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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 12, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, 1970 THE UTIIBRIDGK HERALD 17 LANGUID CRUISE ACROSS KOOTENAY LAKE 'The longest free ferry ride in the is the claim of West Kootenay residents, for the Balfour-to-Koofenay-Say trip along and across beautiful Kootenay Lake in southeastern British Columbia. The ferry is now bypassed by the spectacular Skyway Drive from Salmo to Creston but happy holidayers still seek out the longer, languid cruise across these beautiful waters. Balfour To Kootenay Bay Longest Free Ferry Ride Something for nothing is a fast disappearing commodity these days, and when it does present itself, all too often there is a catch "The longest free ferry ride in. the world" attracts throug- ands of tourists to the colorful Kootenay region of British Co- lumbia, where cars, trailers1, campers and people sail for 40 fabulous minutes down and across Kootenay Lake, between Balfour on the western arm and Kootenay Bay on the eastern Bhore. Operated by the British Co- 1 u m b i a Government Depart- ment of Highways, the ferry service was made toll free when the spectacular Salmo- Creston Skyway Highway to the south was completed in the early sixties. This spectacular drive provides shorter and fast- er connections between the east and west Kootenay regions of British Columbia than can the ferry. Predictably, both local ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS HIKING CYCLING IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES July and Aug., 1970 CYHA 45S 12th SI. N.W. CALGARY 41, Alta. and tourist traffic fell off sharp ly on the ferry after the open ing of the Skyway, but ferry traffic has come back stron and is now running almost b capacity. Queen of the ferry fleet is thi M. V. Anscombe, commissionec in 1947 and skippered for mos of the succeeding years by Cap- tain Roy S. Fisher, who retire in 1971. A second ferry, the Ba! four, works all summer, and is on standby the rest of the year for peak periods. This.ferry trip has got to be the biggest says Captain Fisher, with the enthusiasm of a super sales man, "it costs the governmen about each way to maki a trip. We burn about 70 gal Ions of fuel in our twin 500- hdrsepower diesel engines. Mos of our out-of-province visitors are looking for a place to he adds. Fisher has hosted many eel ebrities aboard the craft from Prince Phillip to Governor Gen era! Michener to Roy Rogers British Columbia's Premier Hon. W. A. C. Bennett is a fre quent traveller, as is ski champ the former Nancy Greene whose parents have a summer home in Balfour. "It is hard to say whether a moonlight cruise is more popu- lar with the tourists than an af- ternoon sailing on s. brillianl sunny says Captain Bal- four raves." "they both draw WE AT AMA WORLD TRAVEL Are STILL HiRI to serve you for AIR CANADA FLIGHT RESERVATIONS Within Canada or Abroad! No need to call long distance jus! dial 328-7921 or 328-1771 (3 lines) or call in person ol 903 3rd Aye, S., lethbridge for reservations and ticketing. NO EXTRA COST TO YOU! Free customer parking cit the rear of our building All Inquiries Welcome! AMA WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE 903 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 328-1771 The Balfour is equipped with washrooms on the car deck, anc with a comfortable lounge plus a fair sized coffee bar on the passenger deck above. Travel lers can also stroll outside on the upper deck, to marvel ai the spectacular mountain seen ery, and the unbelievably clear blue green waters of Koote- nay Lake. The captain's bridge on the top deck is off limits to visitors for safety reasons. "We're planning to replace the engines before too says Captain Fisher, "and the new engines will be so much lighter that we'll have to re- move the entire third deck and replace it with a lighter alumi- num structure in order to main- tain the proper balance." The captain explains that oth- ,er alterations will see the "tele- graphic" control system whereby the captain signals or- ders to the engine room and the engineers make the course ad- justments, replaced by a direct control system, where the cap- tain controls steering and speed directly from the bridge. "Sailing these waters isn't as tricky as it used to says tha skipper, "the completion of the Duncan Dam ahead of schedule, a couple of years back, has helped to stabilize Uie level of the water on Kootenay Lake. The completion of the Libby Dam, just across the line, on the Kootenai River will pretty well eliminate the prob- When the water is lowest in early spring, the captain con- cedes that he has only about three boatwidths of navigable channel for about half a mile in the western arm "but we never have any trouble she's an excellent craft and the ultra modern radar gives us a blip every two seconds." With both ships in ser v 1 c e liroughout the tourist season, hey sail hour from both >orts. In the off season, with .he Anscombe sailing alone, she eaves Balfour on the even hour and Kootenay Bay on the odd wur from 6 in the morning until 2 in the morning, missing only the 4 a.m. sailing east- bound. Westbound travellers .hould note that sailing times ire Pacific Time although ev- irything East of Kootenay Lake s on Mountain Time. The coffee ;hop closes at p.nr. on Movie Star To Christen New liner OSLO, Norway Motion pic- ,'nre star ingrid Bergman will christen Royal Caribbean Cniiso Line's M-S "Nordic Prince" at launching ceremonies in Hel- sinki, Finland, July 9. The ton, SOO-passenge class luxury liner, being coi structed in the Warkila shi] yards, will become the secon of three cruise liners designe exclusively for use in the Carib bean from the Port of Miam by Royal Caribbean. The line's flagship, MIS "Son of has already bee launched and will inaugurat weekly cruises from Miami t Nassau, San Juan and St. Thom as on Nov. 7 Uiis year. Britons Fear For Pleasant Land New Orleans' Food Festival June 14 And 15 The delectability of Louisi ana's Creole food once impel] ed Thackery to offer one cf th most flattering literary judg ments ever pronounced on an; cuisine. The reason for this am countless other favorable reac tions is easily discerned afte the briefest of experience wit this distinctive gastronomic arl Visiting gourmands will soon have an opportunity to explore the entire spectrum of Creole Acadian cuisine, June 14-15 During two days of the thin annual New Orleans Food Fes rival, a colorful culinary her! tage will be relived in a page- ant extolling the virtues ant palatability of America's mos original regional cookery. Creole g-aurmandise is a dis filiation of the finest cookery o several ethnic cultures and geo- graphic origins. It is, as well a significant contribution from a magnificent and creative culture. Flying Tours Of Roman Wall It took the Emperor Hadrian three days to ride from one end to the other of his Wall across the breadth of England. Now travellers can fly the length of the wall in specia tours total flying time ont hour and 15 minutes including coffee stop from Carlisle to Heddon on the-Wall. Price (three people) Similar trips go to border cas ties of Scotland, Holy Isl a n d Edinburgh and the holy shrines of Northumbria. All d e p a r from Wookington Airport, New castle upon Tyne. Miracle Plays At Holy Shrine Glastonbury Abbey was the loliest spot cf Christianity in Sngland prior to the Reforma- lon, with its Christmas tborn, the grave of King Arthur anc Queen Guinevere. She medieva Mays will be presented there Ills summer. Only a glorious ruin remain; of the abhey, which was torn down by Henry VIII, but its mystique lingers on. This summer's plays, trans- ated from a medieval cycle, vill be given from June 24 hrough August 1 on Wednes- days and Saturdays. VIore Exhibits In Y.T. Museum BURWASH LANDING, Yukon Ball Sheep, Can- xu and Moose are among sev- al new exhibits being pre- ared for addition to the mti- at Burwash Landing, Yu- for its second year of oper- tion. A log building, ttie museum !so includes an information h and handicraft centre. It ttracted over' visitors it opened last summer for irce months. veokdays during the off sea-1 _ i i on; it opens at 6 a.m. every 3-Foot Woves-lndoors lay. With awestruck visitors mak- ng a circle tour across on the Cootenay Bay Ferry, and back ver the Salmo Creston Sky- vay; with localities virtually onimuting on the Balfour and Jie Anscombe; and with an ever ncreasing volume of commer- cial traffic throughout the boom- ing Kootcnays the longest free ferry ride in the world seems destined to continue. But, yes, there is a catch once you've soaked up the sunshine on the dock of tim Anscombe, you are hooked and you will be drawn back again again! West Germany's East Fri- sian Island of Borkum off the country's North Sea coast will, this coming summer, open a seawatcr indoor swimming in- stallation said to be Europe's largest. Equipped with an ap- paratus to make artificial waves three feet high, the pool measures 82 by 164 ft. and the water will have a temperature of 75 degrees F, the German National Tourist Office reports. Bermudians are nicknamed "onions" after the vegetable and which was once a major export tor the tiny colony. Rissnq Tide Of B By CY FOX LONDON (CP) The year 1970 is shaping up as a record one for Britain's Unu'ist Indus- try. But the glee of local busi- nessmen and government offi- cials about the resulting bene- fits to Uie national economy is tempered with warnings about what may happen if de- velopment of extra accommo- dations does not match the rising tide of visitors. And some Britons say they fear the outcome for their green and pleasant land even if the accommodations chal- lenge is successfully met. Last year this country pla.ved host to for- eign tourists. The figure for 1970 is expected to reach Lord Mancroft, head of the London Tourist Board, is fear- ful that the foreign flood may place heavy strains on the traditional friendliness o f Britons towards visitors from overseas. Mancroft is all the more worried in this respect be- cause the friendliness is itself a big tourist asset for Britain. SQUEEZE OUT LOCALS He says that last year a number of visitors found the locals resentful over being squeezed out of London thea- tres and hotels by the influx of foreigners. This year the tourist tide is so great that in some cases Londoners arrive at their ac- customed restaurants only to find them almost totally filled with busloads of hungry, stri- dent-voiced and garishly at- tired sightseers. Mancroft wants efforts made to avoid having armies of tourists arriving in Britain at the same time. In addition to the staggering of such arrivals, he seeks new ways of steering visitors off the chronically track formed by London, Oxford, Stratford on Avon and Edin- burgh. Meanwhile the scramble is on to increase British hotel accommodations. An extra beds, half of them in London, will be avail- able lo tourists (Ms summer, double the growth rate set last year. The capital's new facilities include two big hotels. An- other 30 are scheduled to start business in Lyndon before 1973. Yet Mancroft finds all this "too little and loo espe- cially with tourist traffic- swollen i by introduction of jumbo-jet flights across the to hit a year by 1875. PAPER SKEPTICAL The London tourist chief's idea for staggering tourist ar- rivals met with expressions of editorial skepticism from The Daily Telegraph. The newspaper doubts too whether his plan for greater dispersal of tourists once they get here will be kindly re- ceived by the visitors them- seives. "The only practical solution is to press on with the build- ing of hotels and with propa- ganda in favor of some of our more neglected says The Telegraph. However, the idea of whole- sale hotel-building across the country is by no means to the taste of everyone in Britain. Plaas for a luxury hotel at Stratford, glitteringly geared to the tastes of American vis- itors, left some lovers of Shakespeare's birthplace ap- palled. For connoisseurs of London, where a number of Jrcrishcd land m arks already have fallen victim to Uie wrecker's hammer, the vision of new demolition projects designed to make way for more tourist hotels and motorways is a nightmare. Even the present level of tourist traffic is enough to "make Uie spirits writes columnist J. W. M. Thompson in the weekly mag- azine The Spectator. "I say tlu's not out of any xenophobic prejudice but be- cause I don't see how this small, grossly overcrowded is- land can accommodate such a vast influx of holiday-makers without paying a severe price." said Thompson. In addition to (he Stratford hotel project and demolitions at various points around Lon- don, The Spectator's column- ist sees tlu's price as including "a swamping addition to na- tive traffic in places already sorely congested, an upgrad- ing of restaurant prices and a downgrading of comfort, and much more besides." Reflected in his comments is a widespread dislike among Britons ar.d other nationalities that a country should become economically dependent on tourism, particularly in an age when that industry in- volves mechanized convey- ancp of carefully rcinmentffl droves of humanity filong standardized s i g h t s e c ing routes. "Could (hero a sadder end (o island story (liar, lo dwindle imo a proc- essing point nioiip Route 237Pi of Gariarem1 Tours Thompson a.vis. Four New National Parks Opened By Norway Govt, Norway had no Earth Day because Norwegians always practice conservation. The un- trammeled fjordsides and up- lands remain clean and fresh year after year. To keep them so, royal de- cree has named four new na- tional parks in the northern provinces of Norway. The Finn- mark parks preserve the north- ernmost pine forest which stretches to Siberia. The pano- rama of giant peaks, glistering glaciers, remote valleys, spark- ling waterfalls and peaceful lakes freshens the city-dwell- er's soul. In all the parks, animals, plants and even dead trees are protected. Viators ream at will and enjoy the galaxy of nature. Inexpensive lodges abound a day's walk apart. You can save on meals and rooms by joining the Norwegian Touring Club. Write to the Club in Oslo for a list of walking tours, or contact your nearest SAS office. FOR AIR CANADA RESERVATIONS and INFORMATION (All OTHER AIRLINES, TOO) PHONE K LAWSON TRAVEL Marquis Hotel Bldg. LETHBRIDGE "SERVING LETHBRIDGE SINCE 1957" Offices Coast-to-Coast NOW! 2 DAILY SUPERCRUISEFfS CANADA AND TO NEW YORK! For fasf travel facts, charter service and package express in- formation, call the Greyhound Bus Depot, 411 Sin street S. 317-1551, your locel Greyhound agent or favorite travel agont service Summertime... and the planning is twice daily fhru service across Canada and loNew York! Now you can cnooso so many "ways to go" with fares like these! CALGARY VANCOUVER TORONTO 3 Jrips daily 2 trips daily Via Nelson 2 irips daily A new experience in travel... the smooth riding, air-conditioned, restroom equipped SUPEHCRUISERI This summer iry the "Greyhound Comfort Package." LETHBRIDGE OTHER SUPERFUN FARES! Medicine Ha! 3.80 2 trip, doily Winnipeg 2 trios daily Edmonton 3 trips daily Regina 2 trips daily Nelson 2 trips doily Montreal 2 trips daily EXTRA SUMMER SERVICE EFFECTIVE JUNE 25 1970 plan a superfun summer with the Greyhound comfort package'! Go the Greyhound way for super summer travel fun! There's o lot of comfort in the Greyhound comfort package I Smooth-riding, air-condi- tioned, restroom-equipped Scenrcruisen ond SUPERCRUISERS. Downtown to downtown lervice. Greater choice of trips than ever before. More miles for your money with bargain fores. Plan your lummor travel with Greyhound they've got "ways to We Supes care! GO GREYHOUND and leave the driving to us. 70 ;