Saturday, 16 December 2017 03:15

Winter in Waterton Lakes National Park is just fine

Written by  Courtesy Parks Canada
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Waterton Lakes National Park was greatly affected by the Kenow fire, but some areas of the park are now open to the public, and will remain accessible throughout the winter for visitors to come and enjoy. Planning a visit?


Here’s an overview of what’s open for the season in the park…
Washrooms are available in the townsite at Cameron Falls and the Firehall.  The cook shelters at Cameron Bay and on Waterton Ave will also remain open during the winter, with access being weather dependent.
Looking for a place to winter camp?
Pass Creek has several self-serve winter camping sites, with access being weather dependent through to April1, 2018. While the Akamina Parkway is closed until further notice, the Red Rock Parkway is open to non-motorized use (walking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing) up to the Bellevue trailhead. Snowshoers, and the intrepid cross country skier, will find the traffic-free road to be a nice challenge.
The Bison Paddock, Maskinonge, and Chief Mountain overlooks are all open during the winter, and provide great photo opportunities. Just make sure to hold onto your hats when you get out of the car! Open day-use and picnic areas include Driftwood Beach, Emerald Bay, Hay Barn, Knight’s Lake, Linnet Bay, the Maskinonge, and Pass Creek.
All of these areas have picnic tables, and several also have enclosed kitchen shelters with tables and stoves to provide a little extra protection from the weather. Please note, that while these areas are open, vehicle access is not necessarily maintained during the winter.
Want to hit the trails? Several trails in the park will remain open and accessible to visitors throughout the winter months. The full list of open trails, along with their condition, can be found here: www.pc.gc.ca/watertonlakestrails
Public safety is of utmost importance to Parks Canada, and we are still conducting safety and infrastructure assessments. Parks Canada will open areas as soon as we know it is safe to do so and will communicate those decisions to our visitors.
As always, visitor information is available at the Operations Building Reception, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
On the weekends, be sure to stop at the park entry gate, which is staffed Friday through Sunday all winter long. The Waterton Lakes National Park website contains the most up-to-date information on what is open and closed here:  http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/waterton/visit/ideale_best
Looking for more to do on your visit to Waterton? New this year - Parks Canada interpreters will be offering programs all winter long!
Learn about the magic of snow and winter survival, show off your skills with our winter challenge or make some winter-themed art – these family friendly activities and more will be happening every weekend in January. 
Want to get out in the park with an interpreter?  Join us for a guided snowshoe hike on Jan. 13 and Jan. 27 (weather dependent). Call 403-859-2700 for more information or to register.

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