Boating In Waterton



  1. All watercraft is subject to a minimum 90-day quarantine prior to launch.
  2. The quarantine will be enforced through the use of lockable steel cables that will secure/seal the watercraft to the trailer.
  3.  Motorboats in Waterton Lakes National Park are permitted only on Upper and Middle Waterton lakes. Boat owners must complete the 90-day quarantine and arrive at the lake with the steel cable/seal intact.
  4. Boat owners that choose to remove their vessel from the lake at any time during the season can have their watercraft re-sealed on egress, thus maintaining the quarantine.
  5. Boat owners who choose to move their watercraft to other lakes or otherwise fail to re-seal their vessel on egress will have to re-enter a 90-day quarantine period to access Waterton Lakes again.
  6. Public access and egress to the lake will be at the townsite marina boat launch only which will be locked at all times. Appointments must be made to have seals removed or reapplied.
  7. The program will be operated by Improvement District #4’s Clean Lake Initiative in conjunction with the townsite marina operator. The program will be cost-recoverable, with a fee charged for all users.
  8.  Improvement District #4 is charging $35 for each seal, and $5 for each detachable gas motor. A 5-seal package is available for $150.
  9. From October 14, 2019 to May 8, 2020 (inclusive), there is an out-of-season service charge in addition to the cost of the seal (Cash or cheque only).
  10. To make a sealing appointment or to have seals removed prior to launch, leave a message at Shoreline Cruises: (403)859-2362 or email
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2018 Elections

Election officials received five nominations during the nomination period for the 2018 ID 4 election, and all five nominees were acclaimed to the position of Councillor. Consequently, there was no municipal election.
Your Council is comprised of Jody Thaell, Brian Baker, Ken Black, Barney Reeves and Tim Lauscher. Jody Thaell is the Chief Elected Official, and Ken Black is the Deputy Chief Elected Official. The Council term expires in October 2021. 
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Elected Official Training- EOEP

Did you know that the MGA will require municipal elected officials to be offered training within 30 days after election?
The EOEP is your go-to place for meeting this mandatory requirement for elected official training!
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2019 Council Meetings

  • January 18, 2019 @ 1:30 PM
  • March 15, 2019 @ 1:30 PM
  • May 17, 2019 @ 1:30 PM
  • July 19, 2019 @ 1:30 PM
  • September 20, 2019 @ 1:30 PM
  • November 15. 2019 @ 1:30 PM

2018 Census Report

Usual Residents 108

Shadow Population 405

Seasonal Population 536

Uncontacted Dwellings 5

Total Private Dwellings (includes dwellings attached to businesses) 182

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Council Meetings

Council follows a meeting agenda, and often has guest presenters. If you would like to be on the agenda of a Council meeting, please contact Abe Tinney in writing at at least two weeks prior to the meeting. Council meets semi-monthly on the third Friday, but please check the website or contact Abe Tinney to confirm. From time to time the meetings have to be rescheduled.

If you are scheduled to make a presentation at a council meeting and you require IT and/or audio visual support, please make arrangements well in advance of the meeting through Maria Robinson at the WCC. She can be reached at (403)859-2042 or at  The community centre has equipment which can be used, but it must be reserved in advance, as Maria is not in the office every day. On meeting day, please make all necessary arrangements to have equipment set up prior the commencement of the meeting. Council meets regularly the third Friday of alternate months beginning in January

If You Attend
You are most welcome to attend regular Council meetings. You may have questions or comments. After Council concludes their presentations and discussions for each agenda item, and if time allows, the Chairman will ask for questions from the floor. If the questions are for an invited guest, the Chairman will ask the guest if they wish to take questions. The acoustics are poor in the meeting rooms of the Community Centre, so being quiet and turning off devices is very important.

Waterton is a global treasure that enjoys a unique, triple distinction:
• International Peace Park
• UNESCO World Heritage Site
• UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Today Waterton remains a spectacular natural wonder - a blend of unusual geology, mild climate, rare wild flowers and an abundance of wildlife. Waterton offers an "all natural" experience like no other place in the world.
This is due in large part to the people who live here that have worked to preserve and maintain its magnificence. We are passionate about our community, our wildlife, the glorious mountains and vegetation that surround us. We think you will share that passion from the moment you arrive.

Photo by Mark Goble
Photo by Mark Goble