For me, this crazy dream all started in 2008 when a good friend of mine and owner of Action Motorcycles, invited me on a dirt bike trip to a little town on the Sea of Cortes, San Felipe Baja Mexico. This sounded like a fun adventure. I had no idea that 6 trips later over 5 years, would have us lined up to race the toughest non-stop off-road race in the world. A Victoria BC Hotel Manager racing the 46th Baja 1000, who would have imagined that? (more…)
At Accent Inns we are in the travel business. We thought it might be fun to provide stories about our travels, our guests travel experiences, tips and tricks. You never know what you might learn or where you might want to go.
So today is the day when shoppers and retailers in the United States, our awesome neighbours to the south, go bonkers. Yes bonkers. Shoppers chase the ultimate deal and store clerks just try to “deal” with it. Online retail websites that haven’t taken the time to “beef up” for the additional volume today will soon learn that “crash and burn” is not a good thing to hear from their IT department when the CEO asks how things are going.
In Canada though we are much more civilized. We politely ask consumers to continue to shop locally and as a courtesy, offer some nice sale prices so that they don’t feel left out as compared to their friends in the south. Of course there are some of our loyal Canadian citizens that will politely wait in line at the border crossings for hours so that they can then wait in the store line-ups for even more hours. They do this just to be neighbourly of course. There are also Canadians that will order products online this Black Friday and have them shipped, but that’s only because they want to help keep their local mail or delivery person employed. We certainly owe all these wonderful consumers a vote of thanks for supporting the global economy. (more…)
I’ve always made it a practice to connect with and attend sessions put on by local “green” groups and companies. I’m always astounded at the things we can do to improve or rather shrink our imprint on this planet. The Vancouver Island Green Scene Association had a great speaker recently. Brian Bury spoke about lighting. The eye opener for me was that he didn’t speak in terms of power savings but rather the issue of light pollution and the damage we are doing to the environment and even ourselves with our tendency to “over illuminate” or by using the wrong spectrum of light. I never knew how many species we are affecting or how even our new “green lighting” technologies may be saving power but creating waste and offering the completely wrong kind of light our bodies require. Yes, apparently we require light. (more…)
One day last winter I had to make some sales calls in Campbell River and other Northern Vancouver Island communities. I hit the road out of Victoria at 6:00 am in order to get there at the start of the business day.
My goal to avoid traffic and make good time was immediately challenged by torrential rains. As I crept over the Malahat, I felt my shoulders rise and my body tense as I struggled with the wind, rain and darkness. (more…)
OK, the children are back in school. Parents are busy dealing with getting all the back to school items their children forgot to mention they needed, sorting out what it is they want in their lunches, counselling their off-spring as they complain about who’s sitting next to them in class or on the bus and realizing that they have to re-learn everything they thought they would never need to know, just so they can help their kids with homework!
Ah, but you are grandparents or perhaps folks that decided the above path wasn’t for you. Of course you love the little “rug-rats” but whichever category you fall into, this is a very special time for you too. You’ve had your fun with the grand-kids all summer and now it’s time to focus on you. You’ve dealt with all the lines for the really cool things to see & do but now there are no children to be seen and access to attractions is suddenly easy (and quiet). This is your time to travel. (more…)
Well it’s that time of year again when the Fair at the PNE is happening in Vancouver. This time of year means that you not only have the fun rides that Playland offers, the PNE means the addition of concerts & performances, exhibits, attractions and lots of great food! Although I grew up Victoria, the PNE coming to Vancouver was still a highlight of every summer. In fact the PNE used to give passes to all the school kids in Victoria (my home base as a kid) to remind and encourage us to “take our parents”. (more…)
Accent Inn’s, Pam Chung likes to Experience Local and is not only known for her friendly smile but also for her keen eye.
Pam has kindly shared some of her visual experiences, captured on film (or sd card..) of her local travels around Victoria, Vancouver and more.
Remember to enter the Experience Local contest (Aug 5 – 31, 2013) and add your own suggestions to the site.
Sit back, relax and Experience Local BC through Pam’s eyes.
Aug. 5, 2013, (BC Day) Victoria, BC – Experiencing BC like a local has just become easier thanks to Accent Inns, a small family-owned hotel chain that prides itself on offering more than your standard guest services at each of its five locations. (more…)
You can begin in Burnaby with the Burnaby Village Museum – it’s a community right out of the 1920’s with cobblestone streets and townsfolk dressed in period costumes. There’s even a carousel from 1912 and yes it still works! Next, it’s onto Burnaby Mountain Park – scenic views, hiking trails and picnic areas. (more…)
Ok sure Kamloops has lots of “refined” and “relaxing” things to do while you visit. There’s the great music festivals, the symphony, taking in a play, fly-fishing, tubing down the river, sunning on the beaches and even incredible golf courses. Although if you golf with me I wouldn’t call that relaxing (fore……). These are all wonderful things indeed, but what if you feel the need for a little excitement or adrenaline? Well of course you could visit one of the local ranches and try and ride an unbroken stallion (highly unlikely) but Kamloops offers several more practical options. (more…)