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Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park is the Canadian extension of the United State's Glacier National Park. The park touches the US border, offering many of the same opportunities as Glacier National Park to the South. The park is to the East of the Continental divide and slopes down to meet the great plains of Alberta.

Head into the backcountry for pristine wilderness, stay at the world renown Prince of Wales Hotel, or take a ferry ride across Upper Waterton Lake at sunset.

Waterton Springs Campground

There are campgrounds inside of Waterton National Park, but they fill up quickly with first come first serve and reservation sites. Instead, stay just outside of the entrance at Waterton Springs Campground. The campground has RV hookups, showers, laundry, and secluded tent sites with fire pits. Then you can easily head into the park for a day trip, or for overnight backcountry trips.

If you are heading into Canada by car, remember you cannot carry firewood across the border. Also, check that fires are allowed before purchasing firewood.

Red Rock Parkway

Take a drive up Red Rock Parkway, and keep your eyes open for wildlife. Bears are frequently seen from the road.

At the end of the road is a parking lot with a number of trails to let you get deeper into the park.

Travel like a pro: Go in the afternoon to see the rocks glow red from the sunset.

Upper Waterton Lake

Waterton Lake extends across the Canada US border, allowing visitors to cross via water ways.

Take the ferry in the late afternoon to catch golden hour on the mountains to the east of the lake.

Prince of Wales Hotel

The hotel, built in the 1920s, was designed to be an attraction for American tourists. The American Great Northern Railway built the hotel to lure Americans north of the border during prohibition.

The hotel was named as transparent ploy to get the Prince of Wales to stay there, but he passed. We'd recommend doing the same, and heading to one of the nearby campgrounds. Do check out the hotel and stop in for some tea though as the building has a great lookout over Lake Waterton.

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