The prairies of Alberta meet the peaks of the Rocky Mountains in Waterton Lakes National Park. Clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, rainbow-coloured streams, colourful rocks and mountain vistas await hikers and sightseers. With an exceptional diversity of wildlife and wildflowers and a cozy little waterfront town to serve as a home base, Waterton packs a big natural punch into a relatively small and accessible area.
Open to non-motorized use (winter recreation). Parking is available at Emerald Bay.
Red Rock Parkway
Open to non-motorized use (winter recreation).
Chief Mountain Highway (Highway 6)
Parks Canada is plowing Chief Mountain Highway to Chief Mountain Overlook until the end of December, then it is unmaintained until spring.
In winter, visitors should be prepared for variable road conditions in Waterton Lakes National Park. Winter storms can create high snow volumes, drifting snow, poor visibility and icy roads.
Plan your visit to Waterton Lakes National Park
Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply.
Waterton after wildfire
A blog about restoration and renewal after the 2017 Kenow Wildfire.
Bar U Ranch National Historic Site
Ride into history on a wagon pulled by Percheron horses to discover the life of a ranching cowboy from the late 1800s. Back-dropped by the Rocky Mountains - it’s a true Alberta experience!
Banff National Park
Founded in 1885, Banff is Canada’s first national park and part of the first national park system in the world. With its soaring peaks, azure lakes and abundant wildlife, this Rocky Mountain park attracts millions of visitors every year.
Yoho National Park
In the shadow of the Great Divide, Yoho’s towering rockwalls, spectacular waterfalls and soaring peaks reveal the secrets of ancient life, the power of ice and water and the stories of plants and animals that continue to evolve today.
Kootenay National Park
With diverse terrain embracing everything from arid grasslands to glaciers, Kootenay National Park offers the full Rocky Mountain experience along the historic Banff-Windermere Highway. Take a scenic drive or stay and explore the park’s treasures.