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Awesome Alberta: Waterton Lakes make for a great getaway (PHOTOS)

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Veronica Beltrann Apr 30, 2018 9:00 am 358

Pull out a pen and paper, because Waterton Lakes National Park is going onto your 2018 bucket list.

With its beautiful blue waters and deep roots in Canadian history, Waterton Lakes National Park makes for the perfect place to brush up on your high-school history while relaxing and taking in the scenic views.

Waterton Lakes National Park was named in honour of Squire Charles Waterton, a British Naturalist, and was the fourth national park in Canada, established in 1895.

Last year, wildfires devastated Alberta, destroying areas of the park which still remain out of commission and are closed until further notice from Parks Canada, though there are still plenty of open spots to check out.

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from Albertaparks.ca and AdventureSmart.

Where is it?

Waterton Lakes National Park is located three hours south of Calgary and spills into the US state of Montana, where it becomes Glacier National Park.

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How do you get there?

Driving from Calgary, you’ll want to get on the AB-2 south, take exit 89 to merge onto the AB-3 west, continue on AB-810 south, then take AB-800 south all the way to AB-5 west. You should then reach Waterton Lakes National Park.

What’s there?

Nature will welcome you into its arms, with an abundance of greenery, wildlife, and scenic beauty. Grab a bag, pack some snacks, and go for a hike in the many trails Waterton Lakes National Park has to offer.

Hop on board Watertons’ historic boat — the “International,” built in 1927 — for a tour of the lakes.

If you love the small town vibe, you’re going to love Waterton Village! It’s lined with gift shops for some memorabilia to take home with you, ice cream shops for the hot weather, and great restaurants to wind down at — because everyone loves food.

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Veronica Beltrann

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