Some areas in Waterton Lakes National Park are now open to the public after the Kenow Fire. Closures are still in effect for other areas due to safety hazards and infrastructure damage. Please see the up-to-date list of open and closed areas.

Parks Canada staff at Waterton Lakes National Park and residents of the Waterton community share personal tips and recommendations to help you get the most out of your visit to the park.

10 things to do in spring

  1. Walk through the fescue grasslands and look for the first blooms of prairie crocus.
  2. Download our new interpretive app for the Bear's Hump. It's the perfect travel companion for Waterton's most popular trail.
  3. Walk the Linnet Lake trail, pause every so often, close your eyes, listen to bird calls and take a deep breath to smell the spring time.
  4. Get ready for another great volunteer season at the annual Volunteer kick-off event.
  5. Drive the Bison Paddock Loop Road to look for bison calves.
  6. Have a spring bird 'big day'. Count how many different types of birds and ducks you see at Maskinonge.
  7. Walk through the mist coming off Cameron Falls as meltwater roars out of the mountains.
  8. Fly a kite!
  9. Try to spot one of each of the year's babies: a deer fawn, an elk calf, a bear cub. From a safe distance of course!
  10. Visit Driftwood Beach or walk the Townsite trail and see what new flotsam has washed up over the winter.

10 things to do in summer

  1. Drive the Bison Paddock Loop Road and walk up to the viewing area for a spectacular view of Waterton Lakes National Park.
  2. Attend one of our summer special events.
  3. Join the Parks Canada interpreters for a variety of guided hikes, fun family activities and drop-in theatre programs.  
  4. Watch the waves crash against the Prince of Wales hill on a windy day.
  5. Go flower 'watching' along Bertha Trail.
  6. Enjoy a picnic and do some birdwatching at the Maskinonge.
  7. Go on a hot summer's mid-day jaunt to Crandell Lake for a dip.
  8. Cycle the Kootenai Brown Trail and Red Rock Parkway.
  9. Hike the Alderson-Carthew trail from Cameron to townsite.
  10. Have fun at the Knapweed Rodeo - and help us wrangle this Waterton weed!

Others: Go tubing down the Waterton River on a hot August afternoon; Take a picnic lunch into Crandell Lake; Watch the stars on Red Rock Parkway; Take the Waterton Geocaching Challenge challenge; For more hardy folks - hike to the ridge above Lineham Lakes along the Rowe/Tamarack Trail; Kayak on any of the lakes, but especially wildlife watching from a boat on Cameron Lake; Kite-flying on the Prince of Wales hill.

10 things to do in fall

  1. Go kayaking on Cameron Lake or Lower Waterton Lake.
  2. Enjoy a fall hike to Rowe Lakes or Summit Lake to see the golden larches.
  3. Watch and photograph wildlife like black bear, elk and deer. Fall is a particularly good time to view wildlife.
  4. Watch migrating waterfowl on Maskinonge or Lower Waterton Lake.
  5. Go for a bike ride on the Kootenai Brown Trail, Snowshoe Trail or along one of our scenic parkways. They are quieter at this time of year.
  6. Enjoy the stars in the earlier night-time hours, perhaps from Cameron Lake, Bison Overlook or Entrance Parkway.
  7. Visit Blakiston Fan and watch and listen to the elk bugling
  8. Hike any trail and absorb the clear blue sky and clean cool air of Alberta fall days in the mountains.
  9. Go storm watching during high wind events along the lake shore in the community or Prince of Wales hill.
  10. Wax your skis for an AWESOME ski season ahead!

Others: Wander through the community on a quiet weekday when things are still open but the pace is so much less hectic; Make s'mores in one of the camp kitchens; Enjoy a picnic in any of the magical places in the park; See how many waterfalls you can find; Enjoy the views; Watch for golden eagles from any of the trails and ridges as they migrate south during the autumn months; Look for wildflowers (there are still lots in bloom); Smell the huckleberry bushes on Lineham trail.

10 things to do in winter

  1. Go for a walk, snowshoe or ski at night. Hope the skies are clear for stargazing and hear the coyotes howl!
  2. Watch the sunrise from the Maskinonge overlook and then have a picnic breakfast at the day-use area.
  3. Sit around a fire at Cameron Bay cook shelter, make some s’mores and watch the big waves hit the beach.
  4. Walk along the river between the Marquis Hole and the Hay Barn (be prepared for muddy or icy conditions).
  5. Bundle up, pack some hot chocolate and bring binoculars to view the starry night or appreciate a full moon from Chief Mountain overlook.
  6. Walk around the Prince of Wales hill to hear and watch the wind.
  7. Hike, bike, ski or snowshoe along Red Rock Parkway and look for animal tracks in the snow.
  8. See how many deer you can spot in the townsite (remember to keep your distance).
  9. Hike, bike, ski or snowshoe Wishbone trail and listen to the sounds of nature; or see if you can spot the elk on the big meadows.
  10. Take in the view from the Bison Paddock and see how the Kenow Fire has affected the forest and grassland.