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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1914, Lethbridge, Alberta hejfyrih American continent. THE of the world have been turned, in these last towards a gang: of railroad builders in central British Columbia. These work- ers, with their great track laying ma- chines were busy forging the last steel link to complete a new transcontinen- tal railway system. Their work is now finished and a new and fabulously rich empire is laid open to development. It Is indeed the lost wonderland. British in addition to having- large tracts of arable t laad adapted for agricultural hofticul tural pursuits, stands out pre-eminent ly as the tourists and sportsman's Mecca, unsurpassed for the grandeur of scenery. This new railway runs lhroiigh._A. section of line province re- :plete "with wild natural Beauty. Snow- capped mountains -tower tHousandS'Of feet above, while all arofind, canyons with raging torrents, valley and: wood- land, are ever at .Jrn'er- Aals primitive -Indian villages, with totem poles standing in front as sen- tinels, mark the slow passhig of the, great race of red men, 'who for ceri- i turies held sway, but .who mow rou'. make way for the ever steady advance of the white settler who claims his heritage from soil that for has been The mineral resources are being rapidly _ and developed, the fisheries are_ recognized as best in the entire world. But if there were no resources of a mineral or agriiniHiirsl nature, th-ta section of British 'Columbia could count Itself rich by reason of the many vistas of surpassing loveliness-that it affcirds. Here you see the Rockies at thear best The first view of the Rockies, the Grand Trunk Pacific route, is had at the -MacLeod River, 123 miles west of Edmonton. This, view comprises the range the south of the At Prairie Creek, which is practically the entrance to the "lountain region, the railway runs high up on a ridge to the south side of the Albabaska river, and passengers are afforded one of the best views of the Athabasca valley and Instead sf undulating country with hills of a low altitude thi Trunk Pacific has moun- taans immediately o Rockies. The first of th' is reached at Bnile Lake, where to tiie west, on the opposite side of the lake, along which the railway runs Is seen a high range of mountains, th; principal one of which Is Sullrusi Mountain, rising from eight to ten thousand feet above. the Athabasca river, seven miles long, half a mile wide, ar.d a splendid view Is had from the grade. Seven, miles further.on Is Fiddle Creek, -with Folding Mountain rising u-bove thV valley to a height of about nine thousand feet, and on the north sido high nigged mountain; itanfi up boldly with vertical cliffs and steep rocky slopes. The Athabasca valley--is from one to two miles-wide at this point and raost beautiful. Con tinuing west, the the Athabasca. TFitft ranges of mountains rising to dizzy heights on both sides o: the grade. The pricipal mountains at 'h 3 point are Roche Miette on the east side and Roche Suette on the left side The derivation of Roche Miette ,is partly1 from tiie French and Cree In- dian language, Roche being French for and the word Miette, the Cree for Mountain and bear are found in goodly numbers in this vicinity and partridges abound in ihc-forest Hunt- ing, however, is not. allowed in Jas- per Park, and the regulations are strictly enforced by the Government Some Mountain Trails At this pclnt .there are a number of interesting trails that will alkrw who desire the change of exploring some of the mountain recesses One of these is the Miette trail _tha: takes-one weir up on the mountain, from which point of vantage, rnagni; 'cent views-of the Valley are had.' A grand view is had from here of Fiddle Crsek range, looking west, also Pyramid Mountain in the same direction, feet high, and to the east a long, seriated oeak range. Lcoking west from this point are also seen Jasper Lake, Fish Lake and Rocky River winding like silver thread through the country for miles. Jasper gradual doscent In elevation until sea level la reached, but'there la no fall- Ing off in'tht grandeur of tho scenery. The railways of America have enjoy ed the privilege o' opening up to tour ists antl travellers many new play grounds .but this srsat unsubdued al- pine wonderland of British Colum- bia challenges them nil for nupremacy The coupling up of the steel at Nac- hako Crossing" was an event that drew trom all er oentrii British Columbia. It is said fully spec- tators were oh hand. Dan .en miles. In the ilietta Valley ire a riumlHjr of small streams whizh teem with rainbnv trout ish are not large running from twelve to fifteen inches, but delicious eatlnr Reaching the summits, 24S miles west if Edmonton, ths line-crosses the bor- der from tht- "f Alhprtn ir d-the Province British Columbia. Tere the summit of the Yellcwhend is reached, and a small stream akes its rise running west to Yellow d while another stream flows east into' the Mietta River. Leaving the summit the first object of note is Yellowhead Lake, four miles long, with an average width of one mile and a halt The lake Is" s'.irr Jimded by lofty mountains on the soufri (the principal peak bein? Sloant PeaUe, feet al- titude) and on tho sortli -Ji-ile hilis. From Yellowhead Lake a small stream carries its waters into the Fraser River, the lake taking its rise from glaciers about twenty 'miles to aldaon. the and Vico- presidcnt of the line. Mr. Donaldson presented to Mr. Egan and Mr. Demp- sey a handsome gold wateii, uand'thN little ceremony caught tho fancy. oC the crowd, everybody breaking into ringing cheers. The last-mile of the track-laying was jade the racing section.. Ona-fcalf ale ts allutted to uicw Dun Dempsey was captain of the men from the west, while PJiil another brawny trail blazer, led the crew that Imd been from tho It Was certainly .proposition every entering Into the fine spirit of the .match..-while on tho part of the spectators.' excitement ran high. Bjran won by- seven time. 'He covered- the half-mile in forty-eight minutes, while pempaey'a time was fifty five minutes There was a scene of "great enthusi- asm when tho first tmln from AVlnni- ...j pulled into Prinze Rupert. This the officials who had beeii pro- sent at the linking'-jp of the. steel. Al- though the month .was "April-the1 wea-- thw-'was perfect and the. crowd were out in summer-garm. t was a day of historic significance for the Pa- cific Coasb City- Prince .Rupert, in appearance, is unlike any other com' muntty in Canada. .It Is a .constant of surprises to imuiiu Cruiii the plains or tiie oast. It emphasizes the romance and intrepid spirit of mod- ern enterprise. SCvcri years ago, the o-sted Mte is i fo e t THo has been magical. .long watei front represents no many miles of iml shipping Lofts smol c- slacks speak of drydock'arid cold stor- age plants. The construction, of i) fif- teen story hotel" is under .way- Princo Rupert throbs with life.. Electric lights khtui -Tni cibs ,pin alonj the avenues. It has paclU-d dc'veloymLr and solid achievement into the last five ami It !.s only commencing Not every cit7 can brag of an observn.- tiou place feet 'ligh. Prince Ru- pert can. .And it is a spacious place, too. H can accommadate thousands upon thousands of tourists ull at tlio same time. In fact this place of ob- servation is the top of a mountain that rests directly behind "ihc ..ownsite. Prince Rupert, maplike, seems almost at your feet. You note fourteen milew of daej) harbor, JL whole peninsula, a liewllderfng jumble of glaciers and for- ests away off, tcnvard Alnska. The mini with rod and li.fle need po no further than the SUeeim district. The cree'ri.s and lakes teek with trout. Bear, goat, wolves, sheen antl deer tho mountains. The river at this pcrfnt Is about 309 feet wide, with ,a swift Current of eight miles aln hour. Roche Miette, a. prominent rocky pinnacle, rears itself to the southwest and looms up in stately grandeur. This moan- tain is at an elevation of about feet, and Is seen'from Prairie CreeK, .about twenty miles distant After .leaving Prairie Creek the lino enters Jasper Park, the five thousand square niiles National Park reserved by the Dominion Government Xor the preser- vation of suine iiind for 'the" perpetual propagation of fish and game In that of the country. One .hundred and ninety-seven miles west of Edmonton the railway enters w3iat.Isiknown.oh the other.transcon- tinental railways in America, 'as the foothills, butrln connection with this tho country''the terjnMJs misnomer compared to Allis tiiat arc found on other 'transcontfneritaKroad, Lake, nestling in the valley surround- ed by. high mountains, is five milts long and one mile wide. About 225 miles west of Kdmonton to the right of the railway is ?ecn Colin. Range, high rocky mountains with pro- minent A fow is also seaii PyramU Peak, feet hish. A few miles further on the Snarllntr River rushes down ihe moun- tain sides and empties Jnto the Atha- basca Rfvor. About six mll-a from the mouth of this rli-or is an fntwestlng canon, the walls of whim are about 200 and the gorge not more than 20 feet TvMe. Ths stream rushes through the chasm with a-picturesque fall-oi! thirty feet. The of the Athabasca and tlio Mletta River Is reached about 240 miles weat of Kdmonton. The grade runs along .the'brow of tho hill on the north slibre of the .Mbtte with high mountains towering up to tho the south. This prand stream down throuffh British Columbia for -a distance of nearly onf: thousavid miles.- Mount Robson. "Great mountain's arc, on every hand, but above all- stands'' AH'. Robson Peak, a giant amongst .slants, and immeasur- ably supreme. The following descrip- tion is taken f.-oni a report tho Geo- graphical Survey of Canada isued In 108: "Wlien wa' first caught sight of it, a shroud mist partially enveloped the summit, but .this presently rolled away. and we saw 'Us iipper 'portion' dimmed I by a necklace of feathery clouds, be- yond which its pointed apes of ice glttterlus in the morn'lng un shot up far into the blue heaven above. The top of the mountain is usually completely hidden and rarely, Indeed, is it ;een entirely free from clouds. The actual height of tiie peak ts feet." Although .Uobson Peuk has been lony knojvn its height had never been mined until recently, nor was it sup- posed to be particularly notable in that respect, but now since tlio height of were considered to tie thc'lhighcst in Canada have been proved exaggerated, Alt. Robsan has the'dis- tinction of being the highest known peak in thn Canadian liocky Mountains and will be owing to its magnificent surroundings, one of the gVeatest At- tractions of the Grand Trunk Pacific for tourists and nlplno clIniberH, find-as mountain climber who has "niado two attempts .to oscanij. thlo-moiintaiii, has Said. Will the'.wprfd." The of access, wltliln a few miles of -the, rail- way track. And so tho wontltj 'his 'wiay alone towarJa tho ndssinj; peak after peak, the tho great rivers of the north, tho Ncciiako, Bulkiey, Fraser and Slcccna, From Hazel ton to Prlnca Rupert, there Is a and rhfi Egan headed ;Jio two atocl- laylng crows and each was ambitious to bo tlio winner, However, both ISg'an managed to reach there firat but each trow received oqimf honors Croni tho liunilrcds of spe.ctdtora' and at tho hands of 'Mr- Tvlorlcy Dnn- ronm the hills. Wild fowl 'Abound. The mountains cliiillcngo tho climber. The countless in and bays bccltpn, tiie boatmen. The man with tho cam- era finds wluit .ho la looking for, Tt IB a fitting torrn'miH to the great accnlc line, ;