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About the Region

At the narrow waist of the Rocky Mountains, where Alberta, British Columbia, and Montana meet, sprawls one of the wildest, most diverse and intact ecosystems in the temperate zones of the world.

The Crown of the Continent—spanning corners of Alberta, British Columbia, and Montana—provides visitors with 73,000 square kilometres (28,000 square miles) of spellbinding scenery and a good chance to spy bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk, or, with luck, the monarch of the Crown— the grizzly bear. The region includes two United Nations World Heritage sites. One, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, protects headwaters of three continental river systems, and affirms the wisdom of transcending political boundaries in the management of shared ecosystems. The second, Alberta’s Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, attests to the region’s 6,000 years of human economy derived from the diversity of the landscape and its wildlife.

Many Glacier Sunrise - Glacier National Park, Montana Photo Credit: – Just Your Average Weekend Photography