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Happy BC Pioneers Day!

BC DayYes, you heard us right, BC Pioneer’s Day! Did you know that the British Columbia Day Act was first introduced to the Legislative Assembly in 1974, with the aim of the Bill to create a statutory holiday to recognize the pioneers in the province? You learn something new every day. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Mozart’s Lost Operas Come To Vancouver / October 2016

Wolfgang-amadeus-mozart_1These are three that Mozart began but never finished. Two are Italian comedies, and the third a German romance. In just over a year, City Opera presents our reconstruction of these ‘lost’ fragments, now set in the 21st Century. The music is wondrous. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

7 Tips for Travelling with Grandparents

Terry farmer's Grandkids helping Granpa to load carI don’t remember any trips with my own grandparents, but now I’m at that stage of my life where I have grandchildren and the topic of going on a multi-generational vacation is in the air. In fact just last week, my wife and I visited our son and his family in Whistler where he recently moved. Although we were only there for three nights, it had a mini-vacation feel about it as we took in the sights as a family. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Nature Viewing in BC

The View Flying In

The View Flying In

This year I had the incredible opportunity to visit Great Bear Nature Tours at the lodge in Smith inlet. Yes even the Mountain Man likes a little luxury on occasion and these guys provide just that. My family gave my father and I the trip for our birthdays (3 weeks apart). We spent 4 days and 3 nights in a spectacular location at the end of one of BC’s incredible fjord like inlets. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

BC – The Perfect Place for Water Sports

BC beaches

Enjoy the water this summer in BC

Spring and summer this year has been hot and dry and what that means to me is getting out on, or in the water. This year my wife and I are planning a vacation close to home, which means British Columbia. It got me thinking about what water sports activities we could do around the province, and close to an Accent Inns hotel.

My first thought was Kelowna and Lake Okanagan which has hundreds of beaches and places to swim. It was then that I thought about trying something a little different this year and came up with a few water sports I haven’t tried, or at least not here at home. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Top Ten Tips For Taking Your Family On A Business Trip

Family in car on road trip

Take your family on your next business trip

When my children were young, my job involved travelling extensively around Europe and North America and I was forever saying to a business colleague or client while in some strange foreign clime, “I wish my wife could see this” or, “My son Joshua, or Adam would have loved to play on that.” Looking back I don’t know why I never thought to take them, but it was probably because they all involved several expensive flights. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Cruise Out of Vancouver, A Great Deal!

Cruise ship Vancouver BC

Take a cruise out of Vancouver BC

I was looking the other day at what cruises were offered out of Vancouver and was surprised to learn there’s a lot. My wife and I took an Alaskan cruise a few years ago but I had no idea of the size of the cruise industry here. In 2014, 29 cruise ships called into Port Metro Vancouver 243 times carrying more than 812,000 passengers. This year they are looking at a similar, if not better season. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Canadian Women’s Ride Day

womens ride dayAccent Inns is proud to sponsor this wonderful event, which is happening July 19 near Victoria BC. This wonderful group of women, who share of love of riding motorcycles, will be riding in support of various local charities such as the Cowichan Women Against Violence and the Victoria Women in Need Society. Last year they raised $5000 that was split between these 2 local charities. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Who Let The Dogs In?

dog day of summerCalling All Dog Lovers.

Sit!
Stay!
Play Ball!

The C’s Dog Day of Summer will host activities to keep your pooch active and entertained, all while giving fans the chance to enjoy Canadian baseball at it’s finest. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

5 Ways to Keep Fit and Healthy When Travelling

Victoria fitness room (2)I’m the world’s worst when travelling with regard to keeping fit, especially if I’m flying. I get stressed, which leads me to drink more alcohol and eat more food. If there’s a delay I get bored and what do I do? Eat! It’s like the health and fitness God’s are against me. As for exercise, I do tend to walk a lot and carrying those bags is like lifting weights isn’t it? Read the rest of this entry »

 
 
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