Crown of the Continent Ecosystem

Topographic map of the area of the Rocky Mountains and boundary of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem, including nearby cities

Map of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem, spanning the headwaters of major watersheds in Alberta, British Columbia and Montana. Click on the image to view a larger version. (Map courtesy of the Crown Managers Partnership.)

The Crown of the Continent Ecosystem encompasses 18 million rugged and bi-national acres (7.3 million hectares), along the shared Rocky Mountain region of Montana, British Columbia and Alberta. With all native species still intact, and containing rivers that drain to three ocean basins, the CCE is one of North America’s most ecologically diverse and intact landscapes. It is anchored by the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and extensive adjoining tracts of publicly-managed lands in both Canada and the U.S.

The Crown of the Continent is an extraordinary region, celebrated for its soaring peaks, expansive forests and prairies, and cold, clear rivers. No less extraordinary is the diversity of plants and animals present in this landscape, from the iconic grizzly bear to the elusive wolverine to the migrating bull trout that inhabit the region’s many blue-ribbon streams. That the full complement of species that were present when Lewis and Clark made their triumphant journey west remain in the Crown today is due to the foresight of leaders working now and in the past who have taken the steps to protect this region’s biodiversity.

For additional maps of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem, visit the Crown Managers Partnership maps page.