Waterton Lakes National Park is open and ready to welcome visitors. Recreational opportunities are available to explore the park this fall and winter.

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.

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 
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 November 1 (weather permitting).
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.
Pass Creek Highway 5 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, and trail descriptions 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 Closed for construction until December 1, 2019, when it will open for non-motorized use (winter recreation).
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. Chief Mountain border crossing is closed October 1, 2019 to May 14, 2020.
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 fall. Explore the topics below.


Camping and accommodation

Volunteer events