Waterton Lakes National Park is open and ready to welcome visitors in 2019.

There is a range of recreational activities, special events, volunteer opportunities and interpretation programs available for visitors as they discover and connect with the park.

Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead to have the best possible experience.

Parks Canada encourages all visitors to drive carefully and to expect construction traffic and noise in the park.

When planning your visit, remember the Kenow Wildfire of 2017 has affected the park.

For more information on what is available in Waterton Lakes National Park this summer, please explore the topics below. Check back for updates.

Parks Canada facilities and services
Facility Access Status
Park gate Highway 5 Open - hours vary.
Visitor Centre Townsite Parks Canada is operating a temporary visitor centre in the townsite at the Lion’s Hall on Fountain Avenue Hours of operation Hours
Waterton Townsite
Location Status
Cameron Bay cook shelter Open.
Community cook shelters - Waterton Avenue Open.
Cameron Falls washroom Open.
Fire Hall washroom Open.
Campground Access Status
Townsite Highway 5 2019 operating dates: April 12 to October 14.
Belly River Highway 6 2019 operating dates: May 10 to September 11.
Crandell Mountain Red Rock Parkway Closed.
Backcountry campgrounds Various Some backcountry campgrounds are closed as a result of the Kenow Wildfire. Check here for a listing.
Pass Creek Highway 5 Closed for the season. Open November 1, 2019 to April 1, 2020 (winter camping).

Reservations for Townsite Campground open January 10, 2019 (8 am MST) for stays from May 10, 2019 to September 11, 2019.

Hiking and trails

For a list of open and closed trails Hiking

For current trail conditions Trail condition report

Scenic drives and roads
Road Access Status
Akamina Parkway from townsite to Cameron Lake Akamina Parkway entrance, from Highway 5 Open to non-motorized use (hiking & cycling).

The Akamina Parkway will close from mid-September, 2019 to late 2019 for significant construction work.
Red Rock Parkway to Red Rock Canyon Red Rock Parkway entrance, from Highway 5 Open to non-motorized use (hiking & cycling)
Chief Mountain Highway Highway 6 Open.
Bison overlook to Bellevue / Horseshoe trailhead Highway 5 Open.
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.
Chief Mountain Highway 6. Open.
Maskinonge Highway 6 Open.
Prince of Wales hill Highway 5. Open.
Day-use areas
Day-use area Access Status
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.
McNeely's Akamina Parkway Closed.
Red Rock Canyon Red Rock Parkway Open.
Lost Horse Creek Red Rock Parkway Closed.
Coppermine Creek Red Rock Parkway Closed.
Activities and experiences

There’s lots to see and do in Waterton Lakes National Park this summer. Explore the topics below.


Camping and accommodation

Calendar of events 2019

2019 interpretive programs

Volunteer events