Thursday, July 25, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
" International Peace Park
Waterton is quiet, uncrowded National Park. The Perfect place to view spectacular scenery, wildlife and enjoy outstanding recreational opportunities.
Discover nature at its best... Year Round!... A rare gem tucked into the southwestern corner of the province of Alberta, Canada.
In this breathtaking part of the world, the majestic Rocky Mountains rise suddenly out of the rolling prairies.
Amid the peaks are the lakes of Waterton Lakes National Park, carved out of the rock by ancient glaciers.
Waterton Lakes National Park borders Glacier National Park in Montana to the south, together making up the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the first of its kind in the world. A place like no other, the uniqueness of Waterton Park is a blend of unusual geology, mild climate, rare wild flowers, and an abundance of wildlife. It is a scene which has remained unchanged for centuries.
Waterton Lakes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an International Peace Park, and a Biosphere Reserve! The only park in the world that has these three designations!
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
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Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada and Glacier National Park in the U.S.A. have a special relationship as the world’s first International Peace Park.
The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park celebrates the peace and goodwill existing along the world’s longest undefended border, as well as a spirit of cooperation which is reflected in wildlife and vegetation management, search and rescue programs and interpretive programs. The two parks continue to implement many joint initiatives, and have extended their experience to build close working relations and projects with surrounding neighbours and jurisdictions.
How was the Peace Park established? In 1931, the first annual goodwill meeting of Alberta and Montana Rotarians was held at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton. It was at this meeting that members unanimously approved a resolution to establish an International Peace Park.
In 1932, American legislation approved a bill to create the Peace Park which was signed into law on May 2. On June 16, 1932, the Canadian bill was proclaimed.
There are now over 170 peace parks worldwide.
“I know of no political movement, no philosophy, no ideology, which does not agree with the peace parks concept as we see it going into fruition today. It is a concept that can be embraced by all.
In a world beset by conflicts and division, peace is one of the cornerstones of the future. Peace parks are a building block in this process, not only in our region, but potentially in the entire world.”
URL: http://www.pc.gc.ca/progs/celebrations/themes/avril-april/waterton.aspx "
Posted by Maggie at 7/24/2013 09:28:00 PM