Spring Fun in Waterton feat. the Waterton Food Festival

by - Thursday, May 11, 2017

Waterton is an outdoor lovers' playground "where mountains meet the prairie" but it is fast becoming a foodie destination. The annual Waterton Food Festival celebrates culinary awesomeness each spring with special menus and family friendly events including a one-of-a-kind pie cruise.  This year's festivities run from May 26 until June 4, 2017 and promise to be tasty with most restaurants in town participating. While you're there, enjoy biking, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Our photo essay gives you a sneak peek of spring fun in Waterton and at the Waterton Food Festival.

For more information, please check out my story "Hikes, Surrey Bikes and Pie, Oh My! Family fun at the Waterton Food Festival" at Festival Seekers.



A hearty breakfast is key to a day of adventuring. For quick eats - bacon and eggs, eggs benedict - in a comfortable dining room, try Vimy's Bar and Grill. If you have a sweet tooth, head to Pearl's Cafe for their signature French Toast or Waffleton's for their famous Belgian waffles.

Pearl's Cafe Waterton
Apple Pie French Toast from Pearl's Cafe
Vimy's Pub Waterton
Vimy's Eggs Benedict
Whether you hike, bike or boat in Waterton, you are guaranteed great views and wildlife sightings. Hay Barn Road is a great place to see elk (we saw a huge herd there on our drive in), and mountain sheep and deer are commonly seen around town.

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Mountain sheep chilling out beside our hotel
Some family friendly hiking trails are the Bear's Hump (2.8 km return), Red Rock Canyon (700 m loop), Blakiston Falls (2 km return) and Lower Bertha Falls (5.6 km return). Short on time? Check out Cameron Falls at the end of Cameron Falls Drive, and walk the Emerald Lake trail/shoreline for grand views including the iconic Prince of Wales Hotel.

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View from the Bear's Hump
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Red Rock Canyon
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Blakiston Falls
Looking across Emerald Bay at the Prince of Wales Hotel
The rolling Kootenai-Brown trail is paved and suitable for biking with bigger kids, but the shoreline trail is flat and good for all ages. Rent a Surrey Bike from Pat's for a unique - and super fun - experience! We enjoyed riding to The Big Scoop for ice cream.

Pat's Surrey Bike
Favorite lunch spots include Wieners of Waterton (gourmet hot dogs), Trappers Mountain Grill (onsite smoked meat BBQ), 49 Degrees North Pizza, The Taco Bar, and Zum's.

Wieners of Waterton
Finally, you won't want to miss the Pie Cruise! Sail across the lake to Glacier National Park (no passport required) with Waterton Shoreline Cruise Company and enjoy a slice of homemade pie. The views are breathtaking and the guides are full of interesting stories.

Waterton Shoreline Cruise
The Lakeside Chophouse is a great dinner spot with AAA Alberta beef and wild game. It is kid-friendly too!

Perfect steak at the Lakeside Chophouse

Where is your favorite place to eat in Waterton?

For More Information

For more information on things to do at the Waterton Food Festival, see my story at Festival Seekers!
Check out the official festival page at My Waterton to purchase tickets or learn more.


Acknowledgements / Disclosure

A huge thank you to FestivalSeekers and Chinook Country Tourism for making this trip happen! All words and opinions are my own.

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