Castle Mountain Cliffs


“Wilderness is the raw material out of which man has hammered the artefact called civilization…” – Aldo Leopold. Highway 1A in Banff National Park has a viewpoint that provides a great view of the Castle Mountain cliffs (Blackfoot: Miistukskoowa). The Siksika (one of the Blackfoot Nations) had a seasonal cycle that included going to land surrounding Castle Mountain to hunt and trap. Bison were reintroduced to Banff National Park in 2019 and the herd has grown to about 50 animals. A settlement was reached with the Canadian government in 2016 which provides the Siksika with economic opportunities inside Banff National Park and ongoing access for cultural, traditional and educational purposes.


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