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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 25, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE LEIHDRIDGE HERALD Saturday, July 25, 197U I Followed The Birds To Victoria' Big Fish Makes Big Splash Early Morning Calm In Inner Harbor glasses They know when to turn and off They darken when it's sunny and bright. Then clear indoors and at night. Smoothly. Comfortably. Automatically. A neutral gray that never hides your eyes, doesn't disturb natural coloring. Corning created the glass. We make tho glasses to your prescription. Just come in and ask. OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. 308-rth ST S LETHBRIDGE Phone By D'AKtfY RICKAHD Herald Staff Writer VICTORIA, B.C. -1 followed the birds to Victoria and it was a beautiful flight. My arms got a little tired but after landing I rested on the bus to the Imperial Inn. The fare was I decided to take the air light on my return. I couldn't feature flying alone into all those birds beaded for Victo- ria. EXCITING Perhaps most exciting was the vMt to Robert Wright's Oak Bay Sealand, one of the largest aquariums and ma- rinas in Canada. I was watching a Vancouver Island seagull. Suddenly this whale came toward me at about 15 knots, leapt into the air and splashed down. The gull, larger than our prairie seagulls, giggled when the splash soaked me. I dis- covered this whale is trained to leap out of the water. The trainer holds up a long pole. The whale goes right up, al- most as high as a house, when the trainer blows a whistle. A beautiful sight! What a splash! I got sloshed! A LOVELY CITY But the Victoria will knock your eye out. I had to replace my glass eye three times. "Beautiful British Columbia." Kow true! How very true! Victoria is a lovely city. It never changes, never grows old and wrinkled, like other cities. But it's confusing in one way. You just might come away wondering where you've been. It is a city of many illusions. One of these is the mighty mood of th.s Empress Hotel. "There's a let of good wood in this a chap said t me when I toured the Empres Hotel at 6 o'clock one mor ning. Yes, there is-rdark brow panelling and potted ferns tot Previous to my visit, Empres meant jam to me. Now means the impressive iro gates into the Library (a pu apparently out of The Man I The Iron But don't get the idea Vic toria's a staid place. It's exci ing, especially the wolf ee octopus and dogfish shark the Undersea Gardens. Diver give an underwater comraei tary. But back to the Oak Bay Se; land. You must say hello I H a i d a, quarter-of-a-ton kille whale. He's the fellow tha makes the big splash. Mar Perry, his trainer, say "There's pounds of lov behind those dives." Haida eats ioo pounds of he ring a day. His friend, a whit whale caught in nearby Jua de Fuca Strait, helped the m: rina draw about visitor last year. But if flying fish isn't your dish you can visit the Old English Inn. Here you'll find full-scale replica of Anne Hath away's cottage in Stratford-on Avon. Sam and Rosina Lan will show you around. Mr. Lan wears the uniform of an Eng lish Bobby. This cottage has beams thatched roof, big fireplace an dccrs for short men. Eve Shakespeare had to stoop whe coming to call on his true love The swans and cygnets i Beacon Hill Park are delight ful. Don't miss the tallest Tc tern pole in the world, talle than the Etzikom grain eleva tors. See the buildings Victor! has added in the last decade -t Stroll Through Butchart Gardens Take A Voyage, Make New Friends K big plus of a vacation is friends a girl makes along he way (especially if the friend "he" and the friendship urns into a One way to be sure of meet- ing new people is to sign up for cruise. Cruise passengers .art out as total strangers and :ten end up as more than jhristmas Card friends. Secrets of success in meeting our fellow passengers, and in itaining instant popularity board ship, are revealed here y a spokesman for the Trans- acific Passenger Conference, hose members include Ameri- an President Lines, Mitsu-OSK rient Overseas Lines, and North America) Inc. 1. Remember that on board u'p it's the friendly and ac- eptcd thing to do to smile at strangers, though at ome you might not dream of oing so. 2. You can make your first ew friends at the deck rail on ailing day. After you've un- angled all your serpentine with iat of the passengers standing n either side of you, how nat- 'al to adjourn to the bar for a ocktail together. 3. On some Lines you can sk (not all encourage this, to sit at an officers We. Officers are fascinating Hows and you often find in- jcsting people (and most like- more at their tables. i. Go precisely on time to the parties given by the cap- tain, especially his first party which is usually a seeond-night- out reception in the main lounge. Take the trouble be- forehand to learn the names of the officers and what their jobs are, so you can converse intelligently with them after the receiving line breaks up. 5. Do silly things you wouldn't dp at home. Play the name- bingo game the first day at sea and go to the first-night- out get acquainted party after dinner, at which some very friendly games are played. 6. Give a cocktail party early in the trip. Serve drinks in your cabin or reserve a table for your group in the bar lounge (the latter will have music and To go to a party, give a party. 7. Sign up for activities to the point of exhaustion: deck sports, dancing class, the hat contest, the ship's show (it is impossible not to become friends when you share the same sheet music to learn a new 8. Ask the nearest gentleman to help you into your lifejacket at boat drill. 9. Go to Early Riser's Coffee on deck at seven a.m. You may be the only girl there. 10. There are many places about the ship where you can meet people, no matter how shy you may be the library, the writing room and the salon where you may find informa- tive seminars before port, or- gan concerts and church ser- vices. There is fabulous Centennial Square. No, they didn't tear the town hall down, they designed around it. It's beautiful what you can do with old brick. Victoria Centennial Square is a project of Urban Restoration .and Beautifieation. It marks 100 years as an incorporated B.C. city, 1862 to 1962. The playhouse on one side of the square has the craziest brick work you'll ever see. But charming. HORRORS There's places in which to he horrified. I'm thinking about Josephine Tussaud's Wax Fig- ures presented by the Royal London Wax Museum. It has some rather diverting displays. Kind of a Who's Who in ele- gant wax. But the horror! Some scenes are blacker than a sack full of black cats. They show the brutal tortures prac- tised on man by his fellow man down through the ages. The sound effects seemed to be au- thentic. Now the soil at Victoria is really something. Lethbridge has some gardens, but let me tell you! Just drop a seed into that Victoria soil and then- stand back! They did this in an old limestone quarry? Visit the world famous Butchart Gardens. Here is a master- piece. It's billed as a 30-acre fairyland of flowers. It's grand. This city, named after Her Majesty Queen Victoria, is pop- ulated by people but it seems small enough to walk across on a noon-hour stroll: you'll see the legislative build- irgs, -big new museum, har- bor and a downtown area that has a charm of its own. There's so much more. I couldn't begin to tell you all about it. One thing stands out: the new million provincial mu- seum and archives. Don't miss it. And the Point EUice House, built in 1865 by British Colum- bia's first gold commissioner, the Hon. Peter O'Reilly, is a i fine house to visit. Mr. and i Mrs. John O'Reilly wear peri- od costumes and greet visitors. The 'house whispers a haunt- ingly beautiful message from the past. Maybe you don't want to fol- low the birds to Victoria. Then take the B.C. Government Ferry from Tswwassen t o Swartz Bay. It runs every hour on the hour. Your arms won't even get tired. Victoria's Centennial Square Playful Haida Plays Ball Wright Went Hunting White Whale Draws Crowds By ISABEL MULLIGAN The Financial Post VICTORIA Robert Wright, j young Victoria businessman, went whale-hunting early in March. His catch? A white whale that could well be worth ;l million to him. It is believed to be the only vhite killer whale in captivity t h e world and is now gam- Doling in Wright's Oak Bay Sealand, Victoria, one of the argest aquariums and marinas in Canada. Before his whale catch, Re- gina-born Wright was already locally as a success- ul fisherman and business- ian. A former employee of a yic- oria newspaper group, he act- ed as a fishing guide while ishing in his spare time, win- ning many trophies. Then he saw an old" and derelict boat- louse and cafe in Oak Bay, a avorite yarning place for old- ime trollers. The building of a ireakwater by the federal gov- ernment in the early 1960s con- iiderably enlarged the shelter- ed mooring area. Wright saw the possibilities. He interested a group of busi- nessmen in the idea of cquariurn and marina. Long negotiations and many itbacks followed before he ac- uired the boathouse and a 30- ear concession from Oak Bay municipality. The old boat- ouse was demolished, new Fharves built, as well as a res- aurant and and arking facilities. Some 500 Mats can tie up in what is laimed to be the safest small- oat anchorage between Victo- ia and Vancouver. He then added a "Sealand" 'here fish could be viewed un- erwater in their natural habi- st A large pool he made was lied with a whaie, dolphins, eals and the only sea-lion to irive and grow in captivity. Desiring a mate for Haida, is quarter of a ton killer hale, he bid for one of the shales caught by some Fender arbor fishermen early this ear, but lost to other bidders. Some were sold to Califor- a. aquariums and one was own to Yorkshire, England, rices for killer whales run to A determined man, Wright decided to catch his own whales. Using equipment worth 000 and training his own crew, he went out into the Juan de Fuca Strait. On !iis first day, he caught five whales including the white whale, subject of many legsnds in these parts. Netting the whales was one thing. Getting them to his branch marina at Pedder Bay and from there to the Oak Bay Marina was another. "The whales didn't need tranquilizers, I he said in describing the frequent efforts by the whales to break out of the encircling nets, while whales repeatedly rolled and surfaced throughout the night answering the calls of their brethren. South Carolina To know all about South Carolina's outdoor recreation facilities, send to Box 1358, Columbia, S.C. 29202 for the state's 128-page Recreation Guide. Campgrounds are listed but not hotels. Crew members in their 95- foot boat said they didn't wish to experience another night like it. The white whale was special- ly obstreperous. "Most whales shy away when they feel the said Wright. "The white whale repeatedly hit it." MEDICAL SUPERVISION Gradually the whales were edged tp-Peddsr Bay. Finally, the white whale was loaded onto a seiner and with ade- quate medical supervision was brought alive and well to Oak Bay. Wright has had substantial offers from many parts of the world, including Australia, for his white whale, but intends to keep it in Canada. "It is a Canadian he said. "They will have to come here to see it." Last year, even without the white whale, the Oak Bay Marina attracted around 000 visitors. Wright estimates his complex to be worth mil- lion. It employs 116 people at peak season. Rate Reduction In An- And Hotel Rates In Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas a 15 per cent rate reduction in air fares from Canadian and U.S. cities to the Bahamas pd a corresponding reduction in ho- tel room rates took effect June I. Prime Minister Lvnden 0. Pindling disclosed. "The fare from New York to Nassau would be instead of Mr. Finding said, "and similar reductions would be available for fares from Toron- to. Montreal, Philadelphia, Bos- ton and other cities." For groups making hotel bookings under the same condi- tions as package tours, the Prime Minister said, "there will be a straight across-the- board reductior of 15 per cent in room prices." The reductions will be effec- tive till Dec. 15. Meet The People Like many other countries, Canada now has a meet-the- people program. From Kam- loops to St. John's, Canadian families in 19 cities have volun- teered to invite visitors to their home usually in the evening. Guests from other provinces, as well as other countries, are welcome and no cost is in- volved. For a list of host cities and contacts, write Canadian Tourist Association, 8 King Street East, Toronto 210. Useful Book A useful volume for Florida- bound motorists is Humble Tra- vel Club's (HTC) Interstate Pic- tographs, which gives detailed outline of two highway routes from New York to Miami. It shows turnoffs and where to stay, eat or camp close by. Available from Humble service stations on the routes, from HTC at 800 Bell Avenue, Hous- ton, Texas 77002, or Esso Travel Centre, 15 West 51st Street, New York, N.Y. Cost is plus 45 cents postage. Try The Short-Scenic All-Paved Route To The Coast THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE Requires Listings of Off-Campus Accommodation FOR THE FALL SESSION if ROOM AND BOARD if ROOM ONLY if LIGHT HOUSEKEEPING if BASEMENT SUITES (MANY ARE NEEDED) if APARTMENTS HOUSES TO RENT To List Please Call The Housing Office 327-2171 EXT. 288 OR 289 Your Assistance Is Very Much Appreciated ;