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Waterton Lakes National Park Kicks off Spring with Food Festival

May 21, 2019

As Waterton Lakes National Park continues with their rebuilding efforts following the 2017 Kenow wildfire, they're also gearing up for the Taste of Waterton food festival coming up Friday May 24 and Friday May 31.

The festival kicks off at the Thirsty Bear, according to Shameer Suleman, Vice President of the Waterton Chamber of Commerce.

"Every restaurant from all over Waterton, almost all of them will be there, setting up a booth, handing out food, as well as craft breweries from all over Alberta," says Suleman.

In addition, there will be bands, including Paul Brandt performing this Saturday, and a number of other activities planned for the weekend.

Meanwhile, John Stoesser of Parks Canada says the park continues to make progress in rebuilding many of the trail heads which were damaged in the 2017 fire.

"We've been able to provide access to a number of trails since the fire, and that will continue," says Stoesser.

This includes the trails behind Cameron Falls.

"And (I'm) excited to say we hope to have the Red Rock Parkway open to vehicles again this summer at some point," he says. Although he did not give details on an exact date.

The Akamina Parkway to Cameron Lake will remain closed to vehicles this summer.