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Canadian Rockies mountains parks
Posted by: HoboSylvain | 2013-08-23 15:57:43 | Banff, Alberta, Canada
Keywords: mountain, park, UNESCO
This UNESCO site is special because it doesn't include one national park like it's usually the case, but seven. The UNESCO recognises the extremely rich natural heritage found in the Canadians Rockies. The area concerned spans over the following Canadian national parks: Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho. It also includes the following British-Columbia provincial parks: Hamber, Mount Robson and Mount Assiniboine.

Of course, you find incredible nature beauty, with high mountains, gorgeous green lakes, deep forests and thermal sources, but you also find extensive ice fields and glaciers. The current area was listed in 1984. Before that, one part of that huge area was already listed: the Burgess Shale, which is a rich fossils area formed over 500 millions years. Not too surprising, since we know many dinosaurs were found nearby in Alberta.

The whole area covered by this UNESCO site is roughly 23 000 square kilometres, which represents about 3 times the size of the Yellowstone park in the US. It's a HUGE area that could not be explored fully in the time limitation I have. But, I was nonetheless exposed to many of its beauties, right within the city of Banff. Banff was the first Canadian national park (1885) and the third in the world (Yellowstone in the US was the first in 1872, then the now named Royal National park in Australia was created in 1879).

The Canadian Rockies are one of the greatest symbols of Canada for Canadians. It's a dream of most Canadians living far from them to see those magnificent mountains. The Canadian Rockies are different than the American Rockies because their structure is different. Although, the Canadian portion has on a average a lower summit height than the American portion, it's more spectacular because they are more elevated compared to their surrounded ground level (the American ones sitting on a higher plateau), yielding a greater visible part of the mountains. Also, the Canadian mountains are usually more distant from each other, separated by deep valleys... mostly U-shaped by glaciers... which opens the possibility of large high-altitude lakes with turquoise colours.

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