Safety and guidelines

Waterton Lakes National Park

Safety is Parks Canada's top priority. Visitors to Waterton Lakes National Park must adhere to area closures and remain vigilant of potential hazards.

Important bulletins

Important bulletins for Waterton Lakes National Park

Safety on land

Visitor safety information for land activities in Waterton Lakes National Park.

Safety on water

Visitor safety information for Waterton Lakes National Park.

Winter safety

When visiting Waterton Lakes during winter, be prepared for winter’s special hazards

Wildlife safety

Wildlife safety in Waterton Lakes National Park.

Mountain safety

The Mountain Safety section was created to provide users of the Mountain National Parks with information


Waterton has highly variable mountain weather which can change quickly

Current fire danger

Do your part and stay informed on the current fire danger status

For general information on how to stay safe when enjoying the outdoors, visit

Visitor guidelines

In Canada, national parks enjoy special protections that may differ from other protected places. Know the Rules and Regulations when visiting a national park.

Safety is everyone's responsibility. At Parks Canada, we do our part to make sure you can have a safe visit by assessing the risks, managing hazards, and making sure that safety information is freely available to everyone.

You can do your part by seeking out the information you need to stay safe and make well informed decisions while enjoying these special places. Explore our website and stop at our visitor centre for the most up-to-date information.

Make sure you are fully prepared for whatever activities you choose to participate in so you can have a safe, enjoyable and memorable visit.

In case of emergency: Dial 911

  • State that you are calling from Waterton Lakes National Park.
  • Remember, cell phones are not always reliable in the backcountry

To report park offences, wildlife concerns or visitor safety issues call: 1-888-927-3367. Toll free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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