Cameron Lakeshore

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Cameron Lakeshore

Distance: 3.5km
Elevation: 14m
Time: 1-2h

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The Cameron Lakeshore is a wonderful, scenic stroll for a warm summer day. With constant views of the lake, beach, and Mount Custer at nearly every point of this beautiful, easy shoreline walk, this is pure nirvana.

Getting there

Travelling south through Waterton on AB-5, turn right onto Akamina Parkway. Travel 16.0km until the road end at the Cameron Lake parking lot. As you’re facing Cameron Lake, look for the trail running along the right (west) side of the lake.


When to do

May to October

Backcountry Campsites



At trailhead

Family friendly


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Route Type

Out and back


Detailed Description

Note that much of Waterton National Park was severely impacted by the 2017 Kenow Wildfire. To find out what trails are open, please check the Parks Canada website.

The path runs along the western shore of the lake and is level, short, and very scenic. It’s a wonderful option for young and old alike. From the parking lot, head toward the dock. Turn down the path that branches to the right. Initially, picnic tables line the walkway, and on a warm day all of them will be in use. You will soon leave the crowds behind as you continue on.

The trail enters the shelter of the forest, but it hugs the shoreline. You’ll have excellent lake views while enjoying the shade. The boardwalks and a well-maintained trail provide excellent walking. The trail only occasionally leaves the shoreline, allowing for constant sweeping views.

At 1.8km the path ends at an interpretive viewing platform. A beaten path from the trail to the lakeshore provides the closest view on foot of the dominant peak on the south end of the lake: Mount Custer in Glacier National Park, Montana. Be sure to scan the lower slopes for grizzlies.

After enjoying the views, return the way you came.

Insider Hints

  • A rod and tackle will be put to good use in this well-stocked lake.

  • A boat rental facility means the picturesque scene will include kayakers, people in canoes and paddle boarders. Families picnic on the shore, while some brave the frigid water. We recommend partaking in some of these great activities if you have the time!

  • For those renting boats, two hours should allow enough time to cross the lake and enjoy closer views of the avalanche paths and Mount Custer on the south end of the lake.


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