Trail Canada Newsletter
Issue 13.0 - 17 October, 2007

Hubble bubble its another newsletter! Hallowe'en is coming in just a couple of weeks so we've prepared a few ideas for things to do. In this issue we have an exclusive article about Waterton Lakes National Park, the site of Brokeback Mountain and we look to Winnipeg as the seasons change.

In this issue:

Waterton Lakes National Park, the real Brokeback Mountain

Rodin and Hiking: A Winnipeg Winter

Halloween Inspiration


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Waterton Lakes National Park, the real Brokeback Mountain

By Jan Westell, Trail Canada

When rolling prairie meets a wall of majestic mountains that surround a pristine lake, the view is nothing short of spectacular. That’s the landscape that greets visitors, long before they arrive at Waterton Lakes National Park. The overland route to the park takes travellers through Southern Alberta foothill country, scenic ranch land that was chosen as a film site for the 2005 feature film: Brokeback Mountain.

Apart from the majestic backdrop, Waterton Lakes National Park is also an environmental and geographic gem, which qualified the park as a bisophere reserve in1979, by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Waterton was designated a World Heritage Site in1995 by UNESCO partly because of the park’s biosphere reserve status and also because of its historic cultural partnership. That was related to a 1932 partnership, when Waterton was designated an International Peace Park, with Montana’s Glacier National Park just south of the border.

Yet Waterton Lakes National Park is more than a scenic and environmental wonder, where mountain sheep and deer are commonly found in the town site. But what makes Waterton truly enticing is that little has changed in the past 50 years. Apart from minor physical changes, commercial development has been largely discouraged, in a park that is almost 100 years old. The Canadian Rockie’s most southern park is also removed from the well-trodden international tourist trail, which has caused Banff and Jasper to lose some of its lustre with those who prefer a more rustic experience.

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Rodin and Hiking: A Winnipeg Winter

By Susan Huebert, Trail Canada

The nights are frosty and the cooler days now vastly outnumber the warm ones. In lakes and ponds, the ducks and geese are gathering, and occasionally a “V” of birds passes overhead. Signs of the end of summer are multiplying, and classes are in full swing for students of all ages. In Winnipeg, as in many other Canadian cities, fall is a time when people return from their summer travel to settle down for another season, getting back to the daily routines they put on hold for the warm summer months. Yet there are still many events to attract visitors to Manitoba’s capital city in the fall and winter months; for activities ranging from sports to bird-watching to attending concerts, Winnipeg is the place to be in the coming season.

Honking geese flying in formation, quacking ducks that whistle by as they flap their short wings furiously, and birds of all sizes and colours gathering to prepare for their fall migration is a sight to behold. Bird watchers may wish to take advantage of the unique opportunities the Winnipeg area provides for watching the spectacle. Just a twenty-minute drive north of Winnipeg is Oak Hammock Marsh, an area of wetlands where birds gather by the thousands to prepare for their long trek. With vast areas of open marshlands and an interpretive centre providing information on the birds or a place to warm up, Oak Hammock Marsh is good place for nature-lovers to visit. For those who prefer to stay in the city, Fort Whyte Centre in the southern end of Winnipeg is a good alternative. Guided hikes and lakeside dinners to watch the gathering flocks of birds will appeal to many visitors. Another place for nature lovers to visit is Birds Hill Provincial Park, just a short drive north of Winnipeg, where hiking, cross country skiing, and camping are among the activities available to visitors.

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Halloween Inspiration

By Darren Susin and James Shearer, Trail Canada

Who doesn't love Hallowe'en? What, with all the candy and costumes and spooky creatures, it's one of my favourite events of the year. When else is one allowed to dress absolutely crazy and place all the blame on tradition? If you're looking to get spooked before the 31st, we've searched out some festivities! We've listed only a handful of ideas; but hopefully, if you're unable to get to one of these events, you've got your own spooky evenings planned!

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See you on the trail,

James Shearer
Trail Canada Editor

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