One-day itinerary: Relax in Waterton


A ZenSeekers' road trip isn't complete unless the destinations include outdoor adventures, and culinary, learning and cultural experiences. During summer 2018, create your #BucketlistAB itinerary in Southern Alberta and come and stay a night and see a sight.

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Getting To Waterton

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Drive from Calgary: For a spectacularly scenic drive, take the Highway 22 (Cowboy Trail) then onto AB Hwy 3 east and AB Hwy 6 south. It’s about a 3-hour drive.

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Drive from Edmonton: It’s about a 5 ½-hour drive south on the AB-2 S.

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Drive from Regina: It’s about a 6-hour drive west on the Trans-Canada Hwy/SK-1 W.

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Morning – There are quite a few places in Waterton for a light or heartier breakfast.

With an full-on outdoorsy day ahead, you’ll want to stop for coffee and breakfast. You have quite a few choices, here are three to consider: Larkspur Café, Trappers Mountain Grill or Waffleton.

Mid-morning – Check in with Hike Waterton to make the most of your outdoor adventures with an experienced and knowledgeable guide. They offer nature walks, interpretive hikes, wildflower hikes and shuttle service. Some of the hikes they offer include Valley Panorama Lookout, Red Rock Parkway and Bellevue Trailhead.

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If you want to go on your own, check in first with Parks Canada Visitor Centre for trail maps and more information about what to do in the area. Since the fire in 2017, some trails are closed, so it’s a good idea to find out what’s available.

Afternoon – Head up road to the gorgeous Prince of Wales Hotel for spectacular views of the Lower, Middle and Upper Waterton Lakes. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the mountain sheep walking along the ridge.

Step inside the hotel, built in 1927 and take a look around at detailed craftsmanship of the National Historic Site National Site, which has been recently renovated. If you have time, stop in for High Tea while gazing out at he views.

Late afternoon – Walk around town and explore the shops of main street or rent a Surrey bike from Pat’s Waterton and cycle

Evening – There are plenty of spots to stop for dinner and drinks. Consider a couple on the shores of Upper Waterton Lake with mountain views and where you’re sure to spot the resident deer roaming the grounds.

If you go:

Check out the My Waterton website to get planning your trip.

Travel Alberta also has lots of great information about things to do and places to see in Waterton Lakes National Park.

Read more about Waterton here.

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