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 open year round.

Our peak visitor season is during July and August. If you are planning a trip to the park during these months, be sure to book your accommodation in advance.

Dates and hours of operation for 2017
Park facilities and services When open (subject to weather)
Park gate Year round, variable hours.
Park reception Year round, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitor centre
  • May 7 to May 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • May 15 to September 4, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • September 5 to October 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Townsite Campground April 14 to October 9, if weather allows. The campground will be on self-registration in April and October. Visitors may camp there later as weather allows, but water/sewer will be shut off.
Crandell Mountain Campground May 18 to September 25 (no reservations at this campground).
Tipis at Crandell Mountain Campground Not available in 2017.
Belly River Campground May 12 to September 5.
Pass Creek (winter campground) October 31 to April 15 (open once Townsite Campground closes).
Reservations (open)
  • Townsite Campground, January 12 (for visits from May 13 to September 10).
  • Belly River Campground, group camp, April 1.
  • Backcountry, three months prior.
Red Rock Parkway (including picnic sites) First weekend in May to October 31.
Akamina Parkway (including picnic sites) First weekend in May to October 31 (entire road). Dates subject to change because of construction work.
November 1 to first weekend in May (to Little Prairie Day-Use Area only).
Chief Mountain Highway (including picnic sites) First weekend in May to September 30 (Chief Mountain border crossing opens May 15).
October 1 to first weekend in May: no maintenance south of junction with Highway 5 and 6.
Heritage Centre (operated by Waterton Natural History Association) May 15 to September 20.

Parks Canada interpreters offer a variety of theatre programs, guided hikes and family programs in Waterton Lakes National Park during summer months.

Community of Waterton

The Waterton townsite offers a variety of services, accommodations, dining opportunities, shops and attractions. From late fall to early spring, most facilities are closed and few services are available.

Community services
RCMP (police)
Post office
ATM machines
Small grocery store
Camping supply stores
Fuel station (May to October)
Self-service laundry
Equipment rentals
Recreation facilities
Restaurants, lounges & cafes
Hotels, lodges & bed and breakfasts (most offer Wi-Fi access)
Gift and souvenir stores
Theatre
Playground
Pool and spa facilities
Church services
Public restrooms
Wheelchair accessible

Equipment rentals, activities, golf course, horse stables, boat tours on Upper Waterton Lake and canoe or rowboat rentals at Cameron Lake are also available.

Free Wi-Fi is provided by the Waterton Community Broadband Network (WCBN) in the Townsite Campground. Enhanced Wi-Fi for streaming is available for a fee. If you have any questions or concerns you can email at info@wcbn.ca. Most restaurants and hotels in the Waterton community offer Wi-Fi access. 

The nearby communities of Pincher Creek, Cardston, Mountain View and Twin Butte also offer a variety of services including hotels, motels, bed and breakfast and ranch vacations.

For further information, visit the Waterton Lakes Chamber of Commerce website or our tourism links page.