Plateau Mountain Ecological Reserve

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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 ER
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 
Updated: Feb 3, 2022