Low-season adventure in fall, winter and spring
Some areas in Waterton Lakes National Park are now open to the public after the Kenow Fire. Closures are still in effect for other areas due to safety hazards and infrastructure damage. Please see the up-to-date list of open and closed areas.
July and August are the most popular times to visit the park, and the quieter fall, winter and spring seasons offer unique natural charms with fewer crowds. In fact, these shoulder seasons can be a perfect chance to unwind in a mountain setting.
During the fall, Waterton’s larch and aspen groves turn brilliant shades of yellow and gold. Hikers are rewarded with quiet trails and sublime subalpine scenery. Winter offers a new perspective on the park. Skiers and snowshoers can explore Waterton’s trails, and wildlife can be easier to spot against the snowy backdrop.
Meanwhile, spring brings the year’s best wildflower viewing. Prairie and mountain meadows throughout the park are carpeted with wildflowers – including Waterton’s signature beargrass, whose fragrant white flowers are arranged at the end of a long stalk. Dedicated flower lovers and casual visitors alike enjoy the Waterton Wildflower Festival each June.