Visitors should be prepared for variable conditions in Waterton Lakes National Park in winter. Winter storms can create high snow volumes, drifting snow, poor visibility and icy roads.
Parks Canada plows roads in Waterton Lakes National Park in priority order:
- Highways 5 and 6
- Entrance Road
- Priority streets in the community
- Akamina Parkway
- Other streets in the community
- Chief Mountain Highway (to Waterton Valley viewpoint until January 4, unmaintained after that)
Akamina Parkway is open to vehicles to Little Prairie Day Use Area. The road will be plowed as necessary and morning closures are expected, to give snowplows the space to operate safely. 511 Alberta is the best place to check current parkway status.
Winter driving can be risky, so be prepared. Check for the latest road conditions and closures and weather conditions:
- Make sure your vehicle has enough gas as there are no gas stations in the park in winter. The nearest service stations are in Pincher Creek and Mountain View
- The park’s electric vehicle charging stations will be available over winter
- Pack a winter survival kit: Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) emergency kit
- Winter driving: Top 10 tips from Transport Canada