What's open this winter
Waterton Lakes National Park is open and ready to welcome visitors this winter.
When planning your visit, remember the Kenow Wildfire of 2017 has affected the park.
The Akamina Parkway is open to Cameron Lake for non-motorized use this winter (e.g. snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, biking).
Trails accessible from the Parkway, including Lineham, Rowe (only to the top of Lineham Ridge), Cameron Lakeshore, Akamina Pass (only to the B.C. border), and Summit Lake are also open.
This is approximately 35 kilometres of reopened trails in addition to areas reopened earlier this year.
The parkway will not be plowed and should be treated as backcountry terrain. To ensure emergency access, there is no parking in the entry to the Akamina Parkway.
Visitor safety is a top priority for Parks Canada. Backcountry travellers are responsible for their own decisions and safety and need to plan accordingly. This winter, visitors should consider the Akamina and Red Rock parkways as backcountry terrain. For more information to plan a safe and enjoyable experience visitor safety.
Areas and trails reopened earlier this year remain available.
The Red Rock Parkway is open for non-motorised use from the Entrance Road to Coppermine Creek. The Entrance Road and adjacent facilities, and Waterton townsite are open. Parks Canada is plowing the Chief Mountain Highway to the Chief Mountain Overlook until the end of December. After that date, it is unmaintained until spring.
The McNeely’s and Little Prairie day-use areas, Tamarack Trail and Carthew-Alderson Trail (beyond the height of land past Summit Lake) remain closed due to wildfire damage. The Akamina Pass Trail is only open to the public until the B.C. border.
The Red Rock Parkway from Coppermine Creek to Red Rock Canyon, Bear’s Hump Trail, Crandell Mountain Campground and recreational opportunities associated with these areas remain closed at this time.
Parks Canada is assessing and developing rehabilitation plans for these areas before they can reopen. To ensure your safety, please respect all area closures. Parks Canada is grateful to our visitors, partners, and stakeholders for their support and understanding.
For more information on what is available in Waterton Lakes National Park this winter, please explore the topics below. Check back for updates.
Parks Canada facilities and services
|Park gate||Highway 5||Open - hours vary.|
|Visitor Centre||Townsite||For information and to purchase park passes this winter, visit Parks Canada’s Visitor Centre on Fountain Avenue in the townsite Hours|
|Washrooms||Townsite||The Fire Hall and Cameron Falls washrooms are open in the Waterton townsite in the winter.|
|Pass Creek||Highway 5||Open November 1, 2018 to April 1, 2019 (winter camping).|
|Townsite||Highway 5||Closed for the season. 2019 operating dates: April 12 to October 14.|
|Belly River||Highway 6||Closed for the season.|
|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.|
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 and current trail conditions, visit Trail condition report.
Most of the backcountry trails in Waterton Lakes National Park traverse avalanche terrain. For avalanche terrain ratings, visit Avalanche terrain ratings
For current and forecasted avalanche danger ratings, visit Avalanche bulletin.
Scenic drives and roads
|Akamina Parkway||Akamina Parkway entrance, from Highway 5||Open to non-motorized use for winter 2018-19.|
|Red Rock Parkway to Coppermine Creek||Red Rock Parkway entrance, from Highway 5||Open to non-motorized use to Coppermine Creek.
|Red Rock Parkway beyond Coppermine Creek to Red Rock Canyon day-use area||Red Rock Parkway||Closed.|
|Chief Mountain Highway||Highway 6||Open. Plowed to Chief Mountain Overlook until December 31, 2018, then no snow removal until spring 2019.|
|Bison overlook to Bellevue / Horseshoe trailhead||Highway 5||Open. No snow removal in the winter.|
|Bison Paddock Loop Road||Highway 5||Closed.|
This winter, visitors should consider the Akamina and Red Rock parkways as backcountry terrain.
Overlooks and lookouts
|Overlook (road accessible)||Access||Status|
|Entrance Road||Highway 5||Open.|
|Bison Paddock overlook||Highway 6||Open.|
|Chief Mountain||Highway 6.||Open. Parks Canada is plowing the Chief Mountain Highway to the Chief Mountain Overlook until the end of December. After that date, it is unmaintained until spring.|
|Prince of Wales hill||Highway 5.||Open. Unmaintained in winter.|
|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||Closed.|
|Lost Horse Creek||Red Rock Parkway||Closed.|
|Coppermine Creek||Red Rock Parkway||Closed.|