Hiking in the Waterton Lake National Park Alberta, Canada

Waterton Lake National Park is the most stunning of the national parks in the Canadian Rockies. It might be the smallest of the Rocky Mountains parks, but considered the jewel in the crown.

Lofty mountains, unique to Waterton, rise up from the Great Plains grasslands. Lakes, streams and waterfalls refresh the spirit. Rare wildflowers and abundant wildlife engage the imagination.

Waterton is located adjacent to Glacier National Park, Montana and Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park in British Columbia. Together these parks form Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Waterton is a sacred place to the Blackfoot people. It is here that the ancient Beaver Bundle was visioned. The Beaver Bundle contains the essence of life and is traditionally opened in the spring.

Red Rock Canyon

The park's unusual red and green rocks are shale siltstones called Argillite. The red rocks contain oxidized iron; the green rocks contain unoxidized iron. Beige/grey/brown rocks are limestone or dolomite. A noticeable black band seen on the face of some park mountains, called the Purcell Sill, is igneous rock.

Waterton Lake Wild Life

Waterton Lakes is a dramatic collision of prairies and mountains. It is a combination of grasslands, wetlands, aspen growth, evergreen forests and alpine tundra, which led to an unusual diversity of plant life and is home to a rich variety of wildlife.

Blakiston Valley

Blakiston Creek

Mountain Blakiston 2848 m

Blakiston Falls

Entertainment in the Park

On the trails.

Waterton Shoreline Cruises. On the board of the vessel, one can float from Canada into United States and back, no customs.

The Prince of Wales Hotel opened its doors in Waterton Lakes National Park on July 25, 1927. The hotel stands isolated on a bluff overlooking a spectacular vista of mountains, lakes, town and prairie. Its striking design and dramatic setting make it Waterton's most recognized landmark.

Upper Waterton Lake is the deepest lake in the Canadian Rockies and feeds the Saskachewan river system that empties into Hudson Bay.

Food Fest or Mouth Fest at the Lakesite Chophouse

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