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Top 4 reasons you must try a float plane ride

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Harbour Air float planes from Victoria to Vancovuer

Harbour Air - Victoria to Vancouver -offers some great views

Although I’ve lived in Victoria all my life,  I’ve never had occasion to fly with Harbour Air to Vancouver before. Well I finally made the trip from Victoria’s beautiful inner harbour over to Vancouver’s, landing right in front of Canada Place and Stanley park.

1. The take-off and landing themselves are incredible. These planes can shoot up into the sky at a moment’s notice or land on a tiny piece of water, making them ideal for flights into harbours, inlets and small lakes. (more…)

 

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Poverty & Punchlines

Thursday, September 15th, 2011
Accent Inns supports Canada without Poverty

Let's have fun and help end poverty at the same time.

Two very different things that are rarely experienced together, kind of like housework and fun, but at the same time makes sense.  A night dedicated to helping raise awareness of an issue that is too often swept beneath the carpet and misunderstood will be brought out into the spotlight alongside some of the most hilarious comics Vancouver has to offer.

 

This stand-up comedy and live auction fundraiser held by  Canada Without Poverty (CWP) at the Waterfront Theatre, features hilarious comics Erica Sigurdson and Ivan Decker.  Hosted by Neil Robinson, the event promises to be an evening filled with entertainment for all those in attendance. (more…)

 

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Machu Picchu appears out of the clouds

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Accent Inns Canuck Duck and Victoria hotel sales manager Karen England enjoy the ruins in Machu Picchu

I could live here!

As the Trip comes to an end, Canuck Duck and Karen are treated to a wonderful site…..

Day 4:

We slept restlessly knowing that we will be getting up so early.  Breakfast and our final packing take place in the dark as does the first part of the morning’s walk.  We will soon be at our destination and all of us are still together.

We are surprised at how sore our muscles are today.  Yesterday’s downhills took a real toll on our bodies.

All 200 of trekkers arrive at the Sun gate around the same time.  The darkness has lifted but we are surrounded by clouds.  We are told that Machu Picchu lies below but there is no strong evidence. (more…)

 

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What, NO BEER?

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
Accent Inns Canuck Duck enjoying Machu Picchu

Canuck Duck enjoying Machu Picchu

As we follow Canuck Duck and Karen through the third day of their Machu Picchu adventure, Canuck Duck reveals that he is indeed a true Canadian. He misses his beer but is polite enough to settle for something else.

Day 3

Since only 200 people (and one duck) are allowed on the Inca Trail per day, the various Trekking Companies stagger their distances so that some have an easier day on the 2nd day and others have their easier day on the 3rd day.  We are looking forward to our easier day. (more…)

 

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Machu Picchu -Dead Duck Pass!

Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Accent Inns Canuck Duck keeps hiking Machu Picchu even with the hills

They should call this "Dead Duck Pass!"

The trip gets challenging but Canuck Duck and side kick, Karen work through the pain and keep their spirits high!

Day 2:

I’m not a big fan of coca tea but the super caffeine jolt helps to mobilize my aching body after a restless night in our tent.  Despite pure exhaustion, 3300 meters of altitude plays havoc with sleeping and the night passed by drifting in and out of consciousness.

Day 2 is well known to be the most difficult of the trek with legendary tales of Dead Woman’s Pass at 4200 meters.  Karen wonders if she will be laid to rest as the latest victim of the pass but we come to find it is named simply because the rock formations appear from a distance to outline a woman in repose, or possibly dead.  We may have to re-name it Dead Duck Pass! (more…)

 

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The Ups & Downs of Being a Female CEO

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Confession: I’ve cried in a business meeting

Accent Inns BC hotel chain CEO talks about crying

Confession: I've cried in a business meeting.

You do not know what shame that confession brings me.  My only consolation was that I was 7 months pregnant.  Well, the first time it happened.  The second time I have no excuse, other than being female, and in the corporate world tears are not  cool. And that brings me to my topic today:  the  ups and downs of being a female CEO. (more…)

 

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Machu Picchu trip begins

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011


Accent Inns Canuck duck dines with new friends in Machu Picchu

Canuck Duck and Karen meet new friends

Day #1

Our fearless duo have crossed the ocean and begin their journey……..

Our story continues as Canuck Duck tells of meeting new friends and beginning the trek.

The night before:

The first thing that strikes us at the pre-trek briefing is that we are a few years older than our fellow trekkers.  Quite a few years to be exact!  But we have trained.  Karen and I have braved the Everest Base Camp Trek and David has a number of marathons under his belt.  It’s only 4 days.  How hard can it be? (more…)

 

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Machu Picchu – Here we come!

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Canuck Duck and Karen begin another exciting adventure

Continuing stories of Canuck Duck and his trusty Side Kick, Karen England

Canuck Duck and Karen England from Accent Inns prepare for Machu Picchu.

Over the next several weeks we’ll be publishing the travel notes from Accent Inns own Karen England (sales manager) as she and Canuck Duck travel to and experience the wonders of Machu Picchu.

Their story begins as they prepare to start this epic adventure………..

Planning for the trip

“After my trip to Nepal with Karen England, Accent Inn Sales Manager on Vancouver Island, I thought we would hang up our backpack and spend our vacations at the spa from now on.  However, she has once again convinced me that walking up and down mountains is a good way to spend a vacation.

This time we are taking her husband David with us – a good idea since we will need the extra body heat in that tent when the temperature dips below freezing.

My buddy Lupita that joined us in Nepal will also be travelling with us.  She and her husband, Gordon will be taking the train from Cusco to Machu Picchu.  I guess the train must be very expensive since we have to walk there.

It will take us 4 days to hike from Cusco to Machu Picchu a distance of 45 kilometers.  However, we will be at altitudes of between 3300 and 4200 meters.  As we discovered in Nepal, thin air requires a little extra effort just to breathe.  When she told me we would end up at a lower altitude than where we start, I was thinking it would be a nice little downhill stroll.  However, I believe I am in for some surprises.  Apparently there are an awful lot of ups and downs before we end up DOWN at Machu Picchu.

We will soon be flying from Victoria to Lima.  I am so happy that we are having a Stopover at the Accent Inn Vancouver Airport – no early ferries, no panic over flight delays.  After a good night’s sleep and a free ride to the airport, we will be ready for our very long flight.

My backpack is ready and so am I.  I’ll keep you posted on our progress.”

Canuck Duck

Stay tuned..the next installment of their story will be posted Thursday July 28

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Help us support the Pacific Salmon Foundation

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Here’s a great look at Accent Inns  and the pacific Salmon Foundations Fish for the Future Program

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Remember show your Fishing license the next time you stay at any Accent Inn in B.C. and help us preserve this most important species.

Pacific Salmon foundation and Accent inns fish for the future program

 

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Victoria Hotel Chain – Accent Inns celebrates 25 years in Business

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Terry farmer jumps for joy - Victoria hotel chain, Accent Inns Celebrates 25 years in business

Terry Farmer founder of the BC hotel chain excited over Accent Inns awesome success

25 years of BC success adds up to good things for Accent Inns

June 30, 2011, Victoria, BC – Although the BC owned and operated hotel chain Accent Inns has undergone many changes during its 25 year history (including its name, ownership and décor), one thing that’s never wavered is the hotels’ values and community commitment.

“Accent Inns has always stood strong on a number of principles – and being a good employer has always taken the top spot,” said Mandy Farmer, CEO of Accent Inns. “While we pride ourselves on providing great value, cleanliness and customer service to our guests, we couldn’t do any of it if we didn’t have such great staff.”

A testament to Farmer’s dedication to her staff is Accent Inns’ low staff turnover – 48 per cent of the hotel line’s current employees have been with the company for 10 years or more. (more…)

 

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