I was looking the other day at what cruises were offered out of Vancouver and was surprised to learn there’s a lot. My wife and I took an Alaskan cruise a few years ago but I had no idea of the size of the cruise industry here. In 2014, 29 cruise ships called into Port Metro Vancouver 243 times carrying more than 812,000 passengers. This year they are looking at a similar, if not better season. (more…)
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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…)
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…)
The Internet’s largest online review site, TripAdvisor®, has recognized BC’s local family of hotels, Accent Inns with a 2011 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for all five of their locations. This certificate honors top-rated accommodation businesses, restaurants and attractions, as reviewed by travelers on the world’s largest travel site*.
To qualify, businesses must maintain an average rating of four or higher out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor®. Additional criteria include volume of reviews and how recently they have been submitted by TripAdvisor travellers. The accolade is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. (more…)
This is a story that really stands out from the pack. A story of how a kind gesture can mean so much. Recently our Accent Inn Vancouver Airport hotel in Richmond BC welcomed the South Okanagan Secondary School Field Hockey Team. This in itself is not out of the ordinary as we welcome and host many school sports teams. Teams are some of our favourite regular customers. This time though, the coaches and players from the SOSS team had more than just winning the tournament on their minds. (more…)
As the Trip comes to an end, Canuck Duck and Karen are treated to a wonderful site…..
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…)
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.”
Stay tuned..the next installment of their story will be posted Thursday July 28