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Waterton Lakes National Park

Hours, Facilities and Services

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Waterton Lakes National Park is open year round.

Our peak visitor season is during July and August. If you are planning a trip to Waterton during these months, be sure to book your accommodation in advance. From late fall to early spring, most park facilities are closed and few services are available.  

Most services are located in the community.

There are eight hotels, several restaurants and lounges, a variety of church services, one fuel station, camping supplies, groceries, pool and spa facilities, bank machines, gift shops, tennis courts, playgrounds, a post office, launderette and theatre.

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

See our A-Z of Activities in Waterton Lakes National Park.

For further information, contact the Waterton Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Association

Dates of Operation - 2015

Park Facilities and ServicesWhen Open (subject to weather)
Park Gate Year round, variable hours.
Park Reception Year round, Monday to Friday, 8.00am-4.00pm.
Visitor Information Centre
  • May 9-June 21, 9.00am-5.00pm
  • June 22-Sept. 6, 8.00am-7.00pm
  • Sept. 7-Oct. 12, 9.00am-5.00pm
Townsite Campground May 1 to Sept. 20 (if weather allows. Campground on self-registration to Thanksgiving, Oct. 12). Visitors may camp there later as weather allows, but water/sewer will be shut off.
Crandell Mountain Campground May 14 to Sept. 6 (Campground on self-registration from May long weekend to June 19. No reservations at this campground).
Crandell Tipis July 1-Sept. 6.
Belly River Campground May 9 to Sept. 27 (subject to weather).
Pass Creek (winter campground) Oct. 13 to April 30.
  • Belly River Campground, April 1
  • Townsite Campground, April 7 (for reservations May 11 to Sept. 13) 
  • Crandell Tipis, May 9
  • Backcountry, 3 months prior 
Red Rock Parkway - including picnic sites First weekend in May to September 8 (2015 & 2016 only). Upcoming construction projects

Akamina Parkway (entire road)

Akamina Parkway (to Little Prairie Picnic Area only)

First weekend in May to Oct. 31 (subject to weather).

Nov. 1 to first weekend in May.

Chief Mountain Highway - including picnic sites 
  • First weekend in May to Sept. 30 (open only to Belly River Bridge until customs opens May 15, thereafter completely open)
  • Oct. 1-Dec. 31 (no maintenance - Three Flags to Belly River Bridge, remaining section closed from Belly River Bridge
  • Jan. 1-first weekend in May (no maintenance - from junction 5&6 to highway closure at Belly River Bridge) 
Heritage Centre (operated by the Waterton Natural History Association) May 15-Sept. 20.
Park Interpretive Programs June 27-August 30 (evening theatre programs, guided hikes, activities).

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.