Welcome to Waterton Lakes National Park
The prairies of Alberta meet the peaks of the Rocky Mountains in Waterton Lakes National Park. Clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, rainbow-coloured streams, colourful rocks and mountain vistas await hikers and sightseers. With an exceptional diversity of wildlife and wildflowers and a cozy little waterfront town to serve as a home base, Waterton packs a big natural punch into a relatively small and accessible area.
Featured things to do
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Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at our Parks Canada places from coast to coast to coast.
Bar U Ranch National Historic Site
Ride into history on a wagon pulled by Percheron horses to discover the life of a ranching cowboy from the late 1800s. Back-dropped by the Rocky Mountains - it’s a true Alberta experience!
Banff National Park
Founded in 1885, Banff is Canada’s first national park and part of the first national park system in the world. With its soaring peaks, azure lakes and abundant wildlife, this Rocky Mountain park attracts millions of visitors every year.
Yoho National Park
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Kootenay National Park
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Hours of operation
The park is open year round.
Our peak visitor season is in July and August.
Visitor centre hours
May 7 to May 14: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 15 to September 4: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
September 5 to October 10: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list