Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park

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VISIT Waterton Lakes National Park:

Waterton Lakes National Park is located right across the US-Canada border from the US Glacier National Park.

Park Details

Waterton Lakes National Park was established in 1895, and has a total area of 124,800 acres (195 square miles, or 505 square kilometers).

Address 404 Cameron Falls Dr, Waterton Park, AB, T0K 2M0
Phone403-859-5133
HoursOpen year-round
Entrance FeeFree-$11 per person daily, depending on age
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Waterton Lakes National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Waterton Lakes National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Waterton Lakes National Park are September, July, August & June.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Park Visits15,30011,10016,90020,30042,40081,000118,200108,20068,60025,60010,0008,200
Precipitation4741597295112495143456042
Avg Temp303239495967767566523629
Max Temp414453657582878681705241
Avg Temp182026334148545446352518
Min Temp-7-15192735404132174-6
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Waterton Lakes National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Waterton Lakes National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Teton & Craters of the Moon1,18811
Glacier to Canadian Banff & Kootenay1,0359

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Waterton Lakes National Park.

NameDistance
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area134 km
Jasper National Park188 km
North Cascades National Park195 km
Mount Revelstoke National Park196 km
Glacier National Park232 km
Kootenay National Park240 km
Yoho National Park274 km
Banff National Park292 km
Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve332 km
San Juan Island National Historical Park343 km

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Waterton Lakes National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Phoenix Mountain Ski AreaGrand Forks, BC4,652 ft36%24 km
RED MountainRossland, BC6,807 ft70%52 km
Big White SkiKelowna, BC7,606 ft56%57 km
Baldy Mountain ResortOliver, BC6,965 ft35%58 km
Echo ValleyColville, WA3,900 ft48%84 km
Salmo Ski HillSalmo, BC3,100 ft33%86 km
WhitewaterNelson, BC6,567 ft62%94 km
Apex MountainHedley, BC7,187 ft49%105 km
Summit Lake Ski AreaNakusp, BC3,018 ft11%112 km
Silverstar MountainSpallumcheen, BC6,283 ft62%125 km
Sovereign Lake Nordic CenterVernon, BC6,060 ft32%126 km
49 Degrees NorthChewelah, WA5,774 ft49%130 km
Silver MountainKellogg, ID6,300 ft58%131 km
Loup Loup Ski BowlOkanogan, WA5,280 ft53%145 km

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Waterton Lakes National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Waterton Lakes National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Vancouver International AirportYVRVancouver, BC342 km
Seattle–Tacoma International AirportSEASeattle, WA351 km
Calgary International AirportYYCCalgary, AB374 km
Portland International AirportPDXPortland, OR517 km
Edmonton International AirportYEGEdmonton, AB559 km
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Waterton Lakes National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Castlegar/West Kootenay Regional AirportYCGCastlegar, BC60 km
Penticton AirportYYFPenticton, BC84 km
Kelowna International AirportYLWKelowna, BC98 km
Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International AirportYXCCranbrook, BC197 km
Spokane International AirportGEGSpokane, WA199 km
Kamloops AirportYKAKamloops, BC210 km
Abbotsford International AirportYXXAbbotsford, BC285 km

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.