Weddings and other events

Waterton Lakes National Park offers spectacular scenery for gatherings such as weddings and family reunions. Small gatherings of up to 25 people (or fewer as dictated by Public Health) can be considered for public areas of the park such as picnic areas, along the lake and other day-use areas.

There are special considerations associated with conducting small public gatherings within the national park boundaries.

Note that weddings are permitted on the green lawn across the road from Cameron Falls, and not on the bridges and platforms of the Falls.

At Cameron Lake and Red Rock Canyon, gatherings are strongly discouraged at peak days and times of the year, from June 1 through September 15. No gatherings will be permitted on weekends in peak season, or during peak times of 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This is to prevent conflicts between your gathering and other park visitors. You are more than welcome to go to these locations for pictures. 

Other day use areas are also busy from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during peak season. A small gathering permit does not provide exclusive use to any area.

To have your small gathering application reviewed by Parks Canada, please download, complete and submit the Small Public Gathering Form (PDF, 591 KB) to:

An HTML version of the Small Public Gathering Form is also available for accessibility purposes.

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Waterton Lakes National Park

Small Public Gathering Form

Name:
Email:
Phone:
Cell:

Alternative contact person:
Email:
Phone:
Cell:

Gathering date:
Times (start to end):
Estimates number of participants (maximum 25):
Gathering Location (specific name of picnic area/trail):

Small Public Gathering Terms and Conditions

  • Maximum group size is 25 people (or fewer when public health restrictions dictate).
  • Each participant must possess a valid National Parks Pass.
  • Follow Keep the Wild in Wildlife and Bare Campsite recommendations. Maintain a clean site during the event and store wildlife attractants (any item associated with food) in a hard sided vehicle when not in use. Ensure a thorough cleanup of the site immediately following a function.
  • There are no exclusive rights to an area. Areas cannot be set aside and reserved for your personal event. The following is not permitted: setting up decorative arches, decorations, signs directing participants to your event, extra chairs, tables or shelters/small canopies. 
  • Releasing paper lanterns or balloons, and throwing rice, confetti or flower petals are not permitted.
  • Open alcohol is not permitted in public places, in compliance with the Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis Act of Alberta.
  • Speaker systems and gas powered generators are not permitted. Excessive noise including loud music and unruly behaviour will not be tolerated. 
  • Group transportation such as car-pooling is encouraged to reduce parking congestion.
  • Fires are only allowed at locations where a stove or fire grate is provided. Firewood is available for purchase at several stores in the community.
  • Day use areas close at 11 p.m. (23:00 hours).
  • The organizer accepts full responsibility for any incidents, and may be responsible for any clean-up costs related to the gathering.

I have read and agree with the small public gathering terms and conditions for Waterton Lakes National Park.

Applicant name
Signature
Date
Email
Phone
Cell

Approved by Parks Canada (only valid if signed)
Name:
Position:
Signature:
Date:

Return completed form to Waterton Lakes National Park:

Email: waterton.info@pc.gc.ca
Mail: Waterton Lakes National Park, Box 200, Waterton Park, AB, T0K 1W0
Fax: 403-859-5152
In person: Information Centre, hours vary

For information on hosting other types of events such as fundraisers, races, concerts or shows, please contact waterton.info@pc.gc.ca

Small public gathering terms and conditions for Waterton Lakes National Park

The organizers of small public gatherings must be aware that the agreement to hold these functions is a privilege. The function must comply with National Park regulations at all times. In addition, the function is subject to the following terms and conditions:

  • Maximum group size is 25 people (or fewer when public health restrictions dictate).
  • Each participant must possess a valid National Parks Pass.
  • Follow Keep the Wild in Wildlife and Bare Campsite recommendations. Maintain a clean site during the event and store wildlife attractants (any item associated with food) in a hard sided vehicle when not in use. Ensure a thorough cleanup of the site immediately following a function.
  • There are no exclusive rights to an area. Areas cannot be set aside and reserved for your personal event.
  • The following is not permitted: setting up decorative arches, decorations, signs directing participants to your event, extra chairs, tables or shelters/small canopies. 
  • Releasing paper lanterns or balloons, and throwing rice, confetti or flower petals are not permitted.
  • Open alcohol is not permitted in public places, in compliance with the Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis Act of Alberta.
  • Speaker systems and gas-powered generators are not permitted.
  • Excessive noise including loud music and unruly behaviour will not be tolerated.
  • Group transportation such as car-pooling is encouraged to reduce parking congestion.
  • Fires are only allowed at locations where a stove or fire grate is provided. Firewood is available for purchase at several stores in the community.
  • Day-use areas close at 11 pm (23:00 hours).
  • The organizer accepts full responsibility for any incidents, and may be responsible for any clean-up costs related to the gathering.