What's open in 2018
Waterton Lakes National Park is open and ready to welcome visitors in 2018.
While some areas of the park were affected by the September 2017 Kenow Wildfire, Parks Canada is committed to providing fun and memorable visitor experiences in Waterton Lakes National Park in summer 2018.
Parks Canada’s staff has been working hard to assess and reduce wildfire-related hazards on trails and backcountry facilities in Waterton Lakes National Park. Trail crews have repaired damaged and destroyed infrastructure (benches and small footbridges) and assessed, cut, and cleared fallen and burned trees.
As a result of this work, Parks Canada has reopened over 50 kilometres of previously closed trails and three backcountry campgrounds in Waterton Lakes National Park. Areas now reopened include the Bertha Falls, Bertha Lake, Crandell Lake Loop, Horseshoe Basin, and Lakeshore trails. The portion of the Red Rock Parkway open to non-motorized use (biking and hiking) has been extended – from Bellevue Trailhead to Coppermine Creek.
The Entrance Road and adjacent facilities, townsite, Waterton lakes and Chief Mountain Highway are also open.
Visitor safety is a priority for Parks Canada. Backcountry travel always comes with inherent risks. Visitors should be aware of their surroundings and prepared with the appropriate equipment during backcountry travel. Areas affected by the Kenow Wildfire may have increased hazards such as poor water quality, blowing dust, reduced shade, rock fall on steep slopes, and burned trees.
For more information to plan a safe and enjoyable experience, please see our visitor safety web pages.
Crandell Mountain Campground, Bear’s Hump Trail, Akamina Parkway, Cameron Lake Day-Use Area, Red Rock Parkway from Coppermine Creek to Red Rock Canyon, and recreational opportunities associated with these areas remain closed at this time. It is too early to provide a timeline for when these areas will re-open. To ensure safety, please respect all area closures. Entering a closed area can result in a fine.
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
|Park gate||Highway 5||Open - variable hours.|
|Visitor centre||Townsite||Parks Canada is operating a temporary visitor centre in the townsite at the Lion’s Hall on Fountain Avenue.
Winter hours Weekdays, 8 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 4 pm. Information is provided at the park gate on weekends.
|Townsite||Highway 5||Open April 13 to October 31, 2018 (weather permitting).|
|Pass Creek||Highway 5||Open November 1 (winter camping).|
|Belly River||Highway 6||Closed for the 2018 season.|
|Crandell Mountain||Red Rock Parkway||Closed.|
|Backcountry campgrounds||Various||Some backcounty campgrounds have reopened. Check here for a listing.|
Reservations for Townsite Campground opened January 11, 2018 for stays from May 12, 2018 to September 9, 2018.
|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||Closed.|
|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.|
Scenic drives and roads
|Chief Mountain Highway||Highway 6||Open. (Chief Mountain border crossing open May 15 to September 30, 2018.)|
|Red Rock Parkway to Coppermine Creek||Red Rock Parkway||Open to non-motorized use (walking, biking etc.) to Coppermine Creek. 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 Coppermine Creek 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.|
|Prince of Wales hill||Highway 5||Open.|
Hiking and trails
Trails open in 2018
Check trail report for current conditions.
|Bellevue||Non-motorized access to trailhead via Red Rock Parkway||Open.|
|Bertha Falls / Bertha Lake||Waterton townsite||Open.|
|Crandell Loop / Crandell Lake||Waterton towsnite / Red Rock Parkway (non-motorized access)||Open.|
|Horseshoe Basin / Oil Basin||Highway 6||Open|
|Kootenai Brown||Highway 5||Open.|
|Lakeshore (Waterton townsite to Canada-U.S.A. border)||Waterton townsite||Open.|
|Linnett Lake loop||Highway 5||Open.|
|Prince of Wales hill||Highway 5||Open.|
|Townsite loop||Highway 5 and various locations in townsite||Open.|
|Vimy Ridge (from Wishbone junction)||Highway 6||Open.|
See our complete list of closed trails
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.
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.