Waterton Lakes National Park is open and ready to welcome visitors in 2018.

Parks Canada is committed to providing high-quality visitor experiences in Waterton Lakes National Park. There are many recreational opportunities and a full range of special events, volunteer activities and interpretation programs this year. The park also serves as a base for visitors to explore other areas of southwestern Alberta.

The townsite, facilities along the Entrance Road, activities on Upper, Middle and Lower Waterton lakes and Chief Mountain Highway are available this year. The Red Rock Parkway is available for non-motorized use (hiking and biking) from the Entrance Road to the Bellevue Trail.

Visitor safety is a top priority for Parks Canada. As a result, many areas affected by the Kenow Wildfire in September 2017 will remain closed for summer 2018 due to hazards such as danger trees, slope instability and destroyed or damaged infrastructure. The entire Akamina Parkway and the Red Rock Parkway from Bellevue Trail to Red Rock Canyon - along with associated recreation opportunities in these areas - will remain closed in 2018. It is too early to provide a timeline when these areas will re-open.

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

Parks Canada facilities and services

Facility Access Status
Park gate Highway 5 Variable weekday hours. Open weekends and holidays.
Park reception (located in operations compound) Highway 5 Monday to Friday, 8 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm, year round.

Phone: 403-859-5133
Email: waterton.info@pc.gc.ca

Visitor centre Townsite Parks Canada will operate a temporary visitor centre in the townsite at the Lion’s Hall on Fountain Avenue. Check back for opening date and 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.
A woman, going winter camping, pitching a tent in the snow.


Campground Access Status
Belly River Highway 6 Open May 11, 2018 (weather permitting). For group camping reservations, phone: 403-859-5133.
Townsite Highway 5 Open April 13 to October 14, 2018 (weather permitting).
Crandell Mountain Red Rock Parkway Closed.
Backcountry campgrounds Various Closed. Check for updates.

Reservations for Townsite Campground opened January 11, 2018 for stays from May 12, 2018 to September 9, 2018.

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 (docks installed by Victoria Day weekend).
Maskinonge Highway 6 and 5 Open.
Pass Creek Highway 5 Open.
Cameron Lake Akamina Parkway Closed.
Little Prairie Akamina Parkway Closed.
McNeely's Akamina Parkway Closed.
Red Rock Canyon Red Rock Parkway Closed.
Lost Horse Creek Red Rock Parkway Closed.
Coppermine Creek Red Rock Parkway Closed.

Scenic drives and roads

Road Access Status
Chief Mountain Highway Highway 6 Open. (Chief Mountain border crossing open May 15 to September 30, 2018.)
Red Rock Parkway to Bellevue trailhead Red Rock Parkway Open to non-motorized use (walking, biking etc.) to Bellevue trailhead. Visitors should exercise caution as operational vehicle traffic will be present on the road. Access to this portion of the parkway may change depending on construction schedules.
Red Rock Parkway beyond Bellevue trailhead to Red Rock Canyon day-use area Red Rock Parkway Closed.
Bison overlook to Bellevue / Horseshoe trailhead Highway 5 Open.
Bison Paddock Loop Road Highway 5 Closed.
Akamina Parkway Cameron Lake 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.

Hiking and trails

Trails open in 2018

Check trail report for current conditions.

Trail Access Status
Kootenai Brown Highway 5 Open.
Linnett Lake loop Highway 5 Open.
Prince of Wales hill Highway 5 Open.
Townsite loop Highway 5 and various locations in townsite Open along lakeshore only. Detour at the marina.
Bellevue Non-motorized access to trailhead via Red Rock Parkway Open.
Crypt Lake - Open.
Wishbone Highway 6 Open.
Vimy Ridge (from Wishbone junction) Highway 6 Open.

See our complete list of closed trails

Visitor safety

Visitor safety is a top priority for Parks Canada and large areas of Waterton Lakes National Park remain closed due to hazards following the Kenow Wildfire. For important information about safety while enjoying the park, explore the topics below.

More information

There is potential for high visitation to Waterton Lakes National Park this summer. Parks Canada encourages visitors to plan their trip ahead of time. Explore the links below for more information.