To Waterton, With Love
There’s a whole lot of memories enveloped in the picturesque views of Waterton, from weddings to engagements, adventures to misadventures.
The mountains are still there.
Remember the time you drove along the Akamina Parkway with your best friends, your siblings, your partner, excited for a day on the trails?
The parkway is still there.
Remember taking easy walks around the townsite, stopping in for Weiners of Waterton or some delicious ice cream on a hot summer day?
The townsite is still there.
Waterton isn’t gone. It’s just been changed. It will come back more beautiful than before. The ash from this fire will provide essential nutrients for a new forest to grow. And it will, stronger and more beautiful than ever before.
There’s a quote from Mr. Rogers that feels especially relevant, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
The fire is scary. It took off roaring in the middle of the night. It grew strong and fast. It jumped the park gates and destroyed neighbouring homes and businesses.
But what was the first thing people around started doing? They asked what they could do to help. They opened their doors to others who had been displaced. They rallied together.
In times of crisis, communities come together. So come together. Help the families outside the park who lost everything in the fire to rebuild.
When the park gates open, if they need help to fix the damage, offer your hands.
Come together as a community, and as people who love Waterton, share your favourite memories and help put it back together.
Waterton is still there. Waterton is still beautiful. It’s just a new kind of beautiful.