Commonwealth leaders arrived at the quiet pine-scented mountain resort of Mont Tremblant, about 160 miles (250 kms) north-east of Ottawa on Friday (3 August), taking a break from the world-ranging talks in Ottawa's sticky midsummer heat.
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GV Chalets (2 shots)
GV Swimming pool
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GV PAN Air Canada aircraft lands
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MV PAN Mr. Heath down 'plane steps
MV Swaran Singh out of DC3 followed by Chief Jonathan from Lesotho
MV Mintoff and wife out of 'plane
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SV PAN Mr. and Mrs. Kirk out of 'plane
MV PAN Nyerere out of 'plane
SV PAN Mrs. Bandaranaika out of 'plane
SV PAN Gowon out of 'plane
SV PAN Mr. and Mrs. Whitlam out of 'plane
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Background: Commonwealth leaders arrived at the quiet pine-scented mountain resort of Mont Tremblant, about 160 miles (250 kms) north-east of Ottawa on Friday (3 August), taking a break from the world-ranging talks in Ottawa's sticky midsummer heat.
The Prime Ministers and heads of state were at Mont Tremblant at the invitation of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, but getting there wasn't like the usually-smooth operation of flying world leaders around. Mont Tremblant's only airport is a short grassed strip...too short and too soft for jet aircraft, so a fleet of old Dakotas did the VIP air transport job. It all went well until the Dakota carrying Britain's Prime Minister, Mr. Heath, went out of radio contact for ten minutes. It sparked off a brief scare, but the old twin-prop aircraft arrived safely.
It was a proper day away from it all, with some of the leaders fishing for lake trout at dawn. Even the security men relaxed in the sun, trying to look like holidaymakers, complete with the tall-tale bulge of pistols under their sports shirts.
SYNOPSIS: The little Canadian mountain resort of Mont Tremblant became the tranquil hideaway for the prime ministers and world leaders at the Commonwealth Conference on Friday when they took time off from the weighty affairs of the world to enjoy the cool mountain air. The heads of state arrived at the resort in World War Two Dakotas.
The runway at Mont Tremblant wasn't long enough for big jets, so the Dakotas got the job. The aircraft carrying Mr. Heath lost radio contact for ten minutes, but the British leader arrived safely.
Swaran Singh, representing Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi arrived on the same aircraft as Lesotho's Prime Minister, Chief Leabua Jonathan. One absentee was Zambia's Vice President Mainza Chora, who refused to go at the last minute after a 'plane mix-up in Ottawa.
In another World War Two Dakota came Malta's Prime Minister, Mr. Dom Mintoff and Mrs. Mintoff, as a heavy police guard ringed the grassed airstrip.
New Zealand's Prime Minister, Mr. Kirk said he wanted to do a bit of trout fishing. Tanzania's President Mwalimu Nyerere and Sir Lanka's President, Mrs. Bandaranaika flew in on the same jet with the New Zealand leader. The leaders were all taken to wooden huts on the bank of a mountain stream.
General Gowon of Nigeria stepped out into the fresh mountain air just ahead of Australia's Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam and Mrs. Whitlam. The Commonwealth Ministers fly back to Ottawa to resume their conference on Monday.