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Got the Winter Blues? Visit Victoria where there’s lots to do!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

After all the excitement of the Christmas season you might feel a little blue come January. So here’s some affordable and fun things to do in your own backyard – it’s just what the doctor ordered!

Be a Tourist In Your Own Town!   February 28 – March 3.  For a nominal cost, you can get into all the top attractions in Victoria, before the summer crowds come.

Visit the ever popular Miniature World and don’t forget The Bug Zoo
Dine Around and Stay in Town! 
Feb. 21-March 10 – Most of the local restaurants participate and they offer set menus from $20, $30 and $40.  It’s a great way to try out that hip new restaurant in town!  (more…)

 

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It’s Ski Bus Season again

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Relax and enjoy the scenic journey to and from Mount Washington Alpine Resort aboard one of Smith Transportation’s dedicated ski buses. Enjoy the views of the  rugged peaks of Strathcona Provincial Park  and the Strait of Georgia. Mount Washington Alpine Resort boasts one of the most incredible and scenic alpine settings in North America; you’ve got to see it to believe it! Did you know that Mount Washington welcomed many athletes as they trained for the 2012 Vancouver BC Olympics. On several occasions  Mount Washington has boasted the highest base of any Ski resort in North America. (more…)

 

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Pass it along

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

There is a line in a song by the British rock band Chumbawamba that says “Pass it along by word of mouse”   This is not just a great lyric but a statement that pretty much defines our world today.

Within moments of taking a photo, receiving a video, a joke or a special offer, we pass it along to all those folks on our contact list without a moment’s though.  But should we perhaps give it a moment’s thought?

How many of us pass it along without removing the email addresses of those dozens of people who have passed it along to us?  How many of us pass it along to people we barely know without a moment’s thought as to their political or religious views, their workplace email policies or even the validity of the content? (more…)

 

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Treasure Hunting in BC

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

If you’ve ever fancied yourself to be a bit like Indiana Jones searching for ancient artifacts or Jacques Cousteau combing the ocean floor for pirate treasure, you may be interested in a slightly more modern version of these activities – the garage sale.

That’s right.  Today’s garage and yard sales are the way that modern urbanites get an opportunity to study both the current and past lifestyles through the discarded treasures of their fellow man (and more often their fellow woman).

When visiting another city, there are plenty of opportunities to see the place as the city officials wish you to – tourist attractions, scenic walks, restaurants and hotels – but attending a garage sale gives you the opportunity to view those city dwellers in their natural habitat.  You may even get a glimpse of their private gardens, their pets and their friends. (more…)

 

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BC Day – is it just another long weekend?

Monday, August 6th, 2012

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For some people BC Day (Aug 6, 2012) is just another excuse for a long summer weekend.  But for many, it means much more than that.

People who grew up in BC may sometimes take this province for granted but for those of us who are here by choice, it is really a very special place.  We came here for many reasons but no matter the reason, most of us are totally enthralled by the weather, the natural beauty, the diversity of the population and the healthy lifestyle. Whether we moved from the East Coast, the Middle East or the Far East – British Columbia is special in so many ways.

Anybody who has ever visited BC goes away with tales of the beauty of the mountains, the ocean and the parks. But for those of us who live here, there is a great deal more to celebrate.  We may get used to living in such amazing beauty.  We may even complain about the weather. But given the choice most of us would not live anywhere else. (more…)

 

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The Blue Roof Believes in Green

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

We are all trying to be “greener” at home but what about when you travel? Staying in a Hotel like the Accent Inn in Victoria BC  can be a real treat but Hotels are often culprits of excessive waste production. Serving thousands of guests a year, it’s hard to provide the amenities that people want and expect without sacrificing the environment. However, hotels can take action to make operations more sustainable, resulting in large-scale waste reduction.

 

“It’s a family belief that we just don’t waste”, Mandy Farmer, President & CEO of Accent Inns

 

Green hotel actions include:

  1. Offer recycle bins throughout the hotel, including in guests’ room
  2. Provide our guests with reusable items such as ceramic cups for coffee
  3. Educate our guests so that we don’t wash towels after every use via good signage that express our water saving effort.
  4. Install low flow showerheads, toilets and faucet aerators
  5. Use non-toxic cleaners that are natural and biodegradable
  6. Use soap dispensers instead of individually packaged soap (saves on packaging waste)
  7. Install energy efficient LED lighting throughout the hotel (LED bulbs use a fraction of the energy and save on costs)
  8. Use bike racks and employee engagement to encourage ridership by both staff and customers. Biking is one of the best ways to tour and experience a new town
  9. Educate our staff about sustainability!

 

So the Accent Inns with our famous blue roofs sincerely believes in being GREEN.

 

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Camosun Chargers named Academic All-Canadians

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Jordan Elvedahl

This is a great re-post of the Chargers announcement.

Today, the Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC) and the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) announced the 2011-2012 SIRC-CCAA Academic All-Canadian Award recipients and among the 162 student-athletes from across the nation who have achieved combined excellence in collegiate athletics and academics are Jordan Elvedahl and Caitlin Marshall from the Camosun College Chargers basketball program.

The SIRC-CCAA Academic All-Canadian award is the CCAA’s most prestigious student-athlete honour, epitomizing both organizations’ commitment to academic success and athletic achievement.  To achieve this award, recipients must attain academic honours at their institution and be named to his/her respective conference All-Star team.
An exceptional point guard and leader, second-year Jordan Elvedahl (Stelly’s) was Top 3 in assists in the league and averaged over 12 points per game.  Having earned a PACWEST 2nd Team All-Star for his athletic achievements, Jordan also posted top grades in Camosun’s Centre for Sport and Exercise Education – Exercise and Wellness Program to receive the Academic All-Canadian award.  (more…)

 

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BC Business names Accent Inns one of BC’s Best Companies to Work For

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Accent Inns takes 5th spot in top 10

The BC owned and operated hotel chain takes 5th spot in top 10

Dec. 1, 2011, Victoria, BC – The editors of BC Business gave Accent Inns, a proudly BC owned and operated hotel chain, top marks Tuesday  night at a ceremony that recognized the province’s Best Companies to Work For.  Accent Inns was named 5th out of the 10 winning Best Companies to Work For in the category of More Than 100 Employees. To determine the winners, the team at BC Business graded employee-submitted surveys, each measuring satisfaction and engagement in four distinct areas: talent systems, employee engagement, leadership dynamics and organization culture. 

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Camosun College Chargers gear up for 2011

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Camosun Chargers begin second half of the season

The Camosun College Chargers men’s volleyball team has shaken off the holiday rust and is set to start the second half of the BCCAA season with an Island Rivalry match up against the VIU Mariners this Friday evening in Nanaimo. The second and final round of matches in the 2010-11 Island Rivalry volleyball series is sure to be a hot contest and promises to deliver a great evening of volleyball action.

To augment the team’s training and development, the Chargers traveled to Kelowna over the holiday break to take part in a three-day training workshop which included a number of top teams from BC and Alberta.  “We wanted to accomplish three things with our trip to UBCO over the holidays,” explained Coach Parkinson. “We wanted to get the rust off, to continue to evolve our style of play and learn about ourselves in different situations, and to have fun.  In my mind we accomplished all three.” (more…)

 

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Experience BC’s South Coast Ski Mountains

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
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Great skiing on BC's South West Coast

Coming to Vancouver and the west coast or live in the area and love to Ski, Snowboard or snowshoe?

There are so many options available.

Mt Seymour is a great local mountain offering lots of variety.  Stay at the Accent Inn Burnaby hotel which is only approx. a 40 minute drive away.  Mt Seymour also runs a shuttle up the mountain from Lonsdale Quay. Click here for details.

Of course there is the famous Grouse Mountain. The lights at the top can be seen not only from all over Vancouver but even from Vancouver Island! Grouse offer spectacular views and if you haven’t done it, the Skyride (tram)  is really cool. From our Burnaby hotel you only have to drive approx. 20 – 30 minutes to get to the tram. (more…)

 

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