Moose to see the massive antlers, but we will take this precious sight too! This was one of our favorite sightings.
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Columbian Ground Squirrel
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You have to love the cute and effective signage. Keep your distance from the deer and you’ll be fine.
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Peaceful end to the day – a lovely spot a short walk from the campsite to watch the sunset.
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The water was completely clear and the rocks were so colorful!
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So peaceful

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Waterton Lakes National Park - Camping
This was great spot to camp under the stars
Waterton Lakes National Park - night sky
How dreamy is that sky? I could have stargazed all night.
Waterton Lakes National Park - Night sky
The stargazing was incredible, even from the campsite. The most popular places for stargazing in the park are the Bison Paddock Overlook, Cameron Bay and Red Rock Parkway.

Thinking About A Visit To Waterton Lakes National Park?

You’ll want to plan your visit according to what you want to see. Summer is the most popular time to visit the park, making it the most busy time. If you’re in search of wildflowers, visit in Spring. Fall is the best time for wildlife viewing. You can also have some epic snowshoeing and ski adventures during the winter months, when the park is covered in a blanket of snow.

How To Get There

By Air

The two closest international airports are Calgary International, a three hour drive away from Waterton, or Kalispell, Montana which is 3.5 hours away. The closest regional airport is Lethbridge County Airpot, a 1.5 hours drive away from Waterton.

By Car 

From Calgary

The Fastest Route
Take highway south 2 to Fort MacLeod. From Fort MacLeod, go West on Highway 3. Head south through Pincher Creek on Highway 6.

The Scenic Route
Take highway 2 south and go West on highway 7. Take highway 7 to Black Diamond and head south on highway 22. Head east on highway 3 until Pincher Creek and go south on highway 6 for 56 km.

Coming from Glacier National Park

From Kalispell

Take highway 2 through Flathead National Forest to East Glacier Village. Head North on Highway 49 to highway 89. Take highway 89 to Carway border. From the Carway border, head north on Alberta highway 2 to Cardston. Head West on highway 5 to Waterton.

Daily Admission Fees

Adult – Person 18 to 64 years of age – $10
Senior – Person 65 years of age or over – $8.40
Youth – Person 6 to 17 years of age – Free
Family/Group – Up to seven people arriving in a single vehicle in a national park- $20
Commercial Group – Per person – $6.90

Some Parks Canada fees will be changing beginning in January 2023.

 

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Last updated February 2021.