Waterton Lakes Paddle Sports
Canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) are all popular Waterton Lakes National Park paddle sports, but there are no rentals available in the townsite. Instead, head 16 kilometres (10 miles) along the Akamina Parkway to Cameron Lake, where CAMERON LAKE BOAT RENTALS (403/627-6443, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily mid-June to late Sept., until 6:30 pm in July and Aug.) rents kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, rowboats, and pedal boats at very reasonable prices.
Although WINDSURFING has decreased in popularity over the last couple of decades, winds of up to 70 kph (45 mph) still attract hard-core surfers to Waterton Lakes throughout summer and into fall. The winds are predominantly south to north, providing fast runs across UPPER WATERTON LAKE from the beach at Cameron Bay. The lake is deep, keeping the water temperature low and making a wet suit necessary. Read the warning signs at the beach before heading out.
If you have your own watercraft, the calm waters of MASKINONGE LAKE are a good place for a paddle, with the chance to see animals and birds. See Waterton Lakes National Park Wildlife Viewing for details.