waterton lakes national park

No comments

Waterton Lakes is a beautiful national park nestled in the lower corner of Alberta on the border with Montana, where it shares the designation of International Peace Park with Glacier National Park.

How to Get to Waterton Lakes

I crossed the border with my boyfriend Sam at Chief Mountain, the only border crossing near the park, and followed the road straight into the heart of Waterton.ย If you’re driving down from Calgary, it takes about 2.5 hours straight down Highway 2.

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-1

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-3

Camping in Waterton Lakes

There are two main campsites available in Waterton Lakes, one right in the centre of town and one further out. The benefit of the one in town is that it is in walking distance of everything you could need in terms of shops and supplies, and is on the shores of Waterton Lakes, the ones the park is named after.

However, if you can get a spot at Crandell Mountain Campground instead, go there. The town site is bare and there is no privacy, in comparison to Crandell where each site is surrounded in trees and is tucked into the mountains along a quiet, winding road. The turn off for Crandell is to the right just across from the iconic Prince of Wales hotel.

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-4

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-6

What to See & Do in Waterton Lakes

Go kayaking on Cameron Lake. One of the most famous backdrops in the entire park is the gorgeous setting of Cameron Lake, where you can rent kayaks for $40 per hour to paddle around and take in the views.

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-11

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-13

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-10

Hike around Akamina Lake. Just behind the outhouses of Cameron Lake is a small trail to Akamina Lake where you can wander through groves of trees to a greeny looking lake.

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-15

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-16

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-17

Hike Bear’s Hump. The most famous short hike in Waterton starts just behind the visitor’s centre (since writing this blog post, the centre burned down in the forest fires of early September 2017). The trail winds about 1/2 hour up a steep mountain to an epic view over the town and the Waterton Lakes.

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-18

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-19

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-20

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-21

Scramble through Red Rock Canyon. There is a very short lookout point, but disregard this one and instead traipse your way over rock falls and sparkling pools through the most incredible canyon of bright red colours.

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-22

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-23

Take in the beauty from the shores of Waterton Lakes. The park is named after these two lakes and the town of Waterton is right on the shore. Boat tours depart frequently.

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-24.jpg

Rent a 3-seater, 4-wheeled covered bike from Pat’s in the centre of town. Ride it as you would a regular bicycle, and then challenge your friends to a race down the side streets. Be warned, they’re not as easy to control as it looks!

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-25.jpg

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-26.jpg

What to Eat in Waterton Lakes

As we were camping we brought a lot of our own food with us in our cooler, but there was one food weย had to try while in Waterton (so good we went twice): the famous Wieners of Waterton! Get their local smokie with all the toppings and be prepared to be blown away.

jana meerman waterton lakes national park-7.jpg

*Including photos by Sam

Comments?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s