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Waterton Lakes National Park

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Established in the 1890s and named after a celebrated Victorian naturalist, Waterton Lakes National Park encompasses a variety of landscapes that include mountains, freshwater wetlands, prairie grasslands, aspen forests, and lakes. In an area protected as a World Heritage Site, a vacation in Waterton Lakes National Park allows you to discover a mix of wildlife sharing a space of about 500 sq km (200 sq mi). Animals that find shelter in this park include white-tailed deer, mule deer, mountain goats, moose, grizzly bears, coyotes, and bighorn sheep. Most people come here to hike the nature trails, but you can also spend part of your holiday taking scenic cruises on Upper Waterton Lake. Plan the details of your Waterton Lakes National Park holiday and any onward adventuring with our easy-to-use Canada online trip itinerary builder.
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Where to stay in Waterton Lakes National Park

You can't stay in the heart of Waterton Lakes National Park, so your best bet is to base yourself in the township of Waterton and head on day trips from there. This can be difficult if you're on a budget, as the majority of accommodations in Waterton are resorts, hotels, and suites catering to a luxury-seeking clientele. If you're prepared to battle it out against nature, you can make your trip more affordable by pitching a tent at a local campsite. Make your reservations well in advance if visiting between May and September.
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