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Peace Park Paddles
Canoeing & Kayaking
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
"If there's such a thing as a cathedral for canoeing, this is it."
That's what I was thinking in the summer of 1995 when I first
paddled Swiftcurrent Lake.
When we think of cathedrals, we think of defined spaces with
architectural elements in harmony; elements that combine to create
a feeling of reverence and awe.
Swiftcurrent Lake is full of awe--and then some.
Although it's a relatively compact lake (especially by Peace Park
Paddle standards) it has a wondrous variety of sights. There's the
formidable presence of Grinnell Point that dominates your view (and
fortunately blocks the wind). Farther in the distance, the chiseled
glory of Mount Gould draws your eye. As, in another direction, does
the knife-like arete that forms the Ptarmigan Wall.
And there's a National Historic Landmark (the Many Glacier Hotel)
that dominates the shoreline. I could go on, but I'll leave it to you
to discover the rest.
Swiftcurrent Lake: Canoeing In A Cathedral
If you asked me to recommend one Peace Park Paddle to a
first-time paddler, this would be it.