Plan your visit
Waterton Lakes National Park
Waterton Lakes National Park is located in the southwest corner of Alberta, sharing borders with U.S.A. to the south and British Columbia to the west. The park is easily accessible by car. The closest international airport is in Calgary, a 270 km drive away. Spend a day or more exploring this special place.
Hours of Operation
Waterton Lakes National Park is open year round.
Make a reservation for campsites
Camping and overnight accomodations
Types of campgrounds and nearby accommodations
Daily visitor fees, camping and program fees, and more. Free admission for youth
Permits and regulations
Watercraft inspection and fishing permits; Parks Canada Acts and Regulations.
Information about camping, camping reservations and other overnight accommodation in Waterton Lakes.
Weddings and ceremonies
Information on holding a wedding or ceremony in Waterton Lakes
Best time to visit
Peak traffic and parking times, helpful planning tips, pre-arrival checklist.
Improvements and infrastructure
What to know before travel: facilities, roads, bridges, trails, visitor facility improvements.
Seasonal road information
For the most up-to-date road information.
Park gate and day use area parking
Live updates for peak season weekends for parking availability and traffic congestion.
Seasonal and local weather, and trends
Brochures and publications
Maps of the park including Waterton Townsite, campgrounds, and surrounding region
Local attractions and tourism
Community services, tourism information.
National parks and national historic sites are special places and require unique rules to protect them.
How to get here
PO Box 200
Waterton Park, Alberta
Directions and distances to Waterton Lakes National Park by car and air.
Waterton Lakes National Park is located in beautiful southwest Alberta. Accessible by motor vehicle, Waterton Lakes is 271 km south of Calgary and 132 km southwest of Lethbridge. The nearest airport is in Lethbridge. Chief Mountain (seasonal operation only) and Carway are the two nearest international points of entry for motor vehicle access.
Free admission for youth. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list
Facilities and services
We’re taking extra steps to protect waterbodies from aquatic invasive species
Snow melt, spring rain, wildflowers, migratory birds, and newborn wildlife
Area closures, warnings, fire danger rating and restricted activities
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