Battalion Park - Signal Hill - Calgary, Alberta
Posted by: wildwoodke
N 51° 01.292 W 114° 10.438
11U E 698193 N 5656020
Quick Description: Batallion Park is often referred to as Signal Hill. Here is where you will find the largest letters (numbers really) in Calgary, Alberta.
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 9/2/2007 2:41:46 PM
Waymark Code: WM24FK
Not letters per say but their historic nature is worthy of mention as well as their size and distance carried by hand is worthy of inclusion in this category.
The centrepiece of Battalion Park is the large whitewashed stones, arranged on the side of the hill to spell out several numbers representing the four battalions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force who trained in the region before embarking for combat deployment overseas during the First World War.
The numerals were created by 16,000 stones hauled in sacks by hand from the river two kilometres away by soldiers in their off duty time. After the war, the numerals fell into disrepair and became overgrown and forgotten until a local historian looked for them prior to grading of the hill to accommodate construction in the area. Following extensive lobbying to declare the numbers a historic site, a project initiated by several cadet groups in Calgary restored the numerals. Battalion Park officially opened on November 3, 1991.
The coordinates list the park and signage associated with the numbers.
Letter/Word on Hill: 113 137 151 51
Trail to Letter: Not Listed
Parking or nearest viewing point: Not Listed