Waterton Lakes Campgrounds

NOTE: The National Park Campgrounds are implementing a reservation service effective on these dates:

Campers can make a reservation at any of these national parks on-line, 24 hours a day, at www.pccamping.ca. You can also dial 1-877-737-3783 (1-877-RESERVE), a toll-free number, to make a reservation through a call centre in operation from 07:00 to 19:00 local time each day

Lake Louise August 2, 2005
Lake Louise trailer and tent

Banff August 4, 2005
Tunnel Mtn Trailer Crt
Tunnel Mtn Village 1
Tunnel Mtn Village 2

March 22, 2005

Kootenay August 3, 2005

Waterton Lakes August 3, 2005

– see the provincial campsites as your backup….

Other campgrounds in the National Parks are on a first come, first serve basis – NO RESERVATIONS. Check out time is 11 a.m., so drop by then and you will have a good chance at getting a site.

Overnight camping of any type (tent, vehicle, or RV) outside designated campgrounds is not permitted.


Townsite Campground: mid-April to mid-October.

Located in the townsite. 238 sites, 95 fully serviced. No open fires. An open, mowed lawns campsite, excellent for RVs.

Crandell Campground: mid-May to mid-Sept.

Located along the Red Rock Parkway in the scenic Blakiston Valley. Situated in a pleasant montane forest. 129 semi-serviced sites. Crandell Lake is a short hike, less than 2 km, from the campground.

Belly River Campground: mid-May to mid-Sept.

Located along the Chief Mountain Highway 26 km from Waterton townsite. 24 unserviced sites. Self-registration. Check with staff for occupancy. A pleasant campground in mixed aspen forest and located right beside the Belly River.

Backcountry Camping

There are 12 backcountry campsites in Waterton. Check the park map (PDF file – 173 Kb) for their locations. (Adobe Acrcobat required)

Fees and Reservations

A Wilderness Use Permit is required for overnight stays in the backcountry. Permits are available from the visitor centre. Permits cost $6 per person/per night. There is a per person maximum trip fee of $30. There is no charge for children aged 16 and under.

Annual wilderness passes may be purchased at a cost of $42. These passes are valid for backcountry camping at all national parks in western Canada.

Reservations are available for backcountry campsites. A reservation fee of $10 per trip is charged.

Reservations for backcountry trips may be made 90 days in advance beginning April 1 of each year. From April 1 to May 15 you may make backcountry reservations by calling the warden office at (403) 859-5140. After May 15 call the visitor centre at (403) 859-5133.

Reservations must be paid for at the time of booking by credit card (MasterCard or VISA). Before calling, please have the following information available, dates of trip, campsites preferred, number of adults and children in party, credit card information, contact address and phone number, model and licence plate of vehicle.
Permits must be picked up at the visitor reception centre no sooner than 24 hours in advance of the start date of the trip.

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