Cameron Lakeshore - Waterton - Hiking Alberta

 

Cameron Lake spans the Canada - USA border within the International Peace Park.

 

 

At the end of the 16 KM (10 mile) Akamina Parkway (Cameron Lake Road), is a large, paved parking area which provides easy access to the spectacular, breathtaking views to the south end of Cameron Lake.

The borders of Alberta and British Columbia, Canada converge with Glacier National Park on the northern border of Montana, USA.

 

Cameron Lake - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada The north end of Cameron Lake in Waterton Lakes National Park hosts a small Visitor Centre, snack bar and boat rental.

 

Cameron Lake - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada The view along the boat dock to the south end of Cameron Lake,  resident in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

 

From the parking area there is a short, easy 3 KM (1⅞ mile) hike along the west shore of this beautiful, emerald alpine lake.  Elevation gain is an imperceptible 10 m (33 ft) to a maximum elevation of 1,670 m (5,475 ft). 

The Cameron Lake shoreline offers a relaxing stroll through lush forest, shrubbery and wildflowers along the lake's edge with ever-changing views around the lake. 

Cameron Lake is a pleasant walk approaching the avalanche slopes at the south end of the lake which hosts Forum Peak above the 2,708 m (8,883 ft) Mount Custer Headwall laced with multiple waterfalls fed by massive glacial snow drifts hanging on sheer rock walls.

 

Cameron Lake - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada Cameron Lake offers rentals of canoes, kayaks, rowboats and paddle boats plus a ramp for private, non-motorized craft.

 

Cameron Lake - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada The view from the north end of Cameron Lake to the south end is breathtaking.

 

Cameron Lake - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada A small swamp pond near the beginning if the Cameron Lakeshore trail.

 

Cameron Lake - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada Near parking a sandy beach borders the frigid water of Cameron Lake

 

Cameron Lake - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada Spectacular views unfold along the west shore of Cameron Lake.

 

Cameron Lake - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada

Cameron Lake - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada Trail quality is good. Occasional damp spots where streams feed the lake.

 

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Cameron Lake - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada Bear Grass - Bears do not like it much but deer do.

 

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The official trail ends at a viewing platform where an avalanche chute off Forum Peak provides interpretive information and a viewpoint to the waterfalls on Mount Custer.

Fascinating patterns of light and shadow dance on the east shore of Cameron Lake.

 

Cameron Lake - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada Small boats at the bottom of the waterfall provide scale.

 

Cameron Lake - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada Light and shadow create artistic tapestries on the east side of Cameron Lake.

 

The return hike, by the same route brings a new series of views surrounding the north end of Cameron Lake on the southwest side of Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada.

 

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The return to the boat rental and Visitor Interpretive Centre provides the opportunity to enjoy a snack, just relax and to enjoy the incredible view down the length of Cameron Lake at an elevation of 1,660 m (5,446 ft). 

From the north end of Cameron Lake there is access to the short, easy Akamina Lake trail and trail-head for the world-class, one-way, 20.1 KM (12.5 mile) Carthew - Alderson Trail ending at Cameron Falls in the Town of Waterton.

 

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