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5 Ways to Have an Outstanding Day at Deer Lake Park

Our Burnaby hotel is so close to Vancouver’s more popular attractions, hidden gems in our backyard are often overlooked.  If you’ve got a little extra time after you’ve ticked off your Vancouver wishlist, or if you want to spend a day off the beaten track, we highly recommend Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park. The park is just a ten minute drive from our Accent Inns Burnaby hotel, and the variety of activities in the 207-hectare park is astounding. We’ve broken down our top 5 favourite things to do at Deer Lake Park:

1.  Go back in time

Burnaby Village Museum Carousel Horse

Photo from Burnaby Village Museum Instagram

No DeLorean required for time travel at Burnaby Village Museum! This interactive blast from the past is a 10-acre replica 1920s village that you can explore at your own pace. The “locals” are period-costumed staff who are more than happy to show you the blacksmith’s forge or point you in the direction of the cinema or General Store.  Check out the fully-restored interurban tram or ride the iconic Parker Carousel. Best of all, admission to the museum is free! Read the rest of this entry »


Accent Inns Offers Accommodation For YVR Travellers Affected By Travel Ban

Accent Inns is offering complimentary accommodation at its Vancouver Airport Hotel location to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) travellers from the Muslim-majority countries affected by U.S. President Trump’s travel ban. Read the rest of this entry »


Face-to-Face Time

I was in the Bin 4 Burger Lounge at the Accent Inn in Victoria recently waiting for a colleague to arrive for lunch and I watched a good-looking, young, well-dressed, professional couple engrossed on their smartphones. Looking around I saw they weren’t the only ones – people out with loved ones, business colleagues, friends – out for lunch, but not really present. I got to thinking; what are they doing? Texting each other? Searching for the dietary make-up of Bin 4’s Wild Mushroom burger? Why aren’t they talking to each other for goodness sake? Read the rest of this entry »


Plan Your Charitable Donations Now!

Well Christmas is over, the New Year has begun and most of us have already broken some if not all of our resolutions. Actually I haven’t – as I wrote earlier this month I chose resolutions that I knew I could keep – is that cheating? Read the rest of this entry »


A January Getaway to Recover From Holiday Madness

holidaymadness-2My wife and I had two-weeks off over Christmas and the New Year – it was fun and very busy. We were out every night the five days leading up to the big event, then had family staying with us for a few days, then went to friends for a few days leading up to the second big event; New Year’s Eve. Phew! Come January 2nd we were exhausted and had just one day to recover before heading back to work. I know we’re not alone; for many people the holiday season is crazy busy and leaves them feeling like they need a real break. Read the rest of this entry »


Laughter – the Best Medicine

duck-group3Staying in an Accent Inn has always made me smile; the company’s sense of humour shows itself in lots of small ways, such as pens with messages such as “don’t forget to take me when you leave,” to rubber ducks in a variety of guises including a chef, a jazz dude duck, a biker and a cyclist, a lady duck in curlers, a skateboarder, a basketball player, a hockey player, a footballer, a pirate and even a snorkeler. Read the rest of this entry »


3 New Year’s Resolutions We’d All Benefit From

JanuaryI’ve been contributing to the Accent Inns blog since October 2014, and have written over 100 posts on a mind-blowing range of topics. It got me thinking about the looming New Year recently; I love starting a fresh new year – it’s like rubbing the slate clean and beginning again. The problem I have is I tend to make resolutions and not keep them – sound familiar? Read the rest of this entry »


Fat Boys and Cycling in the Snow

fat-bikeNo, I’m not being rude or insensitive, I’m talking about those bikes with big fat tires that are becoming increasingly popular – fat bikes, or fatties. I was looking out my office window the other day at snow, which is a little like hen’s teeth in Victoria – the last time we saw snow was two and a half years ago (just saying – sorry) – and wondered whether it would stop all those diehard cyclists and mountain bikers out there. It was then I remembered seeing a Fat Bike on the Russ Hay’s website when writing another post on new bikes and Accent Inns’ love of people who ride bikes. That got me thinking about what fun it would be to ride bikes in the snow – something I certainly have never done, and I doubt few of my readers have either! Read the rest of this entry »


Christmas Lights – From Candles to LED

7-light-retro-christmas-bubble-lightWhen I was very young my parents always made a big deal out of Christmas and my father brought home the biggest tree he could find. As we lived in England and at that time didn’t own a car, he’d have to bring it home by bus and train. This was all fine until one year the tree was so big he couldn’t get it in the train and when the doors closed the top foot of the tree was trapped outside. The journey wasn’t kind to it and when he got home he had to saw the top off – it looked a sorry sight indeed! Read the rest of this entry »


Hotels and the Holiday Season

sofa-bedEarlier this year I was thinking about Christmas and wondering whether this year we should invite people to stay with us, or go and visit friends and family who have invited us to spend the holiday season with them. Or even escape it altogether and fly off to somewhere hot and sunny. Read the rest of this entry »

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