M.V. International | Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Built at Goat Haunt, Montana, the wooden-hulled International never motors far from home. Climb aboard the vessel that since 1928 has shuttled 1.5 million visitors across the liquid border shimmering between its port of birth and Waterton Park townsite in Alberta. The vessel is 90 years old as of 2017 and she is the oldest continuously operating inspected passenger vessel in Canada.  

Join a scenic cruise from Canada to the United States. Enjoy some of the most spectacular mountain scenery the Rocky Mountains have to offer. View majestic towering cliffs, unique geological formations, beautiful waterfalls, snow clad mountain peaks and the International Border. Bring your camera; tour boats make photographic and wildlife stops. Bald eagle, bear, moose, deer, mountain sheep and mountain goats are often seen.

Several day hikes are accessible from the Goat Haunt Ranger Station. All hikes require more than the ½ hour stopover included in each cruise, thus hikers will be required to catch a later boat back to Waterton townsite.

The cruise is accompanied by an informative and entertaining commentary given by experienced tour guides. The duration of the cruise is 2 and ¼ hours, which includes a ½ hour stop at Goat Haunt – the northern gateway to Glacier National Park. Debark at this beautiful, sheltered, uncommercialized area to experience the visitor center which exhibits park history, flora and fauna. U.S. Immigration allows Canadian and U.S. citizens with proper ID to remain at Goat Haunt to hike. The most popular hike at Goat Haunt is Kootenai Lakes. Kootenai Lakes is only 4 km from Goat Haunt and is considered among the best moose habitat in the park.

The Crypt Lake hike features a 15 minute boat ride across Upper Waterton Lake to the trailhead at Crypt Landing. The trail passes close to 4 spectacular waterfalls: Hell Roaring Falls (1 km), Twin Falls (3.5 km), Burnt Rock Falls (5.6 km) and Crypt Falls (8 km). A highlight for many is the steel ladder and 60 foot tunnel through the mountain. After a short maneuver around a cliff (with cable for added security), hikers arrive at beautiful Crypt Lake.

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Latitude: 49.05418396 Longitude: -113.907279968 Elevation: 4205 ft

About the Vessel

The shoreline cruise vessels feature indoor and outdoor seating, twin-powered motors for safety, and are Coast Guard Certified each year. The company's flagship is the 200-passenger Historic M.V. "International" which was constructed in 1927 and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Coast Guard the following year. Step aboard this classic vessel and cruise back into the history of the International Peace Park.

Seasons Open and Departure

mid May- mid October

Length of Tour

2- Hour Scenic Cruise

Costs and Fees

Due to the large passenger capacity of our fleet of tour boats, advanced reservations are not required – except for large groups of 20 or more. Visit website for current rates.

Appropriate Age Groups

All Ages

How to Find the Departure Point

Tickets can be purchased at our marina ticket office, upon arrival at Waterton Townsite.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs are allowed and must remain leashed on the Scenic Cruise and Crypt Lake Shuttle. You cannot take your pet hiking at Goat Haunt due to US National Park regulations. Canadian National Parks do allow dogs on their trails, so you can hike with dog on leash on the Crypt Lake Trail.


Didn’t know of this vessel. A nice find. Was it always powered by internal combustion engines? Like the NPS boats in Alaska? Looks very steamer-like. I served a few years aboard Seattle’s Virginia V.

Steve Lindsey., 6/26/2017

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