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Waterton Wildflower Festival
June 15 - June 20 Free
We invite you to step into a wildflower wonderland, a veritable bouquet of wildflowers in the wildflower capital of Canada. The spectacular setting of Waterton Lakes National Park is home to more than 1,000 vascular plant species including half of all wildflower species found in Alberta. Of those, 175 species are listed as rare in Alberta and 20 are only found in Waterton.
The Wildflower Festival was the 2016 finalist of the Alto Award in the category: Outstanding Sustainable Tourism.
From beargrass to orchids, pink meadowsweet, and glacier lilies, learn to identify the different species, see wildflowers from horseback or cruise, indulge in an afternoon tea with local experts, and learn about wildflower photography and painting. The possibilities and mediums are endless when learning about Waterton wildflowers during the 13th annual Waterton Wildflower Festival.
Join us for guided walks, hikes, workshops and presentations. Come celebrate the first day of summer in a World Heritage Site.
This festival, a program of the Waterton Park Community Association, features many workshops on photography and art, guided walks on plant identification and park ecosystems, family programs, lunchtime and evening photographic presentations and local entertainment.
Activities include: Wildflower Photography and Painting, Wildflower Identification, Wildflower Connections, Wildflowers by Horseback and by Cruise, as well as an Afternoon Tea with Local Experts…. and more.
Events throughout the festival are led by highly qualified professionals including talented wildflower photographers Ian Wilson and Kyle Marquardt. Botanical artist Margaret Best; naturalists and scientists; Charlie Russell, Brenda Holder and Lyndon Penner will help make your Festival experience memorable.