Favorite thing: The tour boats leave Waterton Lake and reach Goat Haunt, Montana, at the other end. Along the way it is possible to notice bald eagles and the occasional bear that comes to visit the lakeshore. At the international border, notice the denuded strip of forest that eases the identification of markers (pillars) that further identify the US-Canadian border.
The information bureau inside town is very helpful and has maps and advice on all things included in the Waterton Lakes NP as well as many tips on Glacier NP. Of course they taut the hike to Crypt Lake on the Canadian side like it blows away every other hike in the parks (not true). Bias aside, the Montana views are perceptively better than those north of the border.
Fondest memory: Waterton Lake sits near moose thoroughfares and has its share of bald eagle and grizzly bear traffic. Local warnings alert visitors also to watch for mountain lions slipping into the fringes of town.
Waterton Lakes National Park is located 270 km south of Calgary, Alberta, and 130 km southeast of Lethbridge, Alberta.
From Calgary take Highway 2 south to Fort McLeod, then west on Highway 3 to Pincher Creek, then south again on Highway 6 (approximately 3 hours drive).
From Banff National Park, a scenic 380 km route starts along Highway 1 east. Turn south at Highway 40 and take this scenic route over the Highwood Pass to Highway 22; or, travel further east and turn directly onto Highway 22 south. You will pass the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site just south of Longview. Highway 22 connects with Highway 3. Continue east on Highway 3 to Pincher Creek and then south on Highway 6 to the park.
From Lethbridge, drive south to Cardston on Highway 2, then west to the park via Highway 5 (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes).
From British Columbia, travel by way of the Crowsnest Pass on Highway 3 to Pincher Creek and then south on Highway 6. From Fernie, BC, it is 204 km to the park (approximately 2 hours drive).
From Glacier National Park, Montana, take the Chief Mountain International Highway in summer or go north through Cardston on Montana Highway 89 to Alberta Highway 2 then west on Highway 5 any time of year. From St. Mary, Montana it is about 80 km to the park (approximately a 1 hour drive).
International Ports of Entry:
Chief Mountain - Open May 15 to September 30th
Carway/Peigan (south of Cardston) - Open Year Round, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Favorite thing: Take the drive south to Many Glaciers or one of the other entrances to Glacier National Park in Montana
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