How do I get to Crandell Mountain? Off Waterton Lakes National Park’s Red Rocks Parkway, in the southwest corner of Alberta, Crandell is away from the bustle of town, within easy striking distance of amazing day hikes and often visited by black bears and deer.
Why Go: Waterton boasts some of the best day hiking in the Canadian Rockies. Don’t miss Crypt Lake, Carthew-Alderson and Lineham Ridge, but just about every trail in the park is worth a ramble. Spend an afternoon poking around the park’s charming townsite and take in the view of Upper Waterton Lake from the majestic Prince of Wales Hotel.
Highlight: Just bring your sleeping bag and spend the night in one of the five tipis set up in the Crandell Campground.
How do I get to Namekus Lake? Eighty kilometres north of its namesake city, Prince Albert National Park, in Saskatchewan, protects a huge chunk of prairie-to-boreal transitional forest. This quiet campsite sits on the park’s eastern border.
Why Go: Family camping at its best. The campground’s six walk-in sites sit right on the lakeshore, steps from a sandy beach. In summer, the water is warm, the fishing is great and a motor restriction means the lake is always quiet. A short drive from Waskesiu, the commercial hub of the park, the campground is a good base for exploring the many trails and canoe routes—including Grey Owl’s Cabin.
Highlight: A dawn paddle across the quiet waters of Namekus Lake.