Waterton Lakes National Park Boat Tour

Waterton Lakes National Park boat tours leave daily from Waterton village throughout the summer season.

Tours boats operate on Upper Waterton Lake throughout summer.

Tours boats operate on Upper Waterton Lake throughout summer.

Operation season: May to late September
Contact: 403 859 2362; www.watertoncruise.com

The boat tour on Upper Waterton Lake is the park’s most popular organized activity. From the marina in downtown Waterton town site, cruises run across the international boundary to Goat Haunt, Montana, at the southern end of Upper Waterton Lake. The 45-minute trip along the lakeshore passes spectacular mountain scenery and usually wildlife. A half-hour stopover is made at Goat Haunt, which lies in a remote part of Glacier National Park and consists of little more than a dock and interpretive displays. You can return on the same boat or go hiking and return later in the day. If you are planning an overnight hike from here, you are required to register at the Waterton Visitor Centre before heading out on the lake. Another popular option is to take an early boat trip and walk back to town on the Waterton Lakeshore Trail, which takes about four hours. Remember, you are crossing into another country on this cruise, so correct documentation is required, including for U.S. citizens. Early and late in the season, the border crossing is closed, and therefore the cruise doesn’t include a landing.