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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, June 15, 1973 THI LfiHMipot ruKAiu I Vacation with a difference Gulf Stream warms Helsinki Although Helsinki, the capital of Finland, sits roughly on the same latitude as the top of James Bay, its climate is more like that of Halifax, thanks to the Gulf Stream. This is an aerial view of the city of half a million, a blend of modern and 19th century buildings. (CP Photo) Canadians at home in Helsinki Sauna bath real ritual By EVELYN OLDHAM HELSINKI (CP) A Cana- dian can quickly feel at home in Finland. From the air, its region of lakes forms the same kind of land-water jigsaw you see flying over northwestern Ontario. On the drivfe iiiii) Helsinki from the airport birches, con- ifers and rocky outcrops re- mind one of Canadian holiday country and Helsinki itself, like Victoria, is washed by the sea on three sides. Finland has two official lan- guages and the visitor imme- diately becomes aware of them. Street signs and street maps are in Finnish and Swedish, for Finland was part of Sweden for 700 years be- fore being ruled by Russia for another 100. Finland is not typically Eu7 ing castles, baroque cath- edrals, ruins or narrow twist- ing streets. It is a Lutheran country and the churches are starkly handsome in their simplicity. Though only half the size of Manitoba, Finland is a good-sized country by Eu- Passport Photos Candid Weddlngi Picture Framing Photo Suppliet A. E. CROSS STUDIO Phone 710 3rd Ave. S. Phone 328-0222 THE FINEST RETIREMENT AND RECREATIONAL COMMUNITY Blind Boy. 6 C., Hallway bttwttn Calgary and Vancauvtr Tram-Canada mail me a fret brochure. Phone DISNEYLAND TOUR (July 14 and Aug. 4) 14 days, transportation and accomodation Ponderosa Ranch, San Francisco, Disneyland, Knotti Berry Farm, Holly- wood and Las Vegas. EASTERN CANADA AUTUMN LEAVES LUXURY TOUR (Sept. 4) 24 days, transportation and accomodation Ottawa, Quebec City, Halifax, Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Windsor, Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul. TOURS ESCORTED BY STEVE KOTCH REST ROOM, AIR CONDITIONED "AQUILA" Boole Now Limited number of ticked available NORTHERN BUS TOURS PHONE 327-3536 LETHBRIDGE. ALTA, ropean standards, larger than Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Hungary combined. CLIMATE. MILD Although Helsinki, the capi- tal, sits roughly on the same latitude as the top of James Bay, its climate is more like that nf Halifax, thanks to the Gulf Stream. A comfortable city of half a million, Helsinki is a blend of modern and 19th century buildings. There is plenty to terfront gardens and foun- tains, the art gallery (Bon- nard, Rouault, Cezane, Gau- guin and Chagall, among oth- opera house, Sibelius memorial, classic buildings on Senate Square and the market on the harbor. Buses run the 10 miles to Tapiola, the town planned 25 years ago to relieve the con- gestion in Helsinki and de- signed so ideally amid gar- dens and woods that town planners from around the world still make pilgrimages to it for inspiration. Architects and designers are held in high esteem in Finland. The local guide in any town is quick to identify the architect who designed the town hall or library and the average Fin can tell you who designed a set of cutlery, drinking glasses or a fabric. No shortage gas in B.C. for tourists _ ists travelling through British Columbia will have no pro- blem buying gas this summer, R. N. Bubbs, President of the B. C. Petroleum Association says. Mr. Bubbs said in a state- ment that "rationing of gaso- line is not contemplated in B.C. and is not expected to be at all necessary at this time. "A canvass of B.C. gasoline refiners indicates that all of them expect to meet the nor- mal and increased demands of the tourist traffic, as well as those of local customers." Sufficient quantities of gaso- line will be available unless an unforeseen emergency devel- ops, such as a major equip- ment breakdown at a refinery or a prolonged industry-wide strike, the statement said. The hand-woven rugs tour- ists buy for wall hangings are works of art. They depict the colors of the northern lights and the midnight sun and the whites and blues on an Arctic winter. An ordinary drinking glass may look like a piece of glass sculpture enclosing ice crystals and frozen drops of water. Shopping is. a sensuous pleasure, whether for sleek stainless steel gadgets or a pair of furry Lapp boots made of reindeer hide and. vivid felt. Lapp hats with their pointed crowns make anyone identifiable on a crowded ski hill. Older hotels throughout the country resemble their count- erparts elsewhere, except that you would deserve a medal if you could find a cobweb or a grimy tub. New hotels, even in Lapland, are sleek and suave with built-in furniture, classic lighting and bright wo- ven bedspreads, wall hang- ings and nigs. The Finns, of course, are famous for their sauna baths and even country hotels have their steam chambers. But there is more to the sauna rit- ual than simply sitting naked and sweating in a steaming room. SHOWERS APLENTY After a preliminary shower you sit and steam until you can bear it no longer. Then comes another shower to wash away the sweat. Now you are scrubbed with soap and a wooden brush, followed by another shower to rinse away the soap. Next comes a real scrubb- ing, Finnish style. You lie on a wooden slatted bench and await the ministrations of the scrub lady. She arrives in white uni- form, black rubber apron and rubber boots, carrying a pail of soapy water and a big scrub brush. She throws soapy water over you and goes to work with the scrub brush from the soles of the feet up to the shoulders and down to the fingertips. When she finishes, you are ready for another shower. Only then are you consid- ered clean by Finnish stand- ards. The final step is to wrap up in a terry bath sheet in a comfortable chair in a warm room and sip a cold drink, usually beer, to restore some of the lost body fluid. Enjoy a Carefree Sunflight Holiday mnZHUHR HRlUHIi Mexico's most beautiful holiday area. 2 weeks from Fly P.W.A. private jets... while you enjoy Our complimentary in-flight meals and bar. You have a choice of excellent hotels, too! All with air-conditioned accommodation. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A FREE COLOUR BROCHURE .CALL: The paradise of the Pacific. 2 weeks from P. LAWSON TRAVEL MARQUIS HOTEL BLDG. Phono 328-3000 or 327-4094 Chance for 'The Dudes' to take in real rodeo CALGARY sure way to get the flavor of the Cana- dian West in a hurry is to take in one or more of the 50-odd sanctioned rodeos (many Can- adians still call them stam- pedes) scheduled throughout the four western provindes this summer. Nothing, but nothiv is as typically western as the rodeo, and thousands of fans will tell you that nothing but nothing is as much fun to watch. The Canadian Rodeo Cow- boys Association, head-quart- ered in Oalgary, is the govern- ing body of all professional rodeo cowboys in this country, and points earned at any ro- deos sanctioned by the CRCA count toward the cowboys an- nual awards, as well as toward American "titles. GLAMOR EVENT The saddle bronc riding is still the glamor event of the Canadian rodeo, as it is across the line, and Canada has pro- duced many of the world's best in this category. Kenny McLean of Vernon, B.C. holds an enviable string of Canadian bronc-riding records as well as a former worlds' championslu'p and three titles at the U.S. Na- tional finals. Mel Hyland of Surrey, B.C. is the current reigning bronc champ ion. Kenny won both the steer wrestling and the calf-roping titles for Canada last season, as -well as winning the-all- around-for a record fourth time. Other top-notch Canadian rodeo riders still currently competing in both countries in- clude Dale Trottier, Arnold Haraga, John Dodds and Doug Flanagan. Steer wrestling is a great crowd pleaser where the cowboy must fling himself from the saddle of his galloping horse, grab a speeding steer by the horns, and flip it to the ground. This is a timed event, and novice fans are awe-struck at the scant sec- onds that elapse after the steer breaks from the pen and be- fore he is thrown on his side. CALF-ROPING Calf-roping is another spec- tacular event that has finally come into its own in Canada- two Canadians, McLean and Jim Gladstone of Cardston, Alberta both qualified for the U.S. Na- tional finals last season the first Canadians ever to do so. The gate opens, the calf bolt1? June out, and a split second later the cowboy streaks after him, lariat already circling. For top marks, he'll lasso the animal almost instantly, while his horse slides to a stiff-legged halt. The rider races along the ground at the same instant. He must throw the calf on its side, remove the lariat, and tie three of the calf's four legs together with the "peggin1 string" he carries in his teeth It is not unusual for the whole business to take as little as 8 or 9 sec- onds. Other popular events in- clude bare-back riding, bull riding, wild horse racing, the hilarious wild-cow milking, and at some rodeos such as the Calgary Stampede, the ever popular chuck-wagon races. The principal women's event is the colorful barrel race, where cowgals race their ani- mals from barrel to barrel, circling each drum as they go, and the winner is the one who completes the course in the shortest time. For a change of pace, there's "little britches" rodeo where youngsters compete as well as high school and college ro- deos. Virtually all stampedes from the smallest to the larg- est throughout Western Canada are sponsored by non-profit as- sociations in each community. The cowboys' prize money is largely paid out of their own pockets the bulk of the purses comes from the entry fees that each competitor puts up, so the losers in effect pay the winners! Many stampedes are tied in with agricultural exhibitions, community fairs, race meets, and other such activities; near- ly all have supplementary at- tractions such as carnivals, midways etc. so that the vaca- tioning family can really make a day of it. The smaller stam- pedes are one-day affairs, many run two or three days; and some such as the famous Cal- gary Stampede run a full week, or more. For Eastern "dudes" plan- ning a holiday in Western Can- ada this summer, here are commencement dates of some of the better sanctioned rodeos: June l, Rimbey, Alberta (little June 2, Vauxhall, Alberta; June 3, .Alsask, Sask.; June 4, Craigmyle, Alberta; 7, Killam, Alberta; June 8, Mito, Alberta; June 9, Cor- onation, Alberta; June 9, Stet- Uer, Alberta; June 12, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta; June 16, Olds, Alberta; June 16, St. Albeit, Alberta; June 23, Ash- croft, B.C.; June 23, Marwayne, Alberta; June 29, Williams Lake, B.C.; June 30, Ponoka, Alberta; July 1, Swift Current, Sask.; July 2, Bassano, Alber- ta; July 2, Raymond, Alberta; July 4, Benalto, Alberta; July 9, Calgary Stampede, Alberta; July 15, Shaunavon, Sask.; July 15, Yorkton, Sask.; July 16, Morris, Manitoba; July 19, Lethbridge, Alberta; July 24, Medicine Hat, Alberta; July 30, Regina, Sask.; August 1, High Prairie, Alberta; August 3, Grimshaw, Alberta; August 6, Brandon, Manitoba. Other communities hold similar ro- deos every year, but have not yet firmed up their dates. Many hotels now being built on Dominica ROSEAU Although Domin- ica has barely emerged from its cocoon when It comes to tourism development, the of growth, as reflected by hotel construction, is rapidly accel- erating. There are now more twice as many hotels on island ta there were less than two years ago. One, the new Layou River Hotel, which has! not yet been officially opened although one wing has been I put on operation, is by far' the largest hotel on the island v beds in 48 double rooms with modern kitchen and other facilities capable of handling twice that accommodation. The hotel is unique In the- eastern Caribbean, being cated on a major river (the Layou) and offering guests the. immediate option of river or- pool ,swimming. Beach swim-; ming is also available seven- minutes by car from the hotel. 1 CHARTER FLIGHTS TO LONDON (ENGLAND) by WARDAIR A DVANCE OOKINO HARTERS (NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED) Frequent, departures still available in JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER, 1973 World Travel Service 60S 5th Ave.S. Phone 328-7921 or 328-1181 All enquiries welcome Office open Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ample free parking at rear of building Suiiflight ffltefVTUlAV Do meet a fllountic! Flash of Scarlet! The roll of drums! Royal Canadian Mounted celebration-and you can be part of it! Make up your own party and charter a Greyhound. Or try one of Greyhound's many regular schedules. No reservations needed. Either way you travel in air-conditioned comfort on restroom-equipped Greyhound Scenicruisers, July 1-3 RCMP celebrates in REGINA 2 trips daily July 4-14 RCMP 'Stampedes' in CALGARY 4.70 6 trips dally July 16-18 RCMP joins Klondikers in EDMONTON Sept. 1-3 RCMP rides in VANCOUVER (via Nelson) Aug. 16-19 RCMP in TORONTO 6 trips daily 2 trips daily 2 trips daily Greyhound Express More RCMP celebrations: July Saskatoon; July Dauphin; July 28-Auo, I.Winnipeg; Aug. 24-26, Kamloops; Sept. Victoria; Sept. 14-16, Montreal (Ftrta suhfeeT to cMnpt Hthout nototj HOLIDAY INFORMATION 327-1551 Atk fur-nuntl AMERIPASS! 30 daft of twtl tor Jf99.00 Go Greyhound and leave the driving to us. For fait travel faett, charter service and package express information, call the Greyhound Bus Depot, 411 5th St. S., tel. 327-1551, your Greyhound agent or favourite travel agent ;