If you are interested in peaceful solitude in a picture perfect winter landscape, look no further than Waterton Lakes National Park. During the winter months, Waterton Park is luminescent in a snow-covered blanket. The Rocky Mountains sparkle, temperatures are often mild and wildlife can be found meandering throughout the park.
Whether you seek serenity or winter adventure, there is no better place to experience it than Waterton Lakes National Park.
Where to Stay
Waterton Glacier Suites is open year round and offers guests beautiful accommodations that include a fireplace, Jacuzzi, mini fridge, microwave, DVD player, goose down comforters and handcrafted furniture.
Where to Dine
Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner all winter long at the newly opened Glacier Café at the Waterton Glacier Suites.
While it can very chilly in Waterton during the winter months, this area is also famous for its warm Chinook winds, which makes the temperature unseasonably mild at times throughout the winter.
What to do
Peaceful Retreats in Waterton
For travelers seeking serenity, Waterton Park in the winter offers a tranquil getaway, a place to spend a quietly romantic weekend or enjoy time with friends in a spectacular mountain destination. Take quiet walks through the village or contemplate life in front of the fire in your private winter retreat at Waterton Glacier Suites.
Photography and Sightseeing in Waterton
While winter blankets Waterton in a deep layer of snow, the roads are plowed for easy driving and walking through most of the Park and Village. Photographers can get one-of-kind shots of winter mountain scenery as well as elk, bighorn sheep and deer that make the park their home.
Winter Picnics in Waterton
Bundle up and head out for a picnic along the lake at any number of enclosed camp kitchens in Waterton Park. Warm up or cook your lunch at a wood stove and enjoy a winter picnic in a stunning Rocky Mountains setting.
Snowshoe and Cross Country Skiing in Waterton
If it’s adventure you are after, Waterton winters offer mile after mile of unchartered terrain to explore by snowshoe or cross-country ski. Snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals are available at Waterton Glacier Suites.
Winter Camping in Waterton
Pass Creek Winter Camp offers outdoor adventurers a sheltered winter campground. Services include a camp, wood stove, firewood and pit toilets. Water is available year-round at the Fire Hall in Waterton Village. Creek water can also be boiled. Backcountry enthusiasts have much to explore during the winter months, but caution must be taken. Get more information on winter camping from Parks Canada.
Ice Climbing in Waterton
Waterton Lakes National Park is home to the deepest lake in all of the Canadian Rockies, lending itself to the kind of precipitation that creates spectacular waterfall ice climbs. With the help of its famous Chinooks winds and its steep Rocky Mountain terrain, Waterton offers ice climbers more than 40 published routes with grades up to and including WI 6. Get information on routes here.
Just a few of the things to do in Waterton during the winter months include:
- cross country skiing
- snow shoeing
- back country skiing
- ice climbing
- enjoy the silence & retreat for the stress of the city
- Fireplaces in every room makes you feel cosy!
- walk through the townsite and have it to yourself!
- wildlife viewing at it’s best!
Whether you prefer the outdoor adventure that Waterton Lakes offers during this gloriously quiet season or would like to stay indoors with a great book, Waterton Glacier Suites offers a cozy winter haven, with Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces in every suite. Just a few things to remember:
- except for Lost Art Jewelery, there will be no shops open in the winter
- no gas stations open in the winter so gas up before you arrive!
- bring your own groceries as there are no grocery stores open in the winter
If you have any questions about activities , what to do or what’s open…just give us a call!