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WATERTON LAKES? DIVE IN.

In southern Alberta, near the US border, Waterton Lakes National Park is a unique beauty spot where the Rocky Mountains meet the prairies. Historically, this place has been overlooked in favour of Alberta’s world-famous national parks, Banff and Jasper – but not anymore. A holiday to Waterton Lakes National Park allows you to discover jaw-dropping scenery, made up of mirror-like lakes, rushing waterfalls and soaring peaks.

As the name suggests, the park is known for its chain of stunning lakes, including the Upper, Middle and Lower Waterton Lakes. It’s an outdoor paradise, featuring glacial rivers, dense forests and wildflower meadows – so it’s no surprise that Waterton Lakes National Park holidays serve up all sorts of activities.

You can hike or cycle along dozens of trails, go paddle-boarding across the tranquil waters of Emerald Bay, or enjoy a guided tour on horseback. Dive down to a shipwreck, or go windsurfing. Look through your binoculars in search of migrating birds, and keep your eyes peeled for elk, moose and bears. And, after dark, you’ll be able to marvel at the most incredible star-studded sky.

Whether you’re drawn to the wildlife or the impressive landscapes, a trip to Waterton Lakes National Park will leave you spellbound. And why stop there? You could extend your trip with some more time in Alberta, ticking off Banff, Jasper and Calgary. Alternatively, drive south and cross the border into the USA, where you can explore Montana’s Glacier National Park. However you want to holiday, our Travel Specialists will help you create the perfect itinerary, with every detail tailored to you.

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Best time to go

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This place has dozens of lakes and rivers, so it’s only right that you visit some during your holiday to Waterton Lakes National Park. You could go for a stroll or kayak around one of the three Waterton Lakes, or admire the dramatic scenery of Cameron Lake. Surrounded by breath-taking mountains, this alpine spot is very popular in summer – so it’s best to go as early as possible for a peaceful experience.

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Red Rock Canyon is another must-see. Cutting between the Rockies and the prairies, this rust-coloured gorge is unique. Glacial waters run through the canyon, meandering around the rock and creating pretty pools. There are a number of hikes in the area and, depending on the season, you might see beavers building their dams.

Want to simply sit down and admire the view? Search for the red chairs. There are four sets of red Adirondack chairs dotted across the park’s most picturesque places. Some are easy to access, while others require a little more adventure. You’ll find them around Cameron Creek, the Lakeshore Trail, Marina Point and Middle Waterton Lake.

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Activities at Waterton Lakes

There are nearly 200 miles’ worth of hiking trails in the park, ranging from gentle strolls to intense treks. Many of them are open to cyclists and horseback riders, too, so you can explore however you wish. Short and steep, Bears Hump trail is one of our favourites. From the top, you’ll have staggering views of Waterton Valley and the Waterton Lakes. Elsewhere, the relatively flat Bellevue Trail is ideal for wildflower enthusiasts.

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If you’re keen to get out on the water during your Waterton Lakes National Park holiday, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The calm surface of Emerald Bay – a picnic area by Upper Waterton Lake – is ideal for swimming, kayaking and paddle-boarding, and you can even dive down to the shipwreck of a paddle steamer. Middle Waterton Lake, meanwhile, is best for windsurfing.

And your day doesn’t need to end when the sun sets. Thanks to its lack of light pollution, Waterton Lakes offers brilliant star-gazing opportunities. As well as thousands of stars, you’ll be able to see the swirling Milky Way and distant planets.

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Waterton Lakes’ wildlife

Waterton Lakes National Park holidays are perfect for wildlife-lovers, as this place is home to all sorts of mammals. You’re likely to spot elk and deer in the lower grasslands, while bighorn sheep tend to be spotted along the mountain trails. If you’re really lucky, you might also see rarer creatures like moose and black bears.

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Twitchers will be in their element, too, as the park plays host to more than 250 species of birds. You’ll see – and hear – small songbirds like American dippers, grey jays and mountain chickadees, as well as ospreys and golden eagles. Autumn is the best time for bird-watching, as huge flocks of ducks, geese and swans migrate through the park. This is also a great time to see bald eagles – just remember to pack your binoculars.

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Best time to visit Waterton Lakes

Generally, June to September is the best time for a holiday Waterton Lakes National Park. In late spring and early summer, you’ll be able to see wildflowers in the lower meadows, while the higher grasslands will be in full bloom in the height of summer. You’ll have pleasant weather for outdoor activities at this time of year, too, when temperatures tend to hover in the high teens. But the mercury can soar as high as 30°C in July and August, which are also the busiest months.

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In you’re eager to see lots of wildlife, consider planning your trip for spring. You’ll be able to spot fawns, lambs, migratory birds, and possibly even bear cubs. Autumn is also a good time to go, as the sparse foliage makes the animals easier to see.

November to February is the best time for snowsports enthusiasts. But, with temperatures remaining below freezing for several months, a winter holiday here isn’t for the faint-hearted.

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Top attractions

Top attractions

This place has dozens of lakes and rivers, so it’s only right that you visit some during your holiday to Waterton Lakes National Park. You could go for a stroll or kayak around one of the three Waterton Lakes, or admire the dramatic scenery of Cameron Lake. Surrounded by breath-taking mountains, this alpine spot is very popular in summer – so it’s best to go as early as possible for a peaceful experience.

Show More
Show Less

Red Rock Canyon is another must-see. Cutting between the Rockies and the prairies, this rust-coloured gorge is unique. Glacial waters run through the canyon, meandering around the rock and creating pretty pools. There are a number of hikes in the area and, depending on the season, you might see beavers building their dams.

Want to simply sit down and admire the view? Search for the red chairs. There are four sets of red Adirondack chairs dotted across the park’s most picturesque places. Some are easy to access, while others require a little more adventure. You’ll find them around Cameron Creek, the Lakeshore Trail, Marina Point and Middle Waterton Lake.

Show More
Show Less

Activities

Activities at Waterton Lakes

There are nearly 200 miles’ worth of hiking trails in the park, ranging from gentle strolls to intense treks. Many of them are open to cyclists and horseback riders, too, so you can explore however you wish. Short and steep, Bears Hump trail is one of our favourites. From the top, you’ll have staggering views of Waterton Valley and the Waterton Lakes. Elsewhere, the relatively flat Bellevue Trail is ideal for wildflower enthusiasts.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re keen to get out on the water during your Waterton Lakes National Park holiday, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The calm surface of Emerald Bay – a picnic area by Upper Waterton Lake – is ideal for swimming, kayaking and paddle-boarding, and you can even dive down to the shipwreck of a paddle steamer. Middle Waterton Lake, meanwhile, is best for windsurfing.

And your day doesn’t need to end when the sun sets. Thanks to its lack of light pollution, Waterton Lakes offers brilliant star-gazing opportunities. As well as thousands of stars, you’ll be able to see the swirling Milky Way and distant planets.

Show More
Show Less

Wildlife

Waterton Lakes’ wildlife

Waterton Lakes National Park holidays are perfect for wildlife-lovers, as this place is home to all sorts of mammals. You’re likely to spot elk and deer in the lower grasslands, while bighorn sheep tend to be spotted along the mountain trails. If you’re really lucky, you might also see rarer creatures like moose and black bears.

Show More
Show Less

Twitchers will be in their element, too, as the park plays host to more than 250 species of birds. You’ll see – and hear – small songbirds like American dippers, grey jays and mountain chickadees, as well as ospreys and golden eagles. Autumn is the best time for bird-watching, as huge flocks of ducks, geese and swans migrate through the park. This is also a great time to see bald eagles – just remember to pack your binoculars.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Waterton Lakes

Generally, June to September is the best time for a holiday Waterton Lakes National Park. In late spring and early summer, you’ll be able to see wildflowers in the lower meadows, while the higher grasslands will be in full bloom in the height of summer. You’ll have pleasant weather for outdoor activities at this time of year, too, when temperatures tend to hover in the high teens. But the mercury can soar as high as 30°C in July and August, which are also the busiest months.

Show More
Show Less

In you’re eager to see lots of wildlife, consider planning your trip for spring. You’ll be able to spot fawns, lambs, migratory birds, and possibly even bear cubs. Autumn is also a good time to go, as the sparse foliage makes the animals easier to see.

November to February is the best time for snowsports enthusiasts. But, with temperatures remaining below freezing for several months, a winter holiday here isn’t for the faint-hearted.

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