Labour Day Weekend and Fall Activities in Waterton Lakes National Park


Waterton Lakes Park, Alberta – Parks Canada invites visitors to experience Waterton Lakes National Park this Labour Day weekend and into the fall.

Rowe Lakes LarchOver the weekend (September 4-6), visitors to the park can experience free programing including interpretive hikes, theatre programs and other activities.

Later this fall is also the perfect time to hike in Waterton Lakes National Park, with cooler temperatures and quieter trails. This year, Parks Canada interpreters are offering guided full- and half-day hikes on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays, from September 12 to October 11. Advance registration is required and additional fees apply.

Visitors are encouraged to check out the Waterton Lake National Park website for additional details on activities and trail conditions.

During the long weekend, there may be heavy traffic at some popular day use areas such as Red Rock Canyon and Cameron Lake. Visitors may experience higher volumes and traffic control.

Visitors to the park should be aware of the following:

  • Townsite Campground is open for campers well into the fall. It will switch to self-serve registration September 20 and remain open to Thanksgiving (October 12, 2015), weather permitting.
  • On September 8, the Red Rock Parkway will close early for the season to allow for construction work. Later in September, construction on Hwys 5 and 6 (between the park’s north and east entrances) will result in minor delays for travellers. In the Waterton Townsite, there will be minor delays associated with water and sewer line replacement along Evergreen Avenue.
  • While the Red Rock Parkway is closed, the Akamina Parkway and Chief Mountain Highway remain open for scenic drives or accessing day-use areas and trails along those routes.