Alberta has some of the most incredible sights in all of Canada and the best way to see many of them is on foot. This summer, lace up your boots and don’t forget to bring a bottle of water, because you’re going to want to check this particular experience immediately!

Located in Waterton National Park, Crypt Lake is a stunning destination best known for its payoff… despite challenging seasoned and intermediate hikers alike.


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Now, this is important to note, because while it is pretty cool – it’s not to be attempted without some serious experience points first, so please, be smart and be safe.

Once named one of National Geographic’s “19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race”, Crypt Lake is action-packed with 4 spectacular waterfalls (one of which is over 600 ft tall), close calls and towering trees.

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It all starts with a 15-minute boat ride which will take you to the trailhead.

This aqua shuttle only runs between June and October and costs $32 per person – but believe us, it’s worth it!

After arriving at the dock, adventure seekers are in for a 17 km trip that will take you up, around and across a steel ladder, a 60-foot tunnel through a mountain and in between the towering cliffs that surround the lake itself where you can have a picnic, go fishing or dip your toes.


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From tight spaces to safety rails (where your footing has to be strategic) this uniquely Albertan excursion is a must-do for those who like to push themselves to the limit – but again, please be careful!

While it’s truly one of a kind – it’s just as National Geographic describes it. Thrilling! 

Enjoy, adrenaline seekers!


Where: Waterton National Park – See directions here
Distance from Calgary: 273.6 km
Distance from Edmonton: 563.3 km