Alberta SouthWest: A land of special places

Experience Our Gems

On your way to and from Waterton Lakes National Park, take time to experience the neighbouring communities!

  • Discover the stories of buffalo jumps and First Nations; devastating natural disasters; coal-miners, rum -runners, and ghosts; WWII legacies; cultural influences; taming and policing the west; pioneering, farming and ranching.
  • Mingle with locals at community rodeos, parades, summer fairs, festivals, barn dances, concerts, and theatre productions.
  • Shop for unique antiques, quality western wear, mountain gear, locally produced food, arts and crafts; enjoy family restaurants, old-fashioned candy stores and ice cream parlours.
  • Be outdoors! Saddle up at a ranch vacation resort; go fly fishing, walking, hiking, biking, wind-surfing, eagle watching.
  • Stay awhile at Provincial Parks, private campgrounds, family-owned hotels, B&B's or secluded mountain resorts.
  • Plan for winter! Consider our ski resorts, cross-country trails, world-class snowmobiling; fresh air and starry nights!