Waterton National Park Camping: An Amazing 101 Guide!

Waterton National Park Camping is favoured by those campers wanting a more secluded experience, because of its pleasant weather and the beauties of nature. 

The Waterton name originated from its Lake and Victorian naturalist Charles Waterton and is located in Alberta, Canada covering an area of more than 500 km.

Over 1000 species of flower plants are present in the park. Over 20 species of plants are recurrently occurring in the park such as White Veined Wintergreen and Lewis Mock Orange.

Over 50 species are rare in Canada such as Brewer’s Monkeyflower, Lyall’s Scorpionweed and Bolander’s Quillwort. This Park also contains ferns like Moonworts.

Waterton Lakes National Park is home to many animals such as bald eagles, wolverines, white-tailed deer, bighorn sheep, mule deer, elk, mountain goats, moose, timber wolves, foxes, bison, beavers, coyotes, river otters, lynxes, cougars, snowshoe hares, bobcats, hoary marmots, pikas, black bears and grizzly bears.

Bird species such as Canada geese, bald eagles, MacGillivray’s warblers and orange-crowned warblers are also present in the park.

1. Waterton National Park Camping

The park is open all year long. A park pass and a Camping permit, valid for the maximum length of stay, are the prerequisites. A fire permit is also required for each night.

Waterton Lakes National Park Alberta provides three campgrounds, that includes, Townsite Campground, Crandell Mountain Campground and Belly River Campground.

1.1. Townsite Campground

Waterton Townsite Campground is located at the south end of Waterton village, one of the popular Waterton National Park Campgrounds. This campground offers 246 sites (109 of which are full-service sites, 76 electrical sites and 45 unserviced and walk-in tent sites).

Reservations are recommended for campsites in Townsite Campground. Need a fire permit and fire is permitted in kitchen shelters only. This campground offers dumping stations, showers and washrooms.

Courtesy: Townsite Campground

1.2. Crandell Mountain Campground

Crandell Mountain Campground is operated by visiting the Parks Canada website.

Crandell Mountain Campground offers 129 unserviced sites, washrooms and kitchen shelters.

1.3. Belly River Campground

Belly River Campground is present on the West side of the Chief Mountain highway, which is 26 kilometres east of Waterton townsite and 5 kilometres from the chief mountain border crossing.

This campground provides a self-registration option and offers 24 unserviced sites which are available only on a first-come, first-served basis.

Group camping trips and events are provided at Belly River Campground. All sites at Belly River Campground have fire rings and there is no potable water facility available.

Belly River Campground fills quickly, especially in the peak season of July and August. This campground is present in a mixed aspen forest, right beside the Belly River.

Courtesy: Belly River Campground

2. Backcountry Campsites in Waterton National Park Camping

Waterton National Park Camping is a cherished experience. There are 10 backcountry campsites.

They are Bertha Bay, Alderson Lake, Bertha Lake, Crandell Lake, Boundary Bay, Goat Lake, Lineham Lakes, Snowshoe, Lone Lake and Twin Lakes.

Except for Lineham Lake, all the above are designated campgrounds with outhouses, tent pads and food storage bins.

Backcountry campgrounds are accessed by using the park’s hiking trails, as they are not accessible by road.

Courtesy: Waterton Lakes National Park

3. Campground Host Program in Waterton National Park Camping

In a campground host program, you can join the visitors by volunteering as a host at any of the campgrounds in Waterton National Park Camping.

4. Lodges and Resorts

Several lodges and resorts are present in and around Waterton. They are Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort, Crandell Mountain Lodge, Aspen Village Inn, Bayshore Inn & Spa, Blue Mountain Motel, Northland Lodge and Waterton Glacier Inn & Suites.

Courtesy: Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort

Bottom Line

All the campgrounds are recommended and great to explore and experience. Can hang out, see the lake and panoramic view below when you climb the mountain and enjoy nature a lot.

Waterton National Park Camping Program is designed for your safety. Stay away from the wilderness and help in keeping the wildlife alive and wild.

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