Willmore Wilderness Park

Willmore Wilderness Park is located directly north of Jasper National Park, and its western boundary follows the Great Continental Divide. The is area is an untouched alpine frontier. The park is 4,597 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, which has traditionally been hunted, trapped and accessed by horseback.

Willmore Wilderness Foundation Philosophy

Understanding our past is critical to building our future. We share a unique way of life with the world, disseminating stories and information about a mountain culture, traditions, history, flora and fauna of Willmore Wilderness Park and surrounding areas.

Getting the Story Out

As the years passed and changes came to the eastern slopes of the Rockies, there was very little written material on Willmore Wilderness Park and region. It became apparent that there were few opportunities for the mountain people to share their stories, traditions, and culture; and there was very limited knowledge in the public domain of the tremendous history in the region.

In 2002 a group of interested people decided to form the Willmore Wilderness Foundation. Their primary objective was to clear historic packtrails in the Park. Other objectives included preparing publications and providing educational programming. The Foundation’s goals have expanded and focuses on research that preserves the history of opening of Canada; provides educational programs and services; provides health and wellness programs which focus on the culture and traditions of the Rockies; restores historical pack trails and sites, promotes tourism and enhances the use of Willmore Wilderness Park for Albertans and visitors alike.

The Willmore Wilderness started offering programs and services to teach the traditions of the Rockies to those who wanted to learn. These included trapping, horsemanship and mountain skills clinics.
The Willmore Wilderness Foundation creates multimedia programs, films and social media content to share their unique culture, history and story with the world.

About Us

    • The Foundation is the steward of Willmore Wilderness Park, and looks after the infrastructure of the Park including trail systems, campground, grave sites, old trapline cabins, and historic sites.
    • The Foundation focuses on research that preserves the history of opening of Canada; provides educational programs and services; provides health and wellness programs which focus on the culture and traditions of the Rockies; restores historical pack trails and sites, promotes tourism and enhances the use of Willmore Wilderness Park for Albertans and visitors alike.
    • The Foundation is building awareness of the region’s unique mountain culture and traditions through book publications, educational film production, multimedia production and tourism promotion.
    • The Willmore Wilderness Foundation owns its own company called People & Peaks Productions Ltd, which produces documentaries which are aired on television and on social media.
    • The Foundation supports traditional regional businesses that work in and around Willmore Wilderness Park through tourism promotion initiatives.
    • The Foundation actively researches the history of the region. It is building a database and inventory of film, photos, GPS coordinates, maps old and new, historical records, and data that pertains to Willmore Wilderness Park and surrounding area.
    • The Foundation is a voice for the mountain community.

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