Waterton village located in Waterton Lakes National Park. The Waterton Glacier International Peace Park was designated as a World Heritage Place in 1932 and as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1979. Waterton is an unspoiled place with 0.54 million tourist visitors, compared to the 4.06 million visitors in Banff or 2.35 million visitors in Jasper for the period of 2016-2017.
- Waterton Lakes National Park is a perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities. There are many trails, beautiful lakes, and waterfalls. Waterton Lake is ideal for kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, windsurfing, fishing, and scuba diving. Parks Canada is banning motorized watercraft in Waterton Lakes National Park to protect the ecology of the park except for a commercial boat tour that continues to operate on Upper and Middle Waterton Lake.
- Bicycles, scooters, kayaks, stand-up paddles, and canoes are available for rent. There are many hiking trails that offer the desired level of difficulty that best suits you ranging from easy to difficult level. Cyclists can enjoy six biking trails in Waterton Lakes National Park. The Cameron Express shuttle provides a convenient service to access Cameron Lake, Carthew-Alderson Trail, and the Akamina-Kishenena Provincial Park for hikers and cyclists as well as guided hiking tours. The most visited places for hiking are Red Rock Canyon, the Waterton Lakeshore, and Crypt Lake Trails. Hike Bear’s Hupm to see breaking views of the Waterton Valley. It’s 3 km strenuous hike suitable for almost everyone.
- With over 250 species of birds, Waterton Park is a bird watchers paradise! The park is a home for a wide variety of wonderful wildflowers, plants, and animals. Take a horseback ride tour provided by Alpine Stables to see elk, deer, black bears, and mountain flora.
- If you like golfing, enjoy the game at one of the oldest in Canada Waterton Lakes Golf Course surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery. Originally a 9 hole golf course designed by William Thomson, built in 1922, was expended to 18 holes in 1932 by Stanley Thompson – a famous Canadian golf architect. Waterton golf course is open seven days a week from May until October.
- The Waterton Lake is a great spot for scuba diving with the best visibility of deep water in the early spring or during the fall. It is a popular destination for scuba divers. Cameron and Emerald Bay are the best dive sites.
- Waterton is a hidden gem for tourists, very peaceful and never crowded. This is one of the places in Alberta that easy to fall in love with. The charming old-fashioned little town, located on the edge of a stunning lake and surrounded by mountains, offers 10 hotels, townsite campgrounds, restaurants, groceries, and gift shops. The village is very well maintained. Free parking is available all around the town. People are very friendly.
- Waterton Village is where history and natural wonder come together. Visit the Prince of Wales hotel, a true historic Canadian icon, picturesquely situated on a cliff and overlooking the Waterton Lake. Take a scenic cruise aboard of historic M.V. The international classic vessel which has been in service since 1927 and the oldest operating passenger vessel in Canada. Visit the Western Canada historic site in Cameron Valley where the first oil was drilled in Alberta in 1902. Explore the site, discover petroleum history and nearby traces of the town.
- Waterton Lakes National Park is a perfect place to relax, rejuvenate, connect with nature, unplug yourself from your workplace, and relieve the stress of your everyday life. Take a slow walk along the lakeshore or seat on the beach and listen to the sound of waves lapping the shore. Enjoy a lake, nature and the spectacular Rocky Mountains.
- Waterton is a paradise for photographers. The best places to take awesome pictures of the Waterton valley are the Prince of Walles Hill and Bear’s Hupm.
- Waterton is a quiet, peaceful and romantic getaway where every possible adventure awaits you. Enjoy a great family time with free admission for youth 17 and under to all national parks. Visit Waterton to create lasting memories with the whole family!
Note: Some areas of the Waterton National park were affected by the September 2017 Kenow Wildfire. Please check updated information here what is open in 2018.