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Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award

GG01-2016-0070-086 March 04, 2016 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Terry Farmer, Victoria, British Columbia. Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston were in Vancouver between Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4, 2016 for an official visit. While in Vancouver, the Governor General recognized remarkable Canadians with awards and honours. In addition, Their Excellencies participated in a number of cultural, innovation-themed, and community-building events. Presentation of Honours. His Excellency presented honours to more than 150 remarkable Canadians to recognize excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service. His Excellency presents the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award to: Terry Farmer from Victoria, British Columbia. Credit: Sgt Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall, OSGG

Accent Inns founder, Terry Farmer, wins prestigious Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award

After handing over the reins of the family business, Accent Inns and Hotel Zed, to his daughter Mandy Farmer in 2008, some might have expected Terry Farmer would move on to a relaxing retirement. That however, was not the case. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

St.-Patricks-DayWhat do we do to celebrate on St Patrick’s Day.

Wear our green and feel Irish for the day, drink green Guinness, Smithwicks, Kilkenny or Harp, and celebrate with stories and songs like “Oh Danny Boy”. The pubs are decked out with shamrocks, serve Irish fare and play Irish tunes. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

10 Ski Resort Activities for Spring Break

003What better way to usher in Spring than having one last winter fling? There are around 20 ski resorts in B.C. all of which offer so many adventurous things to do you’d be hard pressed to find a more exciting way to spend spring break no matter the age of your kids. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Travelling with adopted kids

A re-print from AFABC

Spring! A time of new growth, a time to fling open those heavy drapes and pack away the winter layers for at least a few months. For me, in addition to all that, it’s a time of planting seeds and planning adventures. I’m on a mission to pass my love of road tripping on to my kiddos. Many have called me crazy. Who in the right mind would take a collection of little people on the road, especially with all sorts of special needs and medical conditions? This is usually followed by the statement, “I could or would never do that!” I don’t agree. I think anyone can do it. Why would I let any of our special quirks keep us at home? It just takes a little planning and inspiration. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Maybe It’s Time for a New Bike

Adventures NW-mandyI’m not an avid mountain biker but I do like to ride. A few weeks ago I rode the Galloping Goose Trail in Victoria, B.C. that runs right behind the funky and highly popular Hotel Zed and realized that I needed to start thinking about a new bike. To say mine is ancient is an understatement. It weighs a ton, has more rust on it than a 1986 Datsun and has not enjoyed the tender loving care it may have at one point deserved. Now in my defence I didn’t get it new, I’m not sure it was even second or third-hand so I’ve never been really proud of it. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

5 Top Reasons International Visitors Love B.C.

1000-09New figures just released show that British Columbia is becoming increasingly popular with tourists from overseas – in fact 2015 saw a 7.9% increase. That’s 359,750 more international visitors than in 2014 – for close to 5 million in total annually.

The biggest increase came from France, which saw an increase of 32.8%, with Japanese tourists going up by 15.5% and visitors from our southern neighbours increasing by 9.6%.

This healthy growth in international visitors has been put down to a new marketing strategy by Destination B.C., a growing Aboriginal tourism sector and more direct flights to British Columbia. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Boomers, Zoomers and Travel

13-16-197-croppedI was reading a survey carried out by AARP (the American Association of Retired Persons) about Boomer travel. It got me thinking about how Boomers, and their exciting subset Zoomers, travel differently to younger people. Millennials (those born from early 80’s to early 2000’s), for instance, are part of the sharing economy and they are more likely to use AirBnB or other sharing accommodation sites than a hotel. More of them travel internationally, but they are very budget conscious and tend to book online. Many travel for the purpose of finding love (if you’re a Boomer, think the Love Boat) and while Boomers travel to impress the younger cohort pack light, very light – a few tee-shirts, shorts and flip-flops and they’re good to go. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

The 6 Things I Must Take On A BC Road Trip

pillowsI was packing the car the other day, getting ready for a trip to Whistler to visit family and cursing the amount of stuff we always seem to take with us. No matter where we’re going, or for how long, it always seems the car is full. It got me thinking if I was going on a road trip what would be the six things I couldn’t live without? I don’t mean the standard stuff you simply have to pack like your wallet, medicines, cell phone – all the obvious stuff such as a laptop if you’re going on business, but those things that make travelling a little more civilized and comfortable. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Valentines Day, Hotel Love, And Keeping It Down

Nooner special-croppedIt’s that time of year again when love is in the air. Hotel Zed (Accent Inns’ rebel sister hotel) is inviting couples back for a ‘Nooner’ and extended lunch break. This cheeky offer gives fun-loving guests a room between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for $50. Accent Inns doesn’t offer a similar deal, but overnight stays at great prices are very popular on Valentine’s Day and the weekend closest to the day itself. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Variety Show of Hearts: 50 Years and Counting

show of heartsAs seen in BCBusiness February 2016 issue.

This annual telethon features local performers and generous community members who are all doing their part to raise money for some very important children. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 
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