Wonderful Waterton Winter
Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada
Winter is a magical time in Waterton Lakes
National Park. Mule deer and Rocky Mountain
sheep wander throughout the village, and
hundreds of elk descend from the high country
to graze on the flat grasslands. Although the
Park is usually blanketed in a thick quilt of
snow, the temperature is milder than one
would expect, due to warm Chinook
winds, a unique characteristic of this
There is so much to do in Waterton in the winter including skiing, snow shoeing, camping, ice climbing and sightseeing.
Waterton's weather and snow conditions may vary
dramatically. You should prepared yourself for conditions
ranging from warm wet weather to extreme cold. Mountain
weather can include: poor visibility, icy roads and drifting
Variable weather conditions keep park road crews busy. In
the event of falling or drifting snow, maintenance of the
road to and in the village is our first priority. For access
to ski trails, the Akamina Parkway is the second priority.
The Red Rock Parkway is closed to vehicles near the end of
October and the Chief Mountain Highway is also closed to
vehicles near the end of December.
Interested in enjoying a winter camping experience? Pass
Creek offers a sheltered winter campground. Services include
a kitchen shelter, wood stove, firewood and chemical
toilets. Water is available from the creek (boil before use)
or from the village system (available at the Fire hall). Fee
There are good opportunities for snow shoeing, especially
in the Cameron Lake area. Click
here for more information.
Trail and other winter program information is available
on information signs at the Visitor Center and at
cross-country ski trailheads. Call (403) 859-2224 for
off-hours information or weekdays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
when Park Headquarters staff are on hand to answer your
Accommodation is available year round at Waterton Lakes Lodge
and the Crandell Mountain Lodge . Vimy's Lounge & Grill is the only restaurant open year round.
Sightseeing, Photography, Picnicking
Waterton Park attracts many winter sightseers who wish to
experience mountains blanketed in snow and to view the elk,
bighorn sheep and deer that make the park their home. Winter
is an excellent time to photograph scenery and wildlife.
Bundle up and come for a picnic! Toilet facilities and
shelters with wood stoves are located at the Little Prairie
Trailhead and McNealy's picnic areas. Firewood can be
purchased in town.
Click here for more information.
Ice Climbing, Backcountry Camping
Check out our sections on ice
climbing and camping for more information.
Cross-Country Skiing & Ski Touring
Click here for more
Telephones are located 60 meters north of the junction of
highways 5 and 6, at the Warden Office/Bunkhouse parking
area, and at the entrance to the Kilmorey Lodge in the
village (see Village Map for