Among Waterton’s many natural riches is the diversity of plants and flowers it offers. In fact, more than half of Alberta’s plant species are found in Waterton Park. Waterton’s four ecoregions – foothills parkland, montane, subalpine and alpine – are home to forty-five vegetation communities, sixteen of which are considered significant because they are rare or fragile and threatened. Waterton’s ecological wonder includes an unusually high number of rare plants – over 175 are provincially rare and more than twenty of these are found only in the Waterton area. Over 50 species of these plants are rare in Canada.
Why not grab a handbook and see how many of these rare and beautiful plants you can discover on your journey? With more than 1000 to choose from, you are sure to encounter something you have never seen before. You can also take part in the annual Waterton Wildlife Festival.
Visit Park Canada’s website website to learn more about Waterton’s unique and unusual biodiversity.