Seasonal Speed Reduction and Wildlife Etiquette Protects Wildlife and Visitors in Waterton Lakes National Park
To strengthen wildlife and visitor safety, Parks Canada has reduced the speed limit on a portion of the Entrance Road (Highway 5) in Waterton Lakes National Park from 80 km/h to 60 km/h. The 1.75 km section extends between the turn-offs for the Golf Course and the Operations Compound and is in place from the May long weekend through to Thanksgiving.
Visitor and wildlife’s safety is a top priority for Parks Canada. Wildlife tracking data shows one individual bear alone crossed this section of road hundreds of times last season. Horseback tours and visitors also frequently cross the road in this area. The speed limit reduction could mean the difference between a wonderful wildlife sighting and a collision. The new speed limit adds only 30 seconds of driving time.
Parks Canada maintains or restores ecological integrity within our protected places while providing Canadians with opportunities to discover and enjoy them. Waterton Lakes National Park is home to a wide range of astonishing wildlife from large mammals like grizzly and black bears, elk and bighorn sheep, to small amphibians and reptiles, such as long-toed salamanders and red-sided garter snakes.
Everyone has a role to play in keeping wildlife wild and safe in our national parks. Parks Canada expects all visitors to be informed and to act appropriately when enjoying Waterton and the wildlife living here. We need the support of all our visitors to ensure they are viewing wildlife from a safe distance and that wildlife do not obtain attractants and human food.
Visitors are encouraged to report wildlife concerns or suspected National Parks Act violations in the park by phoning 1-888-WARDENS (1-888-927-3367). For police, fire, and ambulance services phone 911.
Our websiteis a great source of information on how to safely enjoy wildlife. We also encourage visitors to check our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and Alberta 511 for traffic information and helpful travel tips.