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 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 2017/18
Park facilities and services When open (subject to weather)
Park gate Year round, variable hours.
Park reception Daily, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitor centre Closed. Location, date and operating hours for 2018 TBD.
Townsite Campground Closed. Opening date and reservation launch date for 2018 TBD.
Crandell Mountain Campground Closed. Crandell Mountain Campground was significantly impacted by the Kenow Fire. An assessment is still taking place. Status for 2018 TBD.
Belly River Campground Closed. Dates for 2018 TBD.
Pass Creek (winter campground) Closed due to Kenow Fire. Opening date TBD.
Reservations (open)
  • Townsite Campground, 2018 reservation date TBD (operational dates TBD).
  • Belly River Campground, group camp, April 1.
  • Backcountry, three months prior. Site availability for 2018 TBD.
Red Rock Parkway (including picnic sites) Closed due to Kenow Fire.
Akamina Parkway (including picnic sites) Closed due to Kenow Fire.
Chief Mountain Highway (including picnic sites) First weekend in May to September 30 (Chief Mountain border crossing closed October 1 to May 14).
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.