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In 1932, Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada, and Glacier National Park partnered to create the world's first International Peace Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Both parks are biosphere reserves, featuring spectacular scenery and a wide variety of plant and animal species. Although the park has minimal facilities, nearby Waterton Village is a charming small town filled with restaurants, hotels and gift shops. Travelers can also rent bikes and book boat tours in the village.
Recent travelers raved about this daytrip, noting that the Canadian side of the park is much less crowded than the American side. Reviewers were blown away by the stunning scenery and abundance of wildlife, including bighorn sheep. Many recommended the boat tour offered by Waterton Shoreline Cruise and almost all say a visit to the charming Waterton Village is a must.
Visitors also noted that passports are needed since you're crossing a border and cautioned against bringing fresh fruit or vegetables, which are not allowed through customs. While both parks are also open year-round, the primary tourist season is during July and August. Each park has a separate entrance and entrance fee: normally the entrance fee for Waterton ranges from CA$3.90 (about $2.90) for children to CA$7.80 (around $5.80) for adults, but in honor of Canada's 150th anniversary, admission is complimentary throughout 2017. From St. Mary in Glacier National Park, it's a 27-mile drive to Waterton. If you prefer not to drive, Airport Shuttle Express offers trans-border service between the two parks (price varies according to pickup location in Glacier National Park). For more information, visit the Parks Canada website.
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