Edition 6: July 4, 2001
In our sixth issue, the Bed and Breakfast Traveller takes you to Waterton, Alberta, a picturesque region that is home to the world's first International Peace Park. Rolling prairies, majestic mountain ranges, nature trails teeming with plant and animal life, and warm hospitality make Waterton a necessary stopover for nature lovers or those who just enjoy a relaxing vacation.
In 1858, an explorer named Lt. Thomas Blakiston, upon beholding Waterton, called it, "grand and picturesque", with "mountains of curious shapes and magnificent cliffs." He named the lakes after the 18th century British naturalist Charles Waterton. The Waterton Lakes National Park, together with Glacier National Park in nearby Montana, united officially in 1932 to become the world's first International Peace Park.
Remington Carriage Ride
The Waterton Area is a beautiful part of Southwestern Alberta. It is where the prairies meet the mountains. Some places to visit include Waterton Lakes National Park, Castle Mountain Ski Resort, Remington-Alberta Carriage Center in Cardston, one of Canada's best collections of horse-drawn carriages and sleighs, and the museums of Pincher Creek and Cardston. Area activities include skiing, hiking, golfing, and sight-seeing. Annual events include the Castle Mountain Ski Festival, Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Pincher Creek, and fairs and rodeos in Cardston and Pincher Creek.
Enjoy a shoreline cruise on the Waterton Lake, and take the family for a swim at Red Rock Canyon, with its tall sheets of argilite rock reddened by iron oxidization. Children in particular will enjoy the bison paddock to the northwest of Waterton. Nature enthusiasts will want to hike along the region's multitude of trails and possibly catch a glimpse of a deer, bighorn sheep, wolf, eagle, and even a grizzly bear. In winter, the same surroundings offer cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and skating opportunities.
Among the scheduled festivities and events for summer 2001 are the following:
July 1 - Canada Day Celebrations in Pincher Creek and Waterton Park
July 1-22 - A.Y. Jackson Art Exhibit in Pincher Creek
July 4-7 - Southern Alberta Summer Games in
July 21 - Parks Day at Waterton Park
July 21 and 22 - Kite Festival in Pincher Creek
August 4 and 5 - 14th Annual Show at Heritage Acres near Pincher Creek
August 9-11 - Fair and Rodeo in Cardston.
August 17-19-Fair and Rodeo in Pincher Creek
August 17-19 - Antique Auto Show in