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Labour Day Weekend in Waterton Lakes National Park

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 Waterton Lakes National Park is open and ready to welcome visitors for the Labour Day long weekend.


Parks Canada is committed to providing engaging and memorable visitor experiences in Waterton Lakes National Park for the 2018 Labour Day weekend. While the Boundary Wildfire is still active, it remains outside the park. Most areas in Waterton Lakes that were affected by the Boundary Wildfire have re-opened. Many recreational opportunities and a full range of guided hikes and interpretive programs are available this long weekend and into the fall season.

The Entrance Road and adjacent facilities, the townsite, the Waterton Lakes, and Chief Mountain Highway are open this long weekend. Visitors can enjoy our trails, appropriate for different skill levels, or bike the Kootenai Brown trail, an eight kilometer paved trail spanning the park gate to the townsite. A full list of what is available, along with information on recreation opportunities, is on our website to help visitors plan their trip: www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/waterton/visit/ouvert-open.  

Can`t make it to the park for the long weekend? Participate in one of our fall interpretive or volunteer programs, or attend the Waterton Wildlife Weekend from September 13th to 16th for an opportunity to celebrate wildlife by participating in hikes, talks, and hands-on activities. With beautiful fall colours and a variety of activities to choose from, Waterton is a perfect fall weekend getaway. For updates on Parks Canada’s fall programming, visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/waterton/activ.

Visitor safety is a top priority for Parks Canada. As a result, some areas affected by the Boundary Wildfire and Kenow Wildfire will remain closed due to hazards such as dangerous trees, slope instability, and damaged infrastructure. The entire Akamina Parkway - along with associated recreation opportunities in these areas - will remain closed for the remainder of 2018. It is too early to provide a timeline for when these areas will re-open.

Parks Canada encourages visitors to plan their trip ahead of time, and to consider visiting in the early morning or evening of the Labour Day long weekend to ensure the best opportunity for easier access and less crowding. Visitors can find the most up-to-date travel information on our social media channels (Facebook and Twitter), Website, and Alberta 511.

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