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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, August 2, 1974 Halifax sheds war-time image Downtown Halifax historic buildings rub shoulders with sleek high rises. Ontario's Bruce Peninsula similar to parts of Scotland OWEN SOUND. Ont. (CP) Get lost on the Bruce Pen- insula Old Woman River, Wreck Point. Cape Chin. Deadman Point are just waiting to be explored The Bruce Peninsula is 55 miles of fascination about 120 miles northwest of Toronto. On one side the towering rock of the Niagara Escarp- ment meets Georgian Bay and a short distance away a THE PASSPORT FACTORY 5 min Service on Passport. Citiztnship, I.D. and Visa PHOTOS Suite E 303-5th So. 328-9344 marshy, sandy shore borders on Lake Huron. From Highway 6 the penin- sula is similar to parts of Scotland Off the main road it could be anywhere The seven miles of sandy shore at Sauble Beach on the west coast might be right out of a Florida vacation pam- phlet. Tobermory, at the tip of the peninsula, resembles an East Coast fishing village. At the Cape Croker Indian Reserve on the southeast shore, the Ojibway people have recreated their past with life-size statues and teepees Glaciers were among the first visitors to the Bruce Their trail boulders stranded in the mid- dle of open fields, drumhns, eskers Little lakes scattered throughout the peninsula yield bass, perch, pickerel and pike There's also an assortment of trout in the lakes and coves Passport Photos Candid Weddings Picture Framing Photo Supplies A. E. CROSS STUDIO Phone 328-0111 710 3rd Ave. S. Phone 328-0222 SPIRIT OF L LONDON THE BRITISH CRUISE LINE roMEXICO -v: Departing Vancouver r j, B.C. Oct. 15 1974 Fun That's what The Yacht to Mexico is all about. She's a ship with everything to make a great vaca- tion A pool Sun and sport decks. Movies. Shows. Restaurants Bars Nightclubs. Includes stopovers in San Francisco, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Acapulco and Mazatlan. Return trip from San Francisco to Vancouver by Air included. For further information and contact A.M.A. TRAVEL 608 5th Ave. South, Lethbridge Phone 328-1181 or 328-7921 Open Monday thru Friday a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday a.m. to p.m. AmpM cuatomer Parking along the Bruce. At Dorcas Bay, south of To- bermory on Lake Huron, there's a wildflower sanc- tuary created by the Feder- ation of Ontario Naturalists out of 330 acres originally ear- marked for cottage devel- opment. Wild orchids, spring dwarf lake ins don't touch or trample Stay on the desig- nated trails during your visit. There's no camping in the fragile sanctuary environ- ment but a picnic site is located next to it. Across the highway and down an access road is one ol the two provincial parks or the Bruce. Cypress Lake Pro- vincial Park. 1.654 acres, has 244 campsites Sauble Falls Provincial Park near Sauble Beach has 151 sites. For a little leg-stretching, try the Bruce Trail. The stretch on the peninsula is the first or last in the 440- mile trail, depending on which way you are headed. The trail goes from the Niagara Penin- sula to Tobermory, following the Niagara Escarpment. There are no motor ve- hicles, just hikers. At Tobermory the escarp- ment goes under water, but continues north to Manitoulin Island The escarpment surfaces in spots four miles offshore from Tobermory to create the Georgian Bay Islands Na- tional Park. The park is the home of Flowerpot Island, rock formations sculpted by Georgian Bay waters. A cruise boat, Miss To- bermory, leaves Little Tub harbor about every two hours during the day from mid-June to September for a IVz-hour cruise among the islands. Passengers may get off at Flowerpot Island to explore the rocks and caves until the boat returns. For a longer cruise, the No- risle and Norgoma leave To- bermory five times a day for South Baymouth on Manitou- lin Island, about 130 miles away. From Manitoulin, mo- torists may drive into North- ern Ontario. The two ferries will be re- placed this summer with an ferry, Chi-chee- maun, which means big canoe in Ojibway. It has taken 30 years for Halifax, Nova Scotia's capital and the largest city in Canada's Atlantic Provinces, to shake off its dismal war time image. In the minds of many ser- vicemen, stationed here prior to embarking for the Euro- pean war zone in the 1940's, this east coast port still recalls memories of dingy buildings, poor restaurants, high prices, meagre nightlife and the infamous VE day riots. They would ha-rdly recognize the "new" Halifax. Many of the old buildings still remain, but they have been carefully restored, revealing a charm that years of dirt and grime had obliterated. Many have historic value and are revitalized as boutiques, restaurants, small offices, and art galleries Now they stand in the shadow of sleek new high rise buildings housing offices, apartments and hotels. Or they compete for space with sprawling shopping complex- es, giving the city a sense of history flavored with modern efficiency. It's impossible to escape history in this old port. On guard over the harbor and the countless ships that use its deep water facilities, stands the imposing Citadel Located on a hill in the downtown area, its stone ramparts were solid- ly built to ward off invaders, who have yet to attack the fortress. Today the ramparts provide an excellent viewing area of the panorama below the bustling downtown, neighboring city of Dart- mouth, busy harbor and the blue Atlantic beyond it. Inside the fortress walls, interesting museums depict the history of the city. Because the area between the harbor and the Citadel was the first to be settled when the city was founded in 1749, most buildings of historical interest are located here. Waterfront buildings that once bustled with the ac- tivities of merchants, shoppers, tradesmen, and businessmen are currently un- dergoing a massive restora- tion program. Their rejuvena- tion will transform them into boutiques, restaurants, a small inn and offices, with access to the water through an open courtyard. Nearby, historic St. Paul's Church, built in 1750, holds the remains of men who played important roles in the early development of Halifax. Not far away is another architectural gem, Province House, the seat of the provin- cial legislature since 1818. Its charming library, used as a courtroom for many years, once reverberated with fiery oratory of Nova Scotia's best known native son, Joseph Howe, whose famous trial won freedom for the press in British North America. Haligonians recall his memory by staging a Joseph Howe Festival each October. Perhaps Halifax's current charm stems from the plea- sant blending of historic and modern buildings Local building regulations restrict the height of new office towers, so that the panoramic views from Citadel Hill will be preserved for future generations Perhaps, also, it's the easy accessibility to the magnifi- cent Public Gardens or the sylvan 186 acre Point Plea- sant Park that gives down- town Halifax such a pleasant atmosphere. Good restaurants and enter- tainment have boosted the city's image in the eyes of anyone who visited years ago and hasn't returned since. Whether you're a gourmet or a steak and seafood fancier, you'll find top notch food in interesting restaurants and dining rooms all over the city. A couple of movie theatres once formed most of the entertainment in this port city. Now, there's such a wide choice from good jazz clubs to intimate lounges to ex- uberant soul clubs that you'll have to make decisions every night of your visit. There are plenty of cinemas, but it's the thriving live theatre in the city that has erased the cultural backwater image. The year round professional theatre, Neptune, has been bringing first class theatre to residents and visitors for more than 10 years. Its presence has whetted the local appetite for more live theatre and has, in part, been responsible for the growth of smaller semi professional companies attempting to provide audience? with avant garde fare. Lodgings no problem for Expo '74 visitors SPOKANE Expo '74's of- ficial "innkeeper" and the hotel and motel managers he works with in this World's Fair city are heaving a collec- tive sigh of relief. With Expo past the halfway mark and running nearly 400.- 000 visitors ahead of projec- tions, they feel they have answered one of the most serious doubts about the abili- ty of Spokane to handle a world's fair. The answer is stated suc- cinctly on a sandwich board worn daily by a young man outside one of the fair's main gates "Rooms with air con- ditioning and TV available" at a downtown hotel. "We have never had to tell anyone we didn't have a room for said Alan C Ed- munds, director of Hospitality Services. Expo's centralized lodging bureau "We have never failed to find space for travel agent groups, either. "The system has been strained, but it has worked. We've never had to turn anyone away Edmunds said that Hospitality Services coor- dinates lodging for about 700 separate facilities in Spokane and within an hour and a half drive some rooms in all In addition, it handles reservations for nearly 100 recreational vehicle areas. Edmunds said that during peak occupancy periods in May. the number of available rooms in Hospitality Services' system dropped to fewer than 20, but currently there is an average of about 350 rooms left unoccupied nightly. Old puffer steam locomotive pulls train across mouth of Kaaimans River in South Africa. South Africa is Mecca for train buffs JOHANNESBURG Because of its steam locomotives which are still in service, South Africa is con- sidered by knowledgeable rail buffs to be about the best country in the world to spend a holiday. Kenneth Westcott Jones, a British author of 16 books, five of them on railways, has written that while South Africa may not be the last haven of the modern steam locomotive, it is the best. "Its fine he continues, "are maintained in superb condition, easily seen and photographed in pleasant and congenial surroundings as they head colorful trains on wonderful journeys." In Jones's opinion steam, almost a religion to two million British, one million German and some three million Canadian and American rail fans, is seen at its best in South Africa between April and September, for then, on the highveld, the dry, clear sunny days with crisp sharp mornings show up steam and add extra glamor. On such a day, the sight of a 25 class engine thundering towards the Orange River Summer best time for West Indies ST. JOHN'S Antigua (CP) West Indians consider summer to be the best time of the year for visiting the Carib- bean Islands and are puzzled by the winter influx of tourists from the north. Their puzzlement is under- Edinburgh Castle vaults opened EDINBURGH (CP) The last time foreign visitors were invited into the vaults at Edin- burgh Castle, the response was unenthusiastic. The vaults, previously used as bakeries and granaries, were converted into accom- modation for prisoners cap- tured during the American War of Independence and the Napoleonic era. Scratched on the walls are dates and names of French and American captives, some of them sailors aboard privateers seized by the British Navy. As the number of prisoners increased during the Napoleonic Wars, they were transferred to larger quarters at Dartmoor and Perth and the Edinburgh dungeons stood empty. They have been opened to the public for the first time this year, together with the western fortifications and defences, the postern and a military prison last used 50 years ago. The prison's cells still have their wooden beds and cells. standable, however, because not only are hotel accom- modations cheaper, but the islands are at their prettiest, with color and bloom winter visitors never see. Summer also is mango time, with mangos selling for a dime at street stalls and markets when they cost a dollar or more in other countries. The mango season is called "potless" time by Caribbean housewives who turn their cooking pots upside down while everyone eats mangos. Hotels that usually insist on jacket and tie for dinner in the winter relax their rules during the summer, the off season. During the summer months, it is also cheaper to rent a boat or hire a guide for moun- tain climbing or jungle ex- ploring. Shops aren't as crowded and clerks have time to give ad- vice on the many duty free items available. And if you decide to visit the next island, getting a plane reservation and hotel accom- modations is simpler. with a heavy train is, to the dedicated millions, just about the most stirring spectacle in the world Not many of the country's mainline trains are still being steam-hauled (electric trac- tion and diesel locomotives are taking but steam is still used on some sections of the main lines as well as in many districts away from mainline routes. One of South Africa's famous trains is the narrow- rail "Apple Express" which works a 175-mileline through fruit producing country This is the longest two-foot gauge railway in the world. Each year from around the beginn- ing of May to the end of Jan- uary (between apple the Apple Express is converted into a passenger tram on Saturdays, assuming the seat demand warrants it, and excursions are run from Port Elizabeth to Loerie and return. The delightful little coaches date back to the old Cape Government Railway days. Some visiting locomotive enthusiasts wonder about the adoption in South Africa of the 3-foot, 6-inch gauge in contrast with the so-called "standard" 4-foot, gauge in use in about 60 per cent of the world. Other major exceptions are Japan and New Zealand, which also use the 3- foot, 6-inch gauge; Russia 5 feet; and Argentine, Portugal and Spain, 5 feet, 6 inches. In South Africa the reason for the narrow gauge was chiefly a matter of economics due to terrain. There is no gradual rise from the coast to the interior. The coastal plains end rather abruptly against mountain ranges and escarpments that mark the ends of the high central plateau South Africans call the highveld. The cost of sur- mounting these obstacles was enormously high and the smaller gauge was adopted to keep costs within the bounds of available finances. Also, the decision to adopt the narrower gauge was made when diamonds had only just been found in the country and the famous goldfields had still to be discovered. The wealth that lay in the ground was not even imagined then. Rail enthusiasts who plan to visit South Africa and who want to know more about past and present steam locomotive operations in the country should write the secretary of the Railway Society of South Africa, P 0 Box 9775, Johannesburg Another source of informa- tion is the publicity and travel department. South African Railways. P.O. 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