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Waterton-Castle Region Canadian Rockies

The southwest corner of Alberta has everything you need, if what you need is mountains, wildlife, lakes, history, restaurants, views, waterfalls and boat cruises that cross an international border. Waterton Lakes National Park, Castle Provincial Parks, Crowsnest Pass and Pincher Creek are the soon-to-be-not-so hidden gems of the Canadian Rockies. ● Picture this: The town of Waterton offers lakefront-mountain views from your restaurant table. ● Hike this: Castle Provincial Park is the newest park in the Rockies, which means crowd-free pleasure. ● Discover: Crowsnest Pass is filled with quaint towns, fascinating history and the site of an eye-popping rockslide.
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Horseback riding in Waterton Lakes National Park

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Buffalo grazing in Waterton Lakes National Park

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Stay a Night & See a Sight - Pincher Creek

To make your next weekend one for the history books, why not take your family to visit some local sights? This package includes overnight accommodation in Pincher Creek and family admission to your choice of Frank Slide, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Waterton Lakes National Park or Remington Carriage Museum. Restrictions apply.

Expires: 2018-09-30
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Waterton Lakes National Park - Photography Workshops

Join professional photographer Kyla Black with Gathering Dust Photography Company for a 7-hour photography workshop: $225 for individual, $375 for group of two, $495 for group of three or $625 for group of four. Instruction, park entry, travel within the Park and dinner are included in the workshop price.

Expires: 2018-11-01
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Alberta Parks Camping Adventure

Stay in the heart of the most magical places. Find fossils. Explore badlands. Hike the Rockies. Alberta’s great outdoors were made for camping. Experience tent camping, RV camping or glamping in Alberta provincial parks. Reserve your space now! Midweek dates available, weekends limited.

Expires: 2018-08-31
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Events

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Hike Your Pass Off!

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
2018-08-17 To 2018-08-19 MST

Join us for our inaugural hiking festival, Hike Your Pass Off, held at Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill! The Crowsnest Pass has long been know as one of Alberta’s most diverse hiking destinations with a great mix of history, wildlife and incredible mountain terrain. Whether they are an experienced hiker or a newbie, the hiking festival offers something for everyone. From easy hikes in the Alison-Chinook Provincial Recreation Area to difficult hikes to the top of Turtle Mountain, this event has something for everyone.

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Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo

Pincher Creek, Alberta
2018-08-17 To 2018-08-19 MST

The Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo may take place in a small town but it is a BIG PRO rodeo! You are close to the action and sitting with ranchers and cowboys who rodeo every day as part of their lifestyle. It is a summer adventure for the whole family that shouldn't be missed.

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Crowsnest Community Market

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
2018-06-29 To 2018-08-23 MST | Show All Dates

Join us at the Gazebo park in downtown Blairmore, Alberta Thursday evenings from 4-8pm. We are an outdoor market running from June 28-Sept 6 with some extra special dates happening as well. We strive to create a community gathering place that features a variety of food, crafts, artisans, music and entertainment and more! Its a great place spend the evening and enjoy all our community has to offer! If you are a vendor wanting to join us, our vendor applications are now posted on our website.

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Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort

Waterton Lakes, Alberta
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The Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort is an 80-suite, full-service hotel with numerous amenities including fitness centre, swimming pool, the wonderful Vimy's Lounge & Grill restaurant, all located in Waterton Lakes National Park. Experience Waterton at its finest at the Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort.

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Castle Mountain Ski Lodge

Pincher Creek, Alberta

Castle Mountain central reservations will help you find suitable ski-in, ski-out accommodations from a selection of various on-hill cabins and condos. This is a great option for groups, families and long term guests all year long. Ski 'n Sleep packages are also available.

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Aspen Village Inn

Waterton, Alberta
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Aspen Village resides in the heart of the Waterton townsite and provides the widest variety of accommodations of any of the hotels in Waterton. Clean, spacious, well-appointed rooms ranging from cottages with full kitchens and fireplaces to traditional hotels rooms are available to suit the needs of all types of travelers.

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Crockets Trading Company

Bellevue, Alberta

Open 364 days a year, Crockets Trading Company Inc. is your one stop gift and souvenir shop. Crockets is proud to be home to countless local authors, artists and artisans, as well as Nugget, the 7.5-foot grizzly bear! Visit Crockets Trading Company, where you'll be welcomed by warm, friendly and knowledegable staff, happy to assist you with an enjoyable shopping experience, while also guiding you towards a first class visiting experience in the Crowsnest Pass.

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Wildlife Art Gallery

Blairmore, Alberta
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Experience the wildlife of the Canadian Rockies through the lenses of internationally awarded wildlife and conservation photographers, the Launstein Family. The Launstein Imagery Wildlife Art Gallery showcases work from Youth Photographer of the Year, Jenaya Launstein, two-time international Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year, Josiah Launstein, their father, John Launstein, and other Canadian wildlife artists through a carefully curated selection of Fine Art Prints & Canvases, Artisan Bronze Sculptures, Jewelry, Greeting Cards, Calendars and more. The Launsteins' work has been exhibited in more than 70 countries in national museums and art galleries including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and the Natural History Museum in London, U.K. They are delighted to share their love of nature with fellow wildlife and art lovers while telling the stories behind the prints, providing tips on local wildlife, or helping their guests find the perfect art addition for their home or office.

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the Tamarack, Waterton's Outdoor Store

Waterton Lakes, Alberta

The Tamarack is Waterton's Outdoor Store. Family owned and operated, they have been supporting and outfitting adventurers in Southern Alberta for over 40 years. Authentic yet modern, the Tamarack is an authorized retailer of quality mountain lifestyle products and a source of current and informative hiking and visitor information in the Park. From camping to biking, backpacking to travelling, the Tamarack has a huge selection of everything you need to 'get out there' in Waterton Lakes National Park.

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Castle Provincial Park

Crowsnest, Alberta

Encompassing more than 105,000 hectares, Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park in southwest Alberta contain landscapes of stunning mountains, rolling hills, montane forests and meadows. Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park protect valuable watersheds and habitat for more than 200 rare species such as whitebark and limber pine, Jones’ columbine, dwarf alpine poppy, grizzly bear, wolverine, westslope cutthroat trout and harlequin duck. Sharing borders with the Waterton Biosphere Reserve to the east, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park World Heritage Site to the south, the Crowsnest Pass to the north, and British Columbia’s Flathead River Valley to the west, the Castle parks are linked by wildlife corridors and are an essential part of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem.

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Maycroft Provincial Recreation Area

Lundbreck, Alberta

Camp along the Cowboy Trail in Maycroft Provincial Recreation Area 3 km west of Lundbreck and 27 km north. This campground is in the open prairie bordering the southern Rockies and has RV and tent-friendly sites along the Oldman River. Fish on the river or discover the wild lands to the north in Bob Creek Provincial Park/Black Creek Heritage Rangelands.

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Castle Falls Provincial Recreation Area

Pincher Creek, Alberta

Discover the beauty of Alberta's southern Rockies from this campground in Castle Provincial Park. It is 20 km west of Pincher Creek on Hwy. 507, 16 km south on Hwy. 774 and 6 km west on an access road. Sites are surrounded by open, mixed forest along the Castle River, with a few sites right along the river. A beautiful spot to swim, fish, or go exploring.

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