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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta l-AGl 18 Naturalist's Dreamland At Waterloo. Waterton Lakes National Park, in the southwest corner of Alberta, is a naturalist's dreamland. The 203 square miles of un- disturbed wildlife ill the rugged Rocky Mountains otter some of the best camping, fishing and scenery to be found in North America. Although the park is open all year, the main townsite of VYaterton offers modern facili- ties only from May to Septem- ber. There are four campsites available to the public. The main one, complete with kit- chens, washroom facilities and a trailer area, is located at the south end of the town- site. Cameron Lake, Grand c 11 Mountain and Belly River are the locations of smaller camp- ing areas. Camping fees arc a day for an unserviced site, a day for a site with electricity and for a site with individ- ual water, electrical and sew- age services. Shops line the main street of the town offering anything from beadwork to cotton candy. Restaurants are nu- merous and prices are aver- age for a resort. A spectacle that will stay in the minds of many people when they return home is the far famed Prince of Wales Hotel, high on the hill over- looking the blue waters of Walerton Lake. For boat enthusiasts, motor boating is great on Waterlou Lake and Maskincnge Lake, just to the north. Floating docks and_ launching facilities are provided but all boats Air, Road And Rail Serve Gty Lethbridge is served by all modern transportation methods for both people and supplies. CP Rail serves Letlibridge with freight and express cargo transportation and there is a daily dayliner for passenger service east or west. Time Airways Ltd. serves all of Alberta from Lethbridge with six flights daily in and out of the city. Full bus coverage is provided by Canadian Coachways Sys- tem, Greyhound Bus Lines, Car- dinal Coachlinos, Lethbridge Northern Bus Lines and a num- ber of local companies. Car rental service is avail- able. Major Source The Rocky Mountain Forest Reserve, besides being an im- portant tourist area and hunt- icg ground, is also a major source of water for the prairies. Together with Wate r t o n, Banff and a portion of Jasper National Parks, the reserve supplies most of the water in the South Saskatchewan River. This water is vital to the semi arid regions of the plains for irrigation, power and do- mestic or industrial use. must carry proper safety equipment and conform with federal navigation regulations. For those who do not have their own boats, a variety of. boats may he rented. A more subdued boating excuirs ion could consist of a seven mile cruise in a large launch to the American end of the lake. Commercial launch rates are for adults and far chil- dren. An ambling 18 hole golf course is located two and one half miles north of the town- site on a plateau surrounded on three sides by towering .snow- capped mountains. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with green fees 54 daily. Any hardy swimmers are challenged to use the lakes but for most the water which is provided by glaciers is much too cold. The .modern heated pool in the townsite proves more templing to most swim- mers and there is also a sep- arate wading pool for tiny tots. In addition to the park wild- life of black bear, grizzly bear, cougar, elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats, a small herd of plains bison is maintained in a pad- dock near the north park en- trance. Plant life is especially in- teresting because the park is located in the transition zone between the prairie and moun- tain hie zone. Plants found usu- ally on either the prairies or mountains may be seen grow- ing abundantly throughout the park. There are more than 100 miles of well kept trails for hiking or riding and many areas are within a day's walk. Cameron Falls in the south- west corner of the townsite is probably one of the town's most visited sites. Spilling over the sharp bank which was caused by the one-time Water- ton glacier, it is a scintillating colorama. Cameron Lake is located nine miles southwest of the townsite and is accessible over the Akamina Highway. There are camping facilities and boating is allowed. Red Rock Canyon Is another popular side trip. The deep- gorged canyon reveals a spec- tacular display of rust, pink and ruby rocks. It is located 10 miles northwest of the town- site. Well kept trails lead visi- tors into a wilderness of beauty. Each visitor entering the park is required to buy either a or (with trailers) li- cence which will permit tliat vehicle to enter all Canadian National Parks for an unlimit- ed number of times from April 1 to March 31, a 12 month period. Rules pertaining to the park include: arms must be sealed and seals ?re provided free oi charge at the park entrance. birds, animals, wildlife, trees, rocks and fossils are to remain undisturbed as it is a preserve. may be kindled only in fireplaces and be prop- erly extinguished. and pets are to be kept under control and dogs on a leash as a protection to wildlife. persons climb ing a mountain must register with the district park warden indi- cating their proposed route and duration of climb. RUGGED ROCKIES CRADLE WATERTON PARK KW IETHBRME WHCOMK YOU! MAKE LYLE'S YOUR VACATION HEADQUARTERS See Bob or Eva For a complete line of FISHING HUNTING T CAMPING I AND SPORTS EQUIPMENT Bob Ocimulh Eva Deimuth GUARANTEED LOWEST PRICES BIG THINGS ARE HAPPENING AT LYLE'S WE SELL ALBERTA FISHING LICENCES ;