Waterton Wildflower Walk
In Waterton Lakes National Park
Waterton Lakes National Park is known for its unique and beautiful biodiversity in the Canadian Rockies. Learn how to identify the unique and stunning biodiversity found within Waterton Lakes National Park.
SUN & WED
(May - Aug)
8AM - 12PM
2PM - 6PM
Prepare for your trip!
Packing for your trip
Ensure you bring your National Park pass, a backpack, water, hiking boots or runners, raincoat, hat, sunscreen, insect spray, sunglasses, and your camera. Weather can be windy or change suddenly, so come prepared!
The day of your tour
An email is sent out the week leading up to your tour. Ensure you read this email as it will review the meeting location and other information important for your day.
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early so that we can start the tour on time. Your guide may not be able to wait for you to arrive.
Highlights of this tour
- Educational tour that will help you understand how to identify wildflowers
- Expert and local guide
- Slow pace to really enjoy the wildflowers
- Yummy snacks, and a special gift to take home
Use of hiking poles
Use of flower identification books
On trail beverage
Safety equipment (carried by guide: first aid kit, bear spray, satellite communication device)
✕ National Park Pass
✕ Personal Gear
Discover how the small things are really, really cool!
The tour is based in Alberta’s biodiversity hotspot, with over 50% of Alberta’s vascular species being found in Waterton Lakes National Park. Join our professional guides who are trained by scientists or are also scientists themselves!
Your tour starts at the trailhead to Crandell Lake (via Akamina Parkway – very important as there are two access points). At the trailhead, we will welcome you to Waterton and start the tour with a detailed introduction about the biodiversity found within the Park.
Once we hit the trail, expect to be moving at a slow pace as we will stop to look at several wildflowers. We will discuss how to identify and use your guidebook to identify the plants we find. You will be given tools and books on the walk to help you learn. We will hike towards Crandell Lake and then return the same way we hiked in. Our round-trip walk is a total of 3.4km with a total of 180m elevation gain/loss.
Once we get to the lake, we will have time to enjoy the views and a complimentary snack and beverage from Uplift Adventures. We will then head back to the trailhead the same way we walked in.
We will finish the tour with a greater understanding of how to identify wildflowers, wildflower parts, key items to use for a proper identification, and basic botany terms. Uplift Adventures has a special take home gift for you to help you continue your wildflower journey.
Please note: We do not have cell phone service at the trailhead. Last minute inquiries and questions will not be answered on the day of the tour.
Meeting Location: Crandell Lake trailhead via Akamina Parkway
Physical Difficulty Rating: Easy
Please Note: There are no washrooms available at the trailhead or along the trail. Please ensure you use the washroom before meeting up with the group.
It is the responsibility of the participant to bring the proper clothing for the weather. The guide can refuse to allow a participant on the trip if he/she is not prepared properly for mountain weather.
Must have a minimum of 4 participants to run the experience.
Uplift Adventures’ waivers are required to be signed before starting the event.
Guests under 18 years of age, must have parental consent to attend the event. Guests under 15 years of age, must be accompanied by an adult.
Guests must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including cannabis, while out on the snowshoe portion of this event. Uplift Adventures has the right to refuse participation if a guest is suspected under the influence prior to the experience. A return or compensation will not be given to the customer.
Please advise Uplift Adventures of any medical conditions or allergies prior to the event.
Cancellation Policy: We will cancel and try to reschedule or give a refund if the weather is extreme. Examples of extreme weather include 120km continuous winds, below -25°C with wind chill, heavy snowfall warnings for the duration of our trip, and severe thunderstorms for the duration of the trip. Examples of extreme weather does not include subzero temperatures or rain.
Guests must cancel within 48hrs for a refund. For private or group bookings (4+ people), must cancel 7 days prior to event for a refund.
Tours can be offered to private groups with a minimum of four people. Please contact us for a private booking.
Book an upcoming tour now!
Select a date on the calendar to book your tour, or contact us to book a private tour.
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"I can’t say enough good things about Heather and Uplift. Heather is warm, caring, funny, and makes everyone in the group feel at ease. She makes sure to tailor the hikes to everyone’s abilities and checks in and supports everyone throughout. She is very prepared and safety-oriented. She is incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about the land and the mountains, and I have had such a great time learning about all the wildflowers from her. I’ve done Uplift’s beginner hikes, the wildflower walk, and a day hike at Castle, and I hope to do more. They’ve all been fabulous and Heather takes great pictures throughout to share with everyone after. I did one hike with Bronwyn and she was also a fantastic and kind guide. I highly recommend these hikes to anyone who wants to get out in nature, to learn about the area, and to see some amazing trails and views."