Waterton Lakes

Waterton Lakes

Photography lovers, focus! The unique landscape of Waterton Lakes National Park, where the prairies meet the mountains, is home to many deer, elk and black bears. Sightings available anytime. And if you've ever wondered what it's like inside a traditional tipi, spend the night in one and find out!

Activities

Deer, Elk and Black Bear Sightings

During the late summer and early fall you can view wildlife in their natural habitat. Watch a black bear snack on berries. Deer and elk frolic as the days get cooler. Bighorn sheep join the party and all of nature is wild and free.

There are plenty of places to pull off the highway and watch from your vehicle. It's okay because the animals don't mind if you spy on them. And they love having their pictures taken - as long as you do it from afar.

How much time will I need?

  • About 1 hour

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • No special equipment is needed. Just be sure to bring binoculars and maintain a safe distance from the animals.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes

When's the best time to do this?

  • Late summer and fall

Spend a Night in a Tipi

What could be cooler than sleeping in a tipi? Crandell Mountain Campground has five traditional tipis that can be reserved for overnight camping. You can sleep on a mat on the ground or bring something a little more comfy from home.

Gather around the campfire outside and watch the stars overhead, just like the aboriginal people did when they followed the bison. Sleeping in a tipi is great fun so be sure to reserve your spot early.

How much time will I need?

  • Overnight/Weekend

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • Make sure to bring food, water, proper clothing, camping equipment (sleeping bag, pillow, tools) cooking utensils, and any personal items you may need. The only things provided for you are sleeping mats and the tipi as your shelter.

Is this activity free?

  • No, you will have to pay a fee to stay overnight.

When's the best time to do this?

  • Mid-June until early September

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