Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
" Waterton National Park is located southwest corner of Alberta." It's bordered south by Montana and on the west side of th continental divide by British Columbia. In 1818, U.S.A. and the British agreed to the 49th parallel as a border. It starts from the lake of the woods west across the North American prairie to the Rocky Stoney Mountains.
Both U.S.A. and Britain agreed that the area west of the Rockies from Russian Alaska (later U.S. Alaska at 54 40' parallel) to the Columbian River would be shared (Oregon Territory). Both Britain and the United States had ownership claims on the Oregon Territory, but the dispute really heated up in the 1840's. In 1845 the U.S. claimed ownership to the entire coast to Alaska (the area that is now British Columbia). The Oregon Treaty was signed on June 15, 1846. The international boundary between British and American territory was extended along the 49th parallel. Canada and the U.S. have the longest undefended border in the world, peaceful since 1812.
In 1895 Kootenay Lakes Forest Park was established and was later renamed Waterton Lakes Dominion National Park. The establishment of Glacier National Park in Montana was in 1910. In 1932 Canada and the United States decided to make both parks a symbol of peace between them. On May 2 the American Legislature approved the creation of the International Peace Park. On June 16 the Canadian bill was proclaimed.
About sixty species of wild animals live in the park. Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park has hundreds of miles of hiking trails, some of the trails lead to hidden lakes.
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