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 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.
Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list
Facilities and services
- 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.