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Note: Closures and restrictions may happen at any time, in any location and without prior notice. See the Important Bulletins page for a current listing.

A sensitive season for elk

September, 2015

Elk are the most numerous large animal in Waterton
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Watching elk during the rutting season can be a wonderful experience for visitors. For the elk, being disturbed during this critical time can affect their ability to reproduce.

To minimize the disturbance caused by human movements on the Blakiston Fan, Parks Canada has closed the area to foot or horse travel. Visitors should stay in their vehicles and minimize how often they move their vehicles. This will minimize disturbance to the elk and create the best viewing experience for all visitors.

Your cooperation ensures that visitors will continue to be able to safely enjoy this amazing wildlife viewing opportunity.

*Park personnel supervising educational or invasive plant control activities will continue to enter the area under prescribed conditions.

Season Area Restriction: Blakiston Fan

New winter offer in Waterton Lakes National Park

Cameron Lake Cabin to become Alpine Club of Canada Hut
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June, 2015

Mr. Jim Hillyer, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced approval for the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) to operate its first facility in Waterton Lakes National Park.

The Parks Canada warden cabin at Cameron Lake will be converted to an ACC backcountry hut providing overnight accommodation in the winter.

The ACC is widely respected for the consistently high quality of its system of backcountry huts and cabins throughout Canada’s mountain national parks. The Cameron Lake Cabin will provide accommodation for up to six guests in an area that is easily accessible by people of all ages on snowshoes or skis. Renovations for this project, which will protect the oldest surviving backcountry cabin in Waterton Lakes National Park, will be fully funded by the ACC.

The approved 2010 Waterton Lakes National Park Management Plan identified the Cameron Valley as a focal point of visitor use during the winter months. The plan further calls for enhanced and expanded winter recreational opportunities, and identifies the renewal of overnight backcountry accommodation as an important objective. The project was well received by the public during a consultation held earlier this year.

News release

Wildlife movement project

January, 2015

Waterton Lakes National Park scientists are gathering information on wildlife movement around the perimeter of the Waterton Park community and between the Waterton and Akamina valleys.

A grizzly bear on a trail Wildlife corridors are important for maintaining wildlife populations
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Wildlife corridors are important for maintaining wildlife populations. Wildlife movement through corridors in this area may be affected by natural and human features such as the canyon above Cameron Falls and the Visitor Reception Centre.

The goal of this five-year project is to provide information to aid in making decisions regarding wildlife movement through this area. The focus will be on cougars, bears, deer, elk and bighorn sheep.

A variety of information sources will be used, including remote cameras. These cameras are used for tracking wildlife movement. Public notices will be posted at trail heads and other areas where cameras are deployed. Cameras will not be located within the core of the community.

Concerned about your privacy? So are we. Images of people will be classified by the number of people and type of use, and then deleted. However, images that show illegal activities that may have serious impacts on wildlife, or put the safety of visitors at risk may be used for law enforcement purposes.

This project is part of the Waterton Lakes National Park Conservation and Restoration Program.

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