Seniors Visit Waterton Lakes National Park


Waterton Lakes National Park, located in the southwest corner of Alberta, Canada, borders Glacier National Park in Montana. Senior travelers, the Park was highlighted by CNN Travel Photo of the Day as a great place to visit.

In May of 1895, a 140 sq. km (54 sq. miles) the area was protected by the federal government as a Dominion Forest Park. Its status, boundary and name have varied over the years, and it is now known as Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada.

Waterton was Canada’s 4th national park and is the smallest in the Canadian Rockies. The park’s name derives from the Waterton Lakes.


Seniors Discover A Canadian Gem

Senior travelers will find jutting mountains, peaceful prairies, dazzling lakes and spectacular wilderness as they journey north from Glacier National into Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park. Waterton Lakes National Park is one of Canada’s gems, featuring some of the most rugged mountains and narrow gorges in all of the Northern Rockies.

In 1932, Waterton Park joined Glacier Park, creating the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, a World Heritage Travel Destination. The lakes are overlooked by the historic Prince of Wales Hotel, a National Historic Site.


Waterton National Park is open year round, however plan to visit during July and August, when park facilities are open and roads and trails are in good condition. The deepest lake in the Canadian Rockies, 444 feet, and the first oil well in western Canada (1902) are both found in Waterton.

Senior Visitors Find A Place Like No Other

The park named in honor of English naturalist Charles Waterton, is set in a region renowned for its winds. Waterton is a quiet, uncrowded National Park and a perfect place to view spectacular scenery, wildlife and enjoy outstanding recreational opportunities.


The Park is in a breathtaking part of the world, the majestic Rocky Mountains rising suddenly out of the rolling prairies. Senior visitors will find it to be a place like no other with its unique blend of unusual geology, mild climate, rare wild flowers, and an abundance of wildlife.

It is a scene which has remained unchanged for centuries. Isn’t that inviting enough for a “bucket list” travel itinerary? It sounds like a place to get a “Rocky Mountain High”.

And senior hikers…you have not discovered Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks until you have stepped into the backcountry. The Glacier-Waterton Lakes complex has trails for everyone, ranging from two miles to thirty-eight miles and from strenuous to easy.

Senior travelers, when you’re in that part of the country, head into Alberta and visit the Waterton Lakes Park.  Be sure to view Red Rock Canyon, one of the many highlights of the park.  jeb

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