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.

Nearby accommodations

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.

Visitor guidelines

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
T0K 2M0




How to get here

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


Watercraft inspections

We’re taking extra steps to protect waterbodies from aquatic invasive species

Spring experiences

Snow melt, spring rain, wildflowers, migratory birds, and newborn wildlife

Important bulletins

Area closures, warnings, fire danger rating and restricted activities

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