There is nothing quite like a field of magical wildflowers to gets you excited for the changing seasons. In addition to the glorious mountains and the countless emerald-blue lakes, Alberta also boasts some unbelievably lovely species of wildflowers within its parks. This is why it's a fantastic idea to head down to Waterton Lakes National Park this summer, where you can bask in the sights and smells of all the pretty Alberta wildflowers.
The area of Waterton is known as the wildflower capital of the country, and the photos do a perfect job of confirming that status.
Waterton Lakes is three hours away from Calgary, situated in the southern part of the province. Due to the compact area and the shift in elevation, the lakeside surface is able to grow over 1000 plant species, according to their tourism site, MyWaterton.
In its wide fields, you will be able to spot rare species of flowers that you won't be able to spot anywhere else in the world.
From the orchids to the lilies, there will be enough wildflowers to make you feel like you're in Midsommar. Only the outcome here will be so much, much more optimistic. Trust us.
There is so much you can do in the Waterton Lakes National Park, from hiking along its trails and exploring neighbouring wildlife to checking out the waterfalls.
But really, just gazing at these flowers and taking in their sweet scents should make your day too.
The photos coming out of the park are absolutely amazing but you really have to see it in the flesh to truly understand its magic.
It is important to note that you mustn’t crush, trample, or pick any of the flowers. Visitors much stay off vegetation in the park and take photos from surfaces like the roads and trails. It’s all about protecting those plants!
If you're curious about what you can and can't do, the Canada National Parks Act is a great resource.
If you're looking to set up shop for longer than a day trip, the picture-perfect town of Waterton is ideal for an overnight stay or camping location.
The iconic Prince of Wales hotel in Waterton is also available as an amazing accommodation option. If you want to catch those mountain and lake views and feel like a proper royal, then look no further. Just look at its architecture.
Parks Canada has plenty of information on their website about what you can do in the Waterton area, whether you're going in the summer or the winter.
Seeing how the park features some of the most stunning landscapes in the province, nay, the country, this needs to go on your bucket list for the spring.
Waterton Lakes National Park
When: May to September
Address: AB-5, Waterton Park, AB
Why You Need To Go: Feast your eyes on the most gorgeous, picture-perfect wildflowers you've ever seen.
This article has been updated.