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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta THE WATERTON LAKES HAT happy; 'phrase which, i I i .tionuL Commercial. Club a.flo'pteidj .'inl .their aggressive cam- paign among .their f ello wg. Sefi has, been produo. ing good. fruit- ianjl revealing to: travel and "thai; is, best expressed in -the "Distance lends, enchantr something not- be amiss, to. words about most beautiful scen- thp American Continent and. of it is that it lies rigjxt at our doors. '..Breakfast at Lethbridge, lunch at Cardston and dinner in the heart of the Eockies. Just a little to the southwest of the city, in Townships I and 2 and Ranges 28 and 29 are the ft for..rsome ;-lG or- 1 in of th'enr'are a nificent mountdtn- Hue. mag- pears to Jbe; almost 4_______ sides. wonder it tioh and; delight tp had the way....... In Primeval Beauty The marvel pf it all is that it is right'at our very-doors. .No railway has penetrated these vir- gin forests; no magnate has cor- nered these immense acres; no company has advertised its ad- i vantages and comparatively few T0 TOWERING1, know anything about its beautv MOUNTAIN I On .the Canadian side, the pio- neers of the Cardston District the state of Montana. Mount jhav for many years spent their Cleveland at the head of the Wa-j summer vacations at the. lakes, terton Lakes, towers feet! enoying themselves immensely above sea level while Old Chief land apparently quite content to very enforced in this ivicinityr 'aim of the and. it, .Government preserve as ;much'aa possible the wild lauimals -of -the i woods and hills. Last if all tlie United; States Hanger captured a couple ;of -fine Mountain Lions; The 'latter are not so plentiful as> in the average story book. The Tented Village The nearest railway station tol the lakes is at Cardston, some thirty miles to the east. Until last summer there was no defin- ite action taken for the accommo- dation of tourists and visitors. Messrs. W. 0. Lee Sons, the enterprising liv- ery men and tent manufacturers of Cardston conceived the idea of running a stage line to the lakes and erecting tents for the con- venience of travellers. They sent out circulars advertising a few of the advantages of the district THE SIZE OF 'EM greatest land mark for j monopolize' this retreat and leave found their experiment pro- hundreds of up a pile of rugged rock feet in the air and challenges the most the rest of the world to dream on of the fact that in these Rockies ig some of the _ expert "Alpiners" to scale his grandest scenery in all the wide, thejrough chopped sides. The world.: As for ideal sum- people of Southern Alberta, and terton Mllls are 30 miles west camping for those in Search j.i----_j> J.-L- CarrJKt.nTi- TjRke McDonald is of rest, health and in- vigoration, this little spot of primitive beautv remains unex- especially those of the immediate vicinity, these lakes are known as the "Kootenai and they head the Kootenai river which ultimately forms part of the Belly River. The Depart- ment of the Interior has named these lakes the 'Waterton Lakes" and the river the "Wa- terton river." Part of the scen- ery is in the United States of America, in the State of Monta- na, but the greater and best por- tion lies just north of the Inter- national Boundarv line. Leaving Lethbridge at 8.30 any moraine, except Sunday, we arrive in 'Cardston at noon. Here we take lunch and prepare for a drive of four to five hours in a due wester- ly direction passing the busy hamlets of Leavitt and Mountn in View and getting a fine overland view of the splendid Cochrane Ranch its fifty-two miles of river front between the Kootenai and Belly rivers. Before dusk we tickling the ribs of that .backbone of the American conti- nent, the Rocky Mountains, And here we are in a spot where the weary nor eye may never the feet get tired. The Waterton. Lakes and Mountains Why go to Switzerland to see the look at the glaciers and climb the mountains We have dozens of both right here in Sunny Southern -Al- berta and just across the line in Cardston, Lake McDonald is on the Great Northern Railway in Montana and Swift Current courses just .twelve mil- es west of the new U. S. Irriga- tion station, at Babb. Start at any of these three points and travel over tHe mountain trails on horse back to each other two places you of will the ob- serve "peak rising on peak." of magnificent mountain rang- celled. Tin Sportsman's Delight Such fishing! See the accom- panying cut of Messers. Ibey and McLenhan with their 'little catch of Lake Trout. Think of a nice trout, 36 1-2 inches long and weighing when .dressed 18 pounds of the finest meat that ever tickled the palate of the most fastidious epicure. These are not "'fish stories" in quota- tion marks. The proof, of the pudding is in the eating. Ask the genial proprietor of the Dal- las Hotel whose employee was nouncedly successful. The first- party consisted of nine lady school a Minister and his family. The "gentle peda- gogues" only intended to spend a couple of weeks but they were so thoroughly transported joy (remember they were school teachers and had had a strenuous time with Alberta's best crop) that they remained during their entire vacation and barely allow- ed themselves enough time to get back 'to the class-room for the opening of school. The Minis- ter's text for all the good people of .Southern Alberta was, "Where I am, ye may be also." Hundreds followed them until there were two tented villages- one at the Lagoon by the Water- ton Saw Mills and the other four miles farther up on the shores of the middle lake near the Oil Wells. Everybody was delight- ed with their outing and they the lucky lander little wffl rmrmmr K.-c-tn-r- c-f-rao-m -J-lio-J- fe A CATCH TO BE PROUD OF es, glacier after glacier and lake after lake right 'in the very heart of .the Rockies. Travellers who have taken this opportunity and 'also "done the have no reluctancy in saying that this scenery far sur- passes Switzerland. Others who minnow.. Every stream that flows into the lake furnishes its quota of mountain speckled beauties that delight j'anxl sometimes torment the spe- cialist with the "fly hook." Trolling in a row boat.with a spoon" hook is the method employ- ed in, catching; the lake trout and 'they are often: so large -'that it becomes necessary to row. to shore and dragthe fellows up.the pebbly beacli out ;6f their native element. have been to Banff and 'yet have Mountain goat, bear, antelope only caught a glimpse of this j and wild deer roam in the hills route as it can be seen from the along the shores of the lake, summer camps on the Waterton Some very fine specimens, have Lakes are enthusiastic in their been captured by loud praise of "The Waterton and can be seen in Cardston and liakes and Mountains for mine." j vicinity. Government, reg- There is a string of lakes run-'illations regarding hunting are ses of the Waterton Lakes and the Mountains. Hotel and Railway The air is full, of rumors of hotel accommodations and rail- way cpnnectios. The former is certainly more of .a certainty than tlie latter. In the meantime fhere is no limit to the with or without for all those who love to camp right next tp Nature's pwn. The Trip Described Mr. W. 0. Lee who carries the mail west to the Lakes had the extreme pleasure of taking a ride on the logging steamer, "Edra." from the saw TPJH to the head of magnificent all the way for fif- teen miles. We had never dreamed of anything like it. Such lakes in ,the tops of the mpun- tains. We passed Gpat and Sofa Mountains on. the left with doz- ens of others equally as large on the right and still after going some six miles into the United States and it seemed to us into the very heart of the Rockies yet Mount Cleveland loomed up thousands of feet above us. We dined that day in true picnic style under Uncle Sam's pine trees and we supped and ate Up this stream a few miles are situated the logging camps and if the followed still far- ther it will lead "over the divide and on to Lake McDonald m the Flat Head country of Montana close to the Great Northern Railway where a large summer hotel has been erected for the convenience of the people." South of the Waterton Lakes is Flat Top Mountain with an area of twenty square miles cov- ered with a carpet of flowers, mountain grasses and patches of Canadian balsam. This area pre- sents such a wonderful scene that A BEAUTIFUL SPOT AT THE WATERTON LAKES breakfast under our o trees in dear Alberta. But the the upper large lake. Of that trip he says, "The scenery was beauties of nature on every side as we sailed up and down, the- lakes must be seen to be appre- ciated. Words fail in an'effort io" describe them. From our steam- er, lajnding, the head ;pf sthe upper beautiful stream 'of water runs is from the" "divide. Mr. Albert Refolds of the Unit- ed States Forest stu- dent of nature and is of-the I have found sixty-three varie- ties of flowers, in. the space of one- an acre in this wonderful garden of -It is grand field for -the ibotanist and denfs of _ Still farther South' are the gla- ciers at the head waters of tie Belly river. They as the Chenney. Sheppard'and {Befc ly River Glaciers. '-Then taking a trip across over to" Swift rent we find glaciers at the head of that stream. These 'are called the Grenell and Swift Current Glaciers and the greatest "won- der of all is the floating ice berg in "Iceberg Lake." It is gaid never to lose more in the sum- mer than it regains in the winter so that it is a perpetual mass'of floating ice. This lake is about half a mile wide. The Natural The mineral wealth of this dis- trict is largely a matter for more or less speculation at the present time. Recent assays of the per ore from the Reid Mining. Claim on Swift Current leave no dpubt but what they have struck "pay pre" and all that remains is prpper develppment of the opera- tions. Prospectprs from Kay- mpnd claim they struck rich' ore' up Pass Creek near: Ofl City which is fprty miles west qf Cardstpn. Fpr many years pil has been seen trickling dpwn the crevicee intp the Watertpn Lakes and a result Oil City was located and boring operations have been car- ried on fpr some ex- pensive machinery being used fpr that The receivers pf the Waterton Land, Oil and Power company have been turning out lumber all winter lively rate ikaa string of teams have been, on the road hauling it to'Cardston and loading cars to .ship tp [bridge and.other points. Looking -Forward The people of the: Cardston dis- trict and west anticipate a. won- derful .increase the' pleasure- seekers and campers at the Lakes during the coming season and feel assured that it will not many years before there "will be hundreds of summer cottages dotting the shores of the ton Lakes." If all works veil-in the natural resources there wiH be a stream of wealth flowing ont of the mines, mills.and oil wells of the district. An invitation is offered tp all and the.-injunc- tipn pf the poet might repeating, "Gp fprth, vunder ppen sky, and list" to nature's Right at ypiuSTerj doors -and yet this beautiful sum- mer resprt is virtually unknown. "I Ipve npt man the less .but nm- will be your exprwh sipn 'after you, take a trip, down the A. R. I. and put over, tne stage rpute tp the-Watertpn es and Mountains. MEMBERS AND OFFICIALS OF LOHBRIDGE CITY CQUNaL, WM. HENDERSON Mayer ALD. W. OLIVER, Agricultural CommittM, ALD. HATCH C. F. P. CONYBEARE Bwd .1 Tr-lt (IIH) Chairman of Immigration City Solicitor and President Board of Board of (IfN) Tradt Chairman of Industrial Commlttoe, of Board of (ItU) and ALD BOWHAM ALD, HUTTOfl C. M. ARNOLD CHy Enfinoor ALD. ADAM0 W. HOtlNtOfl ;