Caribou Mountains Wildland Park

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Caribou Mountains Wildland Park
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Caribou Mountains Wildland Park
Map showing the location of Caribou Mountains Wildland Park
Location of Caribou Mountains Wildland Park in Alberta
Location Mackenzie County, Alberta, Canada
Nearest city High Level, Fort Vermilion
Coordinates 59°19′00″N 114°58′00″W / 59.31667°N 114.96667°W / 59.31667; -114.96667Coordinates: 59°19′00″N 114°58′00″W / 59.31667°N 114.96667°W / 59.31667; -114.96667
Area 5,910 km²
Established 2001
Governing body Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation

Caribou Mountains Wildland Park is a large wilderness area in northern Alberta, Canada. It is located in the Caribou Mountains, immediately west of Wood Buffalo National Park in a remote backcountry area. The closest community in Alberta is Fort Vermilion.

It was established by the Alberta Government in 2001 under the "Special Places program" by Order in Council 308/2001.[1] At 5,900 square kilometres (2,300 sq mi), it is the largest provincial protected area in Alberta. (The nearby Wood Buffalo National Park is managed by the federal government.)

Conservation[edit]

The park protects fragile wetland that offers nesting grounds for a variety of bird species and core habitat of the threatened woodland caribou herd.[2] A small number of wood buffalo is also present in the south-eastern part of the park. The Caribou Mountains reach an elevation of 1,030 m, almost 700 m higher than the surrounding area, and have a unique environment.

The park is located in the hydrographic basin of the Great Slave Lake and that of the Peace River. Yates River, Whitesand River, Buffalo River, Wentzel River, Wentzel Lake and Margaret Lake are found in the park area.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alberta Wilderness Association - Caribou Mountains
  2. ^ Alberta Community Development Archived March 16, 2005, at the Wayback Machine. - Caribou Mountains Wildland Park