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.

Road status
Akamina Parkway

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.

Road conditions

511 Alberta provides road conditions for Alberta.
Drive BC provides road conditions for British Columbia.

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

Hours of operation

The park is open year round.

What's open
Visitor centre


Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply.

Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 403-859-5133

More contact information

Waterton after wildfire

A blog about restoration and renewal after the 2017 Kenow Wildfire.

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Sites nearby

  • Bar U Ranch National Historic Site
    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!

  • Two people sight seeing in Banff
    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.

  • Family at Emerald Lake
    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.

  • Radium Hot Springs in Kootenay National Park
    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.