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Waterton Lakes National Park open for Labour Day weekend

Although a wildfire continues to burn in the nearby United States, Waterton Lakes National Park is open for the Labour Day long weekend.

While the Boundary wildfire is still active, it remains outside the park.

Most areas in Waterton Lakes that were affected by the Boundary wildfire have re-opened.

Many recreational opportunities and a full range of guided hikes and interpretive programs are available the long weekend and into the fall season.

The entrance road and adjacent facilities, the townsite, the Waterton Lakes, and Chief Mountain Highway are open.

Visitors can enjoy trails, appropriate for different skill levels, or bike the Kootenai Brown trail, an eight-kilometer paved trail spanning the park gate to the townsite.

Some areas affected by the Boundary wildfire and Kenow wildfire will remain closed due to hazards such as dangerous trees, slope instability, and damaged infrastructure.

The entire Akamina Parkway, along with associated recreation opportunities in these areas, will remain closed for the remainder of 2018.

A full list of what is available, along with information on recreation opportunities, is at www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/waterton/visit/ouvert-open.

Can’t make it to the park for the long weekend? Participate in one of the fall interpretive or volunteer programs, or attend the Waterton Wildlife Weekend from Sept. 13-16 to celebrate wildlife by participating in hikes, talks, and hands-on activities.

For updates on Parks Canada’s fall programming, visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/waterton/activ.

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