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Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park: Celebrating 75 Years of Peace and Friendship

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Date: July 19, 2007
Contact: Melissa Wilson, 406 888-7895

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, several events are planned this summer to increase the public’s understanding of the significance of the Peace Park.

Every Wednesday and Saturday in July and August, the public is invited to join interpreters from both Waterton and Glacier for an International Peace Park hike. Learn about Waterton-Glacier’s three international designations and take part in a peace and friendship ceremony as you cross the international border on this 8.7 mile hike along Upper Waterton Lake. Return to Waterton via boat (fee charged) by 6 p.m. The hike departs at 10 a.m. and advanced reservations are required. Call 406-732-7750 for reservations, which are only accepted for the next scheduled hike.

Special Peace Park interpretive programs are offered on Friday evenings at 8 p.m. throughout the summer. A Glacier ranger is featured at the Falls Theatre in Waterton, and a Waterton interpreter presents “Beyond Borders” at the Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier.

Visitors can view a new International Peace Park exhibit at Goat Haunt. The exhibits explore the history of the Peace Park-the world’s first- as well as the meanings of peace in the world.

There will also be a picnic at the Peace Park Pavilion in Waterton on Canada’s Parks Day, July 21. The picnic, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30, will feature some brief presentations at noon. Lemonade and cookies will be provided. Picnickers may bring their own lunch or purchase hot dogs for $2 each in support of Waterton community emergency medical services. The first 80 members of the public to arrive at the picnic will be offered a free ticket for the 1 p.m. boat cruise to view the opening of the displays at Goat Haunt. The boat will return to Waterton just before 4:00 p.m.

An academic conference entitled “Parks, Peace and Partnerships” will be held in Waterton September 9-12, 2007. Visit www.peaceparks2007.org for more information.

The dream of a Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park was inspired by local people, to celebrate peace and friendship between Canada and the United States. The parks cooperate in a wide variety of fields, ranging from wildlife and vegetation research, fire management, monitoring and management.

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Did You Know?

Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.