Nature and science
Waterton Lakes National Park
Conserving and restoring ecological integrity is our first priority
Forests, prairies, mountains and lakes all meet in Waterton Lakes National Park
No other national park in Canada protects so much wildlife within such a small area
Images from the remote cameras in Waterton Lakes National Park
Waterton Lakes National Park is tucked away in the corner of southwest Alberta. The park covers an area of 505 square kilometres (195 square miles).
The park is part of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem – a place with unusually diverse physical, biological and cultural resources. The ecosystem is one of the narrowest places in the Rocky Mountain chain.
More than half of Alberta’s plant species are found in Waterton.
Waterton is home for more than 60 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, 24 species of fish and 10 species of reptiles and amphibians.
Maintaining the ecological integrity of Waterton Lakes National Park is our highest priority. A variety of initiatives aim to reduce our impact on the park's natural environment.
Fragrant evergreen forests, wind-swept prairies, steep mountains and deep lakes meet in Waterton Lakes National Park. No protected area of similar size in the Rocky Mountains has as much ecological diversity as Waterton Lakes.
No other national park in Canada protects so much wildlife within such a small area. In just 505 sq. kilometres (195 sq. miles), Waterton Lakes National Park has over 250 species of birds, more than 60 species of mammals, 24 species of fish, ten species of reptiles and amphibians, as well as thousands of species of insects, arthropods and other invertebrates.
With its merging landforms, connected ecoregions and its mild, moist, windy climate, Waterton Lakes National Park is an amazing meeting place for an abundant and diverse collection of vegetation.
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