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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, February 2S, 1973 - THE IETHBRIDGE HER AID Grand r Cranbrool ^e ^VFort Madeod Crowsnest 3 committee boosts highway! By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor When heading out to the coast, it's Crowsnest 3 for me! The upper route may be shorter and faster. It could even have a different kind of ecenic beauty. It certainly gets more publicity. But the Southern Trans-Provincial Highway has a subtle something, hard to define, that makes it a friendly, likeable route to the Pacific. Both highways are beautiful. The Trans-Canada wends through some of the most wondrous mountain beauty on the face of this earth. It also takes you through the hottest, driest, and most sparsely-settled part of Canada - the Caribou country. You can have it! I'll take tihe hike through the Crowsnest every time. The Kootenay Skyway may be one of this country's toughest trailer pulls but you don't have to go over the mountains - take the wandering trail to the Kootenay Lake and park your outfit on the fen-y. The Blueberry - Paulson from Castlegar to Grand Forks is a grand route over the mountains. Somehow the southern route is softer, the scenery more condusive to relaxation. One thing sure, the tunnels on the Trans-Canada are merve-wracking. Engineering wonders they may be, but I find these gloomy passageways somewhat disconcerting. FORT MUSEUM Pity the poor, deprived Trans-Canada travellers who never get to see Fort Mac-leod and its interesting Fort Museum. In the overture to its Centennial, we recall that in 1874, after a 700-mile march through the prairie wilderness to rid Fort Whoop Up of whiskey traders, the North' West Mounted Police chose this site for its first headquarters. It's a friendly town. A-oommodaUons are excel-Icr!.. The Crowsnest Pass has plenty of wonderful picnic and camping spots. We all know that. And we know, in this area, of the glories of Water-ton Lakes National Park, Pincher Creek and its beautiful West Castle Ski Resort, 28 miles southwest, and lovely Lundbreck. But a great many Canadians miss all tin's fun. They haven't discovered the southern route. Too little publicity. CROWSNEST J3 - Maybe that's why there's a strong bid now to change the name of this highway to Crowsnest 3. Norman Frankish of Ferine is the Crowsnest 3 organizer. All interested communities will meet at Femie April 28 at the Three Sisters Motel. Mr. Frankish, operator of the Three Sisters Motel, has been active in tourism for a good many years. He was a director of the Calgary Tourist and Convention Association and a director of the old Alberta Tourist Association, now the Travel Industry Association of Alberta. FRANK SLIDE There's plenty to publicize. Frank, for example. The Frank. Slide is on the east side in the Crowsnest Pass. Disaster struck the town of Frank on April 29, 1903 when a gigantic wedge of limestone crashed down from Turtle Mountain. Ninety million tons of rock swept over a mile of valley destroying part of the town, taking 70 lives and burying a mine plant and railway in about 100 seconds. And When you stop pondering, dine at the Turtle Mountain Hotel or go fishing in the Oldman River. NIKKA YUKO We forgot to mention Leth-bridge's Nikka Yuko Garden, outstanding features of all five basic types of traditional Japanese gardens. See how easy it is to slight yourself? Tine garden is complete with pavilion, bridges and a bell tower, all built in Japan. You know, Crowsnest. 3, Medicine Hat to Hope. B.C., has the largest Japanese garden of its kind in North Am- erica right in its path. Maybe we better start at the 'Hat. A medicine man lost his headdress in midstream, the Crees were killed by the B1 a c k f o o t, and Medicine Hat was named. It has Alta-glass where you'll see craftsmen blowing exquisite ornaments, a historical museum and Medalia Potteries. JIM SMITH LAKE Skipping over to Cran-brook, don't miss Jim Smith Lake, three miles southwest. It offers camping, picnicking, swimming and fishing. Crest on is most famous for apples, raspberries and strawberries. The Glass House, 25 miles north on Crowsnest 3 is unusual in that 400.000 T6-ounce glass bottles compose its walls. It's on Kootenay Lake opposite Mount McGregor. Fort Steele Historic Park, 10 miles east of Cranbrook on Highway 95, includes a village of restored and reconstructed buildings typifying the Kootenay district during the period 1890 to 1905. An 1895 steam locomotive, Dun-robin, provides a 20-minute ride, just a short trip from Crowsnest 3. We like to stop at Trail, have a swim in the motel pool, and contemplate the mighty Columbia River. Each year the Trail International Festival of Sports, featuring folk festivals, art displays, stage productions and dances, is held during the last week in May. Plenty of winter sports facilities too. Maiming Provincial Park, a mountain area of 176,000 acres, lies on the highway be" ween Princeton and Hope. There are fabulous nature trails for bikers. "Bop^'is a historic town that dates back to 1848 when a fort of the Hudson's Bay Company was established at this site. SIGN NEEDED Frank Smith of Leth-bridge, director of the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta, says his budget has provision for a Crowsnest 3 highway sign. It will be erected three miles east of the intersection of the Trans-Canada and Southern Trans - Provincial highways. Mr. Smith says the Crowsnest 3 name follows a pattern set by the Rogers Pass and Yellowhead Pass names. "Anything that is done in terms of Highway 3 is going to be good," says Mr. Smith. "When the Trans-Canada was built many businesses on the southern route suffered quite severely in terms of traffic. Highway development is such a touchy thing. It's always the communities that band together with a large number of voters that get ahead." Mr. Smith says the Yellow-head association, with 800 members, has now got its highway recognized as the official alternative to t h e Trans-Canada route lie says roads are upgraded by the government when "t hat little black box on the side of the road that kicks when you chive over it" shows the highway is busy. "We have got to make the little black box click," says Mr. Smith. The Crowsnest 3 Committee will meet April 28 at Fer-nie at Norm Frankish's Three Sisters Motel. The organization will be formalized at that time and planning for (he Crowsnest 3 name will begin. Crowsnest Pass Bureau NEWS CIRCULATION -:- JOB PRINTING Vernon Deceux, Resident Rep., Blairmore - Phone 562-2149 ANNUAL HOG PRODUCERS MEETINGS LETHBRIDGE EXHIBITION PAVILION THURSDAY, MARCH 1st - 7:30 p.m. FORT MACLEOD K. OF C. HALL, THURSDAY, MARCH 1st - 1:00 p.m. Director and Delegate Elections will be held. Sponsored By ,t THE ALBERTA HOG PRODUCERS MARKETING BOARD Coaldale sewer plans unfold COALDALE (HNS) - Council noted that plans are to commence on the norlhside water and sewer extensions in April. Borrowing the fluids is underway. Considerable amount of new sidewalk to be built in 1973, will be included in the new budget. Council will also study the cost of making paving equipment operational this year. Some repair paving may be done in 1973. The cost of paving is another factor which council must study. It has been several years now since major paving of streets was done. The cost then was .$1 per frontage foot to the More district on page 6 property - owner, levied once, and $2 per frontage foot paid by the town. Council was not convinced this amount would be sufficient. Busy Bees IRON SPRINGS (HNS) -Tire Lethbridge Northern Busy Bees Girls' Club is in operation again this year, this time under the presidency of Arlene Klooster. Diane Vander Flier is vice-president, Karla Boras secretary and Edith Stefancik treasurer. TOP FISHERMAN COALDALE (HNS) - Ken Rothe of Lethbridge was the winner of the All Round Fisher-man of the Year trophy at the recent Coaldale and District Fish and Game Association trophy day program. Black's MEN'S SHOP STARTS THURSDAY 9 A.M. SHARP! It's the Shoe Sale of the season for men who appreciate finer quality footwear found only in shoes manufactured by such leading manufacturers as McHale, Barker, Bally, Macfarlane and Barker-Nova, and available at Black's! Shop early for best selection! MACFARLANE BARKER-NOVA SHOES Regular Values to $32.00 $ SALE, PAIR ONLY 0 McHALE # BARKER  BALLY SHOES Regular Values to $60.00 $ SALE, PAIR ONLY ALL SALES CASH AND FINAL! NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES! Open till 9 p.m. Thursday Night! on fourth avenue ;