Waterton Lakes Visitor Centre
Waterton Lakes National Park
404 Cameron Falls Drive
Hours of operation:
Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed December 25, 2023
A trip to Waterton Lakes National Park isn’t complete without a stop at the new Parks Canada Visitor Centre.
Connect with our staff to help plan your visit and have the best possible experience while here.
The visitor centre is open year-round and offers maps, brochures, permits, backcountry reservations, up-to-date park information, weather, trail, avalanche and road reports, interpretive exhibits and events.
There is ample parking on site, including RV parking and multiple electric vehicle (EV) charging spaces.
Don’t miss the centre’s many interpretive areas experiences, either! These can be found both inside the centre and on the centre’s grounds.
Indigenous interpretive experiences
Designed as a place of meeting, the centre highlights Blackfoot culture, with songs, stories and translations woven throughout the exhibits.
You’re also invited to visit the Blackfoot Cultural Centre, located one block south of the Parks Canada Visitor Centre. You’ll find even more Blackfoot culture to explore here.
Waterton Lakes National Park lies within traditional and sacred Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot) territory. Parks Canada Agency and Indigenous partners work closely together to ensure the centre reflects Blackfoot history, traditions, culture and connection to Paahtomahksikimi (the Sacred Lake within the Mountains).
The Parks Canada Visitor Centre is designed to be inclusive and accessible.
- The centre’s grounds are accessible to all ages and abilities
- Wheelchair-friendly, single-stall washrooms with braille signage
- Information services available in English and French
Design and Construction
This project is one of the most significant investments in visitor facilities in Waterton Lakes National Park in the past 50 years. The visitor centre also has Dark-Sky friendly lighting, supporting the park’s recently attained International Dark Sky Association designation. Visit the design and construction page to learn more about how this centre came to be.
LEED® Silver certification
The Waterton Lakes Visitor Centre is LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certified. The LEED® rating system recognizes building designs prioritizing the environment and wellbeing of future occupants.
Constructed with sustainability in mind, the visitor centre is designed with responsibly sourced materials. One-third of the site area is restored with native and adaptive vegetation. Restoring natural areas encourages biodiversity and provides suitable habitat for wildlife and plants.
The visitor centre uses high efficiency, low flow plumbing features, collects rainwater for use in the building and benefits from natural daylight to reduce the need for electric lighting and connects visitors with the outdoors.
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