Waterton Lakes National Park in pictures a year after Kenow wildfire

Waterton Lakes National Park was devastated by the Kenow wildfire a year ago that consumed more than 190 square kilometres inside the park, covering 39 per cent of its terrain.

About 80 per cent of the park's popular hiking trails were impacted and the fire led to a two-week mandatory evacuation. Five homes outside of the park were destroyed.

By comparison, a wildfire that's currently straddling the Canada-U.S. border is about 11 square kilometres, or 1,100 hectares. Parks Canada said Thursday that fire is about 14 per cent under control.

This week, Parks Canada released a series of before and after side-by-side pictures showing how the damage is already giving way to renewal.

Each of these side-by-side shots were taken from a similar viewpoint at different times, one in September 2017 and the other in June 2018.

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