Waterton Lakes National Park
|Waterton Lakes National Park|
Upper Waterton Lake
|Nearest city||Pincher Creek|
|Area||505 km2 (195 sq mi)|
|Established||1895 (national park)
1979 (biosphere reserve)
1995 (world heritage site)
|Visitors||367,500 (in 2004)|
|Governing body||I.D. Council, Parks Canada|
|World Heritage Site||354|
|Improvement District No. 4|
|— Improvement district —|
|Census division||No. 3|
|• Governing body||I.D. 4 Council|
|• Chair||Brian Reeves|
|• CAO||J. Scott Barton|
|• Total||481 km2 (186 sq mi)|
|• Density||0.3/km2 (0.8/sq mi)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
Waterton Lakes National Park is a national park located in the southwest corner of Alberta, Canada, and borders Glacier National Park in Montana, USA. Waterton was Canada's fourth national park, formed in 1895 and named after Waterton Lake, in turn after the Victorian naturalist and conservationist Charles Waterton. The park contains 505 km2 (195 sq mi) of rugged mountains and wilderness.
Operated by Parks Canada, Waterton is open all year, but the main tourist season is during July and August. The only commercial facilities available within the park are located at the Waterton Park townsite. The park ranges in elevation from 1,290 metres (4,232 ft) at the townsite to 2,910 m (9,547 ft) at Mount Blakiston. It offers many scenic trails, including Crypt Lake trail. In 2004, Waterton Lakes National Park had 367,500 visitors.
In 1932, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park was formed from Waterton and Glacier. It was dedicated to world peace by Sir Charles Arthur Mander on behalf of Rotary International. Although the park has a lot of diversity for its size, the main highlight is the Waterton lakes—the deepest in the Canadian Rockies—overlooked by the historic Prince of Wales Hotel National Historic Site.
Biosphere Reserve 
In 1979, Waterton and bordering Glacier National park in the US were designated as World Biosphere reserves, preserving mountains, prairie, lakes and freshwater wetlands ecosystems. Habitats represented in the parks' range include: prairie grasslands, aspen grove forests, alpine tundra/high meadows, lower subalpine forests, deciduous and coniferous forests.
World Heritage Site 
The park is part of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, designated as World Heritage Site in 1995 for their distinctive climate, physiographic setting, mountain-prairie interface, and tri-ocean hydrographical divide. They are areas of significant scenic values with abundant and diverse flora and fauna.
Photo gallery 
49th parallel at Waterton Lake
The Prince of Wales Hotel at Waterton Lakes National Park
Doe & Fawn at Waterton Park townsite campground
Cinnamon-coloured Black Bear eating dandelions, in Akamina Parkway.
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- Statistics Canada (Census 2006). "Improvement District No. 4 - Community Profile". Retrieved September 16, 2011.
- Alberta Tourism - Tourist statistics and revenue
- UNESCO - Park description at UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve
- UNESCO - Park description at UNESCO World Heritage
- Parks Canada website
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- Waterton Activities & Accommodation Guide in Alberta, Canada
- Waterton Lakes National Park Accommodation Alberta, Canada
- Waterton Lakes National Park from Canadianrockies.net
- Prince of Wales Hotel website
- A brief history of the Park
- Hiking Trails in Waterton National Park