Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Geotourism?

What makes Glacier and the Flathead Valley so special? This is a question posed by The National Geographic Society to the residents of northwest Montana via a story on Missoulian.com.

I couldn't resist responding to this question with the following excerpt, "All one has to do is gaze upon Flathead Lake and the answer to what makes this area special needs no words." Readers of this blog or anyone who has visited Glacier National Park or Flathead Lake know that the same can be said for all of northwest Montana.

Mere words fail me when I am trying to describe the natural beauty of this awe-inspiring part of the country. I think that is because there is a "feeling" that emanates from here that one must experience in person to fully understand. Beautiful photos and flowery words just don't complete the experience.
Back to Geotourism, in a story on Missoulian.com, they wrote, "The society - so well known for its colorful glossy magazines and detailed maps - plans on taking the information it gleans from local residents to create a new mega-map for the 10 million-acre transboundary area that includes the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park."

The idea is to create a “MapGuide” and interactive Web site that will help launch something the society is calling geotourism throughout northern Montana, southwestern Alberta and southeastern British Columbia. What's geotourism?

According the society, it is “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place - its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents.” Read the whole story here...

I thought this was a fitting follow-up to my previous post, "Getting lost in Montana". Also, along the same lines, see "The essence of Montana".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm a Geotourist! MY mom will be proud :-)