Explore. Learn. Connect. Join interpreters for a variety of programs in the park, or learn and explore from your home with our special virtual experiences, and with Parka, our mascot!
Programs and services are limited this season; additional restrictions may apply. Please check the Waterton Lakes National Park information on COVID-19 for regular updates.
Discover the sights, sounds, species and places that make Waterton Lakes National Park a special place.
Waterton is often known as where the prairies meet the mountains. Join an Interpreter to explore clear lakes, sub-alpine terrain, and lush grasslands. Learn about colorful rocks, exceptional diversity of wildlife and plants, and the history of this little waterfront town. Guided hikes offer an insider’s look at work being done by Parks Canada conservation experts to protect species at risk and restore balance in critical habitats in the mountain national parks. Hikes must be preregistered and have a maximum of 10 participants. To register for a free guided hike call or email:
New to hiking?
Guided hikes are a great way to explore with a trained Parks Canada guide and learn more about the beautiful Canadian Rockies! Small group sizes allow plenty of opportunities to gain hiking tips and tricks or ask questions about the local plants and animals.
What to bring
A day of hiking in the Rockies requires preparation. Conditions can change rapidly in the mountains and higher elevations increase your exposure to the sun and stormy weather. To have a safe and fun time outdoors you will need to bring:
- Warm layers of clothes (moisture-wicking and fast-drying preferred)
- Rain jacket
- Multiple snacks
- Drinking water, at least 2 litres or 1/2 gallon per person
- Sturdy and worn in hiking boots and extra wool socks
- Hiking poles (recommended)
- Sturdy and supportive backpack.
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat, insect repellent
- Toilet paper in a plastic bag for disposal, hand sanitizer
- Reading glasses, if you wear them
- Blister kit and personal medical supplies (just in case)
- Children and youth up to 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
- No pets
- No exceptions
Your safety and the safety of our staff is our top priority. Group sizes have been reduced to 10. Risk mitigation measures for Covid-19 will be in place during the hike program.
Questions you will be asked by the guide before your hike
- Do you have a cough, fever, sore throat, difficulty breathing or any new or worsening symptoms?
- Have you travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days?
- Have you had close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has traveled anywhere outside Canada in the last 14 days?
- Have you been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of Covid-19 in the last 14 days?
If you answer “yes” to any of the above questions, you may not participate on the hike.
Please remember to adhere to the following protocols during the hike:
- Stay physically-distanced from people outside your household.
- Good hygiene, e.g. sanitize hands before and after eating/drinking, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching your face.
- You may bring your own masks, if desired.
Activities with interpreters
Activities with Interpreters
Keep an eye out as our interpreters can be found at stationary activity tables or with traveling displays roving around the Townsite or trails.