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Waterton Lakes National Park ready to welcome visitors for summer season

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WATERTON PARK, AB – If the mountains are calling your name this summer, Waterton might be a great place to spend some time this season.

The national park southwest of Lethbridge is all ready to welcome visitors back with the warmer weather, but you’re being reminded of a few important rules.

First of all, plan ahead. There’s plenty of info on the Waterton website about what’s open, what to expect and any construction projects.

Visitors should also be aware of travel restrictions and public health measures too.

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You’re encouraged, as well, to make plans that fit with your experience level and pack extra hygiene supplies, like masks and sanitizer.

Parks Canada adds that both the Akamina Parkway and Red Rock Canyon are open for vehicles after re-construction from the 2017 Kenow wildfire and annual winter closures.

If you plan to do some hiking, Waterton Lakes National Park is a great spot this summer with more than has 200 km of hiking trails available. While some trails can be busy, Parks Canada says hidden gems include the scenic Lakeshore trail, the Wishbone trail, and Bellevue trail (one of the best spots for wildflower viewing).

Here’s a little tidbit about Waterton you may not know. It’s Canada’s 4th national park and was protected way back in 1895.

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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