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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 24, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, January 24, 19T5 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 21 -The Herald LAVISH CASINO, HOTEL CONTRAST WITH DOWN-TO-EARTH CITIZENS OF FREEPORT IN THE BAHAMAS Freeport: from swamp to swank FREEPORT, Bahamas To the visitor, this resort city on Grand Bahama Island sometimes appears to be an unreal world. That's because Freeport is (from Calgary) Sunflight. Great holidays, great value. Hawaii.............from 11 nights. 14 nights Irom Sd39: via Wardair 7d7. 14 nights from via Wardair 747 or PWA 731 Puerto Vallarta.......from nighls: bteahiasl. dinner: via PWA_____________ Prices ate per person; 2 people per room, include air lare, hotel and. olher 'features shown in Sun- llighl brochure. Service charges, laxes and most meals extra. Prices higher for some departures Canada's Number One Contact anyone of theft accredited Travel Agencies P. LAWSON TRAVEL Marquis Hotel 328-3000 ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Centre Village Mall-Phone 328-3201 A.M.A. TRAVEL AGENCY 605-5th Ave. S.-Phone 328-7921 747 JUMBO SKHTSOMG QHNSER WITH STEWARDESS FLORIDA DISNEY WORLD. WASHINGTON, D.C. TOUR Washington, O.C., Cape Kennedy Space Centre, Cocoa Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Nassau in the Bahamas, Walt Disney World, Pensacola, El Paso, Jurarez Mexico, Phoenix. Las Vegas. SO pet: 24th, March 17th. 24 days low bnfc Winter CMWI SM Itefi, TiejiM, MiMyliad, IMfcy liar. Feb. 8th 23rd, 16 days. Reno, Sen Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf, Bollywood, Knotts Berry Farm. 2 days in Disneyland, 2 days In San Diego. Shopping tour or Tijuana, Mexico, 2 days In Palm Springs! 2 days in Las Vegas. As low as .............................S331 Bnm... an somu MEHTT M. n t. u. sa FfflMri' RMClwn' TUT. (To Idaho, Nevada, California. Mexico! Reno. San Francisco, Hollywood, Disneyland, Las Vegas aboard the 747 Jumbo Sightseeing Cruiser of Northern Bus. San Dlogo, Mazatlan, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarto aboard the luxury P 4 C Princess Cruise Ship. 20 day tours. Escorted by Steve and Cathy Xotch. Fob. 24th. Twin as low as................................ Co-sponsored by North'ern Tours and _Thomas 'Cook World Travel Service. Limited amount of space per to'ur. tarn tar Feb. 28th 16 days. Reno, San Franeiteo, Flihwmani Wharf, KnotU Berry Farm, Hollywood, Disneyland. San Diego, Tijuana Mexico, Palm Springs, Las Vegas.............AS LOW AS Smrt Niw 747 tgMft Cnwn HtW M Opffinfl M MTMflt nMt NORTHERN TOURS COLLEGE MALL unlike any other area in the Bahamas or the Caribbean and West Indies, for that matter. Freeport wasn't ready for tourists until 1964, when the first hotel opened. And up un- til 1955, the area where Freeport Lucaya is now situated was just scrub and swamp. the founders of the city wanted to build a glamour spot with lavish hotels, gambling casinos and a shopp- ing area which would attract visitors. They succeeded. The hotels are opulent almost to the point of extravagance. The casinos offer glitter and nightlife. And a shopping centre called the International Bazaar is a world's fair of shops and restaurants a centre laid out on a 10 acre tract with the goods and foods of more than two dozen nations and five continents displayed in authentic settings ranging from Oriental to European. So it's no wonder that some visitors ask if anything is for real in Freeport. Although the majority of people .visiting Freeport enjoy the nightlife, beaches and other activities, the city has been criticized by a few as a cardboard destination, with no soul, history or tradition. Yet Freeport offers one tangible in common with Nassau, the old colonial style capital of the Bahamas, on New Providence Island, and the many .quiet and quaint Bahamian Out Islands. And that is its people. All the glamour and opulence surrounding Freeport hasn't really affected the average Baha- mian who lives here. The peo- ple of the Bahamas, and sister nations in the Caribbean and West Indies, are sometimes misunderstood. An unfor- tunate stereotyped image held gy too many North Americans of the people living in this area is that of laziness, in- difference and a surly attitude towards visitors. The fact is most Bahamians are extremely shy people, and while their pace of living is undeniably slower than that in Canada and the United States, they are certainly not in- different. They realize their livelihood depends on the tourist trade, and go out of their way to make sure the visitor has a good vacation. Freeport is no exception. While it would be easy to become over awed by the city, Bahamians living here .seem to maintain a simple, easy going manner. Tourists who wonder if there is anything real about Freeport need look no further than the local people. Next to the people, hotels, casinos and nightclubs of Freeport, one of the newest and most popular attractions is the Garden of the Groves a botanic garden which is alive with tropical plants. Few places in the tropics and none certainly in the southern resort region, including Florida, can match these gar- dens. The garden spreads out over 11 acres of landscape, and is already a popular tourist attraction. Visitors enter the garden through an archway and are immediately confronted with the Hanging Gardens, a king sized trellis described as "an upside down jungle" by one of the planners, with the only omis- sion being "animals and Suspended from the treliis are plants and shrubbery in- digenous to the tropics and sub tropics and bearing poetic names such as "Begonia" and "Stagehorn The Fern Gully is lined with ferns of every description and size. It is 400 feet in length and 20 feet below the level of the surrounding area. The gul- ly was designed to have its own climate conditions in order to permit the growing of plants which would not. otherwise survive. A high humidity is produced by a waterfall and pool, in addition to a riverlet. The depressed nature of the gully provides a windbreak as well as shade for the special plant materials. Winter visitors find Yellowstone New York Times Service YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK The back country wilderness is reduced to a frozen whisper in the winter. It is cold, quiet and eerie. Steam geysers, streams, snow sifting through pine boughs, and even cross country skis sliding over a trail make one basic sound: shhhhh. It is a sound most visitors to Yellowstone never hear. Ever since it became the nation's first national park in 1972, Yellowstone has been a summer place, with more than enough vacationers gorg- ing camp grounds on peak weekends to remind one of New York's Central Park. Lately, however, things have changed. Yellowstone National Park has come out of hibernation.' Prodded by a growing popular interest in winter recreation, park of- ficials and concessionaires have provided access and facilities for a range of frosty activities from sightseeing on snowmobiles to ski touring in the back country. And last week, the Yellow- stone Park Company, a private firm that runs lodging and touring programs in the park, inaugurated winter back country camping trips for dar- ing (some say foolish) novices. ADVANCE BOOKING UHARTERS BOOK NOW FOR 1975 DEPARTURES NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS CALGARY LONDON AMSTERDAM via WARDAIR ISO DEPOSIT WILL RESERVE SEAT A.M.A. TRAVEL AGENCY 608-SthAvt.S. PhoiM 328-7921 or 328-1181 Monday thru Friday a.m. le S p.m. Saturday a.m. to p.m. Historic Anticosti Island playground for rich again ANTICOSTI ISLAND, Que. (CP) History depicts this windswept, wilderness Gulf of St. Lawrence island as a play- ground of the rich and pow- erful and its new owners may inadvertently continue the tradition. Since Jacques Cartier sighted its shores, the 135-by- 35-mile land mass has been owned successively by Louis XIV, a French "chocolate Newfoundland, Can- ada, a paper giant and finally the province of Quebec. Quebec's department of tourism, hunting and fishing recently purchased the island from Coiiaolidated-Bathurst Ltd. for million. The de- partment then announced it will soon open it for hunting and fishing prices ranging up to for a seven-day trip. That may seem exorbitant, but last year sportsmen paid for packages priced from WOO to J1.800 a week lor salmon-fishing and deer-hunt- ing trips. It has been estimated there are deer on the island. There are 41 rivers, 21 which afford excellent salmon fish- ing. Other estimates say there are between and moose. Whether the 250 inhabitants of Anticosti will profit by this scheme remains to be seen. The terms of Quebec's pur- chase are said to guarantee them employment in the tour- ist trade, but theirs has not been a history of plenty. Geographical circum- stances almost ensure hardship. The island lies 360 miles northeast of Quebec City, precisely in the region where most Atlantic storms blow themselves out with "or- dinary" winds of 60 miles an to 85. Hurricane force is 74 miles an The average February tem- perature is 12 July, 59 degrees. Anticosti is a name given by the Montagnais Indians, who called the island "the hunting ground for bears." Cartier is given credit as its Old World discoverer. It was later deed- ed by Louis XIV to French ex- plorer Louis Jolliet, who had flown France's flag on the Mississippi River, via Quebec governor Louis de Buade Frontenac. In 1763 Anticosti was an- nexed to Newfoundland, then annexed back to Canada in 1774. A hundred years later a Quebec group formed a com- pany to take possession and sold it in 1898 to Henri Men- ier, a French entrepreneur who had made a fortune in chocolate delicacies. Under Menier, the island- 600 of to become serfs. Menier was rich but had never been ac- cepted by European nobility because of his provincial be-' ginnings. He made the island- ers pay for Europe's snobbery. Menier built an exotic ro- coco-styled mansion, im- ported deer and ruled with an iron fist. Anyone caught poaching, stealing or even dis- cussing democracy was sum- marily banished to the mainland. Menier died in 1914 and his brother eventually sold the island to Consolidated-Bath- urst for million, in 1926. The paper company did nothing to develop the lum- bering potential of the island for 20 years, leaving the islanders to their simple occu- pations of boat-building, root crops, fishing and cattle rais- ing. Trapping became an ex- tensive winter business with rabbit, fox, bear, beaver, muskrat ,ahd even reindeer abounding on the island. INTRODUCED LOGGING Then in 1947 the paper com- pany put logging operations into gear and its employment rolls swelled to The cat- tle were sold and slaughtered to supply the camps and the company took control of all hunting and fishing. Just before the Second World War, a German syndi- cate struck up negotiations to buy the island. In 1938 a party of 12 Ger- mans visited, one of them claiming to be Adolf Hitler's "right-hand man." Their ex- in search of an uproar in Parliament and Quebec Premier Maurice Duplessis vetoed any sale of lumber rights or land. Anticostians complain they never were consulted about the island's future. Passport Photos Candid Weddings Picture Framing Photo Supplies A, E. CROSS STUDIO Phono 328-0111 710 3rd Ave. S. Phorte 328-0222 ESCORTED CAREFREE Bus CALIFORNIA MLD WEST 17 Glorious Diys Low Cost Departs Fab. 22 March 8 April 5 HIGHLIGHTS: Salt Lake City; Bryce Canyon; Las Vegas; Tij- uana, Mexico; San Diago Zoo; Disneyland; Busch Gardens; Hollywood; San Francisco; Giant Redwoods; Canadian Rockies. Every changing scenery and adventure. All travel during day. Complete package includes: Luxurious buses, air conditioned, equipped with rest room, reclining seats, first class accommodations, excellent side tours. Professional Tour Driver and Escort. 4 K Sharing per person from Lethbridge JtO RESERVE NOW1 AMA TRAVEL AGENCY 808 5th Ave. S. Lethbridge Phone 328-7921 or 328-1181 WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE lowest Fares to Anywhere in the World Why deal with an ordinary travel agent or transportation company when it costs no more to book through COOKS THE WORLD'S LARGEST MOST EXPERIENCED TRAVEL ORGANIZATION We have over 600 offices located around the world for "on the spot" assistance. We've been in existence over 130 years, we'll still be he when you return from your trip. We are your complete travel H.Q.'s for TRANSPORTATION LAND ARRANGEMENTS TRAVEL CHEQUES TRAVEL INSURANCE (all types) Come In and talk with one of our experienced travel counsellors located in Lethbridge at 309-5th St. South Thomas Cook Son (Canada) Ltd. Phone 329-3336 r I E a. o ;