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

Visitors can purchase park passes from the visitor centre and park gate.

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

Some businesses and facilities in the Waterton townsite remain open in winter.

Location Status
Cameron Bay cook shelter Open.
Community cook shelters - Waterton Avenue Open.
Cameron Falls washroom Open.
Fire Hall washroom Open.
Map: Map of Waterton townsite
Campgrounds
Campground Access Status
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.
Reservations

2020 Reservation launch: January 9, 2020 at 8 am MST

Hiking and trails

For a list of open and closed trails, and trail descriptions Hiking

For current trail conditions Trail condition report

For avalanche information Avalanche Bulletin

Map: Map of hiking trails
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 (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.
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 winter. Explore the topics below.

Winter activities

Winter camping

Winter top 10