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.

Waterton Lakes National Park is located in the southwest corner of Alberta, sharing borders with the U.S.A. to the south and British Columbia to the west. The park is easily accessible by car, with the closest international airport in Calgary, a scenic 270-kilometre drive away. The park can be explored in a day, though many visitors use the community of Waterton Park as a base. Arrange your accommodation in advance.

Getting here


PO Box 200
Waterton Park AB T0K 2M0

Waterton Lakes National Park is located in southwest Alberta, 271 km south of Calgary and 132 km southwest of Lethbridge.

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

Facilities and services

Quick facts

  • Rolling prairies meet Rocky Mountains in Waterton Lakes National Park, creating a dazzling diversity of scenery.
  • No other national park in Canada protects as much wildlife in such a small area, enabling visitors to spot everything from bighorn sheep to grizzlies.
  • On its southern border, the park connects with Glacier National Park in Montana, U.S.A., forming the world’s first International Peace Park.