Waterton Lakes NP

  • Cameron Lake  - © Richard Bukowski
  • Carthew Alderson Trailhead Waterfall - © Richard Bukowski
  • View of Mesa from Summit  - © Richard Bukowski
  • Chinook winds from Glacier National Park - © Richard Bukowski
  • Summit Lake  - © Richard Bukowski
  • Alderson Lake  - © Richard Bukowski
  • Carthew Lakes Other Side  - © Richard Bukowski

Key information: Waterton Lakes NP

    • Waterton Lakes NP's outstanding landscape has been shaped by fire, wind and flooding and contains a rich variety of plants and wildlife.
      • The National Park contains 45 different habitat types and more than half of Alberta's plant species can be found here. The park provides homes for many animals, including wolf, coyote, cougar, grizzly bear and American black bear. The gorgeous grasslands are home to the famous elk, mule deer and white tailed deer.
      • There are many wonderful trails, the best known being the Carthew-Alderson Trail and the Tamarack Trail.

        This can be tough walking in high, remote mountains, on which you will have to be self-sufficient. Come prepared.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating82
  • Beauty35
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest0
  • Charisma34
  • Negative points2
  • Total rating82

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Variable
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable

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Summit Lake  - © Richard Bukowski

WALK SUMMARY

Waterton Lakes NP represents the southern end of the Rocky Mountain Natural Region, where some of the most ancient mountains in the Rockies abruptly meet the prairie. 

The outstanding landscape has been shaped by fire, wind and flooding and contains a rich variety of plants and wildlife. The National Park contains 45 different habitat types and more than half of Alberta's plant species can be found here.

The park provides homes for many animals, including wolf, coyote, cougar, grizzly bear and American black bear. The gorgeous grasslands are home to the famous elk, mule deer and white tailed deer.

 

There are many wonderful trails, including the following:

-Bertha Lake

-Carthew-Alderson Trail 

-Wall Lake

-Forum Lake

-Rowe Lakes

- Lineham Ridge

-Red Rock Canyon

-Crypt Lake

-Tamarack Trail - a stunning walk

This can be tough walking in high, remote mountains, on which you will have to be self-sufficient. Come prepared.

Have a look at TripAdvisor - there are tens of millions of reviews, so you may get good, current views on this walk.

 

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Alderson Lake  - © Richard Bukowski

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