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Visit Waterton this summer for some great landscape photography

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If you want to get off the beaten path a bit and try photographing landscapes in the Canadian Rockies that are not in Banff, Jasper, Yoho, or Kootenay, then drive south for three hours and take in the wonderful vistas of Waterton Lakes National Park, part of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

Vimy Peak in Waterton Lakes National Park

Vimy Peak in Waterton Lakes National Park

The park is open year-round, but it’s in the middle of summer when the landscape photography really shines.  The park is relatively small, so schedule 2-3 days for your photography before moving on to either Glacier National Park in the U.S. or back to the Banff-Jasper area.

My personal favourite area in the park is the main park entrance road from the park gates to the Town of Waterton.  There are literally tens of great landscape photography locations along this short stretch of road, providing everything from prairie scenics to grand mountain vistas.

Enjoy!

John

Best Accommodations in Waterton National Park

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The Bayshore Inn – Waterton National Park

Waterton National Park, Alberta

Waterton Lakes National Park is one of the most stunning and untouched in all of the Canadian Rockies. Though it draws over half a million visitors each year, it never feels crowded or busy. Besides just sitting down and staring at the phenomenal scenery that surrounds you on all sides, there is a host of fantastic activities to choose from. There are a few hotels that really stand out in the Canadian Rockies for different reasons. The Fairmont in Lake Louise is stunning, the Mount Robson Inn in Jasper is one of the friendliest places to stay in North America and the Banff Springs is luxury defined. However, few are as unique and beautiful as the Bayshore Inn located right on the shores of Waterton Lake.

The beautiful views of Waterton Lake will keep you occupied when you aren't tackling the many activities.

The beautiful views of Waterton Lake will keep you occupied when you aren't tackling the many activities.

The view of the hotel from above gives you the best idea of just how idyllic this location is. The Inn itself has 70 comfortable rooms including the choice of a family suite or a honeymoon suite with Jacuzzi included for newly weds. Regardless of what room you are in, every guest has their own private balcony. Considering the 360 degrees of stunning views, this is a great touch. There is nothing like waking up from a comfortable sleep in a fancy hotel, making a pot of coffee and sitting on your own private balcony with views of the Rockies and a magical lake for company.

The Bayshore has an envious reputation when it comes to food as well. Depending on your mood, there is 4 star dining, sensational pizzas and tasty tapas. Unsurprisingly the Bayshore has become a place where large groups love to gather. It is a really romantic location for a wedding or also a breath of fresh air quite literally for business conferences. The views from outside the hotel can cheer you up even on your wedding day! Everybody deserves to dip themselves in luxury at some stage. If you are planning a trip to the Canadian Rockies, then the Bayshore in Waterton is a superb and unique choice.

Sightseeing in Waterton Lakes


Red Rock Canyon | Cameron Falls | Cameron Lake | Waterton Lake Boat Tour

Scenic Drives

Waterton’s Scenic Parkways

The Entrance Road runs from the entrance gate to the townsite. The road provides scenic views overlooking the Waterton Valley. It starts out on the prairie and follows the Waterton Lakes chain past the Prince of Wales Hotel before ending at the townsite. It is also one of the best roads in the park for viewing wildlife.

The Chief Mountain Highway

The Chief Mountain Highway is the primary route between Waterton Lakes and Glacier National Parks. The highway climbs from the grasslands near Maskinonge Lake to the Three Flags Viewpoint, which offers a magnificent view of the Waterton and Blakiston valleys. En route to the international border crossing, the highway passes through wetlands and the site of the Sofa Mountain fire. Travellers can continue across the international border past Chief Mountain to the community of St. Mary, on the boundary of Glacier National Park.

Red Rock Parkway

Red Rock Canyon (16 km or 25 minutes from the Visitor Centre).

spectacular prairie and mountain scenery.

excellent wildlife viewing.

native history display.

The Red Rock Parkway travels 15 km up the Blakiston Valley through rolling grasslands and ends at Red Rock Canyon. It is the best place to experience Waterton’s classic prairie meeting mountain landscape. At the end of the parkway, a short, self-guided trail loops around the canyon. In June, the wildflowers are spectacular along this road. It is also a great place for wildlife viewing. The parkway is narrow and is not suitable for larger motorhomes.

Akamina Parkway

  • Cameron Lake (16 km or 25 minutes from the Visitor Centre).
  • in the subalpine zone with an elevation gain of 400 metres (1300 ft.) from the town of Waterton to the lake.
  • Discovery Well (site of the first producing oil well in western Canada) 6 km up the parkway.
  • Oil City display.

The Akamina Parkway is a winding mountain road which runs 16 km along the Cameron Valley and ends at Cameron Lake. Cameron Lake has an interpretive exhibit and a boat rental concession. A pleasant trail follows the western shore of the lake for 1.6 kilometres.

Wildlife note: Bring binoculars and scan the far shore for wandering grizly bears…

Chief Mountain Highway #6
to Chief Mountain Customs and the U.S. border, 30 km (30 minutes) from the Visitor Centre.

Chief Mountain overlook.

Town of Cardston

The Town of Cardston is nestled in the rolling foothills of Southwest Alberta, just 30 minutes from the majesty of Waterton/Glacier International Peace Park. Here in the shadows of the mountains, Cardston was established in 1887 by Mormon Pioneers from Utah who travelled to Alberta in one of the century’s last covered wagon migrations. Today, Cardston is returning to its roots in the era of the “horse and buggy” at the new Remington – Alberta Carriage Centre. visit our web site to see other attractions

Scuba Diving

Most scuba divers choose to dive in the Emerald Bay portion of Upper Waterton Lake. Cameron Bay is another good spot for divers.

An old paddle wheeler, the “Gertrude”, built in the early 1900’s, lies on the bottom of Emerald Bay at a depth of 20 metres. The best visibility is often in early spring or during the fall. Please do not use the Gertrude as a rest spot and remember it is illegal to remove anything you may find on your dive.

The Emerald Bay picnic area is a popular and often crowded place. For safety reasons, and as a courtesy to other users of this site, scuba divers are requested not to use generators and air compressors at the picnic site but to refill tanks at the upper parking lot of the Parks Canada compound.

It’s easy to get out and explore this park “Where the Mountains Meet the Prairie”. Grasslands sweep up wide valleys and lower mountain sides, allowing for excellent wildlife viewing.

This meeting of prairie and mountain underlies Waterton’s unusually rich variety of plants. Over 970 plant species are found here, and many are rare. Prairie plants mix with mountain and coastal species (which thrive here because our climate is largely influenced by weather from the Pacific northwest). Wildflowers paint the prairie in spring. Step out of your car from any roadside pullout and within a short wander you can easily count twenty or thirty different types of wildflowers.

The landscape and variety of life you see in Waterton was shaped by natural processes like fire and flood, and continues to depend on them for its health. Evidence of these processes is easily experienced as you drive or walk in the park. A spring trip along a road crossing the Blakiston Fan will allow you to experience first hand the influences of water and floods in the creation of this important wildlife habitat. It’s no coincidence that this is also an excellent place to see deer, elk, moose, and a variety of birds.

Erosion caused by moving water has also created two of Waterton’s most popular features – Cameron Falls in the townsite, and the gorge exposing the colourful sedimentary rocks of Red Rock Canyon.

The benefits of fire for plants and wildlife are easily seen during a drive along the Chief Mountain Highway. Portions of this road pass beside and through the site of the 1998 Sofa Mountain Fire. Experience this renewed landscape first hand, and take your camera. It’s a photographers paradise.

The park’s variety of plant communities provide homes for many animals, including over 60 species of mammals, over 250 species of birds, 24 fish and 10 reptiles and amphibians. The grasslands provide important range for elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. Bighorn sheep and deer are commonly seen in the townsite, and a small display herd of bison is located near the Pincher Creek entrance to the park. Wildlife are often visible in the park, and can be watched from your vehicle or a boat safely and with a minimum of disturbance to their lives.

Late summer and fall are particularly good viewing times, especially for black bears, elk and deer. The grasslands covering the lower mountain sides provide important food sources which attract wildlife; as well as open views which make them more visible. Black bears are often seen feeding in berry patches in the lower valleys at this time of year.

Ungulates such as deer, elk and bighorn sheep mate in the fall, so they are looking their best at this time; with antlers at peak growth and thick, shiny coats. This is the time of year when you can experience bugling elk and their large harems, or head-butting tests of strength by bighorn sheep.

A small herd of plains bison are maintained near the north entrance to the park off Highway 6. The bison can be seen from the narrow road which winds through the paddock. Please do not leave your car. The bison are unpredictable and aggressive. This road is not suitable for trailers. A short walk from a nearby pullout leads to an overlook of the paddock and the rolling prairie surrounding it.

Wildlife tend to be more active early or late in the day, so these are the best times to look for them. Your sightseeing is also enhanced by varying your means of access. While much of the park is readily viewed and enjoyed while driving the scenic parkways, take some time to park in a pull-out and go for a short walk on the prairie, along a short trail, or to one of the interpretive exhibits found along the way.

The “Native History” exhibit on the Red Rock Parkway provides a short stroll, information about native use of the valley, plus a spectacular view of the Blakiston valley. A short stop at the “First Oil Well In Western Canada” National Historic Site marker introduces you to some park history, and a short exploration along the creek side may even reveal a first hand experience with oil seepages which still remain.

Waterton’s most recognized landmark – the Prince of Wales Hotel – is also a national historic site. It is well worth a stop to wander through the lobby and take in the classic view of Upper Waterton Lake which symbolizes the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

Waterton’s two national historic sites are part of a much larger system of sites found across Canada. You can visit many more of these sites while you are in southern Alberta, including the Bar U Ranch, Stirling Agricultural Village and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.

Another excellent way to experience the International Peace Park is by taking the Waterton Inter-Nation Shoreline Cruise down the Upper Waterton Lake and across the International Boundary to Goat Haunt Ranger Station in Glacier National Park (USA). This 2-hour boat tour starts from the marina in town. In addition to exceptional sightseeing, the trip includes a commentary by excellent guides.

What’s the best sightseeing if you only have….

…a couple of hours – We recommend you visit the Prince of Wales Hotel for the spectacular view of the Upper Waterton valley, then drive up the Red Rock Parkway to the canyon. If you have time, stretch your legs on the short loop around the upper canyon.

…half a day – We recommend you drive up the Red Rock Parkway to the canyon. On your way back towards the townsite, visit the Prince of Wales Hotel for the spectacular view of the Upper Waterton valley. Then take the 20 minute drive up the Akamina Parkway to Cameron Lake, where you can browse the interpretive exhibit and stroll around the lakeshore. This is a wonderful place for a picnic. If you don’t bring food, you can stop in at the townsite for lunch before departing.

…a day – You can easily drive all the scenic parkways, but we recommend travelling the Red Rock Parkway early or late in the day. You will have ample time to walk one of the short trails at Cameron Lake and Red Rock Canyon. There is also an excellent vista of most of the park from the Three Flags Viewpoint on the Chief Mountain Highway. You should be able to do all this, plus take in the worthwhile 2-hour boat cruise on Upper Waterton Lake.

Wildlife Bios


wnpwildlIn Waterton Lakes National Park, your best bets for seeing, watching and photographing wildlife are in and around the Waterton townsite, and along the park Entrance Road, the Akamina Parkway and the Red Rock Parkway. Early morning or late evening are best, and the slow seasons for visitors (the fall and spring) tend to be the best times of the year to see animals.

Following is an introduction to the large mammals that call Waterton Lakes home.

Elk/Wapiti

Elk/Wapiti

Waterton has a robust elk population numbering in the thousands. The Vermilion Lakes Drive, the Buffalo Paddock, the Banff Springs golf course and the Bow Valley Parkway are all excellent venues for seeing and photographing elk, and the town of Banff itself is frequented by elk intent on eating the greenery in local’s yards and escaping the predators they would face anywhere else in the park.For the best viewing opportunities, visit the park in late winter or early spring when huge herds gather at Vermilion Lakes and along the highway near the Buffalo Paddock, or come in September and watch the great bulls battle it out in the elk rut.
Moose

Moose

Moose are on the decline in the park, due in part to a deadly liver fluke, the return of wolves after a long absence, and an unnaturally high number of deaths on the railways and highways. However, you still have a good chance of spotting a moose in the ponds and lakes along the Icefields Parkway in the northern part of the park.The Saskatchewan River Crossing and Waterfowl Lakes areas are moose “hot spots” in the spring and summer months, and both Jasper National Park to the north and Kananaskis Country to the south have large healthy moose populations.
Deer

Deer

The park is home to both whitetail and mule deer, and both are common along the Vermilion Lakes Drive and the Bow Valley Parkway, particularly in the spring. There are twice as many mulies in the park as whitetails, and mule deer are common year-round in the vicinity of the Banff Centre and on the Mount Norquay Road. The mule deer are larger and have a black tip on the end of their tail in contrast to the smaller, more slender whitetails who have a white underside to their tail.
Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn sheep are abundant throughout the park, and are most commonly seen along the Bow Valley Parkway at Backswamp, on the Mount Norquay and Lake Minnewanka roads, and at the top of the gondola ride on Sulphur Mountain. The large rams are best viewed in the winter months when they are at lower elevations; in the summer, most of the rams and many of the ewes can be found by hiking into the high alpine meadows in the park.
Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat

Banff National Park has a healthy population of mountain goats, but has very few good places to view them from roads or short trails. Watch for them high on the cliffs along the Icefields Parkway as you approach Jasper National Park, or, if you’re in a hiking mood, do a day-hike in to Bourgeau Lake and look for the herds of goats and sheep that call the area home.

Sheep vs. Goats – Who’s Who?

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat

Mountain goats have shaggy white coats and sharp black horns like this one on the left, while bighorn sheep have brown coats and brown horns like the female on the right. You’re more likely to see sheep in Banff National Park since most of our goats live at very high elevations on the cliffs and mountain tops. Big Horn

Big Horn

Caribou - Jeff Waugh

Caribou – © Jeff Waugh

The mountain caribou’s dwindling range in Alberta extends south into the northern section of Banff National Park, where a small herd of 10-15 animals makes its home in wild untouched country northeast of Lake Louise. The size of a large deer, caribou have dark brown bodies and white manes, and large curved antlers. Though rarely seen in Banff, sightings are common in Jasper National Park during the winter and spring.
Wolf - Milton Achtimickuk

Wolf – © Milton Achtimickuk

The park is home to 45 wolves comprising five different packs. After eradication from the park in the 1950s, wolves returned for good in 1982 and have been thriving in remote parts of the park ever since. Three of the five packs are rarely seen, but numerous sightings are made each year of the Cascade pack in the Lake Minnewanka area in winter, and of the Bow Valley pack between Banff and Lake Louise year-round.
Coyote

Coyote

The coyote population in the park has been struggling in recent years, due largely to the increased volume of traffic on our roads. However, coyotes are still fairly common in most areas of the park where there are open meadows and good hunting grounds. The Vermilion Lakes Road, the Bow Valley Parkway and the Buffalo Paddock are each good places to spot them, as is most of Highway 93 South from Banff to Radium.

Wolf or Coyote? Wolves are generally much larger than coyotes, and are usually the size of a large German Shepherd. They also have a broad face, in contrast to the narrow fox-like muzzle of the coyote. Coyotes come in one shade, a greyish-brown, while wolves come in all colours, including grey, black, white and brown.

Mountain Lion aka Cougar

Mountain Lion aka Cougar

The park supports a small population of mountain lions, however, sightings of these wily cats are extremely rare. They prey upon the park’s deer, bighorn sheep and elk populations, and cat tracks are often sighted in the winter in the Mount Norquay and Sunshine Road areas. A much larger and more viable population of cougars lives to the south of the park in Kananaskis Country.

Black Bear

The black bear population is considered to be a threatened species in Banff National Park, with only 35-40 left. However, sightings in the spring and summer are still quite common, particularly along the Bow Valley Parkway and the Trans-Canada Highway between Banff and Lake Louise, and on the Icefields Parkway near Saskatchewan Crossing. Black bears in Banff come in a variety of colours, including black, brown and cream, and eat everything from ants to dandelions to buffalo berries. They go into hibernation in late October and usually don’t emerge from their slumber until late April or early May.

Grizzly Bear – © Jeff Waugh

Surprisingly, there are more grizzly bears in Banff than black bears. Grizzly researchers working on the Rocky Mountains East Slope Grizzly Project estimate that the park is home to about 70 of the great bears. Grizzlies can be distinguished from black bears by the large hump of muscle on their shoulders and from the shape of their face: grizzlies have very broad round faces, while black bears have narrow roman profiles much like a dog’s face. While sightings of grizzlies are rare, you may spot them in the backcountry or along the Bow Valley Parkway or the Icefields Parkway.

Small Mammals and Birds

Ground Squirrel

Ground Squirrel

Hoary Marmot

Hoary Marmot

Porcupine

Porcupine

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Blue Grouse

Blue Grouse

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Waterton Lakes Campgrounds


NOTE: The National Park Campgrounds are implementing a reservation service effective on these dates:

Campers can make a reservation at any of these national parks on-line, 24 hours a day, at www.pccamping.ca. You can also dial 1-877-737-3783 (1-877-RESERVE), a toll-free number, to make a reservation through a call centre in operation from 07:00 to 19:00 local time each day

Lake Louise August 2, 2005
Lake Louise trailer and tent

Banff August 4, 2005
Tunnel Mtn Trailer Crt
Tunnel Mtn Village 1
Tunnel Mtn Village 2

Jasper
March 22, 2005

Kootenay August 3, 2005
Redstreak

Waterton Lakes August 3, 2005
Townsite

– see the provincial campsites as your backup….

Other campgrounds in the National Parks are on a first come, first serve basis – NO RESERVATIONS. Check out time is 11 a.m., so drop by then and you will have a good chance at getting a site.

Overnight camping of any type (tent, vehicle, or RV) outside designated campgrounds is not permitted.

Frontcountry

Townsite Campground: mid-April to mid-October.

Located in the townsite. 238 sites, 95 fully serviced. No open fires. An open, mowed lawns campsite, excellent for RVs.

Crandell Campground: mid-May to mid-Sept.

Located along the Red Rock Parkway in the scenic Blakiston Valley. Situated in a pleasant montane forest. 129 semi-serviced sites. Crandell Lake is a short hike, less than 2 km, from the campground.

Belly River Campground: mid-May to mid-Sept.

Located along the Chief Mountain Highway 26 km from Waterton townsite. 24 unserviced sites. Self-registration. Check with staff for occupancy. A pleasant campground in mixed aspen forest and located right beside the Belly River.

Backcountry Camping

There are 12 backcountry campsites in Waterton. Check the park map (PDF file – 173 Kb) for their locations. (Adobe Acrcobat required)

Fees and Reservations

A Wilderness Use Permit is required for overnight stays in the backcountry. Permits are available from the visitor centre. Permits cost $6 per person/per night. There is a per person maximum trip fee of $30. There is no charge for children aged 16 and under.

Annual wilderness passes may be purchased at a cost of $42. These passes are valid for backcountry camping at all national parks in western Canada.

Reservations are available for backcountry campsites. A reservation fee of $10 per trip is charged.

Reservations for backcountry trips may be made 90 days in advance beginning April 1 of each year. From April 1 to May 15 you may make backcountry reservations by calling the warden office at (403) 859-5140. After May 15 call the visitor centre at (403) 859-5133.

Reservations must be paid for at the time of booking by credit card (MasterCard or VISA). Before calling, please have the following information available, dates of trip, campsites preferred, number of adults and children in party, credit card information, contact address and phone number, model and licence plate of vehicle.
Permits must be picked up at the visitor reception centre no sooner than 24 hours in advance of the start date of the trip.

About Waterton


About Waterton LakesWaterton offers some of the best hiking trails, for almost anyone’s ability and preferences. Boating, scuba diving and board sailing are popular sports in Upper Waterton Lake. Rent boats at Cameron Lake.

Waterton has an 18-hole golf course, horse riding stable, public tennis courts, ball field and playgrounds. In winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular.

Most services are located in the Waterton Park townsite. There are ten hotels, several restaurants and lounges, fuel stations, camping supplies, groceries, pool and spa, bank machines, gift shops, tennis courts and playgrounds. interpretive guides, bicycle rentals, golf course, boat tours on Upper Waterton Lake and canoe or rowboat rentals at Cameron Lake are also available.

Waterton Lakes National Park is open year round. The peak visitor season is during July and August. If you are planning a trip to Waterton during these months, be sure to book your accommodation in advance. Please note, campground sites cannot be reserved.

NOTE: From late fall to early spring, most park facilities are closed, and very few services are available in the village.

Waterton’s summers are brief and cool with some hot spells (high 35*C/94*F). Winters are long and relatively mild, with frequent warm spells (high 10*C/50*F), often caused by chinooks. The park is one of Alberta’s warmest places in the winter, despite temperatures that can drop as low as -40*C.

Waterton’s climate is best summarized as mild, moist and windy, and its weather is always variable and quick to change.

Wind – with an average daily velocity of 30 km/hr, is a noticeable and important element of the park’s climate. While gusts of over 100 km/hr (60 mph) are common in the fall and winter, gusts of over 150 km/hr (90 mph) have been recorded in the main valley. If you like sailboarding — this place is where you want to be….

Waterton is a small piece of the international Crown of the Continent ecosystem. Its climate is strongly influenced by prevailing Pacific maritime weather systems. Warm, moist air flows over the Coast Mountains and Columbia Plateau before spilling across the narrowest point in the Rocky Mountain chain. This moist air often meets a less dominant weather system, the cold, dry Arctic Continental. When this cold Arctic air and warm Pacific air meet, the warmer air is forced up and creates ample snow or rain.

As a result, the park receives Alberta’s highest average annual precipitation – 1072 cm (42 inches). This influence is also reflected in the big differences in moisture levels from west to east across the park. Cameron Lake, at the continental divide, receives an average of 152 cm (60 in) annually while further east, the townsite receives 107 cm (42 in) and the park gate receives only 76 cm (30 in)!

Waterton MapTravel Information

159 miles (264 km or approximately 3 hours drive) from Calgary, Alberta.
78 miles (130 km or approx. 1 hour, 15 minutes drive) southwest of Lethbridge, Alberta.
40 miles (60 km or approx. 34 hour drive) north of Glacier Park entrance at St. Mary, Montana.

Airports at Calgary and Lethbridge, Alberta; Kalispell and Great Falls, Montana.
Car rentals at these cities and Waterton.

International Ports of Entry

Chief Mountain
Alberta & Montana

Open May 15- May 31: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
June 1 – Labour Day: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Labour Day – Sept. 30: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Carway, Alberta
Peigan, Montana

Year Round
7 a.m. – 11 p.m. Daily

The Peace Park


The International Peace Park symbolizes the peace and goodwill between the United States and Canada as exemplified by the world’s longest undefended border.

Officially known as Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, it was established by legislation of the Parliament of Canada and the Congress of the United States. It is the world’s first such park, representing the need for cooperation between nations in a world where the sharing of resources and ecosystems is a reality.

Kootenai Brown, the park’s first European resident and superintendent, and Henry Reynolds, a Glacier Park ranger colourfully referred to as “Death-on-the-trail” because he was such a fast hiker, first proposed the idea for the park in the early 1900’s. The idea was later adopted at the first annual goodwill meeting of the Montana and Alberta Rotarians in 1913, and legislated by the two federal governments in 1932.

The United States dedication ceremony took place in 1932, while Canada’s was in 1936.

Waterton Lakes Accommodations in and near Waterton National Park, Alberta, Canada


Advance reservations are recommended for spring, summer and fall seasons in Waterton, and for all national and international holidays.

Featured Listings

Bayshore Inn

Bayshore InnWATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK, WATERTON, ALBERTA, Canada – Only 45 miles north of the U.S. border and 260 kilometers south of Calgary in Waterton Lakes National Park, the Bayshore Inn is your next resting place on your Canadian Rockies vacation. From April to October you can enjoy everything that the Bayshore in has to offer. This Canadian Rockies inn sits on the edge of Waterton Lake and is just steps away from shopping promenades, tennis courts, boat cruises, bicycle rentals, stables, and golfing. Hiking is readily available on park trails and fishing opportunities abound in the area’s many lakes and streams. Whatever outdoor activity in Waterton Lakes National Park you choose to pursue, the folks at the Bayshore Inn will ensure you have a pleasant stay in the Canadian Rockies.

Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort

Waterton LakesWATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA — The Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort is an 80 suite, environmentally friendly resort. The newest property in the park, this all-service facility on four acres of land has all the amenities you could possibly want: a fitness center, a swimming pool, and a lounge restaurant, just beneath the mountains. Inquire today for rooms with kitchenettes, jetted tubs, fireplaces, and full-soaker tubs!

Website: Learn more here.

Aspen Village Inn

Aspen Village InnWATERTON NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA — In the heart of the Waterton townsite, the Aspen Village Inn provides the widest variety of sparkling clean accommodations in the park. Rooms range from cottages with full kitchens to deluxe suites. Relax and bask in the mountain views while you picnic and BBQ in Waterton National Park!

Website: Learn more here.

Crandell Mountain Lodge

crandell_fullWATERTON NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA — Welcome to Crandell Mountain Lodge, a cozy country lodge ideal for travelers looking for a quaint experience. Rooms with fireplaces, country decor, and lots of character!

Website: Learn more here.

Rocky Ridge Country Lodge

rocky_fullWATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA — Located a short drive east from Waterton Lakes National Park, you’ll find this quaint country bed and breakfast, the Rocky Ridge Country Lodge. Perfect for family reunions, retreats, or any get-together. Relax outside of Waterton National Park today!

Website: Learn more here.

Waterton Glacier Suites

Waterton Glacier SuitesWATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK, WATERTON, ALBERTA, Canada – Try something different on your next visit to Waterton Lakes National Parks. Spring, summer, fall, or winter, the Waterton Glacier Suites is open. Four-star dining, Jacuzzi tubs, the Serenity Spa and not to mention stunning mountain vistas await you. Make your Waterton stay an enjoyable one when you choose Waterton Glacier Suites.

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