Waterton Lakes National Park – where the mountains meet the prairie
If you travel to the south of Canada, the Rocky Mountains or even the American Montana, you can not avoid the Waterton Lakes National Park to pay a visit. In the south of the province of Alberta is officially the fourth national park in Canada, which was founded in 1895. “Where the mountains meet the prairie” is the motto, and throughout the year, the beauty and diversity of Canada can be discovered in a single park.
Unique in every way: Waterton Lakes
Waterton Lakes National Park – named after the three large lakes of Upper Waterton, Middle Waterton, and Lower Waterton – is prestigious like no other. For example, since 1979 it has been a biosphere reserve. This title is only given to sites that are not only nature reserves but can also be used for sustainable economic use by humans.
Furthermore, the Waterton Lakes National Park has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995 and forms with the Glacier National Park in Montana the so-called Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Each of these 135 Peace Parks around the world is committed to building no boundaries within the reserve, allowing humans and animals to move freely within states.
The iconic Prince of Wales Hotel at Waterton Lakes National Park, the only hotel built by an American railway company in Canada, is now a National Historic Site status and is located virtually on the Montana border
Nature for everyone
Covering an area of 525 square kilometers, the visitor has many opportunities to explore the national park formed by forces such as flood and fire. Beautiful Cameron Lake, about two hours from the main park, is a true spectacle of Waterton Lakes National Park. Practically guaranteed is the encounter with a black bear or even a grizzly, while you swim with a canoe or boat over the lake, which is so unique surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. With numerous picnic areas and fishing spots, Cameron Lake enchants its visitors and invites them to linger.
A color spectacle of unequal beauty is the Red Rock Canyon. On a comfortable hiking trail, the viewer can enjoy the whole color palette of nature: the green of the forest, the unique red stones that surround the blue of the river. Of course, there are also many animals and plants to be found here.
Experience flora and fauna up close
More than 1,000 different, mostly rare plants and the typical Canadian fauna such as bears, moose, deer and mountain goats find both professionals and novices of wildlife observation their joy. The 31 trails of the Waterton Lakes National Park, which total over 200 kilometers, are all very well signposted and offer not only short distances such as the Townsite Route of 3.2 kilometers, but also multi-day as the Tamarack Trail with its almost 32 kilometers.
Incidentally, the Crypt Lake Trail is considered by connoisseurs as one of the best hiking trails in Canada. At the three idyllic campsites of Waterton Lakes National Park, Waterton Townsite, Crandell Mountain and the Belly River, visitors can rest after a long day of walking. At Crandell Mountain, it is also possible to spend the night in a tepee during the summer.
An interesting novelty of the park is the possibility of geocaching.
It is a form of scavenger hunt that uses GPS to display the exact coordinates of a treasure chest. This usually contains small gimmicks and a logbook, in which you can immortalize yourself after a successful search. If you have successfully completed at least four “Geocaching”, you will be greeted by a souvenir of the park management.
A boat tour on the Upper Waterton Lake, as well as horseback riding, night hiking tours, and many other employment opportunities, from unique to classic, are here possible. Waterton Lakes National Park also offers special events such as the Waterton Wildflower Festival, a Winter Festival and a major Canada Day event on the first of July.