Southern Alberta UNESCO World Heritage Sites
In 1932, Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada combined with Glacier National Park in Montana to become the world’s first International Peace Park. Here, several different ecological regions meet and interact, with the result being an unusually rich and varied number of plants and animals all intertwining to create immense diversity for such a small area. With recognition to its significance in ecological diversity and its model of cooperation and good will between the two parks, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park was designated World Heritage Site status in 1995.
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump provides insight into how the native people of the North American plains survived brutally cold winters and dangerously dry summers for nearly 6,000 years. Because of their excellent understanding of the regional topography and bison behaviour, the native people were able to hunt bison by stampeding them over a cliff. They then carved up the carcasses and utilized all parts of the animal whether it be for food, clothing, shelter weapons, or tools.
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