May 1, 2016

2027, 2227, 2513 CANADA (Alberta) / UNITED STATES (Montana) - Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park (UNESCO WHS)

2027 CANADA - Waterton Lakes National Park -
Prince of Wales Hotel on the shore of Waterton Lake

Posted on 12.11.2015, 17.01.2016, 01.05.2016
The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park is the union of the Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada and the Glacier National Park in the United States. Situated on the border between the two countries and offering outstanding scenery, the park is exceptionally rich in plant and mammal species as well as prairie, forest, and alpine and glacial features. It has a distinctive climate, physiographic setting, mountain-prairie interface, and tri-ocean hydrographical divide.

2227 CANADA - Waterton Lakes National Park - Crypt Lake

Waterton Lakes National Park was named after Waterton Lake, in turn after the Victorian naturalist and conservationist Charles Waterton. The park contains 505 km2 of rugged mountains and wilderness, and ranges in elevation from 1,290m at the townsite to 2,910m at Mount Blakiston. Overlooked by the historic Prince of Wales Hotel, Waterton Lake is composed of two bodies of water, connected by a shallow channel known locally as the Bosporus.

2513 CANADA - Waterton Lakes National Park - Cameron Falls

Crypt Lake is a pristine alpine lake occupying a cirque that often has ice into August. Most of the area around the lake is covered in scree and/or snow, and hiking around the circumference of the lake requires approximately 45 minutes. The Crypt Lake Trail is one of the premium hikes in park. Wildlife can be spotted in the mountains towering above including mountain goat and bighorn sheep. The slopes along the Crypt Lake Trail serve as primary bear country. From Crypt Lake it is only a short walk to the edge of Crypt Falls with views over the valley below.

About the stamps
On the postcard 2027
The stamp, depicting a porcupine, was issued on October 3, 1988, and is part of the series of definitive stamps Canadian Mammals, released between 1988 and 1993.

On the postcard 2227, 2513
The stamp is part of a series of five definitive stamps, Baby Wildlife, about which I wrote here.

References
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park - Wikipedia
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park - UNESCO official website
Waterton Lakes National Park - Wikipedia
Waterton Lake - Wikipedia

Sender 2027: Jason Thomson (direct swap)
Sent from Ottawa (Ontario / Canada), on 04.11.2015
Photo: Ron Garnett
Sender 2227, 2513: Heli Paudel
Sent from Calgary (Alberta / Canada), on 23.08.2015
Photo 2227: Brian Reeves and Len Grant
Photo 2513: Frank Weinschenk

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