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  • Online public consultation closed on July 8, 2021.
  • Thank you for your interest and participation. Further updates about the new management plan for Waterton Lakes National Park will be posted on this page when available.


Developing a draft management plan

Canadians shared their vision for the future of Waterton Lakes National Park between April and July 2019, either by participating in a survey or by recommending some big ideas. This feedback (summarized here) helped identify the key issues and opportunities considered in the park’s draft management plan.

New management plans were due in 2020 for all the mountain national parks. The deadline was extended due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Parks Canada is sharing draft management plans for the mountain national parks, and inviting Canadians to review and provide feedback on the plans. The results of this engagement will help to finalize the management plans, after which they will be approved and tabled in Parliament.

The draft version of the new Waterton Lakes National Park Management Plan is now available.

This management plan, developed in consultation with Indigenous peoples, stakeholders, youth and other interested Canadians, will guide the future of Waterton Lakes National Park over the next 10 years including a vision, key strategies, and objectives.

Parks Canada has coordinated development of the draft management plans for the mountain national parks. Consistency and common strategies within the plans demonstrates our commitment to key priorities, and to a landscape level approach. Common themes and priorities you will see included in the Waterton Lakes park plan and in the plans for the other mountain national parks include:

  • Conserving Natural and Cultural Heritage for Future Generations
  • True to Place Experiences
  • Strengthening Indigenous Relations
  • Connecting with Canadians
  • Managing Development
  • Regional Connectivity and Landscapes, and
  • Climate Change and Adaptive Management.


Waterton Lakes National Park

"Where the Mountains Meet the Prairies”, Waterton Lakes is the smallest of the 7 national parks in the Canadian Rockies. No protected area of similar size in the Rocky Mountains has as much ecological diversity as Waterton Lakes National Park. The park represents a small portion of the Crown of the Continent where ecosystems from north, south, east and west converge at the narrowest point in the Rocky Mountain chain. Only in Waterton can one experience an International Peace Park (1932), a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve (1979) and World Heritage Site (1995), and an International Dark Sky Park (2017) at the same time.

Thanks for your feedback!

  • Online public consultation closed on July 8, 2021.
  • Thank you for your interest and participation. Further updates about the new management plan for Waterton Lakes National Park will be posted on this page when available.


Developing a draft management plan

Canadians shared their vision for the future of Waterton Lakes National Park between April and July 2019, either by participating in a survey or by recommending some big ideas. This feedback (summarized here) helped identify the key issues and opportunities considered in the park’s draft management plan.

New management plans were due in 2020 for all the mountain national parks. The deadline was extended due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Parks Canada is sharing draft management plans for the mountain national parks, and inviting Canadians to review and provide feedback on the plans. The results of this engagement will help to finalize the management plans, after which they will be approved and tabled in Parliament.

The draft version of the new Waterton Lakes National Park Management Plan is now available.

This management plan, developed in consultation with Indigenous peoples, stakeholders, youth and other interested Canadians, will guide the future of Waterton Lakes National Park over the next 10 years including a vision, key strategies, and objectives.

Parks Canada has coordinated development of the draft management plans for the mountain national parks. Consistency and common strategies within the plans demonstrates our commitment to key priorities, and to a landscape level approach. Common themes and priorities you will see included in the Waterton Lakes park plan and in the plans for the other mountain national parks include:

  • Conserving Natural and Cultural Heritage for Future Generations
  • True to Place Experiences
  • Strengthening Indigenous Relations
  • Connecting with Canadians
  • Managing Development
  • Regional Connectivity and Landscapes, and
  • Climate Change and Adaptive Management.


Waterton Lakes National Park

"Where the Mountains Meet the Prairies”, Waterton Lakes is the smallest of the 7 national parks in the Canadian Rockies. No protected area of similar size in the Rocky Mountains has as much ecological diversity as Waterton Lakes National Park. The park represents a small portion of the Crown of the Continent where ecosystems from north, south, east and west converge at the narrowest point in the Rocky Mountain chain. Only in Waterton can one experience an International Peace Park (1932), a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve (1979) and World Heritage Site (1995), and an International Dark Sky Park (2017) at the same time.

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