Some areas in Waterton Lakes National Park are now open to the public. Please see our updated list of open and accessible areas. All other front-country and back-country areas (including trails) are closed and are being assessed for safety hazards due to the on-going Kenow Fire. At this time, camping is not permitted anywhere in Waterton Lakes National Park. All other roads in the park are closed to the public as we assess and action hazards that are a result of the Kenow Fire. Contact the Information Line (403-859-5109) for more information.

Try the Canada 150 Waterton Geocaching Challenge!

Geocaching is a fun outdoor adventure that combines hiking and treasure hunting

There are five new caches for you to find to celebrate Canada 150. Using your GPS, find three caches to earn a bracelet and five caches to earn a small prize.

Download the booklet here (PDF, 330 KB) to get started or, if you have tour own GPS unit, download the caches at geocaching.com

No GPS? No problem – borrow one for free from the Heritage Centre on Waterton Avenue; or download the geocaching app for your smartphone from your app store.

Respect the natural surroundings by staying on marked trails. Please ensure that natural and cultural resources are not disturbed. Please do not take or leave trade items inside of the geocaches as they may attract wildlife.

A big thank you to the Waterton Natural History Association for assisting with all things geocaching, including the geocaching 101 program, the GPS rentals, cache placement and maintenance.

What is geocaching?

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played around the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Anyone can use coordinates found on geocaching.com to locate caches.

Who geocaches?

People of all ages, Each geocache listing has a difficulty and terrain rating. A 1/1 is easiest, a 5/5 the hardest. This allows you to seek a geocache suitable for your ability and fitness level.

What do you need to go geocaching?

A GPS device or GPS-enabled mobile phone and internet access through a computer or a mobile device. In addition, a free or premium membership with geocaching.com is recommended.

Looking for even more adventure? Tackle the Whitebark Pine Geocaching Challenge and put your geo-skills to the test across as many as six national parks in the Canadian Rockies.