Prohibited activities

Parks Canada Wardens help protect Waterton Lakes National Park and its visitors

While Waterton Lakes National Park offers a huge range of recreational opportunities, we can't be everything to everybody.

Some activities are not compatible with the purpose of national parks or may intrude on the experiences most people seek in national parks. Others have been prohibited because they are too hazardous.

The following are examples of some activities that have been prohibited in Waterton Lakes National Park:

  • Collection or removal of any natural (eg. wildflowers, driftwood, berries) or cultural (eg. arrowheads) objects
  • Hunting (while firearms may be transported in a national park, they must be unloaded and encased, and may not be removed from the vehicle)
  • Motorized off-road travelling
  • Snowmobiling
  • Paragliding, parachuting, hanggliding or any heavier-than-air aircraft
  • Use of personal watercraft (sea-doos, wave-runners, jet-skis, super-jet, etc)
  • Feeding wildlife - it is illegal to feed, entice or disturb any animal in a national park
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) are increasing in popularity for hobbyists, photographers and businesses. However, flying a UAV is illegal in a National Park without an aircraft access permit, consistent with other protected areas in North America.

Visit the Canada National Parks Act for a complete list of regulations.


Pets are permitted on hiking trails but must be on a leash at all times. Dogs and other pets may jeopardize your safety and theirs by provoking and attracting wildlife.