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Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park

Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park
Map showing the location of Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park
Map showing the location of Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park
LocationEast Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada
Nearest townWaterton Park, Alberta
Coordinates49°01′30″N 114°12′00″W / 49.02500°N 114.20000°W / 49.02500; -114.20000 (Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park)
Area10,921.5 ha (42.168 sq mi)
DesignationClass A Provincial Park
EstablishedJuly 13, 1995
Governing bodyBC Parks
WebsiteAkamina-Kishinena Provincial Park

Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park is a provincial park located in the southeastern corner of British Columbia, Canada. The park was established by order-in-council on July 13, 1995 to protect the ecological integrity of a relatively narrow stretch of the Rocky Mountains in the southeastern corner of the province.

History and conservation

The trails and passes of the Akamina-Kishinena were used for many years by the early people's and wildlife travelling between the Flathead Basin and the abundant Great Plains. For instance, the Kootenai aboriginal people travelled through South Kootenay Pass to reach the plains for trading and buffalo hunting.

Since 1917, conservationists have advocated for the preservation of the Flathead River watershed the southeastern corner of the province. The park would compliment and be worthy of adding to the adjacent Waterton Glacier International Peace Park.

In 1986, the region was designated a provincial Recreation Area under the Park Act and was proposed for full protection under the Protected Areas Strategy (PAS) and Commission of Resources and Environment (CORE) process. The recreation area was then upgraded to the status of a "Class A" provincial park on July 12, 1995.[2]


Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park encompasses 10,921.5 hectares (26,988 acres) of high peaks and broad forested valleys in the watershed of the Flathead River. The park is adjacent to the much larger Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta and Glacier National Park in the U.S. state of Montana, which together form the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park. The summit of the Akamina Pass, on the border with Alberta, is the easternmost point in British Columbia.


The park preserves part of the habitat of the last self-sustaining grizzly bear population in the United States, as well as a winter range for goats and big horn sheep. Protected plant species include the rare Mimulus luteus (yellow monkey flower) and the rare Papaver pygmaeum (pigmy poppy) that are found nowhere else in BC.


  1. ^ "Protected Planet | Akamina-Kishinena Park". Protected Planet. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  2. ^ "Management Direction Statement for Akamina-Kishenina Provincial Park" (PDF). May 1999. Retrieved 2020-10-22.

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