Three Flags Viewpoint in Waterton National Park

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Three Flags Viewpoint

Three Flags Viewpoint is accessed via the Chief Mountain Highway, which is the primary route between Waterton National Park and Glacier National Park. The highway climbs from the grasslands near Maskinonge Lake to the Three Flags Viewpoint, and it is here that magnificent views of the Waterton and Blakiston valleys can be captured. Read More

At Three Flags Viewpoint, you will have arrived at a very special place, a place of peace and tranquility, a place of spectacular beauty and wonderful wildlife.

Waterton is where some of the most ancient mountains in the Canadian Rockies abruptly meet the grasslands of the great plains prairie. Located near the narrowest point in the Rocky Mountains, several natural regions meet with dramatic results.

In spring and summer, you'll see a blanket of wildflowers. More than 50% of all wildflowers found in Alberta, including many rare species, bloom in Waterton. Beargrass is Waterton's showiest plant.

Waterton also offers exceptional wildlife viewing. Bear, Elk, Bighorn Sheep, Deer and Coyote are species which are often viewed safely from Three Flags Viewpoint. Waterton National Park protects a rich variety of wildlife habitat and is one of the few places in North America where all native carnivores, including grizzly and wolves, still survive. The park is also located on migratory bird routes, and therefore a great place for bird watching.

Blakiston Valley is rich with both history and in archeological sites. Thomas Blakiston of the Palliser Expedition entered the prairie from the west through the South Kootenai Pass. The pass was important to the Kootenai Indians who traversed the mountains to hunt bison on the east slopes. Evidence of bison hunts and travel along this route date to more than 10,000 years ago.