Some areas in Waterton Lakes National Park are now open to the public. Please see our updated list of open and accessible areas. All other front-country and back-country areas (including trails) are closed and are being assessed for safety hazards due to the on-going Kenow Fire. At this time, camping is not permitted anywhere in Waterton Lakes National Park. 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.

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.