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WATERTON ALBERTA SW TOUR

  • 450+Audio Points
  • LocationAlberta, CAN
  • Suggested TimeAllow 2+ Days

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Highlights

  • Cowboy Trail
  • Crowsnest Pass
  • Frank Slide
  • Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  • Historic Fort McLeod
  • Pincher Creek
  • Red Rock Canyon
  • Waterton National Park

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. It is especially well known for bear sightings.

Highlights of the region surrounding Waterton 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 – Hwy 22.

Suggested Start Location

Waterton National Park , Calgary or Highway 22 if driving from Banff. 

Suggested Time

Connecting between Waterton and Banff: 4 hours. Calgary: 3 hours. It’s comfortable to see all the major sites inside the park in 1 day. Add a day if planning to hike.

Driving Distance

Between Calgary and Waterton National Park, with a detour to Frank is around 300km (186 miles)

FAQ

WHAT IS WATERTON NATIONAL PARK KNOWN FOR?

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.

IS WATERTON NATIONAL PARK OPEN?

Waterton Lakes National Park is open year round, although from November to April most facilities in the townsite are closed.

HOW MANY DAYS DO YOU NEED AT WATERTON NATIONAL PARK?

It’s comfortable to see all the major sites in Waterton National Park in one day. Add a day if planning to hike, or to simply relax and enjoy your visit.

DO I NEED A PASSPORT TO VISIT WATERTON NATIONAL PARK?

Waterton National Park lies within Canada and like any other international travel, US citizens you still need an active passport to visit the park.

WHICH BORDER CROSSING IS BETWEEN WATERTON AND GLACIER NATIONAL PARKS?

From the eastern end of the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park (St Mary or Babb), the Chief Mountain border crossing is best. That’s Highway 17 on the US side, Highway 6 on the Canadian side.