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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta WATER SPORT ONE OF ALBERTA'S MANY RECREATIONS Lakes And Mountains Beckon Visitors By MAUGAHET UICKHUIIST Herald Staff Writer With lakes, mountains, camp- grounds and sporting facilities in abundance, southern Alber- is vacationland. A short tour through some of tlie interesting post spots proves fascinating. H we start from Lethbridge, we might spend a day touring (lie local museum named for Sir Alexander Gait, founder of the coal industry on which tetnbridge was built. Then we could take in the Nikka Yuko Centennial Gar- den, Lethbridge and southern Alberta's tribute to Japanese- Canadian friendship which is Nikka Yuko means. Nearby the garden, is Hen- derson Lake, offering fishing, boating and swimming within the city. Swimming is not al- lowed in the lake but in the large "ainily-style heated pool at the lake's edge, complete with grass banks for sunbath- ing. Moving west out of the city io Fort Macleod, historic cen- tre of Hie North West Alounted Police, we might snap some pictures of the CP Rail's high- level bridge spanning the cou- lee of the Oldman River valley. The .ising 307 feet from the valley floor and more than a mile long, .is the longest trestle bridge for its height in world. At the base of Uie bridge on the cast side of the river, is Indian Battle Park, a rugged park area on the site of the last Indian battle in the area be- tween the Blackfeet and tlie Crees. A cairn in the area marks the site of the first coal mining along the banks of tlie Oldman Iliver. Lcthbridge was original- ly called Coal Banks. In Fort Macleod we'll visit the Fort which in recent years, has lieen restored with such authenticity one feels as if he were living at the time of the Norli West Mounted Poliefl when o.. James M -'Icod and his detachment were in res- idence. The recent addition of diorama takes a long time to view and to get a good picture of what-life was'like'tn the years between 1874 and we must allow several hours there. Later we'll drive up through the Crowsnost Pass, through towns like Coleman. Blairrnore, and on through into the eastern area of British Columbia. The area is a scenic delight, with mountains on both sides of the highway. The Pass is now one of the foremost strip-mining in- dustrial areas of the world, but for tourism it has much to offer in recreational activities. Circling back into Alberta again, we must; stop at the Frank slide. This is an historic site mark- ed with a monument to com- memorate the citizens of this little town who were buried alive when the top of Turtle Mountain slid down and rolled over the countryside, burying forever everything in its path. The disaster occurred in 1903 and created world-wide shock and interest. More than 100 people were lost in the disas- ter. Even if tiiis site were not well marked one could tell, from tlie huge slabs of lime- stone on either side of the mountain, that some precarious incident of nature had taken place. To the viewer, the silent .surroundings seem incompati- ble now with the crashing and roaring that must have taken place for a brief time those many years past. At Cardston, on our way to Waterton Lakes, we will see the famous Mormon Temple on the outskirts of the town. It is situated in an area where early Mormon settlers took refuge after their long his- toric wagon journey from Utah. On the drive to Waterton Lakes National Park we will pass through typical Alberta randi country, and on either side of the highway are herds ot fine cattle. Suddenly we're back into (ha mountains again, at the edge of Uie Waterton Lakes National Park, This well known area is a paradise for hikers, fishermen, and campers. There ate boat trips daily down the nine-mile lake; and if one is interested HI wildlife, there ore buffalo and deer in enclosures, -After a picnic at Waterton we can set off for Writing-on-stone, not too far from the American border, on the Coutts highway. This is an unique area where purportedly, Indians carved messages into the sandstone of the hills. No one knows what the messages say, but everyone can do some personal interpret- ing. Wind and weather erosion have left stark sandstone pillars jutting for miles in the valley of the Milk River, A tour of the extensive area of southern Alljerta certainly can't be done in one day. Three f.r' foui' days would Ix: perhaps a weekend, but actual- ly a full week would be better, To camp in Waterton, fish ia tlie Crowsnest, prowl through Fort Macleod is a good way to spend a holiday. But, it should never be rushed. Enjoy Luxury for Less at the I PARK PLiZA B 0 B B B B B B B B B B B B MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE and AVE. S. B 5 0 UTHBRidGE Offering with Pride the Following Facilities Now 68 luxurious guest rooms Elevoior service to all floors Catering facilities for 750 guests Fully air conditioned for your comfori lounging sundeck overlooking beautiful Henderson lake end the Japanese Gordons Lethbridge's Centennial Project 5 minutes from downtown lethbridge Close to Henderson lake Swimming Pool golf course Restful background music throughout "Coffee House" open from 6 a.m. till 1 a.m. Nightly entertainment in the Embassy Dining lounge Cabaret each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening We Specialise in BANQUETS CLUB FUNCTIONS WEDDING RECEPTIONS SALES MEETINGS COMPANY DINNERS CONVENTIONS PHONE 328-2366 FOR RESERVATIONS "CATERING TO YOUR COMFORT IN EVERY WAY" 9 I ;