Waterton Lakes National Park is open and ready to welcome visitors.
Winter is a great time to visit the park, with wonderful winter recreation opportunities and smaller crowds. This includes wildlife viewing, hiking, fat biking, skiing, snowshoeing and more.
We encourage visitors to plan ahead and prepare, to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
When planning your visit, remember some areas remain closed as a result of the Kenow Wildfire in 2017. Consult our list of current infrastructure projects for potential impacts to your trip.
For information on what is open and closed, explore the topics below. Check back for updates.
To prepare for a safe and enjoyable trip, visit our Winter Safety section.
Parks Canada facilities and services
|Pass Creek||Highway 5||Open November 1, 2019 to April 1, 2020 (winter camping).|
|Townsite||Highway 5||Closed for the season.|
|Belly River||Highway 6||Closed for the season.|
|Crandell Mountain||Red Rock Parkway||Closed as a result of the Kenow Wildfire of 2017.|
|Backcountry campgrounds||Various||Some backcountry campgrounds are closed as a result of the Kenow Wildfire. Check here for a listing.|
2020 Reservation launch: January 9, 2020 at 8 am MST
Scenic drives and roads
|Akamina Parkway from townsite to Cameron Lake||Akamina Parkway entrance, from Highway 5||Open to non-motorized use (winter recreation). Parking is available at Emerald Bay.
|Red Rock Parkway to Red Rock Canyon||Red Rock Parkway entrance, from Highway 5||Open to non-motorized use (winter recreation).
|Chief Mountain Highway||Highway 6||Open. Parks Canada is plowing Chief Mountain Highway to Chief Mountain Overlook until January 4, 2020, then it is unmaintained until spring.|
|Bison overlook to Bellevue / Horseshoe trailhead||Highway 5||Open. Not maintained in winter.|
|Bison Paddock Loop Road||Highway 5||Closed.|
Overlooks and lookouts
|Overlook (road accessible)||Access||Status|
|Entrance Road||Highway 5||Open.|
|Bison Paddock overlook||Highway 6||Open. Not maintained in winter.|
|Chief Mountain||Highway 6.||Open. Chief Mountain Highway is plowed to Chief Mountain Overlook until January 4, 2020, then it is unmaintained until spring.|
|Maskinonge||Highway 6||Open. Not maintained in winter.|
|Prince of Wales hill||Highway 5.||Open.|
|Driftwood Beach||Highway 5||Open.|
|Emerald Bay||Highway 5||Open.|
|Hay Barn||Highway 5||Open.|
|Knight's Lake||Highway 5||Open.|
|Linnet Bay||Highway 5||Open.|
|Maskinonge||Highway 6 and 5||Open.|
|Pass Creek||Highway 5||Open.|
|Cameron Lake||Akamina Parkway||Open.|
|Little Prairie||Akamina Parkway||Closed.|
|Red Rock Canyon||Red Rock Parkway||Open.|
|Lost Horse Creek||Red Rock Parkway||Closed.|
|Coppermine Creek||Red Rock Parkway||Closed.|