Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 9, 1974 · Page 89
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 89

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 9, 1974
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********************** North to the Old, Old Colony TRAVEL By Ron Hardway Looking for an out-of-the- way place to visit this summer? One where there are wide-open spaces, few people, but easily accessible and with enough unique assets to make it worthwhile to go there? Try "Britain's Oldest Colony: .'Canada's Newest Province" -- Newfoundland and Labrador. United in 1949 as a Canadian province, Newfoundland and Labrador are district geographical units. Newfoundland, of course, is an island, home of the greatest commercial fishery in the world. Labrador is attached to the Canadian mainland, bordering northeastern Quebec, and is home for the greatest moose hunting and salmon fishing in the world. But both Newfoundland and Labrador have much in c o m m o n . For example, there are only two ways to get to either -- by sea or air. There are no roads linking Labrador with Quebec, although one is under construction. The purity of the environment is astounding to pollu- t i o n - r i d d e n Americans. There are vast reaches of trackless wilderness that boggle the mind of the average suburban dweller. There is a multitude of black, frothing rivers, fearsome yet wonderful to behold. Surrounding it all are the harsh, uncompromising climate and the warm, friendly people who live and work in the midst of these natural wonders. The lifeline of Newfoundland is the recently complet- ed Trans-Canada highway. TCH-1 is now a modern; two- lane thoroughfare that spans the island from channel Port-aux-Basques in the extreme southwest to St. John's, provincial capitol on the east coast. The only other paved highway of-any length is Rt. 11, which goes down to the Grand Banks at the tip of the Burin Peninsula. . *· To see what Newfoundland is all about you must merely turn off TCH-1. onto any of the dozens of single lane, dirt tracks that lead to the coastal villages. At the ends of these rustic roads, you go back in time to an era of commercial fishing long since passed in most of the world. Fishermen still work out of dories -- the squat workhorses of the North Atlantic -- and eke* out a meager existence from the cold and hostile sea. The people are reserved but friendly. However, they speak a language peculiarly their own. It is English, but accented and phrased so only a native Newfoundlander can make any sense out of what is being said. To a visitor, there can be no question but that he is in a foreign country. Newfoundland has its large towns too, but they can be counted on the fingers of one hand and they are far apart on TCH-1. To compensate for a general lack of ' tourist accommodations, various oil companies have erected combination restaurant-gasoline stations conveniently spaced along TCH-1. But modern motel and hotel accommodations are p l e n t i f u l in Corner Brook, Gander, Grand Falls, Clarenville and St. John's. The picturesque fishing villages have not yet accepted the fact that tourism is for real, and adequate accommodations are not present in nearly all villages. *If you do not mind rain before morning, camping out in one of Newfoundland's beautiful provincial .parks is a pleasant experience. The rates are the most reasonable in eastern North America, and the benefits are unparalleled. An entire vacation can be made out of Terra Nova National Park, which offers everything from- c a n o e i n g to bird- watching fot the outdoor recreation enthusiast. For the historical-minded, there are two alternatives: St. John's is the provincial capitol and a thoroughly modern city. It was settled more than 100 years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. Between 1665 and 1762 English, French, and Dutch colonizers and merchants fought fiercely and frequently over St. John's harbor. The sites of these usually bloody encounters have been carefully preserved or restored. Nineteenth century St. John's still stands around Water Street and Duckworth Street alongside the harbor. In sharp contrast is the huge western peninsula, but its historical reward is even more fascinating. Access to the western peninsula is available only over a dusty or muddy one-laned dirt A real vacation begins with the sun and lasts through day after day of sailing and surfing, sport fishing, family entertainment, and great seafood. All no farther away than Virginia Beach and all dose together, so you'll only need a little gas to get here and back, and practically none during your stay. That's the great thing about The Beach: no matter what the gasoline situation is, you can still have a real vacation. For a free 1974 Accommodations Directory, write the Virginia Beach Chamber of Commerce, Dept. CG-3 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23458 and tell them whether you're interested in a D hotel D motel D cottage or O efficiency apartment for the month of Name Address City State/Zip . ... 'A real vacation. road that winds in, among, and over incredible sea cliffs and the Long Range Mountains from Deer" Lake to L ' A n s e - a u x - M e a d o w s , where remains have been found of a Viking settlement that predates Columbus and John Cabot by five centuries. Another side-trip well worth the effort is the long drive down the windswept Burin Peninsula to Grand Bank. The town is quaint and picturesque and is typical of Newfoundland fishing communities. Grand Bank is clean, smells salty and is speckled with brightly-painted frame houses, a welcome relief from the monotonous grays, browns and dark greens of the Burin landscape. Grand Bank is home for the Southern Newfoundland Seaman's Museum. Admission is free and the collection of sea relics and artifacts is truly impressive. You leave the museum with great respect and admiration for Newfoundland's hardy seamen. Getting to Newfoundland is half the fun of going there. In planning a route, you must aim for North Sydney, Nova Scotia,, for this is the departure point of the Canadian National ferries to Channel Port-aux-Basques or Argentia. You may either drive all the way to North Sydney via the Trans-Canada Highway through New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, or you may take a ferry from Bar Harbor, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, thus saving more than 300 miles from the trip. The choice must be a personal one, but whether you choose to take the ferry from Bar Harbor and bypass the gentle beauty of New Brusnwick, or drive through New Brunswick and miss the spectacular coastline of Nova Scotia, travelling time will remain the same. Three days at least should be allotted for driving to North Sydney from anywhere in West Virginia. If time is not of the essence plan on five days-everyone will feel better. Before planning a trip to Newfoundland and Labrador write to the Tourist Services Divisfon, Confederation Building, St. John's Nfld, and ask for their vacation package. In a couple of weeks two pounds of pamphlets and booklets will arrive. They answer all questions r e g a r d i n g accommodations, routes, sights, hunting and fishing regulations, ferry rates and schedules, weather and general facts. Once in Newfoundland try to make it to Freddy's in Deer Lake for a full-course meal. Order fish with brew- is. Brewis is ... well, ask Freddy about brewis. HAVEN INN MOTEL and RESTAURANT 3D 12(. Ocean Vi.w, Aye. " NORFOLK, VA. 2331( Phone 703/563-4366 U.S. RT. 6(1. On Chesapeake Hay. Safe. Clean Family Beach. . Kl.l-KN SHAW. M«r. tlmm Blue Heidi ·K -tt * ·+'· * * ·K * I***************,******- OCf.\* FROST MOTEL Buckroe Beach. Va. Fishing Swimming Dancing Amusements J Adults'Poof* Children's Pool SANS SOIKI MOTEL 312 Hesort Blvd. Buckioe. Beach. 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ANCHORAGE BEST WESTERN Motel and Apartments 1020 £. Ocea View lit. Nirftlk la. 23503 (104) 5J3-5I14 This Modern, New Waterfront Motel on Chesapeake Bay with Bayside Pool and Private Beaches offers the finest for Family Vacations, Business Trips or Military Stay. Close to Golf Courses, Fishing Piers, Amusement Parks, Azalea Gardens and Shopping Centers. Tastefully appointed Motel rooms and Efficiency Apts. come fully equipped with Elec. Stoves, Refrigerators, Two Double Beds, air cond. heat. Color TV, Carpeted, Drapes, all tableware, dishes, linens furnished, phones and maid service. Credit Cards honored, free brochures tour info. For Color Brochure Rates write: ANCHORAGE BEST WESTERN MOTEL APTS P.O. 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