Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks

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Valley of the Ten Peaks and Moraine Lake, Banff National Park (Gorgo/Wikipedia, Public Domain).
 Canada
Provinces of British Columbia and Alberta
N51 25 29 W116 28 47
Date of Inscription: 1984
Extension: 1990
Criteria: (vii)(viii)
Property : 2,299,104 ha
Ref: 304bis

Renowned for their scenic splendor, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks are comprised of Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho national parks and Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber provincial parks. Together, they exemplify the outstanding physical features of the Rocky Mountain Biogeographical Province. Classic illustrations of glacial geological processes — including icefields, remnant valley glaciers, canyons and exceptional examples of erosion and deposition — are found throughout the area. The Burgess Shale Cambrian and nearby Precambrian sites contain important information about the earth’s evolution.

Criterion (vii): The seven parks of the Canadian Rockies form a striking mountain landscape. With rugged mountain peaks, icefields and glaciers, alpine meadows, lakes, waterfalls, extensive karst cave systems and deeply incised canyons, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks possess exceptional natural beauty, attracting millions of visitors annually.

Criterion (viii): The Burgess Shale is one of the most significant fossil areas in the world. Exquisitely preserved fossils record a diverse, abundant marine community dominated by soft-bodied organisms. Originating soon after the rapid unfolding of animal life about 540 million years ago, the Burgess Shale fossils provide key evidence of the history and early evolution of most animal groups known today, and yield a more complete view of life in the sea than any other site for that time period. The seven parks of the Canadian Rockies are a classic representation of significant and on-going glacial processes along the continental divide on highly faulted, folded and uplifted sedimentary rocks.

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2 Replies to “Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks”

  1. These mountains are breathtaking…The cold ice crashes down tremendous cliffs to the very edge of deep, somber forests. No dust here—all is snow, ice, clean black rock and mossy earth covered with thick vegetation—all cool and calm and very strong in the primal aspect. These are the great mountains we dream about.

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  2. Lake Louise and Banff are wonderful places to visit. I especially loved seeing the Bighorn mountain sheep everywhere. Have traveled all over Canada. Always enjoy the majestic scenery, the history, and of course our good neighbors, the Canadians! (Head north, eh?)

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