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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta West Castle area ideal for outdoor fun The country around West Castle Resort, 28 miles south- east of Pincher Creek, has been credited with having everything necessary for ideal outdoor recreation. That assessment came late Ihis summer from about 50 stu- deoLs and several staff mem- bers of the Letbbridge Commu- nity College outdoor recreation program based at the resort. THREE SESSIONS The LCC summer program consisted of three two week sessions. Course partici- pants spent the first few days el the session on short trail rides and backpacking tripe, then they wire given the choice of participating in a week-long (rail ride or packing trip. Those on the horse trip trav- elled about 75 miles In a cir- cuit from West Castle Resort, to the head waters of the Flat- head River in British Columbia and back to the resort. The backpackers travelled to UK far end of Waterloo Lake and returned to the town of Waterton by the cruise ship from a ranger station cabin on the lake's shore in Montana. The highlight of the backpac- kers' trip was a climb to the top of Mt. McDonald, where they signed and dated a guest book left in 1965. FANTASTIC Buck Cunningham, an LOC recreation and conservation in- structor, said "the area around West Castle is fantastic as often as I come back, as often I take trips into the beck country I'm always amazed to continually discover different things." Reaction to the West Castle based outdoor recreation has al- ways been stated In terms of awe for the beauty of the area and vows to return next year. The LOC course has been based at West Castle resort for the past three years. TOOK PART Among those taking part ID the third session of the three- part course were a chartered accountant, his wife and their 16-year-old son. John, Marion and Andy Cuth- bertson, of Red Deer, all agreed that the backpacking trip was the only way to spend a holi- day. Mrs. Cuthbertson flatly stat- ed she would rather follow wilderness trail than a tourist but she added anyone set upon taking the backpacking course had better start some sort of physical train- ing program well in advance because the "exercise is pretty strenuous." Mr. Cuftbertson felt the course and the experience in the wilderness with the LCC staff members as guides and Instructors expanded his hori- zons more than he ever could have thought possible. FROM EAST Andy was amazed the in- dependence stressed in the course and was happy to' see that in the wilderness with everyone working together there really isn't a generation gap- Chants! Levesque and Alain Roche, both of Montreal, felt that the West Castle surround- ings and the LCC course were a very good way for people to learn to communicate better with others and appreciate. more the differences in ways of life between Eastern and Western Canada. They both took the backpack trip. DEVELOPMENT Future West Castle develop- ment in the field of outdoor recreation may well mean the development of hiking and rid- ing trails, as well as a stable of Dan McKlm, West Castle Re- sort manager, also hinted a par- three golf course, tennis courts and other facilities may be in the offing to increase the poten- tial of the resort on a year- round basis. "Tourism should be consider- ed a major industry in .southern Alberta and I hope that ade- quate development of West Castle Resort to a year-round facility will prove a benefit to all the other business that de- pends on the tourist dollar as a source of said Mr. McKim. LAS VEGAS TOUR NOVEMBER 18th (Transportation ond Accommodations) DECEMBER 26th DISNEYLAND... (Transportation and Accommodations) BOOK NOW AS TICKETS ARE SELLING FASTI WEST CASTLE SKI BUS EVERY SUNDAY (IN SEASON) NORTHERN BUS TOURS PHONE 327-3536 LETHBRIDCE, AITA. Town Meorfed pBtienoNy by F. Kolch of a trail ride WRONGLY-NAMED The century plant of Mexico, go-named because it was be- lieved H had to live 100 years before It bloomed, actually blooms in about 25 years, and Immediately after blooming dies. ABC CONFECTIONERY OPEN A.M. TO 10 P.M. TOBACCO SOfT DRINKS GROCERIES MAGAZINES ROYAL BANK DOWNTOWN P1NCHER CREEK SKI RENTALS For BEGINNERS and INTERMEDIATE SKIERS Check Our Low Prices On Seasonal Rentals 'SKIING IS NOT AS COSTLY AS YOU THINK' WOODS FIBREGLAS METALS JACKSON BROS. HARDWARE MAIN STREET PINCHER CREEK PHONE 627-3222 EVEN IN SEPTEMBER SKI SCENE KNOWS BEST! PRESEASON SKI SALE NOW IN PROGRESS us also for if BEN PEARSON ARCHERY TRAINING SUITS if BROWNING ARCHERY if SPALDING HOCKEY if SPEEDO SWIM SUITS ADIDAS SPORT SHOES 10-SPEED BICYCLES HIKING BACK PACKS SKI SCENE SPORTS COLLEGE MALL LETHBRIDGE ;