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Tour De Victoria 2015 A Great Success

Mandy Farmer President Accent Inns Hotel Zed at Tour De Victoria 2015The Tour de Victoria has been a wonderful addition to Victoria BC’s cycling community and event scene. It draws hundreds of folks (approx. 1200), from far and wide, out to enjoy the wonderful scenery of our area while challenging themselves in one of the 3 optional rides; Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Men’s Health Day

prostate centreMARK YOUR CALENDARS for the Country Grocer Men’s Health Day — Saturday, September 12
9:30 am – 3:00 pm  Lower Level of Tillicum Mall

Get your free psa test! Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Movies Near Accent Inn locations In British Columbia

hately castleI was thinking the other day about all the movies that have been made in B.C. At the time I was watching the Disney made-for-TV movie The Descendants, which was shot in Victoria and excited to see scenes shot inside and outside Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University, where I used to work. Hatley Castle has been used as a location for over 20 movies and television programs including recent Netflix favourites Witches of East End, and The Killing. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Environmental Education Is Growing

Photo credit to Kostas Zolotas

Photo credit to Kostas Zolotas

Sierra Club BC is branching out.

For the recent 2014-2015 school year they had a brand-new education team. There is a long history and strong foundation of environmental education to build on, and this season brought new energy and ideas to the programs. Last year they visited 230 classrooms across BC. This means that they directly engaged over 5500 students. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

It’s About How To Travel!

planes train textI was writing a recent blog post on movies shot on location in B.C. and for some inexplicable reason the 1987 movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles came to mind. The one, starring Steve Martin and John Candy, where Martin, an advertising executive travelling home for Thanksgiving, gets bumped from first class to coach and has to sit next to and over-friendly, over-helpful, shower curtain ring salesmen played by Candy. Travel chaos ensues. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

World Class Wine Touring

wine-kelownaAs a food, wine and travel writer I’ve done my share of touring wineries, not just in North America but across Europe too and I can assure readers that the Okanagan Valley stacks up against the best in the world when it comes to a wine touring paradise. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

ALS Cycle of Hope Awareness Journey 2015

als 2015A copy of the ALS Cycle of Hope  – Press Release

The ALS Cycle of Hope was founded four years ago by Cindy Lister. Personally affected by ALS, Lister lost her dad to this devastating disease. Propelled to support other families going through this difficult journey, Lister along with co-founder Robin Farell and a group of 12 cyclists, ride across BC on a seven day cycling trip to raise money and awareness for ALS. Their mission is to raise $80,000 for ALS research and services. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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 »

 
 
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