Upper Waterton Lake, Waterton Lakes National Park

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Part of UNESCO-protected biosphere reserve, Upper Waterton Lake sustains a varied wildlife that includes large mammals like deer and grizzly bears, as well as smaller animals and many species of birds. Surrounded by unspoiled nature, the lake is probably best appreciate on a boat tour, though you can also choose to hike or cycle to experience this pristine scenery. Colder months bring many winter sports enthusiasts, who come here to ski and snowshoe in perfect serenity. You'll find all the accommodations and amenities you need in the town of Waterton, a small but picturesque waterfront community. Before you visit Waterton Lakes National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • We arrived two weeks after the wild fires. It was sad to see the devastation and many of the restaurants and businesses had closed early for the season. We were not able to hike or ride as planned but...  more »
  • If you can swing the 7pm cruise, it is very pleasant and you are far more likely to see wildlife...like the bear we saw eating at the water's edge. The guide says the pace is more relaxed than the day...  more »
  • see the photos and you will understand what's so nice about it nice lake great hotel and friendly staffs good to travel with dogs recommend to stay at least overnight  more »

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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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