All areas within Waterton Lakes National Park except for the park Entrance Road and the Waterton townsite are closed. All events and activities in the national park are also on hold until further notice. All front-country and back-country areas (including trails and water access) are closed and are being assessed for safety hazards due to the on-going Kenow Fire. Highways 5 and 6 and the Entrance Road into the Waterton townsite are now open. There is no stopping at any scenic pull-outs along the Entrance Road at this time. All other roads in the park are closed to the public as we assess and action hazards that are a result of the Kenow Fire. Contact the Information Line (403-859-5109) for more information.
Waterton Lakes National Park is situated in the Rocky Mountains in the far southwest corner of Alberta. This is a dramatic landscape where peaks rise out of prairies. It is home to a string of clear glacial lakes, canyons, waterfalls and an incredible diversity of wildlife, from bighorn sheep to black bears, and wildflowers, including delicate purple lupins and mountain lady’s slipper.
The community of Waterton Park, a collection of shops, hotels and restaurants on the shores of Upper Waterton Lake, makes a popular base for exploration. From there, a network of scenic roads and trails reach into the mountainous surroundings, where exceptional hiking, wildlife watching and more awaits.
A range of hiking trails, including many shorter hikes, reveal both prairie and mountain landscapes. Abundant wildlife and wildflowers, epic scenery and easy access come together in this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site.