Waterton Lakes National Park expects busy 2022 summer visitor season

Parks Canada

May 12, 2022 Waterton Park, Alberta Parks Canada Agency

The network of protected areas administered by Parks Canada is a gateway to nature, history, and 450 000 km² of memories from coast to coast to coast. Waterton Lakes National Park is planning ahead for a busy summer, and visitors are asked to do the same. Here are some tips to make the most of your next visit to Waterton Lakes:

· Plan ahead. The Waterton Lakes National Park website provides detailed

information on what locations are open, what to expect, how to prepare, and

what services are available. In addition, construction projects are underway and may impact your visit. Be sure to check the website before you travel.

· Visit a park less traveled. Popular day use areas are congested during peak

periods in late spring, summer and early fall. The park less traveled webpage

highlights quieter places in the park. Consider these options, and have a plan B in case your destination of choice is full or congested.

· Beat the crowds. The park is busiest on weekends in July and August between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and is especially busy on long weekends. Consider visiting during the early mornings, evenings or weekdays for a quieter experience.

· Respect wildlife. Observing wildlife in their natural habitat is a privilege that comes with a responsibility to treat them with the respect they deserve and need. Keep a minimum of three bus lengths (30 metres / 100 feet) away from elk, deer, moose and bighorn sheep and ten bus lengths (100 metres / 325 feet) away from bears, cougars and wolves. Never follow, approach, entice or feed wildlife.

· Be bear aware. Carry bear spray with you at all times on the trail, and know how to use it. The best thing visitors can do for bears is limit their exposure to humans. Visitors should slow down and consider not stopping if they see a roadside bear, put all garbage in a bear-proof garbage bins (or pack it out) and keep their picnic or camping site attractant free. Never leave food unattended.

· Get your watercraft inspected. All non-motorized watercraft (kayaks, canoes, SUPs, etc.) are subject to a mandatory inspection before entering park waters. The inspection station is located on the north side of the intersection of Highways 5/6 and the Entrance Road.

Waterton Lakes National Park provides the perfect setting for memorable and safe experiences. Whether they’re looking for adventure, fun for the whole family, a chance to explore nature and history, or a break from the everyday, there are countless unique experiences to suit every visitor’s needs.

· Red Rock Parkway is now reopened to vehicle traffic after its annual winter closure. Construction projects are underway around Red Rock Canyon and day use areas around the park. Respect all warnings and closures.

· Akamina Parkway is currently open to vehicles until the Little Prairie Day Use Area. Cameron Lake is accessible on foot. Expect snow and winter-like conditions in and around Cameron Lake at this time.

· The Townsite Campground is now open for the season. Reservations are

encouraged.

· Belly River Campground opens on May 13. Campsites are available on a first- come, first-served basis.

· The new Parks Canada visitor centre is now open. The facility includes modern interpretive exhibits, interpretive programming and visitor information services.

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