Glacier National Park Information

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TOP THINGS TO DO IN GLACIER

HIKE
Glacier National Park boasts more than 730 miles of trail in the park with access to soaring peaks, beautiful forests, mountain meadows and hidden lakes.

FANTASTIC FOUR OF WATERTON-GLACIER: THE INTERNATIONAL PEACE PARK CHALLENGE

Hikers, looking for a challenge? take the Fantastic Four of Waterton-Glacier: the International Peace Park Challenge! Venture into Pearls Cafe (home to the Triple Crown), in Waterton Lakes National Park, on the Canadian side of the border to sign up. Complete 2 of Waterton's most popular treks, Crypt Lake and Alderson-Carthew along with Glacier's own Siyeh Pass and the Garden Wall to receive a coveted spot on the Fantastic Four Glory Board, as well as an exclusive t-shirt!

DRIVE THE GOING TO THE SUN ROAD
This incredible scenic road opens after the winter snows as early as May or as late as July 1 One of the most famous beautiful drives in North America, it is a must do during your visit.

VISIT WATERTON NATIONAL PARK
As great as Glacier National Park is, it doesn’t have a town site like Waterton. Come enjoy gift shops, candy stores and restaurants while seeing all that Waterton has to offer.

DAY HIKE THROUGH SUNRIFT GORGE  
Sunrift Gorge is a narrow channel carved by glacial run-off located just off Going To The Sun Road, 10 miles west of St. Mary.  When  the water level is low enough, you can walk through the gorge. Be sure to watch your step!

ATTEND A RANGER PROGRAM
Glacier Park offers a wide variety of educational programs and guided hikes. Check out the events page to see which ones are available during your stay.

TAKE A RED BUS TOUR
For 70 years the open topped red buses have shown visitors the park. Get a guided tour of the park and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

ENJOY A BOAT TOUR
Enjoy a scenic boat tour on Lake McDonald, St. Mary Lake, Two Medicine Lake, or Waterton Lake.

VISIT A GLACIER
The glaciers are rapidly melting away, be sure to see one before they go!  Rated one of the two best day hikes in Montana, day hike to the Grinnell glacier from Many Glacier Hotel

HAVE A PIECE OF PIE AT PARK PLACE CAFÉ IN ST. MARY
 The Park Place café boasts over 17 types of delicious, homemade pie. From huckleberry to sugar free razzleberry, there is a flavour for everyone.

CHECK OUT ST. MARYS VISITOR CENTER
 The St. Mary Visitor Center provides  gateway orientation for park visitors. The visitors center has rangers on hand to answer questions, large maps the park and exhibits relating to the geologic history and biological diversity found throughout the park. It also has a theatre that plays short 15 minute shows throughout the day.  There is also a bookstore available which carries a wide variety of publications and maps.


TOP THINGS TO DO IN WATERTON


HIKE
Waterton Park  boasts 255 km (191 miles) of trails. They range in difficulty from a short strolls to steep treks of several days duration. Trails in Waterton Park also lead to extensive trail systems in Montana's Glacier National Park and in British Columbia's Akamina-Kishenina Provincial Park.

GOLF
The Waterton Lakes Golf Course  is a challenging, fun course. Like most of the courses in the Rockies, the mountain scenery is often a "hazard" all its own.

BOAT
Hit Cameron lake and rent a canoe, kayak or paddle boat and enjoy the scenery and pristine water

HIT RED ROCK CANYON
Red Rock Canyon is a unique area, the layers of red and green colored minerals offer a brilliant contrast to each other and the lush surroundings.  Climb down and wade through the creek or brave the cold waters and swim in the shallow pools along the canyon.

RENT A QUADCYCLE FROM PATS
The quadcycle is a must for all visitors to Waterton. There is no better way to explore the town than to jaunt through with your family and friends on this multi-person bicycle.

COMPLETE THE TRIPLE CROWN CHALLENGE
The Triple Crown of Waterton  is a hiking challenge, encouraging hikers to complete three world class hiking trail; Crypt Lake, Akamina Ridge and the Alderson-Carthew Summit in one summer. Those who complete the challenge receive a t-shirt and have their names put up on the glory board displayed in Pearls Café and on several Waterton websites.

VISIT GLACIER
Take the International Boat Cruise to Goat Haunt Montana and marvel at the international boarder cut line through the trees along side the mountain.

HORSEBACK RIDE
The mountain views make for a beautiful ride, and several stables are within a 15 minute drive of the park. Check out www.experiencewaterton.com for a list of stables.

HIKE BEARS HUMP
See the iconic view of Waterton from the top of Bear’s Hump. A challenging, but short  hike, the effort is well worth it.

ATTEND A PARKS PROGRAM
Parks Canada does several interpretive programs and guided hikes. Check out the events page for more information.