In 1932, while European countries teetered on the brink of war, the neighboring nations of the U.S. and Canada reached an unprecedented agreement in the name of peace and goodwill.
The countries banded together to create the world’s first international peace park in the towering Rockies of Northwest Montana and southern British Columbia.
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park was born, encompassing a combined 1,720 square miles of Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park. As stated in the original legislation authorized by both the U.S. and Canadian governments, the goal was to form “an enduring monument of nature to the long-existing relationship of peace and goodwill” between the two countries.
To the south, the Goat Haunt area is one of Glacier Park’s most tranquil and remote locations, offering opportunities to explore Glacier away from the crowds, though the distances make it most popular for overnight backpacking trips.
Most visitors arrive by boat from Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada, but it is also enjoyable to walk to this destination. Once Goat Haunt opens for the season, staff from both parks join forces to guide the International Peace Park Hike south to Goat Haunt and then return via a historic boat, he M.V. International.
Whether hiking or boating, one thing visitors are sure to notice is the linear swath of trees cut to mark the International Boundary; however, plants and wildlife don’t recognize the boundary, crossing freely within one of the largest intact ecosystems on the continent.
Visitors to Goat Haunt will need to bring ID if they wish to hike further south into Glacier National Park. At this time, only citizens of the United States and Canada are permitted access to the U.S. through this limited port of entry. Citizens of other countries may feel free to leave the boat and take the short quarter-mile mile hike from the boat dock to the ranger station, but may not travel further south. There are no other facilities or services available inside the park in this area. All services are centered in Waterton Townsite, so come prepared.