Waterton Lakes National Park is off the beaten path. It is out of the way and rustic in the most convenient and comfortable ways. The town has something for everyone!
We spent 1 night and 1 day in the park, shortly after a large fire ravaged the forest and town. Even if unable to enjoy the trails, there is plenty of reason to go and enjoy! Below is a list of what we did and we would gladly do it all again!
10 Things to do in Waterton Lakes National Park.
1. Set up camp at the Townsite Campground
Townsite Campground is a mountain paradise for weary parents and kids alike. Green grass and huge campsites are only the beginning. Hot showers, dish washing stations, common kitchen shelters, flush toilets, and lake views are among the amenities. A short stroll takes you to restaurants, boat docks, and shops.
2. Get your National Park Passport Cancellation.
A temporary visitor’s center was set up in the post office when we were there. Hiking and mountain biking trails were closed. The locals and park employees love of and concern for the park and town is obvious. We respected the trail closures and didn’t feel like we missed a beat!
3. Walk to town and window shop.
4. Get take out at Wieners of Waterton.
Trust me, you won’t be disappointed! This isn’t your average hot dog restaurant.
5. Picnic by the lake.
6. Check out the bike path.
It winds around the campground, by the lake, through a meadow, and along a river. My 5 year old and 3 year old bike better than they walk so we love a good bike path! Thank you Prevelo kids bikes!
7. Ride your bike to Cameron Falls and take the short hike to the top.
8. Check out the view from the Prince of Whales Hotel.
The bike ride is steep on the way up and quick on the way down. The views are amazing!
9. Watch wildlife.
The park rangers seemed to know every bear and they pointed us towards a mother and two young cubs to watch from a distance. The bears didn’t mind, which was good since we were on our bikes.
The signs warn of aggressive deer. Luckily, we didn’t have a problem.
10. Plan your next trip to Waterton Lakes National Park.
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