Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 09/01/2014

Photo taken on August 27, 2014

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Waterton Lakes National Park
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taken from near Prince of Wales Hotel

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Layers of blue

Layers of blue
This photo was taken from in front of the unique Prince of Wales Hotel, high up above Waterton Lake. I've always loved this view with its layers of fading blue mountains. On the right hand side, you can see part of the town of Waterton, where friends, Cathy and Terry, and I, stayed for two nights on 26 and 27 August 2014. This park is about 276 km south of Calgary and roughly a three hour drive. During the time we were there, we explored all four drives in the area: the Akamina Pathway that leads to Cameron Lake; the Red Rock Parkway; the Chief Mountain Highway which takes you up to the US/Canada Customs; and the Bison Paddocks. This was a driving trip, not a hiking trip - which is just as well, as a young woman was attacked by a Cougar on one of the trails!

For details about what we saw during this three-day trip, including Black Bears, Bison, Yellow-bellied Marmots, and one very scary storm that engulfed us (apparently it was a Mesocyclone), check this link for a previously posted photo.

"In 1932, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park was formed from Waterton and Glacier. It was dedicated to world peace by Sir Charles Arthur Mander on behalf of Rotary International. Although the park has a lot of diversity for its size, the main highlight is the Waterton lakes—the deepest in the Canadian Rockies—overlooked by the historic Prince of Wales Hotel National Historic Site.

In 1979, Waterton and bordering Glacier National park in the US were designated as World Biosphere reserves, preserving mountains, prairie, lakes and freshwater wetlands ecosystems. Habitats represented in the parks' range include: prairie grasslands, aspen grove forests, alpine tundra/high meadows, lower subalpine forests, deciduous and coniferous forests.

The park is part of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, designated as World Heritage Site in 1995 for their distinctive climate, physiographic setting, mountain-prairie interface, and tri-ocean hydrographical divide. They are areas of significant scenic values with abundant and diverse flora and fauna"

This is the Labour Day weekend - I think almost everyone is busy as only nine photos from Contacts have appeared on my photostream today. Hope your weather is as sunny as it is here. Please drive safely if out on the roads.