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Canada : Alberta

3.0 km (1.9 miles) W of Coutts, AB, Canada
Approx. altitude: 1045 m (3428 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo topo250 world confnav)
Antipode: 49°S 68°E

Accuracy: 350 m (382 yd)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking east towards Coutts, AB #3: Looking west towards the Rocky Mountains #4: Looking south into Montana from Alberta #5: The base of the marker #6: Stallion at large in neighbouring field

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  49°N 112°W (visit #1) (incomplete) 

#1: Looking north into Alberta from the Montana side

(visited by Gordon Haverland, P.Eng.)

04-Aug-2001 -- The Coutts, AB/Sweetgrass, MT port of entry is open 24 hours a day. While the town of Sweetgrass may be 12 miles away, the town of Coutts, AB is much closer (right at the port). In any event, the confluence possess an international boundary marker, which is located about 2.5 km west of Coutts. It's a pretty easy walk in on the Alberta side, but you can drive right to the international marker from the Montana side by driving to the Sweetgrass Cemetary. If a person was to walk in from the north, you might have a little excitement as the last picture shows.

The marker is at 48 59' 54.8" North, and 111 59' 43.2" West. The UTM for that marker is 427197m Easting and 5427773m Northing (sorry, missed the elevation).

This visit to 49N112W had me stop when I reached border monument 332.

The listed coordinates for this monument are very close (out 0.1" in both easting and northing) from what my GPS said, but that monument is not on the confluence. It is somewhat an "accident" that it was so close. I guess I shouldn't have made an assumption as to the meaning behind the monument. :-)


 All pictures
#1: Looking north into Alberta from the Montana side
#2: Looking east towards Coutts, AB
#3: Looking west towards the Rocky Mountains
#4: Looking south into Montana from Alberta
#5: The base of the marker
#6: Stallion at large in neighbouring field
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
The borderline with the U.S. is running about 160 m south of the Confluence.