Friday, August 14, 2009

Waterton News

PARKS Community Bulletin - Blakiston Valley Project Open House

In Brief:
§ The public is invited to an

Open House in the park on
Saturday, August 29th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
@ Waterton Park Community Centre (former school.)

The purpose of the Open House is to inform people about current concepts
and options for the Blakiston Valley Project. Information exhibits will
focus on presenting several conceptual options for a proposed
welcome/orientation area at the beginning of the road and on final concepts
for improvements in the Red Rock Canyon area.

Waterton Lakes National Park is receiving $3.0M over the next two years as
part of the federal Accelerated Infrastructure Project to make important
improvements to visitor facilities in the Blakiston Valley, including the
popular Red Rock Canyon area. Preliminary planning work for this project is
already well advanced, with construction proposed for the summer of 2010.

This investment will contribute significantly to visitors’ experiences as
they travel through the Blakiston Valley, considered to be Waterton’s
signature ‘Where the Mountains Meet the Prairie’ experience.

For Further Information:
Jim Lambe
Blakiston Valley Project Manager

If you were making improvements or self-guided trail signs, what type of information or features would you add?


At 8/14/2009 10:20:00 PM , Blogger sigob said...

I would love to see them get rid of the pilon in the bridge going to the Church camp. It is a total log trap and makes kayaking Blakiston creek a bit more unpredictable. However the money to do this really wouldn't be worth it.

I would also love to see a sign or two on the roadway indicating that slow drivers should use the pullouts to let people pass.

At 8/14/2009 10:21:00 PM , Blogger sigob said...

Maybe a sign or two about scrambling would also be good. I know Devil's tower has a climbing exhibit. Similar Lake Louise has now put up some information about climbers. I wonder if at one of the pullouts a little bit of information about scrambling and the history of some of the first ascents of some of the prominent peaks would make sense?

At 8/14/2009 10:24:00 PM , Blogger sigob said...

I also wouldn't mind seeing a bit of history describing the old road into the park. The trail that leads in front of Bellevue may be a nice place for this. For instance, being able to follow the old trail by looking for thistle tracks.

I also think something really needs to be placed in the area describing the old travois tracks leading to the south kootenay pass. Maybe an excerpt from Kootenai Brown as he describes coming down from the mountains and seeing sopah (vimy) and how beautiful its colors were. If this was contrasted with some of the same descriptions from the boundary survey journals and some modern day perspectives, you could get a much better sense of the area.

At 8/14/2009 10:26:00 PM , Blogger sigob said...

Having just been in Iceland, I also like how they kept track of who did what with regards to projects (new and old). For instance, why did the person who selected the various improvements choose them? By not recording our modern history as things are done, we tend to lose it. Maybe even just a webpage journaling what is happening and why.


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