Waterton Lakes National Park
There are places on earth that practically defy description – places so unique and so uniquely beautiful that you can’t quite find the words to express what your senses are taking in when you’re there. They are breathtaking to the eyes, to be sure, but the appeal of these places is somewhat intangible. It’s a feeling in the air, a vibe, an energy. You feel good just being there, and the more you explore your surroundings, the stronger the feeling becomes.
Waterton is one of those places. Nestled in the far southwest corner of Alberta, Waterton is one of the most distinctive mountain parks on the planet. Shaped over centuries by wind, fire, glacial ice and floods, the park’s ecosystem is so distinctive that it was designated a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations. It boasts the title of International Peace Park too, thanks to the unguarded border it shares with Glacier National Park in Montana. And the activities? Well – those are otherworldly too.
The hiking here is legendary and it’s difficult to imagine a more majestic setting for a game of golf. Photographers, birdwatchers and botanists gather here for good reason. Waterton Lake is a wind surfer’s paradise and a fisherman’s dream. Campsites abound and cozy indoor accommodations dot the town site. There are numerous adventure companies standing at the ready, but if you’d rather wind things down, consider a picturesque picnic, a moonlight lake cruise, or quiet contemplation by Cameron Falls.
You name it, Waterton has it, and it has it the way mountain park aficionados love it best – unspoiled, uncrowded, and unbelievably beautiful.
Waterton is located in southwest Alberta, 271 km south of Calgary and 132 km southwest of Lethbridge. The park sits immediately adjacent to the north of Glacier National Park in Montana, USA. Public transportation options are limited, so it is recommended to access the park with a car. Rental vehicles are available at the airports that provide access to Waterton.
There is a new service to Waterton that allows you to sit back and enjoy the ride while a driver from Airport Shuttle Express drives you here ! You can reach them at www.airportshuttleexpress.com or 403-509-4799 ext. 4
All roads into the town of Waterton and major roads in and around the park are all-season paved roads. Some secondary roads are not plowed during the winter months.
Cardston, Alberta: 55 km
Pincher Creek, Alberta: 56 km
Lethbridge, Alberta: 132 km
Calgary, Alberta: 271 km
Medicine Hat, Alberta: 296 km
Banff, Alberta: 398 km
Edmonton, Alberta: 562 km
Jasper, Alberta: 684 km
East Glacier, Montana: 140km (route is seasonally dependent)
West Glacier, Montana: 227 km (route is seasonally dependent)
Whitefish/Kalispell, Montana: 268 km (route is seasonally dependent)
Fernie, British Columbia: 172 km
Yellowstone National Park, Montana: 798 km