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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Events begin February 9 Banff Winter Festival Elegant hostelry is 65 By virtue of its architecture and surroundings, the 416-room Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C., is rated as one of the most beautiful hotels in Canada. Each summer the Swiftsure Yacht race is held in Victoria, resulting in a colorful variety of sailing vessels directily in front of the Empress Hotel. CP Hotels Photo Retains dignity of an era gone by Empress still going strong BANFF, Alta. - Barbecuing has never made it big as a winter pastime. Handing a pack horse with box backs and a diamond hitch have never made it as an entertainment item on television. And some of the more permissive minds might say that snow queens wear too many clothes. But blend these all together with a full 10-day schedule of sports, social and entertainment events in Banff - Canada's Ski Capital - and you have the makings of the Winter Snow Festival, an annual mid-winter lapse into frivolity for frivolity's sake. The snow festival is for everybody, the organizers are quick to emphasize. They are in tune with the growing North America awareness of outdoors (and indoors) activity in the winter, and the Winter Festival has been planned to cater to all tastes. Banff's winter reputation has been built around skiing, but there is also curling, snowmo-biling, skating, swimming in natural hot pools or simply relaxing in any one of the first-class hotels including the world-famous Banff Springs. "Visitors to Banff have been very responsive to our promotions and advertising, and the Festival is just one small' way of giving them a little bonus and telling them how much we appreciate them coming here," said Ivor Petrak, general manager of the Banff Springs Hotel. Gordon DeBoice, of the Banff Kiwanis Club is looking after Guide to U.S. festivals lists over 500 dates TORONTO - A muzzle loaders festival, an old time ifddlers convention and a national hol-lerin' contest are some of the more unusual events scheduled this year in the United States. More than 500 dates of such special activities are listed in the Festival U.S.A. 1973 guide, issued annually by the United States Travel Service, the national tourist office of the U.S. government. In addition to the fun festivals, the 66-page guide (available only to travel editors and the travel trade) provides complete referenec. to all major sporting events, state fairs, expositions, parades and carnivals. A condensed version of the festival guide is available for distributon to the public, and may b eordered thorugh Canadian travel agents. one of the more glamorous aspects of the Festival - Queen contest. Applications are out and the queen will be named at a ceremony preceding the evening program at the Margaret Greenham Theatre at 7 p.m. Feb. 9. On Feb. 10 the Banff Springs Hotel will hold an Austrian night featuring Austrian food, native Austrian entertainment and dancing. During the day Willy Mueller of Oalgary will perform ski kite flying exhibitions which can be seen from the townsite. Willy is scheduled to perform each day of the festival and will make an attempt to land either on the river or on the Vermilion Lakes. A pack horse packjng contest, and some outdoor entertainment have been scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, the 11th and Monday the 12th. Saturday, Feb. 17, the Festival winds up with a mammoth parade on Banff Avenue which will end up at a snow palace on the river where Nancy Greene will present prizes to the various award winners and the winners of the athletic contests that will have been run during the week. Each day during.the festival, skiin g, skating, curling and hockey competitions will be running concurrent with other festival attractions. Friday, February 9, 1973 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - IS f --~----------- " Airborne orchitis CP Air stewardess Hilary Meredith admires exotic orchids growing near the Vancouver Internationa! Airport. The blooms are shipped by air to markets across Canada and have been airlifted as far as Italy. Grown on the Le Nobel farm at Richmond, B.C., the blooms have become, a major product with 100,000 being shipped annually, representing a large portion of the Caradian market. (C? Air Photo) VICTORIA, B.C. - In January, 1908, the Empress Hotel's first guests arrived amid a great flurry of public excitement over the city's newest and most elegant hostelry. Sixty-five years later, the "Empress still stands as a landmark of Victoria and its premier centre of fine accommodation. Surrounded by man icured gardens and covered by ivy, the hotel wears its years gracefully, retaining the dignity of an era gone by while providing the convenience and comfort demanded by today's travellers. The dowagers and tweedy British Colonels who once presided imperiously over activities in the lobby have mostly disappeared today from the overstuffed chairs behind the potted palms, but they endure as part of the Empress legend. The mid-afternoon ritual of tea and crumpets in the lobby continues, however. Tradition has not been forgotten at the Empress. Indeed, the special ceremonies and events so unique to the hotel are responsible for a good deal of its charm. A $5-indUicm renovation pro-.gram in the late 1960s brought the amenities and facilities at the Empress up to the most modern standards, but the original character was left unimpaired. Overlooking the inner harbor of Victoria, the Empress shares a recognizable style with o ther nearby structures. The same architect, Francis M. Rattenbury, designed the Empress, the British Columbia Legislative B ui 1 d ings, which loom over broad lawns beside the harbor, and the nearby Crystal Gardens. The original hotel took four years to build rising on pilings from the reclaimed mud flats of the harbor. Two years after its opening, a new wing was added. In 1929 a third wing was constructed, and the hotel remains in basically the same configuration today. With more than 400 fine rooms and suites, the Empress Hotel also offers superb service in a number of public rooms. Gourmet cuisine and continental service are found in the Empress Room, the elegant beamed - and - panelled main dining room. The Garden Cafe offers an extensive menu in less formal surroundings. Evenings at the Empress are seldom dull. The Paint Cellar attracts the young set for nightly dancing to the sound of rock music. The opulent Bengal Room provides quieter surroundings for an enjoyable interlude, and for a change of pace, there is the Beaver, a delightful English pub with a nautical flavor. The Crystal Ballroom and the Georgian Lounge are frequently the scenes of lavish balls and receptions. While the architecture and facilities of the Empress are well-known in their own right, it is the special traditions and ceremonies which prompt so much of its fame. O u t standing attraction each year is the Empress' Christmas Festival. It has often been said that what the Mardi Gras is to New Orleans, the 01 de English yuletide festival is to Victoria. For more than 30 years, the Empress Hotel has taken advantage of Victoria's moderate spring climate to stage a week-long handicap golf tournament. Played under warm April sun, this tournament attracts both ladies and men from across Canada and the United States. The hotel is in the heart of vacation attractions, with golf, fisihng, specialty shopping, and museums just minutes away. A truly colorful city, Victoria offers endless opportunities for sightseeing. Have You Booked or Registered for your HOLIDAY FLIGHT TO EUROPE? Book now and avoid disappointment! A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE is your agent for the following tour Operators in Europe ... i Global # Cooks 9 Trafalgar # Frames # American Express 9 Four ways 9 Horizon # Southdown We will handle all your travel arrangements remember . . . | "A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL is appointed Agent for all MAJOR AIRLINES and STEAMSHIPS "For the Best in Travel . . . ALL-WAYS" Call or Visit . . . A.M.A. World Travel Service 608 5th Ave. S. - Phone 328-7921 or 328-118! - All enquiries welcome Office open Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ample free parking at rear of building Air Canada's in-flight magazine MONTREAL - Air travellers can see something new aboard Air Canada Slights this year with the introduction of "enRoute," a monthly in-flight publication that has been put aboard all aircraft in the fleet. The 30- to 40-page bilingual publication, complete with color prints on glossy pages, contains articles reflecting the interests of the airline's clientele. Articles range from business to sports to food, fashion, education and current events. It is distributed free of charge and contains advertising. Travelling in comfort in armchairs Specially converted vehicles with seven roomy armchairs instead of the model's usual 15 seats are the means of transport used by Chauffeurlux Travel. This Chester-based company offers a wide range of tours in these comfortable vehicles, all starting from international airports - Manchester, Prestwick (Glasgow) or Heathrow (London). Their suggested itineraries range from four days to 21 days, and include tours in England and Scotland for golfers and fishermen: the cost covers a 11 fishing licences and permits, and the golfer's green fees. Prices, from $200 for four days to $1,350 for 21 days, include accommodation in first-class hotels, all meals, entrance fees to historic houses and gardens and numerous optional day excursolns. New Dodge Electronic Ignition System. It makes your life a little simpler. The first question you're going to ask is, what is it? The second. How is it going to simplify my life? O.K., to answer the first part. In any conventional ignition system the mechanical breaker points may be the cause of some problems. Knowing this, Chrysler engineers developed a solid-state electronic system (all 6 & 8 cyl. engines) that eliminates the need for breaker points and condenser, and their resulting maintenance headaches. That essentially, is what the new system is. Now for what it can do for your car and your wallet. For starters your car is going to start better at mileage levels when mechanical systems normally start to deteriorate. ��! Dodge �� BUILDS in the solid diffemence And because engine misfiring at highway speeds is virtually eliminated exhaust emissions are greatly reduced. What will it mean to your pocketbook? Because there are no points to wear out, no condenser to replace, the cost of tune-ups drops considerably. The new electronic ignition system ib just one of the many standard features built into Dodge. New front disc brakes, (except Dart with 6 cylinder engines), unibody construction, torsion-bar suspension (except Colt) and new emission control systems are among the impressive list. Innovative engineering plus extra care in every detail, make us believe your new Dodge is the best Dodge we've ever built. Extra Care in Engineering... it makes the difference. Dodge CHRYSLER SM�S/SBMCE Monaco/Polara Challenger Sports compact-2 models Colt Sub-compact ears-5 models Charger/Coronet Dart Compact cars-6 models Dodge Thicks 9 ;