Exploring the Castle: Discovering the Backbone of the World in Southern Alberta

Paperback | April 18, 2008

byRobert Kershaw

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In 1901, naturalist George Bird Grinnell took note of an extensive network of mountains, ridges, valleys, lakes and rivers on both sides of the Continental Divide from northern Montana into southern British Columbia and Alberta . Disregarding political boundaries, he named it "The Crown of the Continent." Grinnell was obviously inspired by the region's majestic landscape and the wildlife it sustained. He also recognized the need to conserve it. But while "Crown of the Continent" speaks eloquently of the region's beauty with more than a passing nod to European monarchy and history, the Blackfeet name carries a more vital and universal meaning: 'Mo'kakiikin', the 'backbone of the world.' At the heart of this complex landscape lies the Castle Wilderness.

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In 1901, naturalist George Bird Grinnell took note of an extensive network of mountains, ridges, valleys, lakes and rivers on both sides of the Continental Divide from northern Montana into southern British Columbia and Alberta . Disregarding political boundaries, he named it "The Crown of the Continent." Grinnell was obviously inspire...

ROBERT KERSHAW is a freelance communications consultant, writer and photographer. After graduating from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Communications Studies, Rob moved to Pincher Creek where he worked as a ranch hand and co-owned a small communications company that published the Waterton-Glacier Vi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.25 inPublished:April 18, 2008Publisher:RMB | Rocky Mountain BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1897522045

ISBN - 13:9781897522042

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-have for hiking in Southern Alberta It's about time someone wrote a guidebook to hiking in one of the most beautiful places in Alberta - The Castle Special Management Area, a relatively undiscovered gem just north of Waterton Lakes National Park. This book is half trail guide (and a really good one at that, with useful maps - a lot of the trails just aren't that well marked) and half personal stories, ecology and history. It's worth it just for the fabulous photographs.
Date published: 2011-02-20