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The bison paddock is about 3 miles north of the Waterton main entrance, just off highway #6. Head north from the park gates on highway #6, and watch for the sign that marks the turn-off into the paddock.
Right after you turn off the highway there is a viewpoint with a small parking area. You can park here and take a short walk up a hill along a paved pathway, if you wish. From here you can often see the bison in the paddock below you.
When you're finished viewing from afar, hop back in your vehicle and drive down the road to the entrance to the paddock. There is a narrow road that makes a loop through the paddock. My past experience has taught me that you will usually not see any bison until you have travelled at halfway around that loop. There is a watering hole on the east side of the paddock, where the bison usually can be found hanging out.
Whatever you do, DO NOT!!! get out of your vehicle while you are in the paddock. Bison are very dangerous animals and they can run very fast. For this reason you cannot enter the paddock on a pedal bike and motorcycles are not recommended, either.
I have made a few trips into the paddock and never saw a single bison, because they were hiding out in the bush somewhere. If that happens to you, make sure you make another trip back before you leave and chances are good that you will see them eventually.
Directions: Just north of the main entrance to the park, along highway #6.
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