Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks

UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationProvinces of British Columbia and Alberta
CoordinatesN51 25 29 W116 28 47
Inscription Date1984
Property (ha)2,299,104
Type of HeritageNatural
CriteriaTo contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance
CriteriaTo be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history; including the record of life; significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms; or significant geomorphic or physiographic features
All ThreatsMining
All ThreatsForestry /wood production
All ThreatsOil and gas
All ThreatsInvasive/alien terrestrial species
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
Unesco Reference Number304
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionThe contiguous national parks of Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho, as well as the Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber provincial parks, studded with mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and limestone caves, form a striking mountain landscape. The Burgess Shale fossil site, well known for its fossil remains of soft-bodied marine animals, is also found there.
StatusWorld Heritage Site