Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park - Historic Places Days

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

Waterton Park, Alberta
Type
Park/Landscape
Address
404 Cameron Falls Drive, Waterton Park, AB, Canada
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Hours
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Phone
403-859-5133

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The Waterton Glacier International Peace Park was designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee under the following criteria:

Criterion (vii): Both national parks were originally designated by their respective nations because of their superlative mountain scenery, their high topographic relief, glacial landforms, and abundant diversity of wildlife and wildflowers.

Criterion (ix): The property occupies a pivotal position in the Western Cordillera of North America resulting in the evolution of plant communities and ecological complexes that occur nowhere else in the world. Maritime weather systems unimpeded by mountain ranges to the north and south allow plants and animals characteristic of the Pacific Northwest to extend to and across the continental divide in the park. To the east, prairie communities nestle against the mountains with no intervening foothills, producing an interface of prairie, montane and alpine communities. The international peace park includes the headwaters of three major watersheds draining through significantly different biomes to different oceans. The biogeographical significance of this tri-ocean divide is increased by the many vegetated connections between the headwaters. The net effect is to create a unique assemblage and high diversity of flora and fauna concentrated in a small area.

Date of Inscription: 1995

Notes from "Frequencies of the Land: an Ancestral Invitation to meet the Land where it is in space and time"

Recent wildfires have revealed ancient Blackfoot campsites and ceremonial grounds. Waterton has always held a big place in my heart. Growing in nearby Piikani and Kainai, Waterton is full of amazing places to camp, hike and explore. The lake is pristine, the Blackfoot people are beautiful and views are like no other. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park is the best National Park setting you will ever visit. There are fewer visitors and tourists than nearby Banff National Park, so you can say this once hidden gem is hidden no more.

Amenities

  • Family-Friendly
  • Food and Beverages
  • Guided Tour
  • Parking
  • Parkland
  • Pet-Friendly
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Washrooms
  • Wheelchair Access

Location

404 Cameron Falls Drive, Waterton Park, AB, Canada
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