Waterton Glacier International Peace Park is the world's first International Peace Park. It was formed in 1932 by combining Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada, with Glacier National Park in Montana in the United States. Straddling the border of these two countries, Waterton Glacier International Peace Park is a site of spectacular sceneries, and is also rich in wildlife and plantlife. Visitors to the park can enjoy a diverse landscape ranging from prairie to forest as well as alpine and glacier features.
Waterton Glacier International Peace Park was a joint submission of Canada and USA for UNESCO nomination, and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 19th session of the World Heritage Committee which met in Berlin, Germany, on 4-9 December, 1995. It covers an area of 457,614 hectares. In inscribing the property, the World Heritage Committee recommended that a single "Biosphere Reserve" should be created from the three such reserves already existing within the site.
Photos of Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
Cameron Lake, at Waterton Lakes National Park
Author: Noblesteed (public domain)
What to See in Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
World Heritage Site Inscription Details
Location: N 48 59 45.8 W 113 54 15 in the province of Alberta, Canada, and the state of Montana, USA.
Inscription Year: 1995
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, IX
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Visiting Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
You can reach Waterton Lakes National Park, the Canadian components of Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, by taking Highway 5 from Lethbridge. If you are approaching it from the direction of Calgary, take Highway 2 south to Cardston and then continue on Highway 5 westward to reach the park. The daily pass for adult is C$7.80. Annual pass costs C$39.20.
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