The Cardinal Divide area is adjacent to the eastern side of Jasper National Park, southeast of the town of Hinton. The area spans the continental divide; one side drains to the Arctic Ocean and the other to the Hudson’s Bay. Resource extraction in the Cardinal Divide area is jeopardizing a refugium that is home to incredible biological diversity. High elevations of the Cardinal Divide are thought to have been a ‘nunatak,’ an area that remained ice-free during the last period of glaciation. This attribute would explain the diverse and unique population of plant and insect species found there.
- Preservation of the entire area (including Folding Mountain, Red Cap and Cardinal River Headwaters, Cheviot Mine site) through a 430 km2 addition to Whitehorse Wildland Park.
- Inclusion of the entire area within World heritage Site designation for contiguous Canadian Rocky Mountain national parks (Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay) and B.C. provincial parks.
Whitehorse Wildland Provincial Park currently occupies an area of 174 km2. AWA would like to see 430 km2 of surrounding area added to the park.