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The Joy of Hanging Baskets

Hanging Basket at the Accent Inn Victoria BC

Hanging Basket at the Accent Inn Victoria BC

I love hanging baskets, they are so European. When the City of Victoria first started hanging flower-laden baskets from lamp posts throughout the downtown in 1937 it was rare to see these summer delights in North America. This year will be the 79th year visitors to this fine city will be treated to a floral display second to none – hanging baskets and Victoria are synonymous. This year 1,350 baskets will be hung up during the second week in June, each containing 25 plants and weighing around 20 kilograms. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Victoria Day and the Best Parade in Canada

Accent Inn Hotel Zed 2015 Parade float

Accent Inn Hotel Zed 2015 Parade float

Victoria Day is unique to Canada, nowhere else in the world do they celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday. It was first declared the Queen’s official birthday in 1845 and became the public holiday known as Victoria Day after her death in 1901. The day actually celebrates two Queen’s birthdays (Victoria’s actual birthday on May 24th) and Elizabeth II (it is by legislation her official birthday in Canada). It is always celebrated on the Monday prior to May 24th. This year Victoria Day will be on Monday May, 23rd. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

ALS Cycle of Hope Frequent Flyer 10km

ALS Cycle of Hope poster 2016Decorate your bike and ride as a Superhero! 

We are inviting you and your family to join the ALS Cycle of Hope Frequent Flyer 10km on June 12th from 11am-2pm to help raise greater ALS awareness and inspire hope for families living with ALS.

Participants and their families can join us for exciting and fun activities after the ride; Bouncy Castle, facepainting, Red Barn-B-Que and live entertainement by Chikoro Marimba band!

Register online to ride the 10km before June 10th at www.cycleofhope.ca  Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Mother’s Day – Making it Special

 

Mothers day

Happy Mother’s Day

I’ve always loved Mother’s Day, it’s a time where we get to show our Mothers how much we value them, how much we appreciate what they do for us. In years gone by I always tried to make the day special for my Mum (English-speak for Mom) even though rarely in my adult life did we live close to each other.

After my children were born, making Mother’s Day special for my wife became just as important. When the boys were younger we always tried to make the day special. Even now they are adults I contact them a week or so before the big day to plan what we’ll do. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Online Reviews – How Do We Measure Up?

Accent Inn recieives tripadvisor certificate of excellenceThe hotel industry has sure changed over the last decade. The early adoption of online reviews by our industry’s guests has not only taken the accommodation industry by storm but also restaurants, attractions and more.  How do we as a chain of hotels in B.C. feel about online reviews? Of course we cringe if we see someone complaining, but that’s to be expected. The key is to respond and learn from those complaints or concerns. More importantly is to make sure that we are succeeding by getting far more praise than not. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Vancouver Island’s Endangered Old-growth Rainforest

P1290516B.C.’s coastal temperate rainforests are home to species that don’t exist anywhere else and form part of a globally rare ecosystem covering less than one per cent of the planet’s land base. Today the majority of the original old-growth rainforest has been logged.

Intact forests offer critical environmental services such as clean water, clean air and recreational and tourism values, upon which many communities depend.  Coastal temperate rainforests in particular are also one of the best carbon storehouses on the planet, with record high carbon storage per hectare, accumulated over thousands of years. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Take the Ferry to BC!

Anacortes mapOne way or another, many Accent Inns Victoria hotel guests arrive from the U.S. on one of the many ferries that ply the waters between our countries.; they travel by car, by bicycle or by motorcycle. For those already on the island, fabulous ferries are available to transport them between the mainland and Vancouver Island. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Sierra Club BC Volunteers

Veronica and Tess at an event_Galen ArmstrongSierra Club BC depends on volunteers for many things – from helping us plan certain events, to reaching out and thanking our donors. You can find a volunteer in our office almost any day of the year, working on a project. For example, Diane worked diligently through much of the winter, digging through our archives (which go back to Sierra Club BC’s founding in 1969) for a history project that we can’t wait to reveal. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

5 Places to Find Peace in Kelowna

moments-of-reflectionI love travelling; all the excitement of seeing new things, having new experiences, it’s a blast. But as I’ve got older I also like to seek out some quiet, peaceful places where I can just sit and stare – recharge the batteries. Those few moments of reflection, even on occasion meditation can be highlights of a vacation. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

My Journey West

sierra 1It took me ten years to make my way from Ontario to British Columbia. During that time, I saw a lot of our beautiful country and worked with and learned alongside some incredible students and colleagues. They taught me the value of building connections and reconnecting to the land. The journey took me in many directions, but eventually brought me to my adopted home, Victoria, B.C. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 
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