For national historical sites in this area, there are only two. One of the Waterton Lakes National Historical sites is the First Oil Well in Western Canada that was established in 1902. The second Waterton Lakes National Historical sites are one of Waterton Lakes Hotel’s, the Prince of Wales Hotel. The Prince of Wales Hotel was first established in 1927. Way before the Prince of Wales Hotel came along, 150 lots were sold in 1910 that were used as rental homes at the time. One of the first businesses established was another one of Waterton Lakes hotels called the The Hazzard Hotel.
No matter which hotel a vacationer chooses, all of the Waterton Lakes hotels and beautiful Waterton Lakes of Canada have so much to offer for the perfect vacation. With some thanks to James Hill, the president of the Great Northern Railway of the United States side, and his son Louis started to build chains of hotels, camps, chalets, boat areas, roads, and hiking trails. It was in 1913 that Louis Hill visited Waterton and chose the Upper area of the Waterton Lakes for new Waterton Lakes hotels to be built. One of these hotels is a main hotel link between the United States side and the Canadian side. This one hotel was called the Canadian Rockies Hotel Co. Ltd. and was granted a 42- year lease in 1926.
As of 1927, those people who could afford the expensive costs would travel back and forth between the United States Glaciers National Parks area through the Canadian border onto the Waterton Lakes hotels and park recreational areas. They would travel by bus and later on by train, to spend the afternoon at the Prince of Wales Hotel or one of the other elegant Waterton Lakes hotels that spotted the Waterton Lakes areas.
As of today, there is still the M.V. International, which had been built in 1927. It is on the Upper Lake that visitors can still take boat tours of the Waterton Lakes. Another important time period in the history of Canada and the United States would be the 1932 Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. This was a creation of both the Canadian and the United States making a symbol out of this park to advocate for a continual reminder of peace between these two countries. It was in 1995 the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park was finally designated as a World Heritage Site by both countries.
Some of the unique natural features of the Waterton Lakes areas include some of the oldest, exposed sedimentary rock in the Canadian Rockies. The Lewis thrust fault alone has a sedimentary rock fault that is at least 1,500 million-years-old. Alberta’s Waterton area has the highest rain level and is the windiest area too, with winds up to 100 km/hr are not unusual. The Chinooks have caused some of the warmest Alberta areas of waterton. There are rare plants, rare and various types of vegetations of at least 970 different species to study and explore. The rarest plant in the park is the very hard to find Moonwort. There is something for everyone who loves the beauty of the grand outdoors in the Waterton Lakes Park of Alberta, Canada.