Nature and science
Areas of Waterton Lakes National Park remain closed due to safety hazards and infrastructure damage from the Kenow Wildfire. Visit our What's open in 2018 page for an up-to-date list of open areas.
Waterton Lakes National Park is tucked away in the corner of southwest Alberta. The park covers an area of 505 square kilometres (195 square miles).
The park is part of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem – a place with unusually diverse physical, biological and cultural resources. The ecosystem is one of the narrowest places in the Rocky Mountain chain.
More than half of Alberta’s plant species are found in Waterton.
Waterton is home for more than 60 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, 24 species of fish and 10 species of reptiles and amphibians.
Fragrant evergreen forests, wind-swept prairies, steep mountains and deep lakes meet in Waterton Lakes National Park. No protected area of similar size in the Rocky Mountains has as much ecological diversity as Waterton Lakes.
No other national park in Canada protects so much wildlife within such a small area. In just 505 sq. kilometres (195 sq. miles), Waterton Lakes National Park has over 250 species of birds, more than 60 species of mammals, 24 species of fish, ten species of reptiles and amphibians, as well as thousands of species of insects, arthropods and other invertebrates.