Although most of us have causes that we support both financially and emotionally, there are very few of us that would jump on a bicycle and pedal across Canada to spread the word about something we truly believe in. Jeremy Bally is one of those people. On April 27, Jeremy left Mile 0 in Victoria BC and began his life as a Travelling Minstrel as he mounted his bicycle and headed east. The story that he is telling is that of the people of West Papua New Guinea, previously known as Irian Jaya. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘bike friendly hotel’
Guest Blog by Nevin Thompson
If you were returning to home with your active, outdoorsy family after spending nearly a decade overseas as an expat, where in Canada would you choose to live?
For us the choice was simple: wherever there was no snow in the winter and no rain in the summer, which left us with just one choice out of all of Canada. Victoria, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, north of Washington State’s majestic Olympic Mountains, has pretty much the best weather in Canada. On top of that, there is lots to do here, especially if you enjoy the outdoors. There’s a reason why Victoria is ranked as Canada’s fittest city. (more…)
The perfect time for a cycling festival is a sunny spring day in Victoria and that’s what we had for the 2012 Saanich Cycling Festival. This festival included all the right ingredients – a family bike ride as well as a kid’s route, entertainment, a bouncy castle, food and a good assortment of displays relating to cycling.
The children were kept busy with a treasure map requiring them to get stickers from various sponsors while adults visited the display booths and listened to music provided by Flat Rabbit and Bijoux du Bayou. (more…)
Bike to Work Week is coming up and I often get asked the question, “How do you bike to work when you’re a business person? I don’t have a shower at work and I have appointments that I need my car for. I just can’t do it”.
Of course you can! First off, why on earth do you need your car for appointments? I ride my bike to meetings and I swear I get there at least 10 minutes before everyone else because I didn’t have to find parking, fiddle with the meter, and then hoof it to the appointment. The door to door advantage of a bike is huge, not to mention bypassing all the traffic. (more…)
Let’s face it, if you are not currently in a relationship or if you dismiss the idea of Valentine’s Day as a way for retailers to part you from more of your hard earned cash, you may not wish to spend Feb 14th at a hotel where rose petals and champagne are the order of the day. (more…)
Hot on the heels of my secrets to success blog post, here’s a random smattering of shortcuts and tricks of the trade that I often employ to help me get the most out of my day. Please note some of these are desperate measures and are not to be used daily!
For instance, the first one – Dry Shampoo – should only be used on occasions when you are really pressed for time or just can’t stand the thought of wash, rinse, repeat, blow-dry, style, hairspray routine. Just sprinkle this dry powder on the roots of your hair and voila! No need to shower, but maybe an extra layer of deodorant wouldn’t hurt. (more…)
Wow, what a year 2011 was for the Accent Inn team.
The year began with us launching the first ever hotel rewards for Pets, the “Pet Fee Free” card back in March. The response had people talking about it online from all over North America (not just Canada). Next, one of our Vancouver Airport team members, Zully, won a Tourism Vancouver award for his service. We went from the excitement for Zully to our founder, Terry Farmer, being awarded Tourism Victoria`s first ever Lifetime Member award, which really put a spring in our steps. (more…)
Gear up, stay active and discover some of BC’s cycling hotspots
Sept. 12, 2011, Victoria, BC – With the great late summer weather holding strong, the team at Accent Inns, a locally owned and operated hotel chain, is encouraging bike lovers to make the most of it by getting out and hitting the trails.
“Hands down, British Columbia is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary biking,” said Mandy Farmer, CEO of Accent Inns. “With a number of bike parks, cross country trails and rugged mountain terrain, our province has something for every vacationing and competitive cyclists, both amateur and pro.”
And travelling with bikes has never been easier – thanks to Accent Inns’ unique Bike Love program. Under Bike Love, each location offers guests bike friendly rooms, access to a bike wash and tuning station (complete with a professional-grade bike stand and an assortment of bicycle specific pro mechanic tools, pump, hose and plenty of rags) and use of the onsite laundry facilities – all at no extra charge.
Here’s some great information on Mountain Biking specifically in the Burnaby BC and Victoria BC area.
Enjoy your ride!
Adventures in Cycling: Burnaby Mountain Bike Park
Do you want to jump on your mountain bike and experience the challenges of adventure travel with a solid dose of a big city night life and never have to get in a car?
If you have never heard of Burnaby, British Columbia, it is a suburb of Vancouver BC giving you the convenience of staying in the middle of a great city with quick access to excellent mountain bike trails and best of all the Accent Inn Burnaby is a bike friendly hotel Spend your days in Burnaby Mountain Bike Park encompassed by woods, mountains, and ocean views with some awesome downhill mountain bike trails. (more…)
Thanks to everyone who sent in their photos and entered Accent Inns Bike Love Contest. We received many exciting, fun and scenic photos and the staff here all had different favorites. We didn’t choose the winner though…you folks did.
Keri Coles has been crowned the first ever Bike Love photo contest winner! Congratulations Keri, who received 98 likes and is the Big Winner off $1000 in Norco Gift Certificates. Congratulations again Keri, now you can upgrade & get a better bike for commuting.
As the Bike Friendly hotel chain in B.C. we are thrilled to see and hear from so many of you that are also bike enthusiasts. Some of you talked about road racing, some about radical mountain bike trips and it’s always fun to see children excited about cycling.
Several folks out there have asked…”why did Accent Inns put on a Bike Love Contest?”
We put together this contest so that we could meet many of the other Bike Lovers out there and to make sure anyone wanting to travel around BC now has a fantastic Bike friendly hotel option.
Store your bike(s) in your hotel room -
*designated “bike friendly rooms” located conveniently on the ground floor.
Bicycle wash and tuning station at every Accent Inn –
great for getting the “trail” or “road” off of your bike. No more bending over to work on your bike.
Simply clamp your ride into the professional grade bike stand & tune / clean away.
Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit available for use –
includes 37 shop quality park tools so you can do everything from brake adjustments
to headset overhauls. You just might need to stay an extra night to play with it all.
Rags available – great for cleaning and drying your bike.
On-Site Laundry rooms available at all of our BC hotels –
after all – it might not be just the bike that needs a wash after a day on the trail
For more info on Accent Inns Bike Love program click here.
Congrats again to Keri Coles the winner of the Bike Love photo contest.