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Plateau Mountain Ecological Reserve

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    Note Permitted activities may vary within a park. Please confirm details with park staff.

    • Note: Overnight camping and open fires are prohibited in Ecological Reserves. There are no facilities on this site.
    • Access: Public access in the Reserve is restricted to foot only. There are no public roads in Plateau Mountain Ecological Reserve. The road to the mountain top is leased by Husky Oil. To prevent vandalism to natural gas production facilities and to lessen impact on the area's natural features, access is controlled by a locked gate.

    Park Management

    ClassificationEcological Reserve
    LegislationWilderness Areas, Ecological Reserves, Natural Areas and Heritage Rangelands Act
    Park Size5,740 Acres  /  2,322.98 Ha
    Legal BoundaryPlateau Mountain Ecological Reserve
    Administration / Information403-933-7172 
    Regional OfficeKananaskis Region Regional Office
    District OfficeEast Kananaskis District
    Management PlansPlateau Mountain ER - Management Plan (2000)
    Kananaskis CountryManaging a Complex Landscape
    Natural RegionRocky Mountain - Alpine and Sub-alpine 
    Natural Region Description

    This nearly flat high-elevation plateau is recognized for several unique features. There is an internationally recognized ice cave with ice crystals, curls, sheets and pillars. (Ice crystals are so fragile that a temperature increase of one degree Celsius can cause melting.) The periglacial features (known as "patterned ground") in the Reserve include active permafrost, sorted stone circles, polygons, steps and frost boils. The area also contains critical winter range for bighorn sheep.

    Land Use Framework RegionSouth Saskatchewan 

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