If you follow me on Snapchat, Instagram, or Twitter @girlndacoconut you know that I recently went on a family vacation to Glacier, Waterton, Jasper, and Banff National Parks. Out of all of these the small town of Waterton stole my heart. If you make it out to the area you simply must go.
One of my favorite features was the natural waterfall on the outskirts of the town. My sisters thought the neighborhood cats were much more interesting lol. Silly girls.
This town is certainly pet friendly so if you like dogs. Definitely take walk around; you won’t be disappointed. There is also a beautiful view of the mountains and Upper Waterton Lake just the other side of the main downtown area. It’s a great spot for a picnic or to do some kayaking. Of course there are numerous options for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and kayaking.
For all my foodies out there make some room in those bellies for:
Trappers Mountain Grill
Zum’s Restaurant and Mercantile (This is where I ate. They have a hippie wrap that is the bomb!)
Outside of town there’s plenty to do. Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park are now recognized by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) as a provisional International Dark Sky Park. On top of that they are also part of the International Peace Park, Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site. Parks Canada does offers dark sky theater programs and stargazing through telescopes so make sure to take a look at their website for special events. Some staff favorites for dark-sky viewing: are Cameron Bay, Red Rock Parkway, Cameron Lake, and the Bison Paddock.
If you’re looking for a nice easy drive there are plenty of scenic routes available with an ample supply of pull offs and viewpoints.
Entrance Parkway is considered one of the best roads for viewing wildlife. On your way stop at the historic Prince of Wales Hotel for a great view of Waterton Lake. If you’ve got extra time have a drink in their lobby with a fantastic view safe from the elements (it was so windy we almost fell of the side of the cliff when we were there lol)
The Red Rock Parkway takes you to (surprise surprise) Red Rock Canyon. This is another place I would definitely recommend stopping at. Try to get there early in the morning if possible as it does get crowded. There is an easy pathway along the canyon if you feel like stretching your legs in between drives. Side note: This is a prime drive for wildflower viewing in the summer!
The Akamina Parkway takes you to Cameron Lake where you can rent a boat for a relaxing afternoon on the water or you can view the interpretive exhibit.
Bison Paddock Loop Road is a short loop through protected buffalo grazing land where you can enjoy these animals in their natural habitat. Make sure to stay inside your vehicle for you own protection.
The Chief Mountain Highway is the main road from Waterton Lakes to Glacier Park.
There are too many hiking opportunities for me to list here. Check out Waterton’s visitor’s center for some helpful tips from the locals. Make sure to stop at one of the red Adirondack chairs while you’re in Canada’s Parks! These cheerfully bright chairs are placed throughout the parks and are great photo opportunity. They even have their own hashtag, #sharethechair! There are 5 in Waterton Lakes Nation Park. You can check out this link for the locations.
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