Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park is the union of the Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada and the Glacier National Park in the United States. Both parks are declared Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO and their union as a World Heritage Site.

Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
Landsat 7 image of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
LocationAlberta, Canada and Montana, United States
Coordinates49°00′00″N 113°55′00″W
FormedJune 18, 1932
Governing bodyParks Canada, U.S. National Park Service
Location of Waterton Glacier International Peace Park in North America
IncludesWaterton Lakes National Park
Glacier National Park
CriteriaNatural: (vii), (ix)
Inscription1995 (19th Session)
Area457,614 ha (1,766.86 sq mi)


The union of the parks was achieved through the efforts of Rotary International members from Alberta and Montana, on June 18, 1932. The dedication address was given by Sir Charles Arthur Mander, 2nd Baronet.

The two parks are administered separately and have separate entrance fees.

In 2007, the International Dark-Sky Association named Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park the International Dark-Sky Park.[1]

Border crossing

The Chief Mountain Border Crossing, reached by Montana Highway 17 from the American side and by Alberta Highway 6 from the Canadian side, is the only road border crossing within the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. It is one of only two on the US-Canada border that are closed in winter (Poker Creek - Little Gold Creek Border Crossing is the other).


  1. Staff. "2017 - Summer Guide to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park" (PDF). nps.gov. National Park Service. p. 1. Retrieved 16 April 2018.

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