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7 Things to Do on a Trip to Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park may be the smallest national park in the Rockies but it sure delivers a punch for its size. While parts of the park remain closed after the Kenow Fire last year, the townsite itself was unaffected and there is plenty to keep you happily busy for a couple of days, especially in summer and fall. Try an e-Bike If you're at least 16 years old, you can rent an ebike (which…

Wonderful Waterton: 4 Fabulous Fall Hikes You Can do Now

It's the perfect time of year to plan a hiking trip to Waterton Lakes National Park. The crowds are gone, the air is crisp and the skies are clear. With fall colours nearing their peak, and with today being the first official day of fall, you've still got several weeks of fabulous hiking possible. The shuttle to Cameron Lake is still running - at least until September 27th - so you can continue to do…

Why You’ll Want to Ride a Horse in Waterton

Horseback riding will never be my first choice of adventures probably because of some deep-seated fear of galloping off and holding on for dear life until the horse either tires or bucks me off. So it was with some reluctance I agreed to go horseback riding in Waterton Lakes National Park. It turned out to be far more fun than I anticipated. As a bonus, I wasn't on edge except for the first few minutes. That's probably a…

A Visit to See Waterton Lakes Spectacular Wildflowers

Taking time to smell the flowers is more fun at the annual Waterton Wildflower Festival three hours south of Calgary, Alberta in Waterton Lakes National Park (WLNP). But looking for wildflowers in Canada's smallest Rocky Mountain national park isn't for sissies. You need to watch for bugs, bears and big foot (the human kind, not the legendary yeti). Waterton's compact size and rapid elevation change provides forty-five vegetation communities and is home to over 1000…

Hiking the Carthew-Alderson Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park

One of the great Canadian hikes I've done is the Carthew-Alderson Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park. It's a beautiful hike - with varied and outstanding scenery. You'll see mountains, glaciers and many high alpine lakes. Throw in wildflowers in season, marmots and mountain goats, and possibly even a bear and you can understand why it's one of the best hikes in Waterton Lakes National Park. Plus you can shuttle to the trailhead so you don't ever have…

The Crypt Lake Hike in Waterton Lakes

The Crypt Lake hike in Waterton Lakes National Park has been called the "Indiana Jones adventure of the Canadian Rockies." The hike to the lake is by  no means the prettiest hike in the Rockies – or even in Waterton Lakes National Park for that matter. But it does offer a variety of experiences that you’re not likely to find on any other hike in Canada. And there are some glorious views along the trail…

A Gorgeous Alberta Hike: Lineham Ridge in Waterton Lakes NP

I like to mark the end of summer by getting away over the Labour Day weekend. Most years we've done a hiking or backpacking trip and this year was no exception. Our destination was Waterton Lakes National Park, about three hours south of Calgary on the border with Montana. Waterton adjoins Glacier National Park so the hiking options between the two parks are extraordinary. We spent two nights and three days in Waterton - hiking Lineham…

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