Waterton Lakes National Park is conserved as much as possible in a natural wilderness state. While natural hazards do exist, the risk of personal injury can be minimized by taking reasonable precautions. Your safety is your personal responsibility. Caution and self-reliance are essential, along with a knowledge of natural hazards, experience in avoiding them and successfully dealing with them when they happen. Pick trips that reflect your level of ability.

If you are planning an activity that may be hazardous (e.g. mountain or rock climbing, or hiking alone), set up a check-in with a reliable friend or family member. Provide them with a detailed trip plan and the time you plan to return. Ensure they know who to contact in the event you don't check in at the designated time. In the case of an emergency call 911.

For general information on how to stay safe and a list of the 10 essential items you should bring when enjoying the outdoors visit the Adventure Smart website.

For information about staying safe while enjoying Waterton Lakes National Park, please explore the topics below.


Campgrounds in Waterton Lakes National Park have a "Bare" campsite program in place, for your safety and to help keep wildlife alive and wild.

Safety on water

Getting out on the water is an excellent way to explore Waterton Lakes National Park. Have the information to make your aquatic adventure safe and enjoyable.

Winter safety

The winter season begins in November and usually stretches into April. Make sure you have what you need to enjoy a safe trip.    


Wildlife safety

Any encounter with a wild animal is thrilling. Here is how to ensure your safety and theirs.


For general information and tips on how to prepare for a wide range of outdoor activities, we encourage you to visit AdventureSmart.

Park regulations

In Canada, national parks enjoy special protections that may differ from other protected places.

Safety is everyone's responsibility. Parks Canada helps by assessing the risks, managing hazards and making sure that safety information is freely available. Natural hazards are a part of the national park experience. You can do your part by wearing sensible clothing and shoes. Check the weather forecast before departing and research the places and activities you hope to enjoy before you go, so that you can make well informed decisions.

Explore the website and stop at a visitor centre for the most up-to-date information. With a little preparation, you will make great memories for a lifetime.

In case of EMERGENCY call 911

  • State that you are calling from Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Cell phones are not always reliable in the backcountry

To report wildlife, call: 1-888-WARDENS (927-3367).