Welcome to Waterton Lakes National Park

The prairies of Alberta meet the peaks of the Rocky Mountains in Waterton Lakes National Park. Clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, rainbow-coloured streams, colourful rocks and mountain vistas await hikers and sightseers. With an exceptional diversity of wildlife and wildflowers and a cozy little waterfront town to serve as a home base, Waterton packs a big natural punch into a relatively small and accessible area.

Featured things to do

Help protect park ecosystems

Volunteering gives visitors a chance to gain an up-close understanding of the park’s unique ecosystems.

Two cyclists on the Kootenai Brown Trail
Low-season adventure

Waterton Lakes National Park is a year-round destination, with great fall foliage, snowshoeing and skiing in winter and spectacular wildflowers in spring.

Hiking

Waterton Lakes National Park has 200 kilometres of hiking trails, ranging from easy strolls to strenuous wilderness hikes.

A family of cyclists and a heritage lighthouse

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Sites nearby

  • Bar U Ranch National Historic Site

    Saunter on the historic Bar U Ranch and learn what it took to maintain one of the most successful ranches in Canadian history. Try the cowboy chores; hear the tales of hardship and love of the land.

  • Two people sight seeing in Banff
    Banff National Park

    Founded in 1885, Banff is Canada’s first national park and part of the first national park system in the world. With its soaring peaks, azure lakes and abundant wildlife, this Rocky Mountain park attracts millions of visitors every year.

  • Family at Emerald Lake
    Yoho National Park

    In the shadow of the Great Divide, Yoho’s towering rockwalls, spectacular waterfalls and soaring peaks reveal the secrets of ancient life, the power of ice and water and the stories of plants and animals that continue to evolve today.

  • Radium Hot Springs in Kootenay National Park
    Kootenay National Park

    With diverse terrain embracing everything from arid grasslands to glaciers, Kootenay National Park offers the full Rocky Mountain experience along the historic Banff-Windermere Highway. Take a scenic drive or stay and explore the park’s treasures.

Hours of operation

Open year round
Our peak visitor season is in July and August.
Complete schedule

Fees

Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 403-859-5133
Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888
Email: waterton.info@pc.gc.ca