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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1914, Lethbridge, Alberta theflorih American conibent. THE eyes of the world have been tunned, in these last few days, 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 sysiem. Their work is now and a new and fabulously rich empire is laid open to "development. It is indsed the last wonderland. Bri tish Columbia, in addition having large tracts of arable _ laad adapted for agricultural and horticul- tural pursuits, stands out pre-eminent- ly as the tourists and sportsman's Mecca, unsurpassed for the grandeur of Its scenery. This net? railway runs through a section of the province re- plete with wild natural beauty. Snow- capped mountains -tower thousands' oC feet above, while all arodnd, canyons _ -With rasing' torrents, valley and wood- land, are ever passed, while at inter- vals primitive -Indian villages, with totehv poles standing In .front as sen- tinels, mark the slow pass'ng of the ijreat race of red men, who for cen- turies held sway, but .who now must make way for the ever steady advance of: the who claims his heritage from the. fertile soil: that for 'centuries has boon undisturbed. The mineral resources are hems rapidly and satisfactorily developed, whereas fisheries are recognized as the besi In the entire world. But if there were no resources'of a mineral or agricultural nature, .this section of British Columbia could count Itself rich by reason of the many vistas loveliness-that it .affords... Here you see the Rockies at their best The first view of the Rockies, on the Grand Trunk Pacific route, is had at the MacLeod River, 123 miles west of Edmonton. This, x-iew comprises th? range the south of the At Prairie Creek, which is practically the entrance to the mountain region, the railway runs high up oil a ridge to the south side of the Athabaska river, passengers are afforded one of the best views of the Athafcasca valley and Instead of undulating country with hills of a low altitude th Grand Trunk Pacific has rnoiin tains immediately the Rockies. The first of thes Is reached at Brule Lake, -where to the west, on tha opposite side of th lake, along which the railway runs is seen a higrh range of th principal one of which Is Bullrus! Mountain, rising from eight to ten thousand feet above the Athabasca river, seven miles long, half a. mile an.d a splendid view Is had from the grade. Seven mUes further on is Fiddle Creek, -with. Folding Mountain rising1 above the valley to a height ol arbour nine thousand feet, and on the north side high rugged mountains stand up boldly with vertical cliffs am steep rocky slopes. The Athabasca valley is from cue tp-two ndles wide at this point and most beautiful. Con tinning west, the railway follows the Athabasca, with ranges of mountains rising to d'zsy heights on both sides of the grade. The priclpal mountains at this point are Roche Miette on side and the Jeft.side The derivation of Roche Miette .Is partly from the French and Cree Tn- dJan language. Roche being French for 'rock" and the word Miette, the Cree 'or Mountain sheep and bear are-found lit goodly numbers in this vicinity and partridges abound J.E the forest; Hunt- Ing, however, is. not allowed in per Park, -and .the regulations are strictly enforced by the Government guardians. Some Mountain Trails. At this pcint there. -TJ-e a number of interesting trailstliat will allow those who desire the change of exploring some of the mountain recesses. One of these Is the Ro-ihe Miette trail thaf :p_5 -mm -well, un on the mountain, from which point of vantage, magni- ficent views of the Athabasca Valley are had. A grand view is had from here of Fiddle range, looking west, also Pyramid Mountain in the same direction, feet high, and to the east a long, seriated oeak range. Looking west from this point are also seen Jasper Lake, Pish Lake and Rocky River winding like silver thread through tha country for milas. Jasper I gradual. descent !n elevation until sea iavel is reached, hut1 (here is no fall Ing off in the grandeur of the scenery. The railways of America have enjoy PC! the privilege of opening up to tour- ists and travellers many new play grounds but this unsubdued a] pine wonderland of British Coluih bia challenges.them all for nupromac> The coupling up of the steel at Nee hako Crossing-'w-as anievent that drew people from all -over Icentral British Columbia. It is said fully spec tators were oh hand, Dan Dempsey Orv Trail south, and now enters the main of the RTCKV Mountains. Prominent among the peaks is Mt.; 'oet .altitude, and whi-za can be sean .n grinrteur to the .south some :en miles. In the MJetts Vr.lley th? ire a' number of' small streams TVhten simply teem with rainhiw trout. ThJ isli are not large ninnJag from twelve o fifteen inches, but delicious eating teaching the summits, 24S miles if Edmonton, the lino-crosses the bor- der from the Province of Alberta" in Province .of British Columbia. Here the summit of the Yellowhead Pass is reached, anO a small stream akes Its rise runnincr west to Tellow ;ead Lake, whil-; another stream flows ast Into' the River. Leaving le summit the first objocl of note is "eilowhead Lake, four miles long, with n average width of one milft'-antl a alf. The lake is snrrjimrtcd by lofty nountains on the south (the principal eak Mount TeeUe. feet al- lude) and on the north sMe by high lills. From yellowhead Laks a small stream carries its into the Fraser River, the lake taking its rise from glaciers about twenty miles to al the Goiipnl Manager and Vico- president the line Mr Donaldson P MV sey a handsome gold wuteti, and thin littlo ceremony caught tho: fancy, of the crowd, everybody v breaking Into ringing cheers, The Jast.milc of the track-laying was made the racing section. One-halt mile was allotted to each crew.1 Dun Dempsey was captain of the men from the west, while Phil Efian, another brawny. trail blazer. lod the crew that hid been from the east It was certainly a "sporting proposition every workingman entering- Into tho fine spirit of the match, while on tho part of the spectators.' wxcitehient ran high. Egan won by- seven time. He covered the half-mile .in forty-eight minutes, while pempsey's Lins-was flftyfive minutes. There was great enthusi- asm when the first tr.iln from- Winni- peg pulled into. Prinne. Rupert. This 'carried the officials who had beeii pre- sent at the Unking" Up of the steel. Al- though the month was April the wea- ther was perfect and tho. crowd were out in their summer garm. was a day of historic significance for the Pa- cific Cowsii City-, Prince .Rupert, in appearance, is unlike any other com- munity in Canada. It Is a constant succession oC to anyone from. the plains or the east. It emphasizes the romance and intrepid spirit of mod- ern enterprise." 'Seven years ago, the ragged site was a, Tho changn been magical. The, long' water- front represents so many imlca of wharres" and shipping. .Lofty 'smoke- stack.1; speak of drydock'and .cold stor- age plants. Tile construction of a fif- teen story hole! is under way. Princu Rupert throbs with life. Electric lights glitter. Tnxi-calis spin along the widu avenues. It has pnckeil. development and solid achievement into the last five years and It is only commencing. Not every city can brag of an observa- tion place feet 'ligh. Prince Ru- pert .And it is a spacious place, too. H can accommodate thousands upon thousands of tourists nil at tho same time. In fact this place uf ob- servation is the top of a mountain that rests directly behind the .ownsite. Prince Rupert, mapMke, scoma almoKl? nt your feet. You note fourteen mileH of deep harbor, a whole peninsula, a, i'.dcring jumble of glaciers and for- ests away off toward Alaska. The rnan with rod and rifle need go no further than the Skeenn. district. The creeks and Jakes- tcok with trout. Bear, goal, wolves, sliaep unU deer N the mountains. The river at this point Is about 300 wide, with s. swiJtj current of eight miles ain hour. Roche Miette, a proininsnt rocky pinnacle, rears Its'elf to the 'southwest and UD in stately grandeur. This moun- tain is at an elevation of about feet, a-nd Is seen'from Prairie Creek, about twenty .miles distant. After leaving Prairie Creek the line enters Jasper Park, the five thousand square miles National Park reserved by the Dorii'nlon for. the preser- vaOoir-'of for the propagation, df that section of the country. <-Ono hundred and nlnety-acyfw mi lea west! of EdmoTiton the enter? fphat'is known oh the other.transcon- tinental railways "the foothills, but ?in Connection', section of tho country Is a- mlsnomor compared to ,hjJls''that are found OD other .roads; Lake, nestling in the valley surround- ed by high mountains, is five miles; ing and one mile wide. About 22B .miles west of Edmonton to the right of the railway Is tfeen Colin. Range, high rocky mountains with pro- minent peaks: A miles further on Is also seeii PyramU Peak, feet high. A few miles further on the Snarling River rushes c'own ihe moun- tain sides and empties Into the Atha- basca River. About six mllia from the of this river ia an !ntereating canon, the walls of .whish are about 200 feet-high, and the gorge not more than 20 feet wide. stream rushes through the chasm wllli a picturesque thirty feet The confluence of the Athabasca and the Mletto River is reached about 240 miles west of Kdmonton. The grade runs alonu the brow of therhliron tho north shore of the Mibtte River; with h towering up to tho IV old the south. This river is a grand stream flowing down through British Columbia for.a-distance of nearly one thousand miles.- Ir Mount Robson. every hand, but above all-stands Alt. Rqbaon 1'eak, a giani and Immeasur- ably suprame. '_Thc'following descrip- tion Is taker; fronVa report tho Geo- graphical Survey of Canatla Isued in "U'licn we flfat caught slfrlit It, a shroud of mist partially enveloped tho summit, but this rolled away, and we saw its iipper nofdon dimmovl by a necklace of feathery ciouds, be- yond which its pointed apex of ice, glittering in tho morning j jun shot up far into the blue he ven above. The top oC the) mountain is usually completely hidden amd rarely, indeed, is It seen entirely free from clouds. The actual height of the peak is feet." Although Robson .Pertk has been long itii height had never been deter- mined until rccentiy, nor was it sup- posed to be particularly notable in that respect, but now since tho height of other mountains in the Royfcies which were considered to be In Canada have beon proved to exaggerated, Mt. Robsan has the .'dis- tinction oC beins: the highest known peak in the Canadian Rocky Mountalna and will be owing tu its magnificenl surroundings, ono of tho greatest qt- tractlona of the "Grand. Trunk .'Pacific for tourists and alpine cllmbera, and-as one mountain climber two attempts to ascand- tit In-mountain, has said, fit will be tlia sbpwi'placo-of ths'.T.-srl'd." Tho mountainj-ls.easy oC access, within a few miles ofLtho rail way track. And so tho traveller weotlg his way along the J'ocffic pusami, w peak nXter pfiftk, along the banks, of -tliu groat rivers of tho north, t'io Ncchako, Bulltloy, Fraaer and Skeena, From Hazolton to Prince Rupert, there Is a and Phil Kgan headed tho two steel- laying crews and each was ambitious to bo tiio winner., However, both couldn't .win, Egaii manajrod to reach thbro first but each rrew received equal honors froni tho hundredH of and at tho hands Morlcy Oon- ronm the hliis. Wild fowl abound. Tiio mnimtnhi9 chnllongo tho climber. Tho countless and bays bccltop tho boatmen. The man wttii the cam- era finds whiit.ho Is lookliiK for. It a fitting tcrmlnua to the groat accnio ;