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  • 1. How much does it cost to get into the park?

    FEES
    Entry and service fees are charged at most national parks and national historic sites. Most of the money raised through these fees remains in the particular park or site where it is collected. This means, that every time you visit a park or site you are investing in its futureand in a legacy for future generations. The following definitions apply to entry and service fee categories unless otherwise specified: 
    Adult: Person 17 to 64 years of age 
    Senior: Person 65 years of age or over 
    Youth: Person 6 to 16 years of age 
    Family/Group: Up to seven people, regardless of age, arriving in a single vehicle at a national park or visiting a national historic site together with a maximum of 2 adults
    Children under 6 years of age are admitted free, otherwise specified. 

    All fees listed include applicable taxes and are valid till April 1, 2006.

Daily Individual
Adult $6.00 Senior $5.00 (65 years and over) $3.00 Youth (6 to 16 years)$2.50 
Child $2.00 (under 6 years) Free
Family Group $15.00
Senior Group $11.00
Commercial Group, per person $4.50 
School Group, per student $2.50
School Group and Heritage Presentation 
Special Program, per student $3.50

Annual Waterton Early Bird April 1 to May 14
Adult $28.00 
Senior (65 years and over) $24.00 
Youth (6 to 16 years) $14.00 
Child (under 6 years) Free 
Family Group $70.00

 
All fees listed include applicable taxes and are valid till April 1, 2006.

 

National Park Pass
National Park Pass Adult $55.00
National Park Pass Senior $47.00
National Park Pass Youth  $27.00
National Park Pass Family  $109.00

Annual Waterton
Adult $30.00
Senior (65 years and over) $25.00
Youth (6 to 16 years) $15.00
Child (under 6 years) Free
Family Group $63.00

Family is up to 7 people with a maximum of 2 adults. 

Entry fees are charged at most national parks and national historic sites. Most of the money raised through admission fees remains in the particular park or site where it is collected. This means, that every time you visit a park or site you are investing in its future and in a legacy for future generations. 

 

Gate opening and closing dates are subject to change, please contact 
Parks Canada at (403) 859-2224 for details.

  • 2. When are the Going-To-The-Sun Highway and the Chief Mountain Border Crossing open?

    The Going-To-The-Sun Highway generally opens around the middle of June. This opening is highly weather dependent so depending on the snow cover the opening date may change.
    Further information contact:
    Glacier Park Information,
    P.O. Box 128,
    West Glacier, MT, 59936
    Phone: 406-888-7800
    Website: www.nps.gov/glac

    Chief Mountain Border Crossing open May 15 9am to 6pm. Starting June 1 summer hours will be 7am to 10pm. Ph (403)653-3535 (Canadian side), (406)732-5572 (USA side) Carway Alberta Port of Entry Headquarters, crossing the border information Ph (403)653-3009

  • 3. What is there to do in Waterton?

    Between WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK and GLACIER PARK to the south, there are over 1400 km (850 miles) of maintained World Class hiking trails. This is some of the most spectacular hiking in the Rockies!

    CANADIAN WILDERNESS TOURS are the local Interpretive & Guiding experts. They offer programs including Interpretive Village strolls, guided fishing experiences, Step- Aboard narrating services (in your private vehicle) as well as guided hiking programs on the above mentioned trails, plus much more! CWT offers top-quality services at very affordable prices. Included in all CWT programs is information on bird-watching, flower identification, incredible edibles, local culture & history, fascinating geology, tales of resident ghosts, etc. Canadian Wilderness Tours also specializes in Kid's Programs. (Usually a couple of hours in length...perfect time to allow the parents to break away for a Romantic Dinner!) CWT programs may be arranged through the Kilmorey Lodge or the Aspen Village Inn.

    Waterton Park also has 3 main trails specially designated for mountain biking. All trails are over 10 km each way in length, and can be combined with spectacular hiking for an incredible experience. Mountain bike rentals are available at "Pat's" located in the Village of Waterton.

    The boat cruise runs from mid-May to late September. The cruising time is approximately 2 1/2 hours and this historic trip passes through a series of deep scenic bays past sheer vertical mountains and beautiful wilderness surroundings and across the border to Goat Haunt Ranger Station in the United States. The boat does make photographic stops and it is not unusual to catch a glimpse of wildlife along the shore. Special rates for the Crypt Trail Hike may apply. If you wish, you may contact the marina ticket office for schedules at (403)859-2362. Waterton Lakes Golf Course is an 18 hole facility with a spectacular setting with panoramic views of Waterton Lakes and the surrounding mountain peaks.

    There are several short scenic drives within the park. The Red Rock Canyon Road is a winding mountain trail which passes by grizzly and black bear habitat and leads to a mountain canyon where you often see big horn sheep.

    The Akamina Parkway leads to Cameron Lake, a glacier formed alpine lake where there are paddle boats and canoes available for rental.

    There are several small shops in town and it is very easy to spend an afternoon browsing. There is also a small movie theatre in town and a couple of lounges, a bar and stables in the park.

    Alpine Stables is located in Waterton Park and their phone number is 403-859-2462. They do not do a "free range" ride but the scenery is very impressive. You may also want to try Mountain Meadow Trail Rides, located just outside the park. They promise a real western wilderness adventure and it is a working ranch. The phone number there is (403)653-2413.

  • 4. Can you tell me about the hiking trails in Waterton?

    Between WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK and GLACIER PARK to the south, there are over 1400 km (850 miles) of maintained World Class hiking trails. This is some of the most spectacular hiking in the Rockies! Depending on the weather, most of the trails start opening in early June, although there is usually still snow at the higher elevations. Most years you can still hike well into the fall (Oct.), again, depending on the weather.

    Just to mention a few great trails in Waterton:

    *BEAR'S HUMP- This short but steep climb leads to a spectacular view of the townsite and Waterton valley. Moderate/difficult. 1 hour round trip.

    *BERTHA LAKE- The woodland walk to picturesque Lower Bertha Falls...makes a perfect half day hike with a picnic and children. The trail has excellent views of Upper Waterton Lake and a beautiful wildflower show. Along the way, you will pass the long cascade of Upper Bertha Falls. Easy/moderate. 4 hours roundtrip.

    *CARTHEW/ALDERSON- (see photo) Spectacular trail with superb high mountain views. Highlights included passing through old growth forests, the incredible view from Summit Ridge, (Especially looking south into Glacier Park) the ribbon waterfall from Lower Carthew Lakes, the serene turquoise waters of Alderson Lake. (Pretty good fishing too.) Hike is moderate. 7 hours.

    *CRYPT LAKE- This is a very unique and popular trail. Trailhead is accessed by Water taxi only. Trail passes through a natural tunnel, also past several waterfalls. Crypt is a beautiful lake backed with by a massive headwall. Lake has large cutthroat trout...Alpine flowers in Crypt Basin, including the rare pygmy poppy. (Canada's only sighting!) The Crypt Lake trail was rated as one of the top-rated hikes in Canada by a national Outdoor magazine. 7 hours. Camping is no longer allowed up at the lake (for the past two years), only down at the trailhead.

    CANADIAN WILDERNESS TOURS are the local Interpretive & Guiding experts. They offer programs including Interpretive Village strolls, guided fishing experiences, Step- Aboard narrating services (in your private vehicle) as well as guided hiking programs on the above mentioned trails, plus much more! CWT offers top-quality services at very affordable prices. Included in all CWT programs is information on bird-watching, flower identification, incredible edibles, local culture & history, fascinating geology, tales of resident ghosts, etc. Canadian Wilderness Tours also specializes in Kid's Programs. (Usually a couple of hours in length...perfect time to allow the parents to break away for a Romantic Dinner!) CWT programs may be arranged through the Kilmorey Lodge or the Aspen Village Inn, once you have arrived in Waterton Park.

  • 5. What is the Waterton Golf Course like?

    The Waterton Lakes Golf Course is an original Stanley Thompson design with the first 9 holes constructed in 1929 and the 2nd 9 holes constructed approximately 10 years later and is presently an 18 hole facility. The Waterton Lakes Golf Course enjoys a spectacular setting with panoramic views of Waterton Lakes and the surrounding mountain peaks.

    Improvements over the past few seasons have been impressive. The greens and fairways have rarely been in such good shape. New sand has been placed in most traps. Yardage markers at 100, 150 and 200 yards have speeded play. A new fleet of golf carts and greens keeping equipment has been added. The staff on the course, in the pro shop and restaurant, prompt a friendly and courteous environment. Monthly mixed scrambles are a popular feature in the summers.

    The Waterton Lakes Golf Course is a 5-minute drive from the town site. This challenging 18-hole course is open from May - October. Please visit their site for more info!

    You can phone directly for tee times: 403-859-2114, Fax: 403-859-2065

    Fees need to be updated for 2006

    Green Fees: 9 holes - $16.00, 18 holes - $28.00, All Day - $40.00, Twilight - $16.00
    Cart Rental: 9 holes - $16.00, 18 holes - $25.00
    Club Rental: partial set - $7.50, full set - $10.00
    Pull Carts $5.00

  • 6. What are the local attractions near Waterton Park?

    From the Kilmorey Lodge or the Aspen Village Inn in Waterton Park, you are in a prime area to visit several area attractions, such as the Remington Carriage Centre in Cardston, (North America's largest collection of horsedrawn vehicles) or the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre in the Crowsnest Pass. (Documents the catastrophic landside which buried a Town.)

    Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is located just north of Fort Macleod on Highway #2. This is a very well preserved site where the Plains Indians ran buffalo over a cliff. The interpretive center is a record of these people.

    Glacier Park is only an hour and half drive through the Chief Mountain US/ Canada border crossing. (Open mid-May through  September.) I have no doubt that traversing the Going-To-The-Sun Highway in Glacier Park will be a very memorable experience! There are several Hotels in the Glacier Park area, but your dollar will extend a lot further if you stay in Alberta.

  • 7. What about camping in Waterton Park?

    CAMPING 1 Night 
    - Townsite Campground - Water, sewer, and electrical $33.00
     --Townsite - Unserviced with washroom building having toilets and showers $24.00 
    -- Townsite - Walk-in - Unserviced with washroom building having toilets only $21.00 
    - Crandell Campground - Unserviced with washroom building having toilets only $19.00 
    - Belly River Campground -  - Primitive $14.00 
     - Group Camping - 1 Night 
     - Belly River, per person $4.00 

    BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING Per Permit 
    * Adult, overnight $9.00 
    * Annual, season $63.00 
    * Reservation $12.00 

    CAMPING SERVICES Type 
    Fire Permit, per day $7.00 

    Here in Waterton Park we have three front-country and 13 back-country campgrounds as well as three campgrounds just out side the park.  For more information on camping or to make a reservation please visit www.pccamping.ca or call 1-877-RESERVE.  Please note that camping fees are subject to change. 

    Town site Campground: 238 sites. Full service, un-serviced and walk-in tenting sites. No open fires. Gas stove or barbecue only. There are kitchen shelters with wood stoves in them to use in the campground. Flush toilets and showers. 

    Crandell Campground: 129 sites. All semi-serviced. Approx. 15 minute drive from town site. Fire pit & picnic table on site. Water taps and kitchen shelters throughout the campground. Chemical flush toilets. Firewood for sale. $6./bundle (and you will need at least 4 bundles to have a fire for a couple of hours). 

    Belly River Campground: 24 sites. Primitive camping. Fire pit on site. Outhouses. Firewood for sale. $5./bundle. Water taps and a kitchen shelter. 

    As you can see, all front country campgrounds in the park are available on a first-come, first-served basis only, and usually sites become available if you show up in the morning early.

    Back Country Camping
    Registration is mandatory for overnight camping. Most backcountry are primitive campsites and shelters can be reached by maintained trails. Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis up to 24 hours in advance of your trip and you must book your site in person at the Visitor Reception Center. Some sites may be reserved up to 3 months in advance for a $12 non-refundable fee. A maximum of 6 persons/party/campground is allowed. A maximum of one tent may be put on a pad. The only flame is with a cook stove should bring it and, toilet paper and a 10m rope for slinging food and garbage out of reach of Bears etc. The Park has taken the camping out of Crypt Lake Trail area, due to Bear activity. 

    For further information on camping you could give the Parks Canada information center a call (summer: 403-859-5133, winter: 403-859-2224), they may be able to offer more information.

    Campgrounds outside the Park

    • River Side Campground 403-653-2888 
    • Crooked Creek 403-653-1100 Reservations taken between 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm only
    • Waterton Homestead Campground 403-859-2247 

    Tips for "bear safety". Keep a clean site. Remove garbage regularly throughout the day. Put all utensils, pots. dishes etc. into the vehicle. Put food in Bear prove area. Etc.

  • 8. Do you sell gift certificates?

    We do sell gift certificates for The Aspen Village Inn and The Kilmorey Lodge and Lamppost Dining Room, starting at a minimum of $25.00 and we custom fit them to your needs. If you would like to purchase gift certificates for a gift or for yourself please feel free to e-mail us at travel@watertoninfo.ab.ca or call us at (403)859-2252.

  • 9. How do I apply for a job in Waterton?

    All of our properties, the Kilmorey Lodge, Crandell Mountain Lodge, Aspen Village Inn and the Waterton Lakes Resort, are accepting resumes for the upcoming season in the departments of Front Desk, Lounge, Dining Room and Housekeeping. Higher consideration will be given to those candidates who can continue their employment through to at least the end of September. Year 'round and seasonal positions also available. Please feel free to forward your resume with cover letter and references by fax at 403-859-2342, Please E-mail us at travel@watertoninfo.ab.ca

    Also see  Employment Information

  • 10. Are dogs allowed in the park?

    Yes Pets are allowed, and must be leashed at all times while in the Park. Dogs and other pets may jeopardize your safety and theirs by provoking and attracting wildlife. Dogs have been seriously injured in the spring by female deer protecting their fawns. Avoid walking your dogs or leaving them unsupervised at this time of year. Please contact Parks Canada at 403-859-2224 for more info.

  • 11. Can you snowmobile in the park?

    Parks Canada unfortunately feels snowmobiling is inappropriate for a national park. However, the Castle River Region which borders the park has some great snowmobiling and if you are interested in that area please contact the Land and Forest Service at (403)562-3210.  

  • 12. Greyhound Bus lines, Pincher Creek to Waterton Park?
    Greyhound Bus lines Pincher Creek, Ph (403)627-2716
    Calgary 1-800-661-8747 or (403) 265-9111
     

  • 13. What facilities do you have for a wedding?

    The Historic Kilmorey Lodge is an ideal location for a memorable celebration. We specialize in small, intimate affairs with outstanding service in an unique environment.

    Our cozy guest rooms at the Kilmorey Lodge are perfect for that romantic honeymoon. Alternatively, at our sister property, the Aspen Village Inn, check out our Aspen Superior Suite with king size bed, fireplace, private balcony and two person jacuzzi tub. Our special events coordinator will also be happy to help you find accommodation for all your guests.

    For ceremonies at the Kilmorey Lodge, people are drawn to the simple, old fashioned style of the lodge as a backdrop. We are happy to help arrange extra flowers or music. Smaller groups of 20 or less people enjoy the library for the ceremony. With the beautiful wood paneling and a roaring fire, the library is a charming location and the stairway provides a dramatic entrance for the bride. . Our small lounge (seats 20), located off the main lobby of the Kilmorey Lodge, is well stocked for your wedding celebration. Visit us after the ceremony to toast the occasion!

    As an outdoor location, we have had people request the use of the Gazebo Cafi, our lakeside outdoor cafi, for the wedding ceremony. Available between 9am and 9pm, this is a nice location for an outdoor celebration and we can provide seating for up to 60 wedding guests. The charge for use of the gazebo is $250/hour for setup and cleanup. In the gazebo we can also provide a dinner of steak, baked potato, baked beans, salad, buns and ice cream dessert at a cost of $23.95 plus 7% GST and 15% gratuity. Alternatively, you may select anything from our catering menu for a meal in the Gazebo. Again, this is a very nice location for an outdoor meal and there is a fully stocked bar in the gazebo as well if you are interested in cocktails for your guests. 

    Intimate, friendly fine dining is a pleasure in the Lamp Post Dining Room, recent winner of the Alberta Restaurant Association and Alberta Hotel Association Menu Award. Our uniquely Albertan menu is paired with the most extensive Canadian wine menu in the province. I have included our group menus from our award winning Lamp Post Dining Room. Specifically for groups of 8 or more, we recommend picking one selection from the menu for the entire group. This has proven to be more efficient by far. It also allows you to budget a specific amount toward meals. The maximum capacity in the Lamp Post Dining Room is 55 people. We do ask groups to come fairly early for dinner, around 5:00pm, and we budget two hours for a function. We can also arrange luncheons between 1:00pm and 3:30pm which are a great alternative for a smaller budget. 

    For larger groups we can cater to the Community Hall in Waterton Park. The Community Hall is available for rental from the Waterton Community Association at a cost of $450 per day. There is capacity for around 125 people at the hall and it contains a full kitchen, bar and a stage for a D.J. or band. We can set up a fantastic buffet style dinner for $29.95 per plate + GST and gratuity ($36.54 inclusive). There is a wide variety to choose from and specific requests can certainly be accommodated. The price includes Coffee and Tea, set up and clean up of the buffet tables, plates, cutlery and napkins. Please contact our special events coordinator to obtain our catering menus.

    For couples interested in celebrating during the quieter months in Waterton Park, we have a Winter Wedding Package. This package includes a Suite for one night at the Kilmorey Lodge, Roses, Champagne, a Three Course Dinner for Two in the award winning Lamp Post Dining Room, Breakfast in Bed, the Marriage Commissioner for your Wedding Ceremony, use of the Library or Gazebo for the ceremony, all taxes and gratuities. The cost for all this is only $504.00 inclusive. We will provide a suite to the bride and groom for a second night for 20% off the regular rate and 10% off regular rates for your guests if more than six rooms are reserved. This package is available weekdays or weekends between October 15 and May 1. 

    For your individualized quote, please contact our special events coordinator by phone at (403)859-2252, by fax at (403)859-2342 or by e-mail at info@watertonpark.com

  • 14. Do all the rooms at the Aspen Village Inn and the Kilmorey Lodge have private baths?

    Yes, each room at the Aspen Village Inn and The Kilmorey Lodge have a private bathroom.  Some bathrooms have a jetted tubs, others may have full tubs, European size tubs or a shower.


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