Castle Spring

James Anderson

Calgary, Canada

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Castle Mountain and the Bow River finally begin to lose their coats of snow as old man winter goes into hibernation for the summer. Castle Mountain is located within Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, approximately half-way between Banff and Lake Louise. While looking nearly impenetrable from the Trans-Canada Highway, the peak can be ascended from the backside on the northeastern slopes. The trail to Rockbound Lake leads hikers around the eastern side.

The mountain was named in 1858 by James Hector for its castle-like or fortress appearance. Following the post-war visit of U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower, the name was changed to Mount Eisenhower by the then Canadian Prime Minister W. L. Mackenzie-King. Eventually, public pressure forced the name to be changed back in 1979 to its original but an isolated pinnacle at the southeastern end is now called Eisenhower Tower.

Nearby is the site of a notorious internment camp where unnaturalized Ukrainian immigrants to Canada were confined during the First World War. Life in the camps was often described as ‘grim’; with its isolated location far from the roads of the time, the Castle Mountain camp was an ideal place to confine ‘enemy aliens’ and ‘suspected enemy sympathisers’ (see: Castle Mountain Internment Camp). 1

The massif contains several high points including Helena Ridge (2,862 m (9,390 ft)), Stuart Knob (2,850 m (9,350 ft)) and Television Peak (2,970 m (9,744 ft)), the latter being named for the TV repeater located on top. Technicians use a helicopter rather than the long trudge to the top(from wikipedia), Castle Mountain, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

3 images processed using photomatix, cropped and sharpened in corel paintshop pro x3

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