For the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald museum, see Whitefish Point in Michigan. There is also a Whitefish Bay near Milwaukee, WI.
Downtown Whitefish

Whitefish is a small town in Montana, near Glacier National Park. The population was 6,357 at the 2010 census.


Whitefish is a historic town in the northern Flathead Valley. Situated on the southern end of Whitefish Lake, Whitefish was founded in 1905 as a stopover for the Great Northern Railroad. Traditional industries in Whitefish have included logging, ranching, and farming.

Today the town offers recreational activities including skiing, water sports, climbing and exploring. Whitefish Mountain Resort to the north of town offers excellent skiing in the winter, and Glacier National Park to the east is a major hiking and camping destination. Flathead Lake to the south is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi and features many opportunities for water sports and boating.

Get in

By plane

Glacier Park International Airport in Kallispell is a 20-minute drive southeast. It offers regular flights to several areas in the Northwest; Missoula, the Puget Sound area (Seattle/Tacoma) at Sea-Tac Airport, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. It also offers seasonal flights to Chicago-O'Hare and Atlanta-Hartsfield.

By train

See also: Rail travel in the United States

Amtrak serves Whitefish with its Empire Builder route, which runs west to Spokane and Seattle/Portland and east through the northern Plains, terminating at Chicago. The historic   Whitefish Amtrak, built in a Tudor Revival style is the busiest in Montana and is located at 500 Depot Street, near downtown.

By car

To access Whitefish from the south, you can take either Exit 96 on I-90 near Missoula and head north on U.S. 93.

Whitefish is accessible from Canada at several border crossings. From Calgary, the fastest route is to go southwest on the Crowsnest Highway 3, passing through Fernie. Continue south on hwy 3 until it crosses with Hwy 93. Take that south through the Roosville border crossing and the town of Eureka until hitting Whitefish. Driving time is approx. 5 hours.

Whitefish is accessible several ways from Regina. One could take the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 west to Calgary and then follow the route explained above, which would take about 12-13 hours. Another is to take Hwy 6 south to Plentywood, and take Hwy 16 south to Culbertson. Take Hwy 2 west through Glasgow and Havre until eventually hitting Whitefish. This takes approx. 13 hours.

By bus

Greyhound operates daily between Missoula and the Whitefish Amtrak Station. The trip takes about three hours and forty minutes. Their phone number is +1-800-231-2222.

Airport Shuttle Express of Calgary Canada operates a year-round "charter van" service between Whitefish and Calgary, Banff and Lake Louise. For details see: www.airportshuttleexpress.com

Get around

Walking, driving, or biking are ways to get around Whitefish. The local taxi service, Drive 4 U (http://www.drive4u.org), can aid in getting around Whitefish and the surrounding area and does shuttles to and from the airport and amtrak stations. During the ski season there is a snow bus shuttle from the town to the ski resort.

By bus

SNOW Bus provides service between December and the middle of April for free. Buses operate between 7AM and 11PM. On select days, the bus runs until midnight. The route operates between the Whitfish Mountain Resort and Mountain Mall with stops at the Safeway grocery store, Amtrak Station, some restaurants downtown and several lodges.

Flathead County Eagle Transit operates a limit local bus service for Whitefish and nearby Kalispell. The fare for the Whitefish route is $1.00. A monthly pass costs $20. You can buy a pass from the bus driver. Three trips operate in Whitefish between 11AM and 2PM.


Glacier Mountain Range



The downtown area has many family-run stores. In the southern part are larger chain stores such as Safeway. In the same area is a small shopping mall, which includes a Super 1 supermarket and a cinema.

For cross-border shoppers, the commercial area just south of the city in Kalispell on Highway 93 should fulfill consumer needs. Stores include:



Fast food options in Whitefish include McDonald's, Taco John's, Wendy's, and Dairy Freeze. Pizza by the slice can be purchased at 2nd Street Pizzeria.


There are also several standard pizza places that offer delivery. These are 2nd Street Pizzeria, Stageline Pizzeria, Downtown Pizzeria and Pizza Hut.

For breakfast; Loula's Cafe, The Buffalo Cafe and The Red Caboose Diner are all options.

With the exceptions of Pizza Hut and Stageline Pizzeria, all of these options are in or within walking distance of the downtown area.


There are a few luxury dining options in the Whitefish area. The Boat Club and Whitefish Lake Restaurant offer a standard selection of entrees. Tupelo's is a Cajun-themed menu.



There are many lodging options available in and around Whitefish. They range from four star luxury, to budget, to vacation homes and condominiums.

Mid range



Go next

Routes through Whitefish

Spokane Libby  W  E  West Glacier Minot
Cranbrook becomes  N  S  Kalispell Missoula
END  W  E  Columbia Falls END

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