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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, June 28, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-9 North end of Island has strange features A scenic Yukon canyon Miles Canyon in the Yukon is one reason why the territory is becoming increasingly' popular as a tourist destination. Last year saw an increase in visitors to the Yukon over the year before. Three quarters of the visitors carne from the U.S. Miles Canyon can be explored by boat, such as the M. V. Schwatka seen here, or by following one of the many trails along the top of its rocky walls. Tasmania: a refreshing change PORT NcNEILL, B.C. Vistors to MacMillan Bloedel's Port McNeill logging division on the north end of Vancouver Island will be able to stand in the spray of the Eternal Fountain, puzzle over trees growing upside down in the Devil's Bath and cross a fallen log bridge over a 100 foot long "river to The Eternal Fountain, Devil's Bath and the River to Nowhere are among the points of interest accessible to the public via MB logging roads, just a few minutes' drive off the main highway from this community. They are part of a strange geological oddity known as the Quatsino Formation, a series of limestone hills and ridges honeycombed with caves, springs, sinkholes and underground rivers by centuries of heavy coastal rains. "The Eternal Fountain is a fast flowing stream that comes directly out of a limestone rock, drops down a hole, then turns around underground to go back in exactly the same direction from which it said MB divisional forester Jack Dryburgh. The Devil's Bath can be seen from a logging road. It is about a quarter mile across with a sheer drop of about 100 feet from the road down to the water. It is in a stand of mature timber which is being reserved "from logging because "we want to maintain the area a scenic Mr. Dryburgh said. The River to Nowhere is a short distance from the Eternal Fountain and can be crossed on foot over a large log that fell across the stream many years ago. "The river comes out of a cave in a stream about five feet across, runs about 100 feet down a little valley, then disappears into another said DryburgH. "It's beautiful water, pure and clear." The portion of the Quatsino Formation on MB managed land encompasses several thousand acres, said Dryburgh, and much of it remains unexplored. New geological oddities turn up in the area almost every year as Company engineers explore the timber stands. One of the great mysteries about the area is where all the underground rivers come from and where they go. Dryburgh says no one knows for sure, but in the case of the Devil's Bath there may be a tunnel connection under a ridge to the nearby Benson River. The Bath is teeming with fish and the water is crystal clear, indicating some sort of inflow and outflow system, but the depth of the sinkhole water remains undetermined And just to confuse matters further, the lip of the sinkhole is rimmed with large fir trees that are growing down insteai of up. These trees ar anchored in the soil on the edge of the steep rock face but the trunks and branches have grown upside down. seem to be thriving in the topsy turvy environment. Dryburgh has coupled the division's Quatsino Formation attractions with a recently completed demonstration forest IVz miles from the Port Alice Highway. It is a quarter mile 'walk through' which shows visitors the basics of reforestation in logged over High cost of living will affect tourism By RALPH HUBLEY Christian Science Monitor HOBART, Tasmania Driving down the beautiful, winding east coast of this island state of the Australian commonwealth, I felt a motoring freedom unknown for years. Open roads, clear mountain air, fresh sea breezes, and uncluttered small towns characterize this shield- shaped island. And there is plenty of gasoline. Australia furnishes 80 per. cent of its own needs'and imports the rest from nearby Indonesia. As in other parts of this 190- mile wide island, the road connecting the seaside resorts from St. Helens to Orford is newly -surfaced. It offers a variety of scenery that even the driver could enjoy because of the scarcity of traffic. Most of the wide sandy beaches along this coast are deserted and there are dozens of secluded coves with small cresecent beaches along the road waiting to be claimed by the visitor. "The most spectacular section of the east coast, along the Freycinet Peninsula, consists of red granite cliffs rising feet out of the sea. Snow white sandy beaches lie below them. Heading for the Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur, I passed Maria Island (a wildlife sanctuary) off Orford. Port Arthur and Maria Island were penal colonies described in literature of the day as "the end of the world." Tasmania was then known as Van Dieman's Land. When the convict camps closed in 1877, the settlers changed the name to honor Abel Janzoon Tasman, the discoverer of the island. The remoteness that recommended Van Dieman's Land as a penal colony now is prized as an off the beaten path tourist attraction. Looking at the ruins of the four story brick penitentiary built in 1848 I wondered about the convicts who had been shipped to this colony. Could any of them possibly have imagined that the area would one day become a resort? That visitors from half way around the world would be fascinated by such coastal features as Tasman's Arch, the Devil's Kitchen, the Blowhole, and the Tesselated Pavement? But while the scenery remains. traces of Tasmania's lost race the aborigines are hard to find. In the far northwest corner of. the island aboriginal rock carvings dating from the Ice Age can be seen in caves overiianging the beach at Marrawah. The tragic end of the aborigines is graphically displayed the Hobart Museum. In 1830, after a 26- year struggle between the settlers and the natives, only about 100 aborigines were left. They were settled on Flinders Island where their numbers gradually dwindled until the last one. Queen Truganini, died in 1876. Although long an Australian playground. Tasmania was only recently ready for international tourism. New motels and resorts now-are open, and a system has been organized. It offers the traveler flexibility by arranging for the next night's lodging at the previous motel. If plans are changed during the day, the traveler can make the new arrangements by phone. Most tours operate out of Hobart, which has frequent TAA and Ansett airline connections with Melbourne. The basic price of a two- week package tour of Tasmania from the West Coast of the U.S. is This includes air fare, 14 nights accommodations, and rental car with unlimited mileage. Not included are meals, cost of gasoline, and extras such as possible bus sight seeing tours or trip extensions to Fiji and Tahiti. This is quite a bargain when you figure that the cost of the round-trip air fare alone from the West Coast is nearly Sailboats still popular The age of the windjammer is still vigorous in Nova Scotia as evidenced not only by the growing number of yachting enthusiasts there but also by the rising popularity of the Marine Museum at Halifax Citadel. A group of rooms is jammed with models, photographs, and paintings of sailing ships, displays of tools, and artifacts. And a special course is offered to schoolchildren by the staff of the Nova Scotia Museum. The historical part of the course fascinates the small fry, because in the story of Canada's Maritime Provinces, a major role involved the building of fleets of ships, both warships and cargo vessels. Among them were the fastest sailing ships in the world. NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. A senior executive with one of this area's leading tourist attractions has predicted a tough year ahead for the tourist industry throughout North America because of escalating living costs. Albert G. Watson, president and general manager of the Niagara International Centre Limited, which owns and operates the Skylon Tower, told a mass meeting of employees today that accelerating prices may result in widespread layoffs in the tourist sector. "With the high cost of living going higher and higher and no end in sight, fewer people will be taking vacations, not because they do not want to get away, but they will simply not have the Mr. Watson declared. "I want to be optimistic but unless economic conditions improve, I can't see how the average family will be able to afford a vacation when they have a tough enough time now paying their weekly grocery bill." Mr. Watson, said that Niagara Falls, the largest tourist mecca in Canada, attracting some 12-million visitors a year, might not receive the full brunt of the impact because there are some 20-million people living within a 200-mile radius of the area, but he warned that other tourist areas in both the United States and Canada would be "facing difficult times this summer" He said that in addition to rising prices, there are still signs of a gas shortage in the United States this summer as well as the psychological impact of Watergate in the United States, which has had a demoralizing effect on the people. j THE PASSPORT FACTORY 5 min Service on Passport, Citizenship. I.D. and Visa PHOTOS i Upstairs Suite E 303-5th So. 328-9344 THE FINEST RETIREMENT AND RECREATIONAL COMMUNITY Passport Photos Candid Weddings Picture Framing Photo Supplies A. E. CROSS STUDIO Phone 328-0111 7103rdAve. S. Phont 328-0222 Blind Bay, B.C., 50 miles east of Kamloops on Trans Canada. 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