Gateway Gazette

Visitor Access and Basic Services Resume at Waterton Lakes National Park

WATERTON PARK, ALBERTA, MAY 27, 2020 – Starting June 1, 2020, Waterton Lakes National Park will offer visitor access and basic services.

Visitors will be able to access the following services, activities and Parks Canada facilities:

·         Some day use areas, including Cameron Bay, Waterton lakeshore, Emerald Bay, Linnet Lake, Driftwood Beach, Pass Creek, Hay Barn and Maskinonge. Picnic tables are available. Washroom facilities and shelters are available at some, but not all, sites.

·         Red Rock Parkway is open for hiking and cycling. Many trails are open as well. Visitors are responsible for maintaining physical distance on trails.

·         Upper, middle and lower Waterton Lakes are accessible for non-motorized craft water recreation.

·         Public washrooms in the Waterton village are available at the Fire Hall and Cameron Falls.

Until June 1, these facilities remain closed and we ask that visitors respect these closures in order to allow park staff to do the necessary work to prepare for opening.

Visiting Waterton Lakes National Park will be different than it has been in the past. Your cooperation is required to ensure a safe experience for yourself and others:

·         Please be responsible and ensure that you and your group follows Alberta Health Services’ physical distancing guidelines, gathering restrictions and hygiene recommendations. If a parking lot, day use area or facility looks crowded, seek an alternative experience.

·         Open washrooms are being cleaned at least twice a day. Please do your part to keep these facilities clean by washing your hands, use hand sanitizer where hand washing is not possible, and maintaining physical distance.

·         Parks Canada is asking visitors to come prepared by bringing weather appropriate clothing and protective supplies such as hand sanitizer and masks.

·         Obey all signs and closures. Make conservative choices when using trails and bodies of water to avoid injury and minimize the need for emergency response.

·         Plan ahead. Check the Waterton Lakes National Park website to find out what is open, how to prepare for your visit and what you can expect upon arrival.


The health and safety of visitors and employees is of utmost importance to the Government of Canada. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and continues to make every effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visitors should follow the advice of public health experts, including necessary hygiene practices and physical distancing of two metres from others. 

Parks Canada is asking Canadians to be cautious and conservative in their use of these places, to observe any regional or Alberta travel restrictions and to respect any closures that are in place. Anyone participating in recreational activities should be extra cautious to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on search and rescue teams and on the health care system.

All camping facilities remain closed until at least June 21, 2020, while Parks Canada assesses whether and how these services might resume. Interpretive activities and public events are suspended until further notice.

Detailed information on Waterton Lakes National Park’s response and the measures Parks Canada Agency is taking to limit the spread of COVID-19 can be found on our website.  

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