Cycling experiences in 2021
Cycle the parkways at Waterton Lakes this summer!
Take the opportunity to ride Chief Mountain Highway and Akamina Parkway this year. Ride the Red Rock is postponed due to construction along the parkway.
Chief Mountain Highway is 22.5 km (45 km return) and 577.6 m elevation gain (247.5 m loss). Plan enough time to finish your ride before the parkway reopens to vehicles at noon.
- Washrooms are available at the Waterton Valley Overlook.
- Parking: Parks staff will be on site and direct you to available parking. Once vehicles are parked, they must remain parked until vehicle traffic resumes at 12 p.m. (noon).
- Remember you are cycling on Indigenous land along portions of the Highway. Please be respectful of this area and remain on the designated roadway.
- In the event of border restrictions easing between Canada and the United States, Ride the Chief Mountain Highway will be cancelled.
Akamina Parkway is 16 km (32 km return) from the Waterton townsite to Cameron Lake. There is a 432.9 m elevation gain (-54.14 m loss) one way. Plan enough time to finish your ride before the parkway reopens to vehicles at noon.
- Washrooms are available at Cameron Lake day use area.
- Parking is available in the townsite. Cycle the Kootenai Brown trail to access the Akamina Parkway. Exercise caution when crossing roads.
Be Parks Smart and plan ahead. Here are a few tips to have the best cycling experience.
For your safety:
- Always wear a bicycle helmet when riding.
- Stay in control, ride within your comfort zone, and cycle on the right side of the right lane.
- Be aware of your surroundings. There may be Parks Canada or emergency vehicles on the road.
- Be prepared for variable weather conditions. Dress in layers.
- Bring your own snacks, water and first aid kit.
- Cellular service is limited in these areas of the park. Share a trip plan with a friend or family member.
- Keep your distance from wildlife. Carry bear spray in an accessible place.
- Comply with area closures, and check for updates before you go.
- Properly dispose of all garbage or pack it out with you; practice Leave No Trace.
Practice physical distancing, sanitize often, and check for park updates related to COVID-19.
The parkways will be closed to vehicle traffic between 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. during cycling experiences. Be aware of your surroundings as the parkways will still be accessible for emergency vehicles, park staff, those accessing the Blood Tribe Timber Limit.