Willmore Wilderness Park
Willmore Wilderness Park is a pristine mountainous area with rugged forest and alpine expanses. The rivers and streams are crystal clear. Fast moving streams are a good source of drinkable water. The park is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts; however, it should be noted that travellers in the remote areas should have extensive outdoor experience or hire an outfitter/guide for their expedition. Motorized activities are not permitted due to the designation of the Park. The only mode of transportation allowed in Willmore is by foot, horse or bicycle.
Willmore Wilderness Park is 4,600 square kilometres (1840 sq. mi.) and lies directly north of Jasper National Park. Willmore has fewer visitors than Jasper. Adventurers can view a variety of wildflowers and wildlife. Travelers often see mountain goats, Bighorn sheep, elk, deer, moose, caribou, wolves, coyotes, wolverine, cougar, lynx, black bears, grizzly bears and small game. The flowers are abundant in the summer months and turn meadows into a tapestry of colour. There is also evidence of fossils that show the ancient history of the area. Some of the most superlative fossil remains are dinosaur tracks located just north of Grande Cache.
Willmore Park has four major staging areas making access available. These areas include the Sulphur Gates, Cowlick Creek, Berland River, and Rock Lake. Corrals are present for those who venture into the Park on horseback.
Inexperienced travellers can be caught off guard when taking a trip in the Park, as the weather changes abruptly, and the river can fluctuate a great deal. Mountain weather is unpredictable. You must always expect the unexpected. It is easy to get turned around and lost—or run into an unwanted bear. Safety is the first consideration when travelling in Willmore.