Plateau Mountain Ecological Reserve

Alberta Parks

Information & Facilities

Information: 403-678-0760
A Kananaskis Conservation Pass is required to park your vehicle in Kananaskis and the Bow Valley.

Park Management

Classification Ecological Reserve
Legislation Wilderness Areas, Ecological Reserves, Natural Areas and Heritage Rangelands Act
Park Size 5,740.00 Acres / 2,322.98 Ha
Legal Boundary O.C. 821/91
Administration / Information 403-678-0760
Regional Office Kananaskis Regional Office
District East Kananaskis
Management Plans Plateau Mountain ER - Management Plan (2000)
Natural Region Rocky 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 Region South Saskatchewan
Updated: Jun 12, 2023