The portion of the Kenow Fire in Waterton Lakes National Park is now classified as 'under control' and is not expected to spread. Parks Canada will continue to monitor the situation and extinguish hot spots as needed.

The boundary of the fire encompassed 40 per cent of the park, including the Entrance Road, Akamina Parkway and Red Rock Parkway (and their associated valleys).

The southeast portion of the park is outside the fire boundary, including the east shores of Upper and Middle Waterton lakes, Vimy Peak and Belly River.

Various areas within the fire boundary and outside the fire boundary are open to the public.

What's open

  • Waterton townsite (and associated public washrooms and day-use areas)
  • Highways 5 and 6 including Entrance Parkway to townsite
  • Chief Mountain Highway (Chief Mountain border crossing closed October 1 to May 14)
  • Bison Paddock overlook
  • Maskinonge overlook
  • Wishbone trail
  • Kootenai Brown trail, which runs from the Waterton townsite to the park gate
  • Kootenai Brown grave trail
  • Knight’s Lake day-use area
  • Hay Barn road and Hay Barn day-use area
  • Marquis Hole road
  • Driftwood beach
  • Linnet Bay day-use area
  • Prince of Wales hill
  • Emerald Bay day-use area
  • Vimy trail
  • Crypt Lake trail

Recreational activities on the surface of Upper, Middle and Lower Waterton lakes, and on the Waterton River between Middle and Lower Waterton lakes only (scuba diving, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, wind sailing etc. but no motorized craft).

In the Waterton townsite, visitors may access Cameron Falls and Cameron Bay day-use area. Two washrooms - at Cameron Falls and the Fire Hall - are open. Picnic areas and shelters are also available in the townsite. The park gate is staffed at weekends.

Only a few businesses remain open for the season. For more information visit the Waterton Lakes Chamber of Commerce website.

What's closed

  • All frontcountry and backcountry areas (including trails) in Waterton Lakes National Park, with the exception of the above listed trails and areas
  • Red Rock Parkway
  • Akamina Parkway
  • Camping is not permitted anywhere in Waterton Lakes National Park, including Pass Creek winter campsite
  • Blakiston Fan
  • All areas west of Upper Waterton Lake remain closed for the safety of the public

All Parks Canada events and activities in Waterton Lakes National Park are on hold until further notice.

Due to the high intensity of the fire, there are a large number of dangerous trees, rock falls, deep and hot ash pits and other hazards that pose a safety risk to the public throughout the park. Please respect the closures.

For up-to-date information related to the Kenow Fire, visit our Kenow Fire web page.

Contact the Information Line (403-859-5109) for more information (every day, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Map of open and closed areas in Waterton Lakes National Park

Areas highlighted in green are open to the public and the areas in red are closed until further notice.