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Waterton Lake Fire

Parks Canada continues to work with the US National Park Service to manage a forest fire near Goat Haunt, Montana, Glacier National Park.

Waterton Lake Fire latest update

Background:

Parks Canada crews responded to a report of a forest fire from US National Park staff at Goat Haunt, Glacier National Park. A helicopter, which was on standby in Waterton Lakes National Park, was immediately deployed to bucket the fire. The fire initially spread south and is approximately 100 m wide. The fire is on the slopes of Campbell Mountain, on the west side of Upper Waterton Lake.

Waterton Fire, on the west side of Upper Waterton Lake
The fire is on the slopes of Campbell Mountain, on the west side of Upper Waterton Lake
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Helicopter in smoke
Helicopter in smoke above fire candle
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Fire fighter and lightning struck tree
Fire fighter and lightning-struck tree
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New winter offer in Waterton Lakes National Park


Cameron Lake Cabin to become Alpine Club of Canada Hut
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June 4, 2015

Mr. Jim Hillyer, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced approval for the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) to operate its first facility in Waterton Lakes National Park.

The Parks Canada warden cabin at Cameron Lake will be converted to an ACC backcountry hut providing overnight accommodation in the winter.

The ACC is widely respected for the consistently high quality of its system of backcountry huts and cabins throughout Canada’s mountain national parks. The Cameron Lake Cabin will provide accommodation for up to six guests in an area that is easily accessible by people of all ages on snowshoes or skis. Renovations for this project, which will protect the oldest surviving backcountry cabin in Waterton Lakes National Park, will be fully funded by the ACC.

The approved 2010 Waterton Lakes National Park Management Plan identified the Cameron Valley as a focal point of visitor use during the winter months. The plan further calls for enhanced and expanded winter recreational opportunities, and identifies the renewal of overnight backcountry accommodation as an important objective. The project was well received by the public during a consultation held earlier this year.

News release

Wildlife movement project

Waterton Lakes National Park scientists are gathering information on wildlife movement around the perimeter of the Waterton Park community and between the Waterton and Akamina valleys.

A grizzly bear on a trail Wildlife corridors are important for maintaining wildlife populations
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Wildlife corridors are important for maintaining wildlife populations. Wildlife movement through corridors in this area may be affected by natural and human features such as the canyon above Cameron Falls and the Visitor Reception Centre.

The goal of this five-year project is to provide information to aid in making decisions regarding wildlife movement through this area. The focus will be on cougars, bears, deer, elk and bighorn sheep.

A variety of information sources will be used, including remote cameras. These cameras are used for tracking wildlife movement. Public notices will be posted at trail heads and other areas where cameras are deployed. Cameras will not be located within the core of the community.

Concerned about your privacy? So are we. Images of people will be classified by the number of people and type of use, and then deleted. However, images that show illegal activities that may have serious impacts on wildlife, or put the safety of visitors at risk may be used for law enforcement purposes.

This project is part of the Waterton Lakes National Park Conservation and Restoration Program.

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