Waterton Lakes National Park turns 125 this year!

Waterton Lakes National Park was created on May 30, 1895 as the Waterton Lakes Forest Park Reserve, an area of 140 km2 around the lakes. It was the fourth such federally protected area that would later be known as national parks.

The name and size of the park has seen numerous changes since 1895. It became Waterton Lakes Dominion Park in 1911 after the creation of the Dominion Parks Branch. It wasn't until 1930, and the passing of the Canada National Parks Act, that the park was renamed as we know it today: Waterton Lakes National Park.


Waterton Lakes National Park is within the traditional territory of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) peoples, that refer to this place as Paahtomahksikimi (pronounced Paw-toe-MOCK-sick-ih-mee), meaning Inner Sacred Lake within the Mountains.

In 1911, John George 'Kootenai' Brown, Waterton's first park official, reported that 1,794 tourists had visited the park that year. Today, more than 500,000 people visit annually!

"Where the Mountains Meet the Prairie", Waterton Lakes has significant ecological and commemorative importance for all Canadians.

Parks Canada is working to restore park ecosystems and keep them healthy for the next 125 years. We all have a role to play. What will you do to help protect the park for future generations?

Be part of the celebration!

We invite all Canadians and visitors to celebrate Waterton's 125th birthday as a national park. Follow Waterton Lakes NP on our social channels.

Tag us @WatertonLakesNP and use hashtag #Waterton125 and #WatertonPledge to share your favourite memories or make your stewardship pledge.