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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 WATERTON PARK Unspoiled mountain scenery and enough activities to keep the most active tourist busy Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains of southwest Alberta is the beautiful Waterton Lakes National Park Covering 203 square miles, the park joins with Glacier National Park in Montana to form the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park. The National Parks Act of 1930 specifies that National Parks are "dedicated to the people for their benefit, education and enjoyment" and must remain "unimpaired for future generations." Since the area was set aside as a National Park in 1895. these goals have been pursued by park officials, and the Waterton area today features unspoiled mountain scenery as well as some of the strangest geological formations anywhere. A distinctive red color in the rock in many areas of the park is caused by chemical changes resulting from variations in climate. As if the scenery surrounding the seven mile lake were not enough to keep visitors happy, there is just about every type o'f recreational activity one could ask for at various places in the resort. Hiking along the many developed nature trails in the park may provide the nature lover with an opportunity to observe bighorn sheep, deer, the Rocky Mountain goat, elk and moose, as well as a wide variety of bird life, in a natural habitat setting Of course, there are the bears, perennial tourist favorites despite their danger. Both black and grizzly bears can be seen in Waterton. hopefully at a distance. The bears usually stay at the higher elevations, but occasionally one may be spotted near the townsite In the lakes Iheniselvrs. native and stocked fish pike, whitefish and trout can be found There are also other water animals, such as beaver, muskrat and mink in the area. Aside from private fishing, boating and swimming in the lake, hiking, and simple camping, there is a wide variety of activities for the tourist to choose from. Field trips, caravans, and nature talks put on by park staff help visitors to learn more about the complex and interesting natural environment. A heated outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts in the town site plus a beautiful 18 hole golf course at the foot of Mount Crandell will keep sport enthusiasts happy. Daily boat rides take people down to the south end of the lake for a guided tour, and kids will be fascinated by the buffalo paddock along the highway north to Pincher Creek near the northern boundary of the park. The park has been criss crossed with hiking trails which really get one back into the wilds. Many lead to small mountain lakes which lie far from the beaten track For those who can't quite get away from it all there is a theatre in the townsite. which also has four hotels and eight motels for those who prefer the comfort of home on their holiday Right in the Waterton townsite is beautiful Cameron Falls, where Cameron Creek plummets down the rocks from the upper levels just before draining into the Upper Lake. Campsites dot the road for those who care to drive up into Red Rock Canyon, northwest of the town. Located in the Blakiston Valley, the area is so named because of the truly red character of the rock formations Another pretty drive can be enjoyed by going up through the mountains to Cameron Lake The steep highway may be tough on travellers with older cars, but the is well worth it There is a large campground at the Cameron Lake site where boats can be launched and hardy swimmers ran take on the chillv mountain lake ;