On May 30, 1895, a 140 sq. km (54 sq. miles) area was protected by the federal government as a Dominion Forest Park. Its status, boundary and name have varied over the years, and it is now known as Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada. Waterton was Canada's 4th national park and is the smallest in the Canadian Rockies 505 sq.km (195 sq. miles).
Parks Canada's team of interpreters in Waterton Lakes National Park offers a wide variety of visitor programming, including guided hikes, family activities and theatre programs.