The Chief Mountain Border Crossing is to be reopened for the first time in years.
At the end of March, the Canada Border Services Agency announced they’d be reopening over 40 points of entry (POE) that were originally closed due to the pandemic.
That includes five in Alberta, with four land POEs and one airport.
Chief Mountain is located on the boundary of Waterton Lakes National Park, just over 20 km west of the Carway border crossing.
It's set to reopen on May 15, which is in line with its usual seasonal schedule.
Foothills MP John Barlow released a statement welcoming the reopening of Chief Mountain.
“The lengthy border closing severely curtailed tourist traffic and numerous businesses and communities, including Waterton Town Site, Pincher Creek, Crowsnest Pass, Lundbreck, and Cardston who were all negatively impacted. In addition, First Nations communities Kainai and Piikani, home to another UNESCO site (Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump), have also been impacted by the closure… These areas rely heavily on the tourism industry as part of their economy and there was a great deal of concern they could lose a fourth summer tourism season if the crossing did not open which is why I was encouraging the Liberal Minister to get the border crossing back open.”
Their hours of operation are:
9 am to 6 pm (May 15 to May 31)
7 am to 10 pm (June 1 to Labour Day)
9 am to 6 pm (after Labour Day to September 30)
7 days a week
Closed (October 1 to May 14)