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Waterton Wildflower Festival 2017

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Come discover why Waterton is the Wildflower Capital of Canada!
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About this Festival

You can learn more about the events and buy tickets if you open the "Festival Events" in the right column.

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.

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From beargrass to orchids, pink meadowsweet, and glacier lilies, learn to identify the different species, see wildflowers from horseback, 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.
The Waterton Wildflower Festival will run from June 15-20, 2017.

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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, 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.

Festival Dates

June 15th – June 20th, 2017


Waterton Wildflower Festival
201 Cameron Falls Drive
Waterton Park, AB T0K 2M0


  • Education and Interpretation
  • Nature and Wildlife
  • Start Time - Afternoon
  • Start Time - Evening
  • Start Time - Morning

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Karen Mohn 11/2/2016
Friends have gone in the past and so we are planning to this coming June
Frank - Festival Team 1/6/2017
The festival is very popular and tickets sell quickly. They are usually up for sale as of April 1st. If you sign up to the Festival News (see above) you'll be the first to know!
Laura Morrison 3/15/2017
I have came the last 2 years and loved the experience and plan on coming again this year
ALEXA 4/1/2017
Where can i sign up for activities
Graeme Connell 4/4/2017
We are keen to know the full festival plans so we can plan our visit. We have reservations at the Bayshore already and look forward to our second Wildflowers Festival in our favourite part of the province.
Cathy Bennington 4/7/2017
Trekking to Waterton for the Wildflower Festival is one of my all time favourite activities. Can't think of anything I'd rather do in June! See you there!
Laurie McKay 4/14/2017
So excited just got all my tickets for the 2017 festival - The festival has been on my bucket list for awhile and I finally got the time to go.
Delee 7/9/2017
Delee 2017 The festival was amazing so much to see. We came on a overcast day & it was great. Saw a mother bear cross the road with her 2 cubs bouncing behind her so majestic. The wild flowers where everywhere to see it the breath taking beauty in the park. 1st time to see it & I will go enjoy it again for sure. :)