MORE CANADIANS—and even more visitors from abroad, mostly the U. S. — will be traveling by car, boat, airplane and train to other provinces and territories in 1966 than in any previous year, according to Canadian Government Travel Bureau predictions. The reasons: increasing interest in national historic and scenic sites; completion of the paving of (he TransCanada Highway; more and better campsite and motel accommodation: an unusual number of celebrations of provincial and local anniversaries, in addition to popular annual events.
Travelers to the west coast can attend celebrations in British Columbia marking the centennial of the union of the crown colonies of Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia (five years before the union joined Confederation). Travelers to the cast coast will be able to take part in Newfoundland's “Come Home Year" festivities. Those who travel to the prairie provinces will find new highways. new vacation trails and neu campsites. If they travel to central Canada they will be able to visit a new' eleven-acre model of Canada at Niagara Falls, Ontario.
More information on these and other attractions planned for 1966. with dates and locations of most major summer events, are listed below. For details write to provincial tourist offices (also listed below') or to the Canadian Government Travel Bureau.
On May 20 British Columbia launches a new luxury car - ferry service from Kelsey Bay on Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert. It will make possible a fifteen - hundred - mile round trip through some of the province's most scenic and historic regions. Tourists can drive north from Victoria to Kelsey Bay, ferry to Prince Rupert, drive east to Prince George, south and west to Vancouver, and return by ferry to Victoria. The route will give them a view of most of Vancouver Island, take them through the Caribou gold-rush country and the spectacular Fraser River canyon. For details write: British Columbia Government Travel Bureau, Victoria, BC.
The new car-ferry service to Prince Rupert also opens up two newroutes to the Klondike and Dawson City in the Yukon. From Prince Rupert an Alaska car ferry cruises via the “Inside Passage" to Skagway and Haines. Or. by disembarking at Skagway, travelers can transfer their cars to the White Pass Railway, and take the 1 10-mile train ride to Whitehorse. For more details write to: Yukon Department of Travel and Publicity, Whitehorse, Yukon. For details on the Northwest Territories write to: Northwest Territories Tourist Office, 400 Laurier Ave. W., Ottaw'a.
May 13-14, International Hand Festival, Abbotsford; May 15, Pacific Sports Car Races, Vancouver; May 23-23, Blossom Festival, Crestón; May 20-24, May Days and Isle Pierre Canoe Race, Prince George; May 24-25, Squamish Indian Band Potlach, Vancouver; May 30.lune 4, Silver City Fiesta, Trail.
Mid-June, Indian Sports Day, Alert Bay: June 22-26, International Sea Festival, Vancouver; June 30-July 2, 40th Annual Williams Lake Stampede, Williams Lake.
Early July, midsummer skiing. Giant Slaiom, Pine Pass; July, Highland Games, Nanaimo; July, Kon-Tiki Days, Kamloops; July 1-31, Vancouver Festival, Vancouver; July 1, Cherry Carni| val, Osoyoos; July 5-7, Championship Dog Shows, Penticton; July 8-9, Anahim Lake Stampede, Anahim Lake; July 9, All Sooke Day, Sports, Salmon Barbecue, Sooke: July 9-16, British Columbia-Yukon Provincial Boy Scout Jamboree, Penticton; July 18-24, Tourist Appreciation Week, Cache Creek; July 30August 1, Mackenzie Day Peace River boat trip. Fort St. John; July 30-August 2, Sir Alexander Mackenzie Adventure : Canoe Tour on the Peace River, Dawson ¡ Creek.
August, Centennial Stampede, Fort St. John; August 3-6, Peach Festival, Penticton; August 20-September 5, Pacific National Exhibition — North America’s fourth largest annual fair, Vancouver; August 6, Loggers’ Sports Day, Squamish: August 9, Summer Ice Carnival, Kelowna; August 10-13, International Regatta, Kelowna; August 12-14, Fall Fair and Rodeo, Chuck Wagon Races, Dawson Creek: August 13-14, International Air Show, Abbotsford; August 1821, Prince George Exhibition and Fort St. James Canoe Race, Prince George: August 19-21, Sailing Regatta, Kelowna; August 20-September 5, RCMP Musical Ride, Vancouver.
June 15-August 24, Klondike Nights, old-time entertainment at Palace Grand Theatre and SS Keno, Dawson City; July, Yukon Voyageurs Canoe Club Annual Regatta, Whitehorse; July 1517, “Trail of ’98“ Carnival, Whitehorse.
August 17, Discovery Day Celebrations, Dawson City.
Northwest Territories March 28-ApriI 3, World Championship Dog Derby, Caribou Carnival, ice-chiseling contest, ice fishing, Yellowknife.
May 3-8, Toonik Times — Springtime Festival, including Dog Races and sports events, Frobisher Bay.
June 25. Midnight Golf, Yellowknife.
Alberta has just completed a four-lane highway from Nanton, sixty miles I south of Calgary, to St. Albert, nine miles north of Edmonton, giving access to most major vacation areas. A new highway from Edmonton north to Fort McMurray is expected to be open to tourists this summer. Fort McMurray is the site of Alberta’s vast tar sands, believed to contain the largest oil deposit in the world. For more information on Alberta write to: Alberta Government Bureau, Highways Building, Edmonton, Alta. Saskatchewan is opening three new vacation trails this summer. The Coteau-Cutbank Trail, to be opened in June, will take tourists around the South Saskatchewan River Dam site, ! one hundred and thirty miles north of Regina. Cypress Hills Trail, also to be opened in June, will route tourists I around major scenic attractions in the southwest corner of the province. Hanson Lake Vacation Trail, to be opened in July, will run from Smeaton, fifty miles north of Prince Albert. through Saskatchewan’s major hunting-fishing country to Flin Flon. Manitoba has three new parks under I development. Birds Hill Park, fourteen miles north of Winnipeg, is an eight-thousand-acre playground with hiking and riding trails, picnicking and camping areas, playgrounds, and a large lake. Spruce Woods Park, south of Carberry, sits astride the Manitoba desert and will be preserved as a wilderness habitat. Asessippi Park, adjacent to Highway 83 on Manitoba’s western border, will have a forty-fivemile body of water for picnicking, camping and water sports. For information on Manitoba write to: Manitoba Travel and Publicity Bureau, Norquay Building, Winnipeg, Man.
April 8-11, Marmot Ski Derby, Jasper.
July 1, Highland Games, Edmonton: July 1, Bassano Stampede, Bassano: July 4-August 13, Annual Summer Festival, Banff School of Fine Arts; July
11-16 Calgary Stampede, Calgary; July 18-23, Klondike Days Exhibition, Edmonton: July 20-23, Exhibition and
Stampede, Medicine Hat; July 21-24, Banff Indian Days, Banff; July 30August 1, Frontier Days, rodeo, Jasper.
August, Blood Indian Sun Dance, Cardston; August, Antique Car Races, Edmonton-Hinton; August 13, Canadian Derby, Edmonton; August 31-Septcmber 6, Fall Horse Show, Edmonton.
September, Harness Racing, Edmonton: September 30, White Heather Concert, Edmonton.
All year, Centennial year, Prince Albert.
June, Coteau-Cutbank Vacation Trail Opening; June, Cypress Hills Vacation Trail Opening; June 5-11, 100th Anniversary Days, Prince Albert; June 27July 2, Pion-era Days—early pioneer life in Saskatchewan—Saskatoon.
July, Parklands Vacation Trail Opening; July, Hanson Lake Vacation Trail Opening; July-August, Youth Travel Programs; July 6-9, Frontier Days— early life in Saskatchewan ranching country, Swift Current; July 13-16, Moose Jaw Exhibition, Moose Jaw; July 25-30, Hudson Bay Route Excursion, Saskatoon-Church ill.
August 1-6, Regina Exhibition, Regina; August 7-14, Centennial Homecoming Week, Prince Albert; August 22-27, Hudson Bay Route Excursion, Saskatoon-Church ill.
April 1-2, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg; April 4-9, Brandon Winter Fair,
May 4, Eskimo Carving Exhibition, Winnipeg; May 13-June 5, Exhibition of Canadian Art, Winnipeg.
June 24-July 2, Red River Exhibition, Winnipeg; June 30-July 3, Canadian Trapshooting Championships, Winnipeg; June 30-July 3, Trout Festival, Flin Flon.
July 4-8, Provincial Exhibition, Brandon; July 14-16 Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition, Morris; July 18-20, Northwest Roundup, Swan River.
In May 1966, Ontario plans to open an eleven-acre tourist attraction at Niagara Falls called “Canadia.” It is a scale model of all Canada, designed
to display the country’s important and historical buildings, historical sites and monuments, waterways, major industrial complexes, landscapes, buses, railways, cars, and aircraft—accurately constructed to a 1/24 scale, with some items as large as eighty-two feet wide and others up to thirty-two feet high. City sounds will be added to add realism.
More reconstruction is scheduled for Ste. Marie - Among - the - Hurons, Ontario’s first white settlement. The fort was built in 1639 near what is now Midland, Ont., the mission home of the Jesuit martyrs. Here the first permanent church in Ontario was built; the first hospital; North America’s first lock-controlled waterway. For more information on Ontario’s numerous tourist attractions address your queries to: Ontario Department of Tourism and Information, 185 Bloor St. E., Toronto, Ont.
May 8, Sports Car Rally, Kingston; May 8-10, Niagara Peninsula Blossom Festival; May 13-29, Tulip Festival, Ottawa; May 27-28, Canadian Scholastic Rowing Championships, St. Catharines; May 28-
29, Festival of Performing Arts, Ottawa.
June 1-September 30, Son et Lumière
at Dundern Castle, Hamilton; JuneSeptember, Festival Exhibition, Stratford; June-September, Summer Theatre, Garden Centre Theatre, Vineland; JuneSeptember, Changing of the Guard Ceremonies, Ottawa; June 25, Queen’s Plate. Toronto: June 5-September 7, Fort Frederick Museum, Kingston; June 6October 8, Stratford Shakespearean Festival, Henry V, Henry VI, Twelfth Night, Stratford; June 11-12, Annual Power Boat Races, Peterborough; June 18-19, Lake Nipigon Fish Derby, Beardmore,
July 1-4, International Freedom Festival, Windsor-Detroit; July 3, St. Catharines International Regatta, St. Catharines: July 5-August 21 (tentative), Annual Shaw Theatre Festival, Niagara-onthe-I.ake; July 27-30, Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, St. Catharines; July 29August 1, Canadian Smallbore Rifle and Handgun Championships, Ottawa; July
30, Annual Glengarry Highland Games, Maxville.
August, Cobourg Highland Games, Cobourg; August 12-13, 19-20, Six Nations Annual Indian Pageant, Brantford; August 14, International Sailing Race From Baudette, Minnesota, to Kenora and back; late August, CNE, Highland Dancing Competitions, Toronto; August
19-September 5, Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto.
September 19-24, Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, St. Catharines; mid-September, Fifth Canadian Grand Prix (auto races), Mosport.
This year Quebec plans to open a new road from La Tuque to Lac Bouchette. It will enable tourists to take a round trip from Trois-Rivières north through the St. Maurice Valley to Lake St. John, south through Laurentides Park to Quebec City and along the St. Lawrence River back to TroisRivières. They will be able to visit the shrine to Our Lady at Cap-de-laMadeleine, attend the La Tuque-TroisRivières International Canoe Race (September 3-5) at Trois-Rivières and the Les vingt-quatre heures de La Tuque (July 24), a relay swimming competition held on Lake St. Louis in the centre of La Tuque. The road from La Tuque to Lake Bouchette in the Lake St. John district is a firstclass gravel highway which passes through seventy-five miles of beautiful forests.
Around Lake St. John tourists can visit the Maria Chapdeleine museum at Péribonka; outdoor developments and campsites at Chute à l'Ours in Normandin: the municipal park and zoo at St. Félicien; the ghost town of Val-Jalbert, the hydro-electric plants j at Ile Maligne and Shipshaw; one of the largest aluminum plants in the world at Arvida.
Quebec City has decided to make the swimming competition in the harbor, held for the first time last year, j a regular event. This year it will be held August 14.
Montreal is planning bus excursions to Expo 67 this summer so tourists will be able to see the sites of various pavilions and watch them being constructed. For more information on Quebec write to: Department of Tourism, Province de Québec, Parliament Buildings, Québec City, PQ.
April 15-June 30, Gratiën Gélinas’s new comedy, Montreal.
May 2, Thaïs, opera by Théâtre Lyrique de Nouvelle-France, Quebec; May 6-8, Canadian and Provincial Skeet Shooting Championships, St. Janvier; May 16, the Bolshoi Ballet, Montreal.
May 15-September 15, Changing of the guard at the Citadel, Quebec
June 4-18, Ouananiche Festival, Alma; June 30-July 3, Festival d’Eté, Val d'Or.
June 19-September 5, Military display by the Compagnie Franche de la Marine (in 18th-century dress) at Ile SainteHélène.
July 16, Marathon Swim, twenty-eight miles in the Saguenay River, Chicoutimi - Bagotville; July 16-17, Annual International Regatta, Canada's largest speedboat races, Valleyfield; July 17, Canoe Race, Bagotville-Chicoutimi.
August, Montreal Theatrical and Musical Festival, Montreal; August 6, International Swimming Race, twentyfour miles, Péribonka-Roberval; August 15, Blueberry Festival, Mistassini-Dolbeau; late August, Canada’s Great Eastern Exhibition, Sherbrooke.
September 1-11, Quebec Provincial Exhibition, Quebec.
October 23-30, “Maria Chapdelaine” Festival, Alma.
New Brunswick’s new ferry from St. Andrews to Gran Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy is now operating. It carries seventeen cars and one hundred passengers; two trips daily.
President Roosevelt’s home at Welchpool, on Campobello Island, has been donated to the Canadian and U.S. governments as an international park. For more information about New Brunswick write to: New Brunswick Travel Bureau, Fredericton, NB.
Prince Edward Island’s oyster festival at Tyne Valley is now established as an annual Labor Day event.
This year a two-way radio service of the Prince Edward Island Travel Bureau connects with all resort areas in the province. For more information on Prince Edward Island write to: Prince Edward Island Travel Bu-
reau, Charlottetown, PEI.
Nova Scotia’s International Tuna Cup Match (revived in 1965) will be bigger this year with six international teams competing out of Wedgeport and Cape St. Mary, August 16-19.
A second car and passenger ferry now runs between North Sydney, NS, and Port-Aux-Basques, Nfld. Visitors planning to attend Newfoundland's “Come Home Year” festivities this summer will now be able to make reservations on two daily departures.
Newfoundland is in the midst of a major road and motel construction program that will provide summer visitors with new side trips off the TransCanada Highway to scenic coastal areas. One thousand motel rooms are scheduled for completion by summer. For more information write to: Newfoundland Tourist Development Office, St. John's, Newfoundland.
May, Fishing Derby, McAdam.
July 6-9, Potato Festival, Hartland; mid-July, Strawberry Festival, Memramcook; late July, Maliseet Indian Festival,
August, Woodstock Old Home Week, Woodstock; August, Blessing of the Fleet. Cape Bauld: August, Annual Fish Fair, Campobello Island; August 18-21, Lobster Festival, Shediac.
Prince Edward Island
May 10-June 6, “The Great Exhibition
of 1851,” National Gallery Exhibition,
July 11-16, Lobster Festival and Exhibition, Summerside. July 13-15, Strawberry Festival and Regatta, Montague; July 13-August 14, Scottish Festival,
July 4-September 3, Summer Festival,
Charlottetown; August 15-20, Old Home Week and Provincial Exhibition, Charlottetown.
May 27-30, Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival, Kentville; May 4, Neptune Theatre’s Summer Season opens, Halifax; June 26, John Cabot’s Day,
July 1, Gathering of the Clans and Fishermen’s Regatta, Pugwash; July 1, Junior Bengal Lancers Ride, Halifax; July 8-9, Pictou Lobster Fisheries Carnival, Pictou; July 15-16, Highland Games, Antigonish; July 18-23, Old Home Week, Parrsboro; July 31-August 1, Water Display at HMCS Cornwallis, Annapolis Royal.
August 16-19, International Tuna Cup Match, Yarmouth; August 3-6 (tentative), Festival of the Tartans, New Glasgow; August 12-14, Nova Scotia Festival of the Arts, Tatamagouche: August 30-September 3, Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition, Truro.
September 3-5, Maritime Trap and Skeet Shooting Championships, Halifax; September 13-17, Nova Scotia Fisheries Exhibition, Lunenburg.
June 1, Opening Rainbow Trout Fishing
Season, Province-wide; June 27, Discovery Day (Anniversary of Cabot’s landfall), province-wide.
July, Regatta, Harbour Grace; July 15, Tuna Fishing Season opens, Conception Bay.
August, Regatta, Grand Falls; August, Annual Fair, Botwood; August 3, Annual Regatta, St. John’s. ★