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After three year closure, Waterton Park’s Bear’s Hump Trail open again

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It was a busy Canada Day at Waterton Lakes National Park.

Plenty of people took in the sites and sounds of Waterton, despite in-person events and gatherings being cancelled this year due to COVID-19.

National Parks, including Waterton, reopened to the public a few weeks ago.

Parks Canada says the popular Bear’s Hump Trail is now open again. It was closed down for nearly three years after being damaged in the Kenow Wildfire back in 2017.

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Bear’s Hump Trail is a 2.8 km return trip that takes visitors on a short, steep hike to a bluff on Crandell Mountain, featuring exceptional views. The trail has been redesigned and rebuilt to modern trail-standards with new stone steps and an upgraded, safe trail surface.

Meanwhile, the Red Rock Canyon Day Use Area has been a very busy place as well, especially on weekends.

And for those who like to camp in Waterton, townsite campground reservations will start up again next Wednesday, July 8th.

Parks Canada says it continues to follow all public health guidelines in relation to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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