Waterton Lakes National Park ALBERTA
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Table of Contents
Waterton Welcome.................................................................................................5 Lots to Do & Events................................................................................................6 Village Map & Service Directory................................................................. 8 & 9 Park Access Map........................................................................................ 10 & 11 Hikes & Trails........................................... 10, 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 34, 35, 49 Scenic Drives..........................................................................................................20 Cycling......................................................................................................................20 Horseback Riding..................................................................................................21 Boat Rental/Cruises.............................................................................................46 Wildlife.............................................................................................42, 43 , 45, 52 Special Features...... 14, 15, 22, 23, 25, 31, 33, 37, 39, 56, 57, 65, 66 Winter.............................................................................................................. 50 - 55 Unique Facts................................................................................................... 58, 59 Festivals.................................................................................................... 16, 43, 67 Printed in Canada for free distribution
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Congratulations Fernando Campos ‘MY WATERTON’ GRAND PRIZE PHOTO CONTEST WINNER Enter the 2016 Photo Contest from June 1 to October 1 www.mywaterton.ca | #mywaterton Throughout the Waterton Lakes National Park Activity Guide we have used a variety of pictures that were submitted in our Photo Contest. We thank all of those who submitted their photos. Congratulations Fernando Campos ‘My Waterton’ Grand Prize Photo Contest Winner. 4 WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK
You have arrived at a peaceful place that will remain in your heart forever.
Considered the most stunning of the Canadian Rockies Parks, lofty mountains rise up from great plains grasslands, a scene unique to Waterton. Lakes, streams and waterfalls refresh the spirit. Rare wildflowers and abundant wildlife engage the imagination. So special is this place, that it is designated as a World Heritage Site in partnership with it’s peace-park sister, Glacier National Park, in Montana. It invites all in celebration as the world’s first International Peace Park. Relax and breathe in the spellbinding wonders of this natural world. Welcome to Waterton Lakes National Park.
IMPORTANT CONTACTS www.MyWaterton.ca Waterton Lakes National Park Information: 403.859.5133 www.parkscanada.pc.gc.ca Parks Canada Campground Reservations: 1.877.737.3783 www.pccamping.ca Municipality of Waterton Park: email@example.com Crown of the Continent: www.crownofthecontinent.net Glacier National Park - Montana: www.nps.gov/glac Chinook Country Tourist Association: 1.800.661.1222 www.exploresouthwestalberta.ca
DID YOU KNOW IN 2017, ALL NATIONAL PARK ENTRANCE FEES WILL BE FREE
All Emergency Call: 403.859.2636
TRAVEL INFORMATION Airports and car rentals at Calgary and Lethbridge, Alberta; Kalispell and Great Falls, Montana
CANADA EH! DON’T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT Please be advised that The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires U.S. and Canadian travellers to present a passport or other document that denotes identity and citizenship when entering the U.S.A.
GOOD TO GO ACROSS THE LINE... International Ports of Entry Open Year Round Carway, Alberta and Peigan, Montana Year Round: 7:00am – 11:00pm Daily Seasonal (Mid May – October 1) Weather Permitting Chief Mountain, Alberta and Montana May 15 – 31 9:00am – 6:00pm June 1 – Labour Day 7:00am – 10:00pm Tuesday following Labour Day – September 30 9:00am – 6:00pm mywaterton.ca
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Lots to Do • Hike the high country • Play in the Spray Park • Count bears on Red Rock Parkway • Border hop on the International boat cruise • AHHH spa! • Oh! Go Geocache • Catch trout at Crandell Lake • Discover Waterton at an interpretive program
Play 18 on the championship golf course
• Gaze at the stars • Photograph wild orchids • Go birding at the Maskinonge • Wade in the lake • Snowshoe to Cameron Lake • Sip English high tea • Family photo at Cameron Falls • Cycle amazing trails
Adventures on horseback
Climb the Bear’s Hump
Paddle at Emerald Bay
Annual Events Waterton Food Festival – May 27- June 6, 2016 Enjoy delicious cuisine from Waterton restaurants www.mywaterton.ca
Perseids Meteor Shower - August 12-13, 2016 Watch the amazing night skies during the Perseids meteor shower (clear skies permitting)
Wildflower Festival – June 19-23, 2016 Flower walks, photography, lectures, painting. www.watertonwildflowers.com
Blackfoot Arts and Heritage Festival - August 22-24, 2016 Traditional dance-art, exhibition, guided walks. www.pc.gc.ca/waterton
Seasonal Bird Count – June & December 2016
Boat Parade - August 27, 2016 Watch and join in as Waterton’s boats light up and cruise past the village. www.mywaterton.ca
Canada Day - July 1, 2016 Free Admission. Family events & activities for kids. Parks Canada: www.pc.gc.ca/waterton Parks Day - July 16, 2016 National celebration of parks and historic sites. Games and activities. Parks Canada: www.pc.gc.ca/waterton 6 WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK
Pat’s Annual “Show ‘N Shine” - August 28, 2016 Hot cars and trucks on display in Waterton village. Prizes! www.MyWaterton.ca Wildlife Weekend - September 23-25, 2016 Large herds of elk. Guided wildlife viewing. Photography wildlife from horseback. www.watertonwildlife.com
We connect you to nature, and the rest of the world! Adventure is at your doorstep. Watertonâ€™s townsite and visitor services are located inside the National Park. This tiny town with a stunning 360Â° view has all the amenities to make your visit comfortable, safe and rejuvenating. Community Wifi in town keeps you informed and connected.
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WATERTON SERVICES AT A GLANCE 59 Lost Art Jewelry p. 40 58 Evergreen Gifts p. 49 60 My Sisters Room 61 Caribou Clothes p. 61 64 Zum’s Mercantile p. 18
ACCOMMODATIONS AND CAMPING 12 Prince of Wales Hotel 14 Crandell Mountain Lodge p. 62 19 Bear Mountain Motel p. 61 21 Waterton Glacier Suites p. 44, 51 31 Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort p. 53, 62 35 Aspen Village Inn p. 62 38 Bayshore Inn Resort & Spa p. 44 73 Northland Lodge 74 Parks Canada Townsite Campground Parks Canada Tipi Camping p. 15
Bear Country Inn p. 47 Bed & Breakfasts p. 47 Waterton Springs Campground p. 36 Crooked Creek Campground p. 38
Restaurant/Café 02 Waterton Golf Course p. 41 12 Prince of Wales Hotel 32 Vimy’s Lounge and Grill p. 63 34 The Taco Bar p. 30 40 Fireside Lounge & Wine Bar p. 44, 60 41 Glacier Bistro/Starbucks p. 38, 44 42 Lakeside Chophouse p. 44, 60 48 Subway p. 49 50 Pearl’s Café p. 41 49 Pizza of Waterton p. 41 51 490 North Pizza p. 22 52 Waffleton p. 40 54 Wieners of Waterton p. 18 55 Trappers Mountain Grill p. 28 63 Zum’s Eatery p. 18 Pubs/Lounges 02 Waterton Lakes Golf Course p. 41 12 Prince of Wales Hotel 32 Vimy’s Lounge and Grill p. 63 40 Fireside Lounge & Wine Bar p. 44, 60 45 Thirsty Bear Saloon p. 24, 44 47 Waterton Lakes Opera House Specialties 12 Prince of Wales Hotel Afternoon Tea 52 Waffleton p. 40 62 Big Scoop Ice Cream & Big Chunk Fudge p. 61 67 Welch’s Chocolate, Ice Cream & Desserts p. 26 Groceries/Spirits 36 Pat’s Gas, Rentals and Resort Services p. 48 48 Rocky Mountain Food Mart/Subway p. 49 66 Mountain Spirits Liquor Store
SHOP 02 Waterton Golf Course Pro Shop p. 41 12 Prince of Wales Hotel - Princess Gift Shop 20 Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters p. 27 39 Village Gift Shop p. 44 46 Waterton Heritage Centre p. 29 55 Trappers Trading Post p. 28 56 Akamina Gifts and Book Nook p. 30 56 Waterton Pharmacy 57 Gust Gallery p. 29 8 WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK
Boat Cruise 16 Waterton Shoreline Cruise/Boat Shuttle p. 19, 46 Bikes/Scooters/Boat Rentals 11 Cameron Lake Boat Rentals 36 Pat’s Gas, Rentals and Resort Services p. 48 15 Blakiston & C0. Adventure Rentals p. 32 Ski and Snowshoe Rentals 31 Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort p. 53, 62 Hiking Guides/Shuttles 16 Waterton Shoreline Cruise/ Boat Shuttle p. 19, 46 20 Waterton Outdoor Adventures - Hiking Guides & Shuttles p. 27 Golf 02 Waterton Lakes Golf Course p. 41 Horseback Riding 01 Alpine Stables p. 21 Playgrounds 29 Waterton Community Centre Playground Community Play Park and Spray Park Spa/Fitness/Recreation 30 Waterton Community Centre Sports Field 33 Recreation Centre and Pool 43 Serenity Spa p. 22, 44 70 Waterton Community Tennis Courts Points of Interest 10 Exhibit at Parks Canada Visitor Centre 17 Native Plant Gardens at Townsite Administration Office 37 Peace Park Pavilion – Kootenai Brown Cairn 46 Waterton Heritage Centre p. 29 70 Cameron Falls p. 52 72 Native Plant Demonstration Garden at Falls Theatre 72 Falls Interpretive Theatre 77 Waterton Valley Exhibit Nearby Attractions Mormon Trail p. 47 Picnic Sites 09 Linnet Lake 13 Emerald Bay 75 Windsurfer Beach 76 Community Camp Kitchen 78/79 Cameron Bay Kitchen A & B Theatre 45 Teenie Weenie Theatre Company p. 38, 48
29 Waterton Community Centre p. 64 31 Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort p. 53, 62 44 Bayshore Convention Centre p. 44 Churches 24 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 27 United Church of Canada 28 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church Recycling 25 Community Recycling Centre Laundry 38 Bayshore Inn Laundry p. 44 53 Laundromat Public Washrooms 09 Linnet Lake 10 Parks Canada Visitor Centre 13 Emerald Bay 23 Fire Hall (the only YEAR ROUND Washroom) 46 Waterton Heritage Centre p. 29 68 Community Play Park and Spray Park 71 Cameron Falls Washrooms 76 Community Camp Kitchen 78/79 Cameron Bay Community Buildings / Organizations 23 Fire Hall 26 Lions Hall 29 Waterton Community Centre p. 64 Waterton Community Association p. 64 Waterton Foundation Free Internet Access / Wireless Hotspots 69 Village Information Kiosk p. 7
Parks Canada 403.859.5133 p. 2 69 Village Information Kiosk (wireless hotspot) 08 Parks Canada Operations Building 403.859.5133 10 Parks Canada Visitor Centre 403.859.5133 18 Parks Canada Townsite Administration Building 403.859.5133 20 Waterton Visitor Services 403.859.2378 p. 27 46 Waterton Heritage Centre 403.859.2267 p. 29 ALL EMERGENCY CALL: 403.859.2636 Hospitals Cardston: 403.653.4411 Pincher Creek: 403.627.1234 RCMP 65 Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) 403.859.2244
SERVICES Gas/Automotive Road Service 22 Canada Post 36 Pat’s Gas, Rentals and Resort Services p. 48 Event Facility Rentals 02 Waterton Lakes Golf Course p. 41 26 Lions Hall |
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1 Alpine Stables 2 Waterton Lakes Golf Course / Restaurant Driftwood Beach Hay Barn Marquis Hole Knight's Lake Maskinonge 8 Parks Canada Operations Building 9 Linnet Lake Picnic Area 10 Parks Canada Visitor Centre 11 Cameron Lake Boat Rentals - Cameron Lake Closed for 2016 12 Prince of Wales Hotel 13 Emerald Bay Picnic Area 14 Crandell Mountain Lodge 15 Blakiston & Co. Adventure Rentals 16 Shoreline Cruise / Boat Marina / Boat Shuttle 17 Native Plant Garden at Townsite Administration Building 18 Parks Canada Townsite Administration Building 19 Bear Mountain Motel 20 Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters / Waterton Outdoor Adventures / Tamarack Shuttle Service / Waterton Visitor Services 21 Waterton Glacier Suites 22 Post Office 23 Fire Hall 24 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 25 Community Recycle Centre 26 Lions Hall / Teenie Weenie Theatre Company 27 United Church of Canada 28 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church 29 Waterton Community Centre and Waterton Community Centre Playground 30 Waterton Community Centre Sports Field 31 Waterton Lakes Resort 32 Vimy's Lounge and Grill 33 Recreation Centre and Pool 34 The Taco Bar 35 Aspen Village Inn 36 Pat's Gas, Rentals & Resort Services 37 Peace Park Pavilion - Kootenai Brown Cairn 38 Bayshore Inn Resort & Spa 39 Village Gift Shop 40 Fireside Lounge & Wine Bar 41 Glacier Bistro/Starbucks 42 Lakeside Chophouse 43 Serenity Spa 44 Bayshore Convention Centre 45 Thirsty Bear Saloon 46 Waterton Heritage Centre 47 Wateron Lakes Opera House 48 Rocky Mountain Food Mart / Subway 49 Pizza of Waterton 50 Pearl's Café 51 490 North Pizza 52 Waffleton 53 Laundromat 54 Wieners of Waterton 55 Trapper's Mountain Grill & Trading Post 56 Akamina Gifts / Book Nook / Pharmacy 57 Gust Gallery 58 Evergreen Gifts 59 Lost Art Jewelry 60 My Sisters Room 61 Caribou Clothes 62 Big Scoop Ice-Cream / Big Chunk Fudge Shop 63 Zum's Eatery 64 Zum's Mercantile 65 Royal Canadian Mounted Police 66 Mountain Spirits Liquor Store 67 Welch's Chocolates, Ice Cream & Desserts Co. 68 Community Play Park and Spray Park 69 Information Kiosk 70 Waterton Community Tennis Courts 71 Cameron Falls 72 Falls Interpretive Theatre and Native Plant Garden 73 Northland Lodge 74 Parks Canada Townsite Campground 75 Windsurfer Beach 76 Community Camp Kitchen 77 Waterton Valley Exhibit 78 Cameron Bay Kitchen A 79 Cameron Bay Kitchen B
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Access to Adventure
Scenic parkways and well maintained trails are your gateway to the wonders of Waterton. Picnic and campsites are found throughout the park. Many are easy to access right along roadways. Enjoy scenic vistas and learn about the features of this special place at road-side exhibits. Spellbinding vistas await at scenic pullouts. Waterton is located adjacent to Glacier National Park, Montana. Together, the two parks form Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. A special experience is the International Peace Park Hike: join a Canadian park interpreter and an American park ranger along the Lakeshore Trail. Offered Wednesdays and Saturdays, check at the Waterton Visitor Centre for more information!
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Thrilling Trails - Peaceful Paths Watertonian Cyndi Smith captured this stunning panorama high above tree line on the Alderson-Carthew Trail. Waterton has some of the best hiking in the Canadian Rockies with 225 kilometers of established trails. Some connect with trails in Glacier National Park, Montana and Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park in British Columbia. Guide books and topographical maps are available at village shops. Hire a local guide and share their knowledge of the park. Check Waterton Services listings on page 8. See Trail Map on pages 10-11.
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Photo by Steve Michaels
Nature Up Close The mating habits of foxes can be seen as one of the best examples of true monogamy and old fashioned courtship. In the wild, the male fox courts the female vixen in the ultimate pursuit - which means he follows her around until she makes her decision. The female fox typically only chooses one male partner for raising her kits. Here in Waterton, there was one famous fox couple who won the hearts of both visitors and locals. The true gem in this special red fox family was the female vixen, who increased in popularity as her character consistently modeled pure traits of a mother who solely lived for her kids. No doubt, the male fox chose the cream of the crop in this Waterton wildlife community. They modeled a family lifestyle from a 50’s family TV show. This special red fox family resided in a den near the Prince of Wales hotel where the male would often be sited bringing his family his latest kill. The female would lovingly greet him at the den before taking her 14 WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK
kits their meal. Every spring, adoring fans would visit, lens ready, and this family certainly did not disappoint, allowing them to capture the most natural moments of a loving family. In April 2015, the mother passed away in the vicinity of the den, leaving behind her newest batch of kits, her partner and her legacy. The widowed father was noted bringing ground squirrels in attempts to feed the kits; however, because of their age they still required their mother’s milk to survive. It was a rare scenario as typically this type of situation occurs in the woods and goes unnoticed. But because this family was so well-known, conservationists were able to rescue these orphans and raise them in a way so they won’t get used to people. When they are old enough to hunt for themselves, they will be returned to the national park to continue this circle of life. This fox family will be missed. Sharing this story honors the way they allowed the community to witness nature in its utmost beauty.
Photo by Gill Ross
Photo by Van Christou
Photo by Mark Symes
Up Your Camping Experience Imagine a clear night sky and bellies warm with hot chocolate whole roasting marshmallows over an open fire, the standard perfect camping trip. This time, imagine yourself sharing the lifestyle of the indigenous people that lived here thousands of years ago as you drift to sleep in a traditional tipi. The added benefit is this unique experience does not come with the extra hassle of setup. Located along the Red Rock Park Way in the scenic Blakiston Valley, Crandell Mountain Campground is set up with four permanently set up tipis. The campground is equipped with a turf floor so campers are asked to bring sleeping mats. When you crawl into bed each night, you can stare through the centre opening and fall asleep to the fresh night air that continuously circulates inside.
This authentic experience is not your normal camping experience and should be added to your bucket list as it combines the love of the wilderness, a little bit of culture and bragging rights of sleeping in a traditional tipi!
For more information on where to camp in Waterton go to www.mywaterton.ca/stay |
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Our 10 day Food Festival showcases the finest, most delicious and unique cuisine Waterton Lakes National Park has to offer. Join us and excite your senses!
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My Waterton Stephen Harrington, Photographer Over the years Iâ€™ve experienced many special moments in Waterton. My photography allows me to share this magic we call Waterton with others. Nature teaches us to be patient and to appreciate the manner in which she reveals herself. Though my camera only records a brief moment in time, the art of photography captures the emotion of the event for an eternity. It is this emotion that helps us identify with Waterton. It is the reason we continue to explore, wondering what more she has in store for us. ÂŠ Steve Harrington www.shphoto.prosite.com
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ENTER THE 2016 PHOTO CONTEST from June 1 to October 1 www.mywaterton.ca Throughout the Waterton Lakes National Park Activity Guide we have used a variety of pictures that were submitted in our Photo Contest. We thank all of those who submitted their photos.
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That’s Crypt Lake! Waterton guide Holly Fausett is thumbs up. She is well on her way in the Triple Crown Hiking Challenge. Hike three of Waterton’s world class hiking trails; Crypt Lake, Akamina Ridge, and the Alderson-Carthew Summit. Do it all in one summer and you win our exclusive challenge t-shirt, your name on the Glory Board, and unlimited bragging rights. Sign up at Pearl’s Cafe at 305 Windflower Avenue. © Cyndi Smith ￼
Take a Hike and try “The Triple Crown Challenge”!
Crypt Lake Trail Cross Borders. Create Memories. Rated one of the World’s Most Thrilling Trails by
Hiker Shuttles Depart Daily from the Waterton Marina
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Akamina Parkway / Cameron Lake Begins in the village and runs 16 km (10 mi.) up the Cameron Creek Valley to glacier-formed Cameron Lake. The First Oil Well in Western Canada commemorates Western Canada’s first producing oil well. The Continental Divide parallels the roadway and the boundaries of Alberta, British Columbia and Montana converge at Cameron Lake. Open in winter for access to Nordic skiing and snowshoeing.
Red Rock Parkway / Red Rock Canyon Meanders 15 km (9 mi.) over rolling prairie through the Blakiston Valley. It best illustrates “Where the Mountains Meet the Prairie”. The parkway provides access to Crandell Campground. The parkway follows the ancient Buffalo Trail used by First Nations hunting parties. Learn more at roadside exhibits. Dramatic views of Mt. Blakiston, the park’s highest mountain (2940 m/9645 ft), are complimented by strikingly colored red and green rocks. Red Rock Canyon offers a lovely day use area with trails, exhibits, and picnic shelters.
Chief Mountain International Highway / Belly River Departs Highway #5 east of the Park gate. It leads to Glacier National Park, USA, and the Chief Mountain customs station. The seasonal road offers dramatic scenic vistas high above the Waterton Valley. Learn more at the exhibit there. The Belly River campground is located along this route. Sacred Chief Mountain dominates the skyline.
Akamina Pass Trail 1.3 km / 0.8 mi. one way Trailhead: 14.4 km along Akamina Parkway
Crandell Loop Trail 4 - 20 km /2.4 - 12 mi. for the entire loop 6km along Akamina Parkway or 6km along Red Rock Canyon road
Kootenai Brown Trail 6.9 km / 13.8 mi. return Multi-use paved trail parallels the park entrance road from the park gate to Linnet Lake parking lot. Great views. Snowshoe Trail 16.4 km / 10.2 mi. return Trailhead: Red Rock Canyon parking lot
Waterton Village 3.2 km / 2 mi. return
Bison Paddock Circle Drive Located north of the park entrance gate on Highway #6 is the Bison drive-thru paddock. It rolls across a stunning glacial landscape of moraines and eskers. Native grasslands are home to a small herd of plains bison which are direct descendents from the original herds of the Great Plains.
Park Entrance Road / Kootenai Brown
This multi-use trail circles the village and meanders along the shoreline. Wheelchairs and bikes can easily maneuver this trail.
Wishbone Trail 13 km / 8.1 mi. return Trailhead: 0.5 km along Chief Mountain Highway Bike rentals available at Pat’s in the village
The 8 km route from the park gate to the community features outstanding views of the park’s namesake chain of sparkling lakes.
Locals Know Be Alert - wild animals are killed on park roadways. They can run in front of your car in an instant. Slow down and take time to scan the landscape for the wonders that await you.
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Horseback riding IN the park. See wildlife habitat and
wildflowers galore as you meander through wooded trails of the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Our guided rides are the ultimate western adventure for the whole family. Select hourly, half-day, full day or overnight trips. Located across from the golf course. Open May through September, 9am - 5pm
On Horseback Horses played an important role in the early development of trails in Waterton and Glacier. Many trails were created to form transportation linkages between the great lodges, including the Prince of Wales Hotel. Horse transportation was the mode of travel. Huge pack trains with hundreds of horses, packed with supplies, mail and wealthy tourists, would travel through pristine Rocky Mountain wilderness. Then they would overnight in elaborate wilderness camps as they travelled from lodge to lodge. Today you can still enjoy it all by horseback. There are qualified services for all skill levels, each with their own specialty, dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable time. From a few hours to a few days…you choose the length of your ride and we’ll provide the spectacular views and wildlife!
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Pristine Waters This Park is a water world. Fish. Sail. Windsurf. Scuba dive. Swim. Canoe and Kayak. So many ways to enjoy. From the valley floor to alpine cirques, Waterton has an abundance of lakes. Crystalline springs bubble alongside mountain trails. Waterfalls cascade from cliffy heights. A river flows through. Riparian pools attract wildlife. Upper Waterton Lake is a Rocky Mountain classic. Deeply carved by glaciers from overthrust sedimentary strata, it is the deepest lake in the Canadian Rockies at 148 m/487 ft. Pure and clean, its waters originate from the very top of the Continental Divide. Born from melting snowfields and mountain springs, Upper Waterton Lake feeds the Saskatchewan river system that empties into Hudson Bay. Rejuvenating and fun, these waters offer lots of recreational opportunities.
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Romance in the Rockies
Waterton is a premiere destination to fall in love and is a wedding destination. With the stunning scenic surroundings and a variety of rental venues, many happy couples are united here. Families find Waterton perfect too, for reunions and gatherings to share their love in this special place.
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Photo by Kaylee Moline Photography
There’s a magic about Waterton that frequent visitors all feel but can’t explain. As an explorer at heart, the mountains in Waterton call to me constantly, which is why I am there as much as possible. Exploring Waterton in winter is truly an unforgettable experience. I will never forget snowshoeing to Forum Falls and seeing it completely frozen over. There wasn’t a single track in the fresh snow and we were the first to venture toward the falls. The ice looked like it was suspended mid-fall to the snow covered ground and it was so quiet that you could hear the water from the Falls still trickling underneath the ice. Wintertime in Waterton has my heart—probably the reason why we decided to get married in Waterton during a snowstorm!
There are some moments that we remember forever, sometimes they remind us of a person, a time or a place. For me, one of these places in Photo by Windy Ev angelista Waterton. When I think of the mountain-nestled village, I think of one winter night that my husband, Jed, and I were walking through the townsite. The sky was clear and crisp, the moon was full and it’s light illuminated Cameron Falls in such a way that it took our breath away. We had to pause for a moment and take it in together. I feel so fortunate to have shared such a beautiful, peaceful moment with my life partner, my business partner, and my best friend. Being entrepreneurs who work from the web, travel is engrained in our lifestyle. We use our time away to reconnect, refuel, and refocus our energy. We have traveled all over the world and experienced many remarkable places, but Waterton is a special Photo by Windy Evangelista gem. To have a place so beautiful and quaint situated amongst world-class scenery and located only a short drive away is a blessing… one that cannot be described, only be experienced.
My Waterton Max & Christie Low, Wieners of Waterton “There is love in the air here in Waterton. Max was raised in these mountains and we fell in love as we explored them together. We’ve discovered beautiful places around the world, but nothing compares to the awe that we feel in Waterton. As we continued hiking, camping, climbing and snowshoeing together, we decided to be
married. The destination for our wedding was obvious. With the familiar mountains as our backdrop, we exchanged our vows in a memorable Waterton ceremony. Max and I couldn’t be happier to call Waterton our home and look forward to many more adventures in this lovely mountain air.”
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What to do on a Rainy Day
Amber Lee Campbell
When the sound of rain echoes in the valley, there are still some activities to keep you entertained while visiting Waterton. Check out some of the below activities! SWIMMING If you do not have access to the pool located at the Waterton Lakes Lodge, passes can be purchased from the front desk. The facility is also equipped with a hot tub, dry sauna, steam room and gym is you are looking to exercise you can crank up the music and break out a sweat with a view of the mountains! CAFÉ CURL-UP Grab a cup of cocoa, coffee or other hot beverage at any one of the restaurants in town! HIGH TEA AT THE PRINCE OF WALES Afternoon Tea features a selection of teas and a variety of sandwiches, squares and pastries while overlooking the Waterton Lakes. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT/LIVE BANDS Some restaurants regularly bring in local artists so you won’t have to worry about boredom on a rainy day!
TEENIE WEENIE THEATRE COMPANY Offers camps during the day for children, or catch a show in the evening. BOARD GAMES Various hotel front desks may have board games. If not, check out one of the Gift Shops in town as you are certain to find board games, a deck of cards and other activities to entertain you whilst indoors. PICNIC IN CAMP KITCHEN BY THE LAKESHORE Fun is what you make it and listening to the rain bounce of the roof while enjoying a picnic or hot beverage is an experience in Waterton you will remember forever. RED ROCK CANYON If you are not afraid to get wet then you need to check out Red Rock Canyon in the rain. This is one of the most visited destinations in Waterton, but dies down when the weather turns wet. mywaterton.ca
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TRAPPERS MOUNTAIN GRILL Start your day with a hearty breakfast, stop in for lunch between hikes and end your day with a frosty mug of THE COLDEST BEER IN WATERTON and a delicious dinner at Trappers. Choose from a large variety of tasty, homemade dishes in our rustic style restaurant. Trappers is family owned and operated and is Watertonâ€™s only authentic BBQ. We proudly prepare and smoke our meats and trout on site. While in Waterton stop in for a nice cappuccino or latte and one of many delicious homemade desserts. On your way out donâ€™t forget to check out our unique gift shop for a neat souvenir.
TRAPPERS TRADING POST While in Waterton visit Trappers Trading Post. We have a unique variety of gifts for every age. We carry local made pottery, t-shirts, Christmas ornaments and various other treasures. Whether you are looking for a souvenir to remind you of your trip to Waterton or a warm fuzzy coat to keep you warm come by and check us out. 403-859-2445 106 Waterton Avenue P.O. Box 86, Waterton Park, AB T0K 2M0 Phone 403-859-2445 28 WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK
Waterton Natural History Association
My Waterton Kretz/Robinson Family:
Waterton Shoreline Cruise Co.
Bayshore Inn & Waterton-Glacier Suites
The cruise on upper Waterton Lake is the ultimate Peace Park experience. No stop signs, no customs, you freely float from Canada into the United States and back. The majestic landscape is unencumbered. The trip is made possible only by the family owned Waterton Shoreline Cruises. For three generations and over 60 years the Kretz/Robinson family have safely charted the Upper Waterton Lake. Their on-board narrative enhances the experience. “Waterton helps me to put all of life’s complexities and challenges back into perspective. No matter how stressful or difficult the situation, all I have to do is lose myself momentarily in the Park and I am able to clear my head. Whether scrambling up a remote mountain peak, mountain biking hours away from the nearest road, kayaking across the lake to an area devoid of the sounds of civilization, or simply immersing myself in a book steeped in local history, Waterton has a way of making me appreciate the simple things in life, and remembering what is really important.” —Keith Robinson
The Suleman family who operate the Bayshore Inn and Waterton-Glacier Suites exemplify the values of the Peace Park. Once refugees from east Africa whose family holdings were confiscated by an African dictator, the Suleman’s landed in Canada and soon reestablished their businesses. They came to Waterton in the early 90’s. Now after 25 years, three generations of Sulemans have made the Bayshore and its sister property one of the highest ranking accommodation and food services in the Park. In addition to their world class hospitality, the family is highly involved in education and peace initiatives worldwide.
“Friends of the Park”! Charity organization Information; Geocaching; Kiting; Weekly speakers at the Falls Theatre! Maps; Parks Canada gear; DVDs;! Books on hiking, nature, history and First Nations; Local authors, artists, potters and photographers; Special Exhibits; Badges, pins, and MORE!!
Heritage Centre. 117 Waterton Ave. ! Open May to Sept 403.859.2267! Ofﬁce: 403.859.2624! facebook.com/ WatertonNaturalHistoryAssociation
The family helps refugees start their Canadian careers by employing them, and have built a school and orphanage overseas. ￼ Embracing the artists and landscape of Southern Alberta
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The Uibel Family:
Tamarack Outdoor Outfitters and Waterton Outdoor Adventures
Caribou Clothes, Big Scoop, Bear Country Inn, Bear Mountain Motel
Visitor Services is the sole purpose of the Waterton business community. For 90 years the Baker family has led the way in meeting travelers needs and heading them in the right direction.
“My dad started the business back around 1935. I started selling my Caribou Clothes items in the gift shop of what is now Trappers restaurant in 1977. Our business in Mountain View is 3rd generation.”
Community minded, the Bakers play lead roles in local government, public service and innovative strategies. Six generations call Waterton home.
Family is what it is all about for the Uibel clan and that sense of family extends throughout the community. The Uibels are always the first to say “yes - how can we help” to new projects and needs within the community. —Ross Uibel
“My Waterton is all about tradition. I’m proud that our family is celebrating over 90 years in business in Waterton & Glacier National Parks.”— Brian Baker
located across from the playground
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The Baker Family:
The West Family:
The Robbins Family:
Trappers Mountain Grill
Welch’s Chocolate Shop
It has always been about food! From groceries to restaurants, the West family has provided sustenance for travelers and locals alike. With four generations of experience the family is a wealth of knowledge in business. Many Waterton start-ups have succeeded due in part to the wise mentoring of the West clan.
Welch’s has been serving the public for 54 wonderful memorable years, come meet the staff and share your stories with us. Slippery’s favourite treat is the GRIZZLY DELITE served hot and fresh each day.
My favourite part of the shop is how candy brings people down memory lane. As you venture through the store you will glance back to those times growing up and smile.
Where in the world can you find a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an International Peace Park, and a Biosphere Reserve all rolled into one? At Waterton Lakes National Park, part of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, this is the only place paddling on earth endowed with all photo three titles. Tucked away in the southwest corner of Alberta, Waterton lies three hours south of Calgary and one and a half hours southwest of Lethbridge. The dramatic collision of prairies and mountains has forged a wealth of distinct habitats – 45 to be precise. The combination of grasslands, wetlands, aspen groves, evergreen forests and alpine tundra has led to an unusual diversity of plant life and is home to a rich variety of wildlife. Watch for bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk and black bear. It may be the smallest of our Rocky Mountain parks, but many consider it the hidden jewel in the crown. Hit the back trails and you’re likely to see more wildlife than people. Soak up the sun on the beach of Upper Waterton Lake, or cruise across the water to another country! Hike the infamous Crypt Lake Trail or paddle Cameron Lake. And when the sun slips below the peaks, swap stories over a cold beverage and take in the sweeping panoramas high atop the hill at the iconic Prince of Wales Hotel. Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park shares parkland in Alberta and Montana and is part of what has become known as the “Crown of the Continent”, 42,000 sq km (16,000 sq mi) of spellbinding scenery spanning the corners of Montana, Alberta and British Columbia. Parks Canada www.parkscanada.gc.ca Waterton Tourism www.mywaterton.ca
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Where the Mountains Meet the Prairies / Lewis Overthrust Fault Many of Waterton’s unique natural features are the result of a geologic phenomena, the Lewis Overthrust. Millions of years ago, plate tectonics uplifted a massive slab of the earth’s crust and slid it east about 80km from its original location. The slab slid up and over the underlying crust. Waterton’s mountain prairie interface is the result. You can see the effects today at the base of Bellevue Hill on the Red Rock Parkway. Like a giant bulldozer, the mountains continue to be pushed out atop the underlying prairie covered strata.
Glaciers once flowed here. The grassland section of the park is the best preserved glacial outflow field in the Canadian Rockies. See side moraines, tarns and eskers along the prairie trail. Weather plays a significant role. Located on the Pacific storm track, winds deliver airborne seeds and climate is moderated by warmer Pacific winds. The combined result: Waterton is home to more than 1,000 native plants, 250 species of birds, more than 60 species of mammals, 24 species of fish and 10 species of reptiles and amphibians! Lenticular clouds on the Waterton Front © Stephen Harrington
More than 50% of Alberta’s wildflowers are found in Waterton, as are most of Canada’s rarest species. Waterton’s wildflowers are so numerous and diverse, the park is considered the Wildflower Capital of Canada. Learn more at the annual Waterton Wildflower Festival in June. www.watertonwildflowers.com mywaterton.ca
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Waterton Park Front where conservation and ranching go hand-in-hand at
The Weston Family Conservation Centre and
Waterton Springs Interpretive Trail
featuring • Spectacular scenery, wildflowers, & wildlife • Family-friendly displays and activities • 1 km interpretive hiking trail • Free guided hikes on weekends and holidays from May to August @ 10:30 am Find us at Waterton Springs Campground located on highway 6, just 3.3 km north of the Waterton Lakes National Park Entry Gate
Open from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving 1-877-262-1253 email@example.com www.natureconservancy.ca/ab
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Locals Know The Maskinonge is the perfect scenic pullout to enjoy Waterton’s riparian eco-zone (see map pages 10-11). Here are a few not to be missed scenic viewpoints and photographic locations:
Waterton is considered a birding hot spot. Over 250 species nest or travel through the Park. Golden eagles soar over mountain ridges during their migrations. Black-headed grosbeaks, lazuli buntings and western tanagers grace forests and shrublands with their spring songs. White-tailed ptarmigan feed near subalpine lakes.Varied thrushes lend an ethereal feeling to ancient subalpine forests. Breathtaking mountain bluebirds and prairie falcons are grassland dwellers. Common loons carry their chicks on their backs while osprey dive to capture fish in wetland lakes. Careful observers will find American dippers, spotted sandpipers and harlequin ducks amidst mountain streams. Sandhill Cranes have recently begun to nest in Waterton. Hear their loud clacky calls at the Maskinonge. Enjoy listening and watching for the special birds who call this place home. Expect the unexpected. mywaterton.ca
• Chief Mountain OverlookChief Mountain Highway • Waterton Golf Course lower parking lot • Bison Paddock overlook • Lewis Overthrust Fault - first righthand exhibit - Red Rock Parkway • Waterton Valley Exhibit - Red Rock Canyon • Parkway - first pullout on left • Peace Park International Viewpoint - Highway 6 north at Pine Ridge Pullout
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Fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, coffee of course, and much more. Our covered patio is open daily for breakfast and stays open late. Located on Main Street | 403.859.2211
Daily Drama Workshops
Week Long Drama Camps
ages 5-12 • $15 1:00pm - 3:00pm Mon. - Sat. July 4 - August 20
ages 5 - 12 July 11 - August 19
(none on July 30 - Aug 1) No pre-registration necessary
Please visit our website for themes, times, cost, and registration
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CROOKED CREEK CAMPGROUND
For Reservations 403-653-1100 firstname.lastname@example.org • Open May to October • Majestic Views • 79 sites available • Camp Kitchen 38 WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK
• On site management • All services 15 km away • Highway 5 before Waterton Park Gate
A Sacred Place 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. You can learn more about the First Nations in Waterton. Scenic pullouts along the Red Rock Canyon Parkway and at the Maskinonge offer insights into the importance of Waterton to the Blackfoot and Kootenai People.
My Waterton, Paahtomahksikimi ... Dr. Brian Reeves
Mistakis “The Backbone of the World” and more specifically “Api-pistokaki-kimi”... (North Big Inside Lake) (Waterton) has been my home for 73 years. It’s my centering place, my sacred place, the constant in my life. When driving in, and I first see the mountains, valleys, lakes, grasslands and forests, my heart is joyful and my spirit uplifted. I am returning home once again, to land held dear to humans for over 500 generations. I give thanks to the Piikani ancestors and the spirits that dwell within, as well to the early ranchers who so valued this place they worked hard to protect it. Over 130 years ago they recognized it’s outstanding values and got the lands set aside. Parts of my family have been here ever since. We and our children are today’s keepers. We must all continue the work to ensure Mistakis continues for untold generations. It is a privilege, not a right, to reside in such a place as the winds sent by Napi constantly remind me. mywaterton.ca
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Jewelry Lost Art
by Daniel Sommerfeld
Daniel Sommerfeld Mastercraftsman Main street, Waterton 1-866-820-2232 WatertonJewelry.com DanielSommerfeld.ca 40 WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK
“My roots grow deep in this place. I grew up riding horses in Red Rock Canyon following my dad to the tops of mountains and over mountain passes. I have witnessed the power of the elements through wind, fire and floods. Inspired by the beauty, I learned about the flowers and the importance of wildlife and their natural habitat. Through the years I have raised my children and grandchildren with the same love of this place we call Waterton.”
Zum’s Eatery, Evergreen & Akamina Gifts
—Deb Watson mywaterton.ca
Serving the southwest tourism community for over 40 years, the Cruickshank family are 5 generations strong with the arrival of Zoe Bullock, our newest Watertonian. From Zum’s Eatery to Evergreen and Akamina Gifts the Cruickshank family presents a quality experience for park visitors.
Waterton Lakes Golf Course ONE OF CANADA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL 18 HOLE GOLF COURSES 18 hole Stanley Thompson Design Weekday daily green fee Two for one seniors Tuesday Twilight after 3:30 For tee times call 403-859-2114 Visit Our Licensed Clubhouse • Daily Specials • Monday night Specials • Spectacular patio views • Friendly relaxed atmosphere • Public Welcome
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Pizza of Waterton and Pearl’s Café happily coincide at 305 Windflower Avenue. The original Pizza of Waterton houses a wide variety of specialty pizza options, calzones, and salads. Dine in the laid back restaurant, outside on the shaded patio which is heated for those chilly Waterton nights, or take yours to go and enjoy at your favourite picnic spot. Pearl’s Café is a hiker’s haven offering fresh baked goods, quick breakfast eats, sandwiches, wraps and salads. Get your caffeine fix with locally roasted coffee and espresso drinks made just how you like, served hot or cold.
Proud host of the Triple Crown, Fantastic Four and Front Range Six Hiking Challenges.
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Watchable Wildlife Waterton Lakes National Park is one of the best places to view wildlife in the Rocky Mountains. Moose, bear, elk, deer, pine marten, lynx and 57 other mammals (not to mention 250 species of birds, 6 species of amphibians, 4 species of reptiles and 24 species of fish) abound in this 505 square kilometre protected area. Seeing wildlife can be a special moment in one’s lifetime. Whether it is watching a bear forage for berries on the open slopes along the Red Rock Parkway, or watching a bald eagle fly over the International boat on Upper Waterton Lake, a wildlife encounter is something we never forget. The opportunity to be with wildlife is a privilege. It's important to remember when we're in Waterton Lakes National Park we've entered the home of wildlife. We all have a role to play in helping keep the wildlife natural and safe.
Locals Know • The best time to see wildlife is early morning and evenings. • Take your time. Wait and watch for animals to move through an area. • Maintain a safe distance. Many animals have a critical distance where they feel threatened. Give them space. • Carry binoculars. A lot happens out there if you can see farther afield.
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Wildlife Weekend Each fall as many as 1500 elk gather in Waterton for the annual rut. Waterton offers unparalleled opportunities to observe this up close. The elk gather on the Blackiston Fan and visitors can see the dramatic event from their cars. Big bulls joust in combat. They gather and herd females and work frantically to protect them from other bulls. The high, shrill elk bugle is incomparable. You can experience this and many other wildlife viewing opportunities at the annual Waterton Wildlife Weekend in September. Visit watertonwildlife.com to find out more!
Fall into Waterton
The plethora of colours infinitely highlights the beauty of Waterton Lakes National Park in the fall. The mountainside sings while awash in golden hues. The peaks of Vimy and Mt. Cleveland act as backdrops to the bold brush strokes of oranges, bright yellows, and fiery reds. Upper Waterton Lake cools the scene down with blues and greens that mellow the storm of colours embodied in the trees and leaves. Hundreds of elk populate the Blakiston fan, all with thick, shiny coats, the males parading with antlers at peak growth, hoping to attract eligible females. Bighorn sheep roam the town site, licking salt off the pavement with some males engaging in head-butting tests of strength. If you are lucky, very rare sightings include the wild cats in the park, such as cougar, bobcat, and the ever elusive lynx. Hiking in the fall demands participants to dress in layers as changes in elevation bring all types of weatherâ€”from sunshine and a slight breeze, to rain and possible hail. Riots of colours, diverse animal sightings, and ideal hiking temperatures, make fall in Waterton Lakes National Park something you need to see to believe.
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Mud, snow and sand are great for seeing the signs of wildlife. You may not see the animal, but you can see it has passed by. Animal tracks are exciting to see. They can provide some family fun. Look for tracks and try to determine what animals made them. Here are some common tracks in Waterton:
Locals Know Large predators like wolves, cougars and wolverines indicate healthy landscapes with abundant prey, intact habitats and tolerant people.
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International Significance Nature knows no political boundary. Waterton shares a common border with adjacent Glacier National Park in Montana. Natural processes are common to both Parks. In 1932, Waterton and Glacier were designated as the worldâ€™s first International Peace Park. The Peace Park concept was spawned by Rotary Clubs in Montana and Alberta to commemorate the long friendship between nations. The fundamental concept remains the same and has evolved to include ecosystem management as an important element. Note: Today there are less than 25 peace parks globally, Waterton-Glacier was the first in 1932. The United Nations bestowed upon it the prestigious World Heritage Site designation. Experience the Peace Park on a scenic boat cruise aboard the International. Of national significance is the Prince of Wales Hotel. Together with the First Oil Well in Western Canada on Akamina Parkway the two are designated National Historic Sites of Canada.
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Nearby Accommodations and Attractions
Locals Know Come experience lively entertainment, interactive learning, fun activities, natural landscapes and a festival of history brought to life at a traditional four-day Chautauqua in the Mormon Trail. Popular in the early 1900’s, this revival of the unique travelling road show is a wholesome family friendly event you won’t want to miss! Visit the Canada’s Mormon Trail website for details and event updates.
Choose a hike or two! There are over 25 hikes to choose from – some are simple and some are challenging. You will have fun and enjoy the beauty Waterton showcases on each hike. Don’t forget your camera.
Rocky Ridge Country Lodge • Six bedrooms (2 with lofts) • Separate 3 bedroom cabin • Hot tub Toll Free 1-888-717-7770
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Waterton’s ‘go-to’ Place YOUR ONE STOP SHOP! Soft Serve Ice Cream • Slushies • Snacks Watuko Headgear • Fresh Popcorn • Hot Coffee Gas and Propane • Firewood • Ice • Memory Cards • Local Jerky • Souvenirs • and so much more RENTALS AVAILABLE FOR: Mopeds • Mountain Bikes • Surreys • Tandems Bear Spray • Tennis Racquets • DVDs
403-859-2266 224 Mt. View Road Waterton Lakes National Park
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Monday - Saturday July 1 - Aug 20 (dark July 30 - Aug 1) Showtimes 4:00pm and 7:30pm General admission $15.00 Kids aged 3 - 17 $10.00 4:00pm Matinee - all seats $10.00 2016 Season • Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat • The Importance of Being Earnest • James and the Giant Peach • Historical Hysterics “There’s Oil in Them Thar Hills”
Lions Hall, 209 Fountain Ave. Waterton, AB • 1.877.999.9898 watertontwt.com
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Waterton is the only place in the Canadian Rockies where the prairies and mountains meet without a transition of foothills.
On Top of the World! Once known as Bear Mountain by the Piikani (Blackfoot) tribe for its humplike appearance, the short but rewarding Bear’s Hump hike is without a doubt the most popular hiking trail in Waterton Lakes National Park. It offers spectacular views without being too much for the novice hiker. In about half an hour, after a steep and steady climb of just over 1 kilometre and 700 foot elevation gain, the trees part to reveal the view that you have been waiting for. The flat top of the “hump” of the mountain acts as a stage to the theatre of the beauty of Waterton. Looking south, the view begins with the colourful roofs of the town site and stretches down the breathtaking Waterton valley, showcasing the luminescent Middle and Upper Waterton Lakes glistening in the sunlight. Taking in a 360° view from this vantage point, you can see why Waterton is referred to as the point “where the mountains meet the prairies”.
Photo by Allen Parker
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The Magic of Waterton
YEAR ROUND FUN!
There is something magical about Waterton Lakes National Park in the winter season that speaks to your soul in the most basic way
watch the sun setting behind the majestic Waterton mountains and experience a family meal without distractions. Reconnect and be present as these moments can be few and far between.
Winter brings deep quiet to Waterton, but does not diminish its beauty. Snow and ice transform the park to a frozen haven. Peaceful quiet so intense the snow crunching beneath your snowshoes is the most sound you will hear while exploring the snow dusted Cameron Lake. There are also excellent opportunities for cross country skiing in Waterton Lakes National Park. Designated trails are clearly identified by trailhead signs describing degree of difficulty and other information. While exploring outside, hear the delighted giggle of a child as she sees a deer for the first time; witness the triumph of a completed snowman and whoop with glee as you fly down a hill on a toboggan. Be present for these magical moments with loved ones as you escape to Waterton this winter.
For couples looking to re-connect, turn off your phone and live in the moment. You will find that this type of relaxing escape will take you back to what matters most in life. Get away from the grind of everyday life while you appreciate joy in the little things, like the way hot chocolate, marshmallows and a fireplace make the perfect combination. Sometimes it can feel like you’re moving mountains; in this quiet, quaint village, you simply get to enjoy them. The two hotels open during the winter serve as the ultimate catalyst for this type of experience. Outside of the room, romantic activities can involve bundling up and taking a walk around the Waterton townsite, relishing the serenity of the quiet. Take in Cameron Falls and feel the refreshing mountain air rejuvenate your soul. Reconnect while enjoying some romantic cross-country skiing. And on the way back to your hotel, you notice that the warm glow of the hotel lights stick out like a beacon—almost as if it’s calling you home.
After exploring the park on snowshoes, building a snowman, and then tobogganing down an exciting snowy hill, warm up in one of Waterton’s restaurants with a hot beverage and a delicious meal. Although there’s only a few open in Waterton year round, there is still a variety of options to cater to your comfort food craving after a fun-filled day of winter activities. The best part is you get to 50 WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK
There is something in the air in this magical mountain town. Annual Cameron Lake Area Snowfall: 4.5m/14.76ft
Cross Country Skiing Cross Country skiing in Waterton is for the outdoor enthusiasts that want to get off the beaten path. The back country of Waterton offers a different taste than trails offered at other National Parks. What is the difference? Untouched. The experience Waterton offers is terrain that is mostly ungroomed as less visitors frequent this area in the winter. It really is the best hidden secret and what better way to uncover them than to glide along a trail alone. Here, you donâ€™t have to worry about bumping into others and you certainly donâ€™t have to travel along the same paths thousands of others have travelled before. Why Waterton in the winter seems to still be a secret is unknown, but cross country skiing here is so personal and intimate, you will feel the difference.
Photo by Travel Alberta
Locals Know Mountain weather changes quickly! Make sure you check the forecast before you head out on a hike and pack accordingly!
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ENTER THE 2016 PHOTO CONTEST from June 1 to October 1
Whether you actively seek out wildlife or allow it to happen organically, a sighting can certainly add to the ambiance of your quiet vacation in Waterton in the winter. Deer and bighorn sheep are the most common, especially right in the village. Although you may be the only people visiting the town, you may have to share it with these mild in nature creatures that often make an appearance. They are not shy and may even stay still long enough to pose proudly for a photo.
If viewing wildlife in Waterton is on your bucket list be sure to check out the Blakiston Fan, which is south of the Entrance Parkway, between Lower and Middle Waterton Lakes. This area typically hosts hundreds of elk and if you stand at the gate area there is a high probability to see them crossing the Waterton River.
Throughout the Waterton Lakes National Park Activity Guide we have used a variety of pictures that were submitted in our Photo Contest. We thank all of those who submitted their photos.
Nothing connects you more to nature than spotting a moose, red squirrel, snowshoe hare or marten. A prime spot to increase your chances to see these animals is along Akamina Parkway. If you really want to add to the experience, grab a mug of something hot, and enjoy nature in its purest form. arry Moore
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Waterfalls Cameron Falls
People have said there is something magical about Waterton in the winter. At the heart of this “magic” you can find Cameron Falls. This spot is a must see in the summer and is often surrounded by crowds that want that perfect selfie with the iconic falls in the background. However, in the winter, they become something much more intimate. It can be described as a frozen flow of ice. Sometimes in life, you just need to freeze for just a minute in silence and savor the beauty. Cameron Falls in the winter allows you to do just that and although beautiful in the summer, there is a reason many prefer it in the winter. It is something you need to experience for yourself.
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Building a Snowman
Building a snowman is time tested and still one of the best ways to connect with your loved ones. This activity is not the latest model and it doesn’t come with warranty; You don’t have to stand in line or fight the crowds and you certainly don’t have to watch that dreaded show for the one thousandth time. However, new or old, this activity seems to still be in several winter films and do you notice how everyone looks so… Happy?? It almost as if in that moment, life is just perfect. Here in Waterton, we do not profess to be perfect. However, Waterton does provide the catalyst for perfect moments to transpire. Put the cell phone down and invest some quality time in this classic activity. The best part is in the winter, Waterton is uncrowded so you feel like you have the place to yourself. Sure, you can build a snowman in your own backyard, but in ours, the laughter can echo for miles. mywaterton.ca
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Snowshoeing CRUNCH. CRUNCH. CRUNCH. This may be the only sound you hear when you snowshoe the uncrowded trails of Waterton. Of course, that is only if silence is what you are looking for when you immerse yourself in Watertonâ€™s surreal back country. Regardless if you are silent or talking, this is an experience that will leave you refreshed and reconnected with your friends, family or children. For those that have never tried this activity the best advice is to just go and do it. You donâ€™t need lessons; it is really something you can just fall into. Snowshoeing has been around for centuries and although the equipment has evolved, it is an activity that is meant to make hiking through snow covered terrain an easier endeavour. That being said, it is still a great workout and will leave you exhausted but rejuvenated at the same time. It is a unique winter sport that is still not experienced by many and those that have keep coming back to experience it over and over again. 54 WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK
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Our Magical Place There’s just something about watching the landscape build into the mountains on the way to Waterton—you know you are heading somewhere special. In winter, the town clears out and most businesses get boarded up, but it makes you feel like you are the only people on earth. Snowshoeing is our favourite way to really experience the mountains in the winter. Gazing at Forum Falls after a heart pumping climb is the best kind of therapy there is. You can feel your worries floating away like your breath in the cold air; inhaling the crisp mountain air, and exhaling the worries and stresses of everyday life. It is a relaxing place for us—every time I mention going to Waterton for the weekend, Erin’s eyes light up in anticipation.
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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words Immersed anywhere in Waterton Lakes National Park, there is an abundance of opportunities for a great photo op. So bring out your selfie stick and be sure to break out your best pose in one of Waterton’s Top Spots to take that Selfie! BEARS HUMP Beginning at the Waterton Visitor Centre, this short, strenuous climb rewards you with a spectacular view of Waterton Valley and Mount Cleveland. You will also get a unique view of the prairies which provides you with clear insight as to why Waterton is described as “where the mountains meet the prairies”. PRINCE OF WALES HILL Stands tall on the bluff above Waterton providing a picture perfect place to take a photo with the Waterton Lakes sparkling majestically in the background. It also provides another viewpoint of the town site below. 56 WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK
CAMERON FALLS For any moment worth savoring, Cameron Falls provides a great backdrop to create that memory. Situated against the base of Bertha Peak, these falls are a must-see. BERTHA FALLS The hike to Bertha Lake provides stunning views of several waterfalls, including the long cascade of upper Bertha Falls. This popular destination starts from the town site on Evergreen Avenue in Waterton town site, about 500 metres past Cameron Falls.
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BLAKISTON FALLS Looking for an easy walk with big rewards? The 2km hike from Red Rock Canyon to Blakiston Falls provides a plethora of photo opportunities including views of Mount Blakiston, sparkling creeks, lush forests and those impressive falls!
Photo by Tessa Luppens
LAKE SHORE Walking along the lakeshore is not only peaceful but provides the best view of the Waterton Valley from the ground. Of course, the best time to take these photos is early morning or late afternoon.
SUNSET BOAT CRUISE Enjoy the sunset on a boat with the Waterton Lake sparkling like crystals behind you. It is the ultimate setting for a selfie and is a must-do while experiencing Waterton!
THE RED CHAIRS These Red Chairs are strategically placed at some of the best lookouts in Waterton. As you explore, be sure to keep your eyes out for these iconic chairs as they are sure to share a breathtaking viewpoint thatâ€™s selfie worthy! Photo by Meglena Pavena
RED ROCK CANYON Not necessarily a selfie spot but more of a selfie destination. Colorful red rocks paint this area immersing you in a different setting than the other mountain viewpoints in Waterton. Itâ€™s a unique photo opportunity while allowing you the ability to get creative with this distinctive scenery.
Photo by Jake Friesen
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Impress your friends and family with these Unique Waterton Facts! WATERTON VALLEY Enveloped on both sides by mountains as far as the eye can see, Upper Waterton Lake leisurely meanders south to the United States. Dots of green, red, and brown mark the town site businesses and the Prince of Wales stands like nobility in the foreground. This view is an icon to Waterton, making it the ultimate differentiator to other National Parks. NO CHAINS Unlike the majority of National Parks, Waterton businesses have a long standing history in the Park. Pat’s Waterton was the second building built in the Park (after the Prince of Wales)*, and the Waterton Shoreline Cruise Co. has been offering cruises on Waterton Lakes since the mid-1950’s. Local families have been leaving their mark in Waterton where a majority of businesses can trace their history back generations to the specific business, building or surrounding area. WATERTON-GLACIER INTERNATIONAL PEACE PARK Created in 1932, it was the world’s first International Peace Park. It was created, and stands today as a symbol of peace and goodwill between Canada and the United States. In addition, the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. CROWN OF THE CONTINENT The Crown of the Continent, where Alberta, British Columbia, and Montana meet, boasts one of the most diverse and intact ecosystems in the world. Waterton Lakes National Park, together with Glacier National Park in Montana is referred to as the “Jewel of the Crown” because of their rich and diverse physical, biological, and cultural resources. 58 WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK
TWO NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES As well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a whole, Waterton Lakes National Park also contains not one, but two National Historic Sites. Designated in 1968, the Park has the First Oil Well in Western Canada as well as the Prince of Wales Hotel which was designated in 1995. NAMED 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES IN CANADA BY CULTURE TRIP In such company as charming seaside communities, and historic rural villages, Waterton Lakes National Park found its way as one of the 10 most beautiful villages in Canada in 2015. With one trip to this unique and breathtaking National Park, it is easy to see why. CRYPT LAKE HIKE DUBBED ONE OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S BEST HIKES: THRILLING TRAILS This list of 20 hikes are not for the novice or nervous hiker. These hikes list 20 of the most heart-pounding trails that include perilous heights, erupting volcanoes, and definite hair-raising moments, and Waterton Lakes National Park’s Crypt Lake Trail is included in this list. This Triple Crown Hike includes a ferry ride, a knees-tonose rock tunnel, a very narrow ledge with a steel cable handrail for stability, and breathtaking waterfall views. It may be intimidating and at times, you may second guess why you are balancing on a small rock ledge, but like any hike worth its salt, it’s definitely worth the climb.
Fun Waterton Facts • Waterton was the site of western Canada’s first producing oil well, the second in all of Canada. • The park covers an area of 505 square kilometres (195 square miles) • Waterton is the only place in the Canadian Rockies where the prairies and mountains meet without a transition of foothills. • More than half of Alberta’s plant species are found in Waterton • Upper Waterton Lake is the deepest lake in the Canadian Rockies – 148 metres (487 feet) at its deepest
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Open year round, the Waterton Lakes Lodge houses the largest selection of accommodation options in Waterton. Spend a romantic getaway in a Deluxe Suite furnished with a jetted tub and gas fireplace, or find convenience for your family in a Full Kitchen Suite. Standard suites are perfect for weary travelers seeking a simple place to rest, and pet friendly room options are available for those traveling with their furry friends. 101 Clematis Ave | watertonlakeslodge.com | 1.888.985.6343
Centrally located, the Aspen Village offers a variety of hotel accommodation styles including traditional motel suites, family cabins, pet friendly room types, and a Deluxe Honeymoon Suite. The Aspen Village is a simple, clean and comfortable place to stay for families and travelers looking to experience the beauty Waterton while keeping within budget. 111 Windflower Ave | aspenvillageinn.com | 1.888.859.8669
Crandell Mountain Lodge offers rustic charm and coziness that only a visit to Grandma’s house can rival. Cozy quilts and fresh warm cookies upon check in accompany the friendliness and cleanliness that you would expect at one of Alberta’s Charming Inns. This rustic mountain lodge has rooms with fireplaces, country décor, and lots of character. Relax and explore Waterton from the comfort and charm of this unique accommodation. 102 Mt View Road | crandellmountainlodge.com | 1.866.859.2288
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unique canadian cuisine, craft beers, hearty & handmade, relaxed atmosphere Serving Waterton visitors year round, Vimyâ€™s provides a variety of dining possibilites. Enjoy a romantic date night in the upper level dining room, or a relaxing evening in the lounge with a cold brew and the game on the big screen. Wake up with locally roasted coffee and five different eggs benedict combinations, or spend an afternoon with friends on the wind protected patio. Located inside the Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort at 101 Clematis Avenue
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The Waterton Challenge: The Art of Doing Nothing Absolutely nothing. But for some, this is exactly what they are looking for. For some, this is exactly what they need. For some, staying still, staying quiet with the sound of your own breath requires a mindset we are not used to hearing outside of a yoga studio. However, like yoga, this type of mediation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. By embracing this quiet mountain town, you are embracing yourself.
It’s when its quiet the reality of who you are sets in and Waterton removes the distraction and holds up that mirror without judgement. However, you get to determine if you like what you see. This is where you get to be real. This is where you get clarity. This is where you can start to love yourself again.
Some have referred to Waterton as a ‘ghost-town’ and it may be appropriate title. Here you can tackle your personal “ghosts” by gaining perspective and clarity.
There is no question about the beauty of Waterton. The challenge is turning your mind off and getting comfortable in your own skin and loving who you are, despite your imperfections.
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Have you tried Geocaching?
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GPS devices are available on loan and Geocaching training classes start July and August. For more information visit mywaterton.ca Geocaching is a great way to spend time with family and the great outdoors. Geocaching is a treasure hunting game using GPSenabled devices. Use the GPS coordinates and attempt to find the hidden container at a hidden location. Inside the container you will probably find a log book to sign and some trinket to trade. Geocaching is a great way to test your skills with coordinates, clues, teamwork, and adventure. 66 WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK
Waterton Park hosts several geochaches. Find a few special ones and you may even win a prize. Pick up your geocaching passport from the Heritage Centre (May through September). Fill your passport to claim your Geocache coin. Check out geocaching sites at geocaching.com.
Waterton’s Wildflower Festival
After a long and arduous climb up the ridge, you finally crest the peak and gaze upon hundreds of wildflowers. The guide points out rare species that are only found in Waterton Gill Ross such as a cluster of western wake-robin, and Lewis’ mock-orange. Along another slope the group provincially rare species of wildflowers such as the oddshaped mountain lady’s slipper, mountain hollyhock, and the cheery pygmy poppy. This guided hike is only a fraction of what is offered during the Waterton Wildflower Festival. Guided hikes, walks, workshops on photography and art, and presentations on the wildflower capital of Canada comprise this annual event.
The definition of a wildflower means that the flower grows freely without human intervention. As the wildflower capital of Canada, Waterton Marlene Thurlow boasts more than 1,000 plant species including half of all wildflower species found in Alberta. Of those, 175 species are listed as rare in Alberta and 20 are found only in Waterton. From bear grass to orchids, pink meadowsweet, and glacier lilies, learn to identify the different species, see wildflowers from horseback, cruise, or canoe, indulge in an afternoon tea with local experts, and learn about wildflower photography and painting. The possibilities and mediums are endless when learning about Waterton wildflowers during the 13th annual Waterton Wildflower Festival. Elaine Kennedy
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For community information, things to do and places to enjoy, visit www.albertasouthwest.com • Bellevue Underground Mine Tour • Leitch Collieries Provincial Historic Site • Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village • Heritage Acres Farm Museum
• Fort Museum of the NW Mounted Police • Claresholm Museum • Nanton Elevator Discovery Centre • Bomber Command Museum
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