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Wonderful Waterton Winter

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada

A perfect place for peaceful contemplation - Waterton Lakes National Park in the Winter!

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 area. 

There is so much to do in Waterton in the winter including skiing, snow shoeing, camping, ice climbing and sightseeing.

Weather

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 snow.

Park Access

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.

Frontcountry Camping

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 applies; self-registration.

Snow shoeing

There are good opportunities for snow shoeing, especially in the Cameron Lake area. Click here for more information.

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 questions.

Village Services

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.

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Ice Climbing, Backcountry Camping

Check out our sections on ice climbing and camping for more information.

Cross-Country Skiing & Ski Touring

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Emergency

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 locations).

 

 

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