Nestled in the rolling foothills of southwest Alberta and only 30 minutes from Waterton Lakes National Park, Cardston is one of Canada’s hidden treasures. Established by Utah pioneers in one of the last great wagon migrations, the town maintains its proud heritage through several world-class tourist attractions. Make a day trip to Cardston and experience the beauty, history and legacy of this unique town.
These attractions are within 30 minutes of Waterton Lakes National Park.
Remington Carriage Museum
Recognized by the Government of Canada as the “Best Indoor Attraction in Canada”, the Remington Carriage Museum houses one of North America’s largest collections of horse-drawn vehicles and offers visitors a chance to step back in time to get a glimpse of life in the 19th and early 20th century.
Located in Cardston, Alberta, the Remington Carriage Museum is only a 30-minute drive from Waterton Lakes National Park.
With the majestic Rocky Mountains as its backdrop, the Cardston Alberta Temple stands as a proud reminder of the Mormon faith and the tireless pioneers who nurtured the growth of the LDS Church in a new land. Standing on a highly visible hill on the fertile plains that surround Cardston, the granite edifice overlooks the entire town. Although this is a place of reverence and worship, parts of the Temple are open to the public.
Located in Cardston, Alberta, the Cardston Temple is only a 30-minute drive from Waterton Lakes National Park.
Card Pioneer Home
This tiny log home was built more than a century ago by Cardston’s founder, Charles Ora Card. The original building offers visitors the chance to view original artifacts, beautiful artwork, and complimentary tours. This is a true historical treasure that has remained almost completely untouched. Phone 403.653.3366 for more information.
Located in Cardston, Alberta, the Card Pioneer Home is only a 30-minute drive from Waterton Lakes National Park.
Learn More about the Card Pioneer Home
The Courthouse Museum is the longest-used courthouse in Alberta. The unique sandstone structure was built in 1907 from stone quarried just a few miles from Cardston. The handsome architecture of this striking building remains as a lasting monument to Cardston’s early pioneer artisans. This registered Provincial Historic site displays everything from original jail cells to court artifacts. Phone 403-653-4322 for more information.
Located in Cardston, Alberta, the Courthouse Museum is only a 30-minute drive from Waterton Lakes National Park.
Museum of Miniatures
Come in and enjoy the biggest miniature display in southern Alberta, including more than 150 1:24-scale model cars, antiques, and panoramas. Other miniature historic miracles include a pioneer fort, Native village, prairie town and natural wildlife.
Located in Cardston, Alberta, the Museum of Miniatures is only a 30-minute drive from Waterton Lakes National Park.
Built with logs and local river rocks, rare hardwoods and intricately designed stained glass by a young Belgian carpenter, this beautiful old house was one of the original homes built in Cardston. Legend has it the young carpenter, Henry Hoët, painstakingly built this home for a sweetheart who, sadly, never moved to Canada to become Hoët’s bride. Today this Alberta Historic Site is lovingly preserved and is open to the public to enjoy fine dining as well as bed and breakfast accommodations.
Located in Cardston, Alberta, the Cobblestone Manor is only a 30-minute drive from Waterton Lakes National Park.
Great Canadian Barn Dance
The whole family can have fun at the Great Canadian Barn Dance. This unique resort in Hill Spring takes you back in time to the days when weekend nights were barn dance nights. This unique resort draws thousands of visitors each year to enjoy a day, weekend or extended holiday at the Great Canadian Barn Dance.
Located in Hill Spring, Alberta, the Great Canadian Barn Dance is less than a 30-minute drive from Waterton Lakes National Park.
Discover what other Waterton’s surrounding communities have to offer