Fire Ban in Waterton Lakes National Park


Parks Canada is issuing a partial fire ban in Waterton Lakes National Park due to extreme fire danger. The ban begins at 12:00 p.m on Thursday, August 13. The fire ban will remain in effect until further notice.

The fire ban applies to all areas of the park except the wood-burning stoves in:

  • picnic shelters at Cameron Bay and Emerald Bay day use areas,
  • kitchen shelters in the Townsite Campground.

While fires are normally permitted in designated fire pits, under this fire ban all wood-burning fires except these identified are prohibited. This includes the use of charcoal briquettes and wood-burning stoves in any other campground or picnic shelter. Use of gas or propane stoves, gas or propane barbeques, and portable propane camp fires is permitted. Outdoor wood-burning fires on cottage lots in the Townsite are also prohibited. All park facilities remain open.

The fire hazard in Waterton Lakes has been high to extreme since late July. The fire ban will be lifted as soon as conditions permit.

During these extreme fire hazard conditions, be sure to fully extinguish any possible ignition sources such as cigarettes.

If you see a wildfire in Waterton Lakes National Park, call (403) 859-2636.

For updated information, visit Parks Canada’s website:, or