Townsite Campground: general information
- Campsites do not have fire pits.
- All vehicles must fit on the gravel pad or park in a nearby parking lot, as we do not allow parking on the grass.
- On some sites, there are size restrictions on camping units (including tents) allowed on those sites.
- Full service sites are pull-through sites.
- Electrical sites are back-in only.
- Walk-in tent sites only allow one tent per site.
- Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
- Construction is scheduled for Townsite Campground in fall, 2018. During this construction, some sites will be closed and other campsites may be affected by extra noise or activity within the campground.
General campground information
Operating season (nights): April 13 to October 8, 2018 (weather permitting).
Reservable period (nights): May 12 to September 9, 2018.
Reservable percentage: 90% reservable.
Kiosk hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
After-hours registration: After hours, please refer to signage in kiosk window. Locate confirmation # and proceed to designated campsite. You must register in the morning at the kiosk by 11 a.m.
Check-in time: Any time after 2 p.m.
- Visitors who would like to arrive at the campground earlier may enjoy the rest of the park while waiting for their campsite to become available (a valid national park entry pass is required).
Check-out time: Before 11 a.m.
Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Maximum length of stay: 14 nights.
Maximum persons per site: 6 people.
Maximum vehicles per site:
- Two vehicles: maximum one wheeled camping unit and one regular vehicle. We do not permit two on the same campsite.
- All vehicles and camping unit must fit on gravel pad or park in alternate location nearby.
Maximum camping units per site: Two tents or one RV/camper and one tent. However, some sites may be restricted in size of camping unit, including tents. Some sites are tent only.
Generator policy: Generator use is limited to 7 a.m. - 9 a.m., 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., and 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Amperage of power service:
- A section (full service section) has 15, 30 and 50 amp service.
- B section (full service section) has 15 and 30 amp service.
- G section (electrical only section) has 15 and 30 amp service.
- Campfires allowed in shared kitchen shelters only - there are no fire pits on the individual campsites.
- Firewood is available for sale in the town of Waterton.
Alcohol ban: None.
Pet policies: Pets must be kept on a leash at all times. They must not be left unattended. Please keep all pet food stored inside. See Bare Campsite Program for more information.
Townsite Campground is located in the south end of Waterton Townsite at the end of Windflower Avenue (towards Upper Waterton Lake).
Townsite Campground GPS coordinates:
Street address: # 200 Vimy Avenue.
Townsite Campground: (237 sites)
- Electricity, water and sewer without firepit (drive-through): 90 sites
- Electrical only, without fire pit (back-in): 45 sites
- Unserviced without fire pit (back-in): 49 sites
- Unserviced without fire pit (tent-only): 17 sites
- Unserviced without fire pit (walk-in, tent-only): 30 sites
- Accessible full serviced sites: 4
- Accessible electrical-only sites: 2
- Fires only in common kitchen shelters.
- Sunny and open, few trees.
- Washrooms with hot/cold running water, showers and flush toilets.
- Communal water taps and dump station are available
- The walk-in campsites are located in the H section of the campground and are approximately a 5-10m (16-65 ft) walk from the parking area.
- Access to nearby hiking paths.
Internet / Wi-Fi access
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Most restaurants and hotels in the Waterton village offer Wi-Fi access.
For information regarding camping fees for Waterton Lakes National Park please see our Fees page.
If there is no vacancy for your dates
The Townsite Campground is 90% reservable.
In Waterton Lakes National Park, there are two non-reservable campgrounds, which operate on a first-come, first-served basis:
- Crandell Mountain Campground (129 sites – all unserviced). Located on Red Rock Parkway, 12 km from the Waterton community.
- Belly River Campground (24 sites – primitive sites, unserviced, outhouses). Located on Chief Mountain Highway, 26 km from the Waterton community.
There are also two privately-operated campgrounds near the park:
Campground Reservation Service
To reserve your spot visit the Parks Canada Reservation Service website or call 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783).
General park information
Phone: 1-403-859-5133. From mid-October to mid-May, information is available only on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (MT).
For information and reservations specifically for backcountry camping
For information and reservations specifically for group camping (group = registered non-profit groups)
Belly River Group Campground (2 sites: primitive sites, unserviced, outhouses, no potable water). Located on Chief Mountain Highway, 26 km from the Waterton community. Group = minimum 25 persons.
Terms and definitions
Guests select the specific campsite or accommodation when they make their reservation.
Operating season (nights)
The "operating season" is the nights that the campground is open. Sometimes the campgrounds are open for longer than the period for which they accept reservations. Any dates of the "operating season" outside the "reservable period" are dates that the campground operates on a first come, first served basis only.
Reservable period (nights)
Period in which the campground accepts reservations. Note that many campgrounds may be open longer than this, and would operate outside of these dates on a first-come, first-served basis.
The administration/entrance booth of a particular campground, this is where you “check-in” and register your arrival.
Car, truck, motorcycle, truck-camper, motor home or recreational vehicle. A motor home pulling another vehicle would count as two vehicles.
Tent, tent-trailer, truck-camper, trailer, 5th wheel, motor home or recreational vehicle.
Refers to a campsite offering electrical, water, and/or sewer hook-ups directly on the campsite.
- Fully-serviced sites offer electrical, potable water and sewer hook-ups.
- Unserviced sites do not offer these hook-ups.
The terms serviced and unserviced refer to the individual campsites; they do not refer to the washroom facilities or other amenities available at the campground.
Campsite where the driver does not have to reverse their vehicle to exit (there is a separate entrance and exit to the individual campsite). Ideal for larger vehicles and trailers.
Campsite which requires some degree of walking to access the site, and therefore requires a tent. Vehicle will be parked a short distance away.
Overflow campsites vary from park to park, and may range from a paved area to park a camping unit (not generally suitable for tents) to a more traditional, grassy site. They are unserviced and are not reservable.
A campsite which is accessible to guests with limited mobility.
A designated structure for campfires located on a campsite. Check availability, as not all campsites offer a fire pit. In some cases, only communal fire pits are available, and access is shared with other guests.
In some campgrounds, guests will require a valid fire permit to have a campfire. A fire permit may include firewood. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.
In some campgrounds firewood is sold by the bundle, whereas in others a fire permit may give the holder access to the campground wood.
First-come, first-served site
Campsites that are available on a first come, first served basis only. These sites are only available to guests who are physically located at the campground. These sites cannot be registered over the telephone or online. These campsites may be available for only one night or for multiple nights depending on availability.
While many campgrounds remain open outside of their peak season, the services offered during this period may be limited (please check with the park for more details).
A valid National Park Entrance Pass is required for all visitors to the park.
Daily entrance pass
A daily Entrance Pass permits visitors unlimited entry to the specified park on a per day basis for the period of time indicated.
Annual/seasonal entrance pass
An annual or seasonal Entrance Pass pass permits visitors unlimited entry to the park for the period of time indicated.
Parks Canada Discovery Pass
The Parks Canada Discovery Pass permits visitors unlimited entry to the participating Parks Canada national parks and national historic sites across Canada, for a period of 12 months.