Waterton Lakes National Park is open year round.

Our visitor centre is open May to October

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.

From late fall to early spring, most facilities are closed and few services are available. Most services are located in the community of Waterton.

There are several hotels, lodges and bed and breakfasts; restaurants and lounges; one fuel station (May-October); camping supply stores, grocery stores, gift shops and ATM machines; a variety of church services; pool and spa facilities, tennis courts, playgrounds; a post office, theatre and launderette. Most restaurants and hotels offer Wi-Fi access.

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

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.

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. - 4 p.m.
Visitor information centre
  • May 7 to June 23, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • June 24 to September 5, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • September 6 to October 10, 9 a.m. - 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 4 (no reservations at this campground).
Crandell Tipis July 1 to August 25.
Belly River Campground May 12 to September 25.
Pass Creek (winter campground) October 31 to April 15 (open once Townsite Campground closes).
  • Belly River Campground, group camp, April 1.
  • Townsite Campground, January 12 (for reservations May 13 to September 10). 
  • Crandell Tipis, May 13. 
  • Backcountry, three months prior. 
Red Rock Parkway, including picnic sites First weekend in May to October 31.

Akamina Parkway (entire road)

Akamina Parkway (to Little Prairie Picnic Area only)

First weekend in May to October 31.

November 1 to first weekend in May.

Chief Mountain Highway, including picnic sites 
  • First weekend in May to September 30 (Chief Mountain border crossing opens May 15).
  • October 1 - 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.