As of June 1, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Find details here.

Safety is Parks Canada's top priority. Visitors to Waterton Lakes National Park must adhere to area closures and remain vigilant of potential hazards.

For information about safety while enjoying Waterton Lakes National Park, explore the topics below.

For general information on how to stay safe when enjoying the outdoors, visit AdventureSmart.ca.

Safety topics

Safety on land

 

A little preparation can prevent a small setback from ruining your day or your trip. Follow these tips to have a day you will never forget… in a good way.

Wildlife safety

 

Any encounter with a wild animal is thrilling. Here is how to ensure your safety and theirs.

Water safety

 

Ensuring that you have the proper safety equipment and are familiar with your chosen activity is the best way to stay safe on the water.

Winter safety

 

Be prepared for the potential dangers that come with winter: cold temperatures, storms, challenging travel conditions, uncertain ice conditions and short days.

Trail safety

 

Hikers need to take individual responsibility for planning their trips and hiking safely. Minimize your risk by planning ahead.

Visitor guidelines

 

In Canada, national parks enjoy special protections that may differ from other protected places. Please know “what not to do” in a national park.

Safety is everyone's responsibility. At Parks Canada, we do our part to make sure you can have a safe visit by assessing the risks, managing hazards, and making sure that safety information is freely available to everyone.

You can do your part by seeking out the information you need to stay safe and make well informed decisions while enjoying these special places. Explore our website and stop at our Visitor Centre for the most up-to-date information.

Make sure you are fully prepared for whatever activities you choose to participate in so you can have a safe, enjoyable and memorable visit.

In case of emergency: Dial 911

  • State that you are calling from Waterton Lakes National Park.
  • Remember, cell phones are not always reliable in the backcountry

To report park offences, wildlife concerns or visitor safety issues phone: 1-888-WARDENS (1-888-927-3367). Toll free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.