GyPSy Guide provides a professional tour guide commentary along scenic drives. Our tours highlight the very best of the region with entertaining stories about history, geology, legends and local advice, so all you have to do is drive, listen and soak in the scenery.
Just Like Having A Tour Guide In Your Car™
Stories, tips and advice as you drive, so you don’t miss a thing.
All the benefits of a guided tour, the freedom to drive yourself.
No data, cellular or wifi required, while driving.
WATERTON NATIONAL PARK AND ALBERTA SW TOUR
WATERTON NATIONAL PARK AND ALBERTA SW ROUTE MAP
What to Expect
Sharing a boundary with Glacier National Park in the USA, Waterton National Park is a stunningly beautiful destination, with rugged mountain peaks, picturesque Waterton Lakes and an abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities. There are 2 main drives deep into the Park from the townsite.
Highlights of the region include The Frank Slide and Crowsnest Pass, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site, Historic Fort McLeod and Pincher Creek and many other small towns and places of interest along Alberta’s Cowboy Trail.
If you are travelling to or from Waterton to Banff National Park and/or Calgary, GyPSy Guide has commentary all across the Alberta South West region and its varied and fascinating communities. It’s highly recommended to allow extra time to explore the region.
If connecting between Calgary and Waterton, Highway 2 has commentary all the way and includes places like Nanton, Stavely and Claresholm. If travelling between Banff National Park and Waterton take Highway 22 – The Cowboy Trail, for a beautiful drive and an opportunity to visit the working historic Bar U Ranch.
What You’ll See
Some of the highlights along the tour route include;
Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Historic Fort McLeod
Waterton National Park
WATERTON NATIONAL PARK DRIVING TOUR APP REVIEWS
WATERTON NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA SW DRIVING TOUR APPS
After the Kenow fire, Parks Canada are working hard restore areas in Waterton National Park. For current status, visit the Parks Canada link below.
LISTEN TO SAMPLE COMMENTARY – WATERTON ALBERTA SW
Where does the tour start?
There are many different places to start this tour depending on where you are coming from.
From Calgary Airport. Drive south on Deerfoot Trail Hwy 2.
From Banff. Drive towards Calgary on Hwy 1 and turn south at Highway 22.
Approaching from the West. On Hwy 3, the commentary begins soon after you cross the border from BC into Alberta.
Crossing the US/Canada Border. At Chief Mountain – continue follow Hwy 6. Commentary will begin as you approach the Park entrance.
From Lethbridge and East. As you enter the towns of Fort MacLeod or Cardston you will enter the commentary zone.
What should I bring?
Its important to keep charging your device as you drive and we recommend using a DC cigarette lighter-style of charger. Plugging directly into the vehicle’s USB port is not recommended.
Fill up your gas tank and bring some food & drinks. Wildlife spotting can be excellent in Waterton National Park so having binoculars is recommended.
Don’t forget your smile and camera.
What's open in Waterton National Park after the Kenow Fire?
After a long winter, Parks Canada are working hard this summer to restore areas in Waterton National Park affected by the Kenow fire. We’re waiting to see what is finalized this season, before updating the app.
For current status please visit Parks Canada https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/waterton/visit/ouvert-open
“Waterton Lakes National Park is open and ready to welcome visitors in 2018.
While some areas of the park were affected by the September 2017 Kenow Wildfire, Parks Canada is committed to providing fun and memorable visitor experiences in Waterton Lakes National Park in summer 2018.
Parks Canada’s staff has been working hard to assess and reduce wildfire-related hazards on trails and backcountry facilities in Waterton Lakes National Park. Trail crews have repaired damaged and destroyed infrastructure (benches and small footbridges) and assessed, cut, and cleared fallen and burned trees.”