Springtime in Peachland

May 8th, 2016

Springtime in Peachland is a fabulous time to visit this small community on Okanagan Lake.  For a small community Peachland packs an amazing punch, there are so many things to do here!

Peachland Show and Shine Antique Car Show

Peachland Show and Shine Antique Car Show

On May 22nd, it’s the 19th annual Peachland World of Wheels Show and Shine.  Each year more than 550 beautiful antique cars and trucks, as well as motorcycles and boats, attract more than 10,000 visitors along Beach Avenue and in Heritage and Cousins Parks. Considering Peachland has about 5000 residents, that’s a whole lot of people in this small town!  Many will be looking to explore more of Peachland while they are there.

Peachland offers some great dining opportunities all in a three block radius, all close to the Show and Shine’s activities.  Our B&B innkeepers recommend the Blind Angler Grill, Gasthaus on the Lake Pub & Restaurant (also check out their medieval feasts in the winter months), and the Beach Avenue Cafe & Tapas Bar, where you’ll find creative international dishes and live music events.

There’s great hiking, ranging from a short gentle walk through the woods to a lovely little waterfall called Hardy Falls, to a serious 2-hour hike on the Pincushion Mountain trail, where you’ll be rewarded at the summit with stunning views.  The hike is moderate to hard, so be prepared.  If you crave a more daring adventure, check out Zipzone Peachland, the #1 zipline in the Okanagan, with six of the highest, longest and fastest ziplines in Canada, that cross the spectacular Deep Creek Gorge at around 380 feet above the ground.  Hold your breath as you tackle the highest “Leap of Faith” freefall jump in the country!

Vineyards Galore near Peachland

Vineyards Galore near Peachland

Summer evening along Okanagan Lake in Peachland

Summer evening along Okanagan Lake in Peachland

For a gentler pace visit the Peachland Farmers and Crafters Market which starts up on the first Sunday after the May long weekend, opening from 10 am – 2 pm. Take home some of that Okanagan goodness to enjoy and to recall your wonderful time here. Late April into early May it’s the “Bud Break” Spring Okanagan Wine Festival.  You’ll find more than 200 great wineries within a 25 mile radius of Peachland, and they’re not just open at Wine Festival time.

Of course Peachland is dominated by beautiful Okanagan Lake, to enjoy for swimming, kayaking, paddle-boarding and picnicking. Across from Peachland is Rattlesnake Island, home of the mysterious Ogopogo lake monster, so who knows what you’ll see on the lake!  And don’t forget Okanagan golfing at any one of numerous golf courses sprinkled throughout the region.  Our Peachland Bed & Breakfast innkeepers at Pineacre On The Lake (yes, you guessed it, they are right on the lake), and Okanagan Oasis, (with pool and fabulous lake views), can recommend more great activities and attractions, while you enjoy their outstanding hospitality and luxurious accommodations.  Peachland in springtime is wonderful!

It’s The End Of The BC Road For Red

April 17th, 2016

Sadly the Red Chair was nearing the end of his journey in British Columbia.  After his visits to Birds of A Feather Victoria Oceanfront and the Oak Bay Guest House, the Red Chair had one more visit scheduled at a Victoria Bed & Breakfast, Marketa’s. Unfortunately the innkeeper was ill when he arrived, which is always a challenge for a Bed & Breakfast, unless there is a partner or staff involved in the business.  So Red had a chance to rest up a little bit from his almost four months journey through beautiful British Columbia.  But, he did get to go out and about with Marketa to explore another part of Victoria.  The nice thing about Red’s visit to Victoria was that while Victoria has many famous attractions, Red got to explore some of the lesser known places around the city.

Red enjoys the view from Victoria's Beacon Hill Park

Red enjoys the view from Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park

 

Red meets a seal at Fisherman's Wharf in Victoria

Red meets a seal at Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria

Off on a whale watching adventure with Eagle Wings!

Off on a whale watching adventure with Eagle Wings!

Beacon Hill Park is a jewel right off Victoria’s oceanfront, where on a clear day you get a fantastic view across the ocean to the Olympic Mountains in Washington State. Many varieties of birds visit the park and Red made the acquaintance of a peacock, who wasn’t that impressed with Red’s color!  A wander down to Victoria’s Fisherman’s Wharf, with its funky shops, restaurants and float homes, led to a meeting with a different kind of critter, a curious seal, who was probably looking for a handout!  Red also had a lovely lunch at Marketa’s favorite trattoria.  His biggest adventure though, was on the water, when they went whale watching with Eagle Wings Tours.  What a thrill!  Red had been really lucky with the weather during his Victoria visit and had really enjoyed this City of Gardens in full spring colors!

Kayaking past Majestic Ocean B&B on the Pacific

Kayaking past Majestic Ocean B&B on the Pacific

Red is ready to hit the Wild Pacific Train in Ucluelet

Red is ready to hit the Wild Pacific Train in Ucluelet

Red the pool shark at Bostrom's B&B!

Red the pool shark at Bostrom’s B&B!

Another bus ride took Red up Island again and across to the west coast, to the little town of Ucluelet. Around Ucluelet and Tofino, its better known neighbouring community, you’ll find the famous Pacific Rim National Park Reserve which is made up of Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands and the West Coast Trail.  The Pacific Rim area is a hugely popular tourist destination almost year round.  Two of Ucluelet’s finest innkeepers shared their hospitality with Red.  Innkeeper Judy at Bostrom’s B&B on Little Beach Bay and innkeepers Tracy and Ted at Majestic Ocean B&B took Red on another whale watching trip!  Wow! Spring and fall on Vancouver Island’s west coast is the time for the grey whale migrations.

Ucluelet also has a wonderful aquarium that features only locally found sea life, and releases these critters back into the wild.  Talking about wild, Red had to take a walk on the Wild Pacific Trail, one of BC’s top trails according to TripAdvisor readers! This 9 km trail wanders along the coast through the rainforest with a different view around each corner. After his hike, Red relaxed on one of the several oceanview decks at Bostrom’s and tried out the sauna AND the hot tub before taking in a game of pool! Over at Majestic Ocean B&B and Kayaking, Red had another opportunity to go kayaking, right on the Pacific Ocean!  The Broken Group Islands are a favorite destination for kayakers and Majestic Ocean offers both lessons and guided trips to explore tiny islands and hidden coves.  Wildlife sightings can include bears, whales, eagles and many other sea creatures.  Here too he was able to relax in the hot tub at the end of another adventurous day, that also included a walk on Long Beach!

Red was reunited with some of his BC innkeeper hosts at the BC B&B Conference!

Red was reunited with some of his BC innkeeper hosts at the BC B&B Conference!

There was one more bus ride to go in Red’s journey in BC!  From Ucluelet Red headed back to Duncan in the Cowichan Valley, where innkeeper Ingrid picked him up so he could catch a ride with her to the BC Innkeepers Conference near Vancouver, where he was reunited with some of his previous BC Bed & Breakfast hosts!  This was going to be the end of Red’s journey through BC and we are so sad to see him go.  It’s been an honor to be Red’s first Canadian hosts, and to showcase the beautiful province we live in.  Many visitors each year share parts of the same journey that Red was able to enjoy, with all its attractions and recreational opportunities.  BC has so much to offer and we hope you too will come and visit.  We’ll be happy to host you and help make your trip an unforgettable journey too!  Safe travels Red!

The Red Chair Visits The Garden City

March 19th, 2016

After the Red Chair’s stay in the beautiful Cowichan Valley, he traveled down the Malahat Drive to BC’s capital city of Victoria, also known as “The Garden City”. In fact when Red arrived at his first B&B, Birds of A Feather Victoria Oceanfront B&B, the 38th annual Victoria Flower Count was just getting underway.  This light-hearted campaign to promote Victoria as a shoulder season destination full of blooms when the rest of Canada is still in the grip of winter is sponsored by Tourism Victoria and the most famous of the gardens, Butchart Gardens. (The city of Colwood, part of Victoria, where Birds of A Feather is actually located, just won the 2016 Flower Count!)

The Red Chair visits the historic Fisgard Lighthouse and guess what, there are red chairs there!

The Red Chair visits the historic Fisgard Lighthouse and guess what, there are red chairs there!

Red at Hatley Castle and Gardens

Red at Hatley Castle and Gardens

Red goes kayaking in the lagoon at Birds of A Feather Victoria B&B

Red goes kayaking in the lagoon at Birds of A Feather Victoria B&B

Birds of A Feather Victoria Oceanfront B&B is spectacularly located on a 120 acre lagoon that is connected to, but protected from, the Pacific Ocean, and is designated a migratory bird sanctuary.  This Vancouver Island B&B features an oceanfront hot tub and some yellow Adirondack chairs on the dock where you can take in all the wildlife activity around you. Red wasted no time in getting acquainted while enjoying the fabulous view, with the snow capped Olympic Mountains in Washington State in the background.  There were also complimentary kayaks and yes of course, Red went kayaking!  You know by now that he loves trying everything!

Surrounded by 600 acres of old growth forest with hiking trails and beaches, Birds of A Feather is also just next door to the 1860 Fisgard Lighthouse (where Red met more red chairs!) and Historic Fort Rod Hill.  He also visited Hatley Castle and Gardens. This historic site is home to Royal Roads University and the famous castle has been used in a number of movies.  Red wandered the beaches, explored the nearby Sooke Potholes Regional Park, visited the Colwood Firefighters Historical Museum, went for a Sunday evening bowl, and most thrilling of all, went for a ride on the wild side on a RED motorcycle!  So much excitement!  Red and the innkeepers also took a little trip to the town of Sidney, also known as “Book Town” where numerous interesting book stores can be found on the main street, including the “Haunted Bookshop”.  On his day of departure to his next B&B, the rain arrived, which made it extra sad to say goodbye to this beautiful spot!

Kitty Islet Victoria - Red should have brought his can of paint!

Kitty Islet Victoria – Red should have brought his can of paint!

Red almost gets blown off the mountain at the Mount Doug viewpoint in Victoria!

Red almost gets blown off the mountain at the Mount Doug viewpoint in Victoria!

Red’s next Victoria Bed & Breakfast was in another community within Victoria, at the Oak Bay Guest House.  This 1912 elegant accommodation in Victoria’s toniest neighborhood has been hosting visitors in one format or another since 1922 when it first opened its doors as the Newport Inn.  Very quickly the local paper, the Oak Bay News, came to visit Red.  With innkeeper Lori, Red visited another one of the beautiful gardens in Victoria, the Abkhazi Garden, where lots was blooming! A visit to the Oak Bay Marina had Red feeding the pigeons and enjoying all the boats, while a visit to the Oak Bay Beach Hotel included a stop at the Boat House Spa and Pools.  Now

Red liked this art gallery in Oak Bay!

Red liked this art gallery in Oak Bay!

that was a decadent outing!

Exploring the heart of Oak Bay Village, Red discovered the Red Art Gallery!  It’s amazing how red keeps popping up wherever he’s gone throughout North America!  He also met some more interesting chairs at Kitty Islet, a small waterfront natural area with an endangered maritime meadow ecosystem, and he rode in a red convertible to get there (even though it wasn’t quite convertible weather that day)!  Red went up Mount Doug for a great view of Victoria, but almost got blown off the mountain, so he needed a helping hand to stay put! It was definitely blustery up there!  He even took part in some local politics when he was the honored guest at the local Oak Bay council meeting.  I bet the local politicians don’t get many visitors from Cape Cod!

Victoria is such a big tourist destination with so many attractions like the famous Butchart Gardens, the fabulous Royal BC Museum, the Parlaiment Buildings, whale watching from the inner harbor, the Robert Bateman Centre and other galleries and museums, cycling the Galloping Goose trail.  Red was looking forward to what else he would get to explore once he checked in at his next B&B, Marketa’s Bed & Breakfast.

Red reaches Vancouver Island

March 8th, 2016

As the Red Chair continues to visit BC Bed & Breakfasts, he took one more bus ride to reach his next destination, Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. Waiting to welcome Red were innkeepers Bill and Anna Maria at Cornerstones B&B.  Innkeepers of less than a year, they were looking forward to showing Red around their new home on the Island. A surprise was waiting for Red when he arrived on Valentine’s Day and was serenaded by the Qualicum Beach Pipe Band!  He also received an official welcome to Qualicum Beach by the mayor and council; he was a VIC after all, i.e. a Very Important Chair.  Red and the innkeepers then hit the road to do some exploring.  Their first stop was Vancouver Island’s University Deep Bay Marine Station where Red was allowed to go right into the research labs and also studied a grey whale skeleton.  They visited Cathedral Grove where the biggest trees are over 800 years old, 250 ft. (75 m) high and 29 ft. (9 m) in diameter. You can imagine Red was a little intimidated! Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and Mooberry Wines were also definitely worth a visit, before a game of golf.  After all the winter sports the Red Chair had tried, it was a treat to play a relaxing game of golf, followed by a brew and a tasty bite to eat. Red enjoyed a very civilized afternoon tea at the beautiful Milner Gardens and visited the Old School House Arts Centre.  In between all the great outings to explore his first Vancouver Island community, Red relaxed at Cornerstones B&B and spent some quality time with the resident canine Coco! Vancouver Island was already a great place to visit and he’d only just started!

The Red Chair studies the grey whale skeleton at the Deep Bay Marine Station

The Red Chair studies the grey whale skeleton at the Deep Bay Marine Station

Red at Cornerstones sign

Red checks in at Cornerstones B&B in Qualicum Beach

Red checks out the mural town of Chemainus and its popular Chemainus Theatre.

Red checks out the mural town of Chemainus and its popular Chemainus Theatre.

The Red Chair next headed south to Ladysmith Bed & Breakfast Hawley Place, where innkeepers Rhonda and Ed were ready to be his next hosts. Red had now arrived in the Cowichan region which has Canada’s only maritime Mediterranean climate zone, which allows for a wide variety of agricultural products, including award winning wineries. Innkeepers Rhonda and Ed took Red and introduced him to all the businesses around the historic First Avenue of downtown Ladysmith. They paid a visit to the Ladysmith Museum and wandered down to Transfer Beach, a great family friendly beach area with a playground, kayaking and summer music concerts. Ladysmith is also known for its Festival of Lights, when the whole town lights up for the holiday season.  Heading south out of town, they stopped for a visit at the Yellowpoint cranberry farm on their way to the “Little Town that Did”, Chemainus.  Known for its many outdoor murals, antiques and artisans, Chemainus is also home to the very popular Chemainus Theatre Festival.  Red was also in the right spot at the right time to witness a log barge unloading a load of logs.  Pretty cool.

Red wanted to get a picture with the World's biggest hockey stick in Duncan

Red wanted to get a picture with the World’s biggest hockey stick in Duncan

The Kinsol Trestle on the Trans Canada Trail is one of the highest trestles in the world.

The Kinsol Trestle on the Trans Canada Trail is one of the highest trestles in the world.

Red hit the ice at the local curling club for another new winter sport

Red hit the ice at the local curling club for another new winter sport

Rhonda and Ed traveled with the Red Chair down to Duncan, the commercial centre of the Cowichan Valley, to meet up with his next host, Ingrid, from Cobble House Bed & Breakfast, in the village of Cobble Hill. Red had heard that Duncan had the biggest hockey stick in the world so he definitely wanted to get a picture!  He also checked out the 1912 railway station and some of the many totems, as Duncan is known as The City of Totems.  He had now arrived in the heart of the Vancouver Island Wine Region, and not only did he visit several wineries like Blue Grouse and Unsworth, but also BC’s first estate cidery, Merridale Ciderworks, as well a Red Arrow brewery (of course he loved that name!) Another unique Cowichan company the Red Chair visited was the Vancouver Island Salt Company, which harvests and produces sea salt right from the waters here off Vancouver Island. Red visited the Teafarm, the only place in Canada that grows tea, and they had a special welcome sign out for him, as well as a tea room full of funky chairs to chat with! Innkeepers Ingrid and Simon also took Red to see the Kinsol Trestle on the Trans Canada Trail, one of the highest trestles in the world. The Trans Canada Trail will be the longest trail in the world once it is completed in 2017.  Of course the Red Chair did spend some time enjoying the peace at Cobble House, which is located on a forested acreage, and then spent his final morning with innkeeper Ingrid at the local curling centre!

Red Goes Adventuring in Kelowna

February 17th, 2016

After The Red Chair’s visit to Whistler and Pemberton, he was back on the bus to visit two Kelowna Bed & Breakfasts he’d missed on his earlier visit to the Okanagan Region.

On the edge of historic Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, overlooking the city of Kelowna and Okanagan Lake, you’ll find Myra Canyon Ranch.  Not only is Myra Canyon Ranch a Bed & Breakfast, it also offers an Adventure Park as well as Kelowna Stables at Myra Canyon Ranch.  Red was excited to find out what kind of adventures were awaiting him here!  There was lots of snow at the ranch but his B&B room was cozy and comfortable.  With lots of windows, there were great views everywhere he looked, but the best view was from up on the roof!  The Adventure Park included Ropes and Challenge aerial courses for all ages as well as well as Slack Lines, Climbing and Frisbee Golf.  Sadly, this was winter with lots of snow on the ground so Red wasn’t able to try all of these out, but he certainly looked around!  He did meet the horses at the stables and they were pretty curious to meet Red too!

The Horses at Kelowna Stables at Myra Canyon are pretty curious to meet The Red Chair

The Horses at Kelowna Stables at Myra Canyon are pretty curious to meet The Red Chair

Myra Canyon Meadow Vista Honey Wines

Red makes a wonderful new friend at the Meadow Vista Honey Winery near Myra Canyon Ranch

getting the best view at Myra Canyon

The best view of Okanagan Lake from Myra Canyon Ranch B&B is from up high!

Being back in the Okanagan, his stay at Myra Canyon meant more wine touring of course!  The very unique Summerhill Pyramid Winery was the first stop, followed by Camelot (complete with medieval suits of armor), House of Rose, Tantalus Vineyards and the

The Red Chair checks out the unique Summerhill Pyramid Winery

The Red Chair checks out the unique Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Meadow Vista Honey Winery where Red made a wonderful new friend! All of these wineries were within 10 minutes of Myra Canyon Ranch so after all the sampling, Red was back home quickly at his “home away from home” to relax and savor all that he’d tasted.  If he wasn’t continually traveling he’d be taking home lots of wines from his travels through ALL the wine regions he’d visited!  Red’s final outing with innkeepers Rolf and Kathrin was out to the Kettle Valley Railway Trail which, while snow covered now, is a wonderful walking and cycling trail with numerous trestles in Myra Canyon, a great favorite attraction  especially with cyclists.

His next wonderful B&B hosts were Joy & Jake at the Chesterfield Inn right in the city of Kelowna.  The Chesterfield Inn was built on the historic site of the former Chesterfield Boys School and the Miss Hewitson School and opened in 2012.  Joy and Jake specifically geared their B&B to guests needing to be close to the Kelowna hospital as well as downtown and the lake. One of their guest rooms is completely wheelchair accessible and also accommodates a caregiver, but Red had booked the king room with claw-foot soaker tub!

Out and about along the Kelowna Boardwalk

Out and about along the Kelowna Boardwalk

When you're in Kelowna, you must check out the Ogopogo statue. Red didn't want to miss it!

When you’re in Kelowna, you must check out the Ogopogo statue. Red didn’t want to miss it!

After breakfast they were off to visit the Tourism Kelowna office and to explore the city.  There is a great boardwalk along Okanagan Lake with summertime buskers and entertainment and lots of activities. Red admired the Kelowna bear made out of recycled materials, a tribute to the founding of Kelowna, which means grizzly bear in the Salish language. And of course they had to stop to see the statue of Ogopogo, the sea serpent monster reported to live in Okanagan Lake! A hike up Knox Mountain rewarded Red with a great view over the city. Knox Mountain Park is a great natural park area in Kelowna, one of numerous great parks around the city.  Visits to the Okanagan Heritage Museum and Military Museums rounded out Red’s visit to Kelowna.  He learned a lot about the city, enough to know he’d like to come back and experience Kelowna in the spring or summer time!

As always it was hard to leave and check out of the Chesterfield Inn, but Red had another bus ride ahead of him, leaving the snow behind.  Next stop: Vancouver Island!

Red and the Olympic Rings

February 10th, 2016

After his wonderful stay and the great adventures the Red Chair had in Revelstoke, his next bus trip took Red to the Whistler and Pemberton region.

red joincs the service Greenwood

Red joins the service in Pemberton

relaxing by the fire at Greenwood Country Inn in Pemberton

relaxing by the fire at Greenwood Country Inn in Pemberton

The innkeepers at the Courthouse Inn Revelstoke had shown Red such an awesome time trying everything from snowshoeing to dogsledding, that he needed to catch his breath for just a little bit.  Good thing he next arrived at the Greenwood Country Inn in Pemberton where innkeeper Margit was ready to spoil him and where the fire was so relaxing!  And, they had a hot tub and there are few things more wonderful than sitting in a hot tub with snow all around you.  So peaceful! He did venture out into the community to join a Sunday service and to check out the depth of the snow and the thickness of the ice.  The innkeeper lent him a Vancouver Canucks shirt to keep him warm.  A snowbound Greenwood Country Inn is the perfect place to relax in winter. Thank you Margit for looking after Red so well!

 

Fortunately the trip to Red’s next BC Bed & Breakfast was just a little bit down the road to Whistler BC. Whistler of course, was home to the skiing and sliding events at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, so another first for Red, an Olympic community.  He was welcomed to Whistler by innkeepers Jackie and Joern at the Cedar Springs Lodge.  Joern Rohde is also a photographer, so we were expecting great pictures and got them!  With Whistler’s reputation as a top ski resort in North America, plus its Olympic legacy, there was lots to see and do.  Red found a few more winter sports he hadn’t tried yet and they were all about speed, at the Whistler Sliding Centre.  Considered the fastest track in the world, Red took a big breath and threw himself down the track on the skeleton and in the 2-man bobsleigh.  What a rush!  His legs did feel a little shaky after that so he headed to the Bearfoot Bistro for a shot of vodka in the Ketel One Ice Room.  The Ice Room is the coldest tasting room in the world at -32 degrees centigrade (-25 F), so even vodka tasting is a winter sport in Whistler!  On the opposite side of the temperature scale, Red also enjoyed some margaritas and a little too much tequila at Mexican Corners in Whistler.

Of course Red had to visit Whistler Village, the hub and heart of Whistler, where you’ll find great shopping, dining and apres-ski and nightlife.  He was pretty awestruck by the Olympic rings and also took a spin on the free ice rink at Olympic Plaza.  He met some great folks and the Pride flag at the end of the Whistler Pride & Ski Festival, and of course Red fit right in with the Pride flag, and the Canadian flag too for that matter!  With so many adventures during the days he spent in Whistler he was also very happy to check into the Scandinave Spa and refresh in the hot baths and relaxing waterfalls and get a massage.  At the end of the day, his bright and comfortable room at Cedar Springs Lodge was waiting for him.  Over a delicious breakfast in the morning he was able to share his adventures with the other B&B guests at the lodge, and hear about theirs, always such a great part of the Bed & Breakfast experience.

Red was pretty awestruck by the Olympic rings in Whistler

Red was pretty awestruck by the Olympic rings in Whistler

Red goes sledding with a new friend in Whistler

Red goes sledding with a new friend in Whistler

The Ketel Once Ice Room at Bearfoot Bistro, the coldest tasting room in the world

The Ketel Once Ice Room at Bearfoot Bistro, the coldest tasting room in the world

Red loves the colors of the pride flag - Whistler Pride & Ski Festival

Red loves the colors of the pride flag – Whistler Pride & Ski Festival

 

 

 

Red Revels in Revelstoke

January 23rd, 2016

The Red Chair had an awesome visit in Revelstoke, in BC’s Kootenay Rockies region!

After spending the holiday season in West Kelowna and Peachland, the Red Chair hopped on the bus to reach his next BC B&B hosts at the Courthouse Inn Revelstoke. With Revelstoke Mountain Resort on its doorstep, Revelstoke has become a prime winter sports resort in British Columbia.  With more than 20 feet of powder on the ground, and the longest vertical in North America, you just knew that Red was going to revel in trying all the different winter sports available to BC travelers in this eastern part of the province.

Was it love at first sight at Revelstoke Mountain Resort?

Was it love at first sight at Revelstoke Mountain Resort?

The Red Chair checks in at Courthouse Inn Revelstoke

The Red Chair checks in at Courthouse Inn Revelstoke

The innkeepers at Courthouse Inn Revelstoke, Shawn and Young Seon, had arranged all sorts of adventures for Red’s stay with them, just as innkeepers often assist their guests to make the most out of their stay.  Red went snowboarding, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, curling, and dogsledding!  Wow, talk about a busy schedule, but all of this is available to the traveler who comes to Revelstoke, so Red didn’t want to miss any of it.  Red loved the snowmobiling on Frisby Ridge and especially the dogsledding with Revelstoke Dog Sled Adventures. Red is an animal lover, you know. He even met a special someone on the slopes at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, a special romantic someone that is.  After all his new snow adventures, it was great to take the free ferry ride to Halcyon Hot Springs to soak those sore muscles and relax with a few libations.

snowmobiling on Frisby Ridge Revelstoke

snowmobiling on Frisby Ridge Revelstoke

In between all the snow activities, Red did check out the town of Revelstoke of course.  There was a private showing

at the historic Roxy Theatre, the Revelstoke Museum, some more libations at Mt. Begbie Brewery, and 5 pin bowling at the Cabin, where he also tried the famous fishbowl drink.  Are we seeing a pattern here?  Red’s very comfortable Marie Antoinette Room at Courthouse Inn Revelstoke was a wonderful place to relax and rest up from all the activities, only to start the following day with a great breakfast and more adventures!  Revelstoke has had so much snow that Red even got Revelstuck!  Not that he minded spending more time to enjoy the hospitality at the Courthouse Inn and more snow adventures, before getting on the bus again to meet the innkeepers at his next stop at the Greenwood Country Inn in Pemberton!  Red revelled in Revelstoke and is having such a great BC adventure!

Red Celebrates the holidays!

January 9th, 2016

The Red Chair spent the Christmas and New Year’s holidays in the Thompson Okanagan region 0f BC.  He shared Christmas celebrations with Sue and Dann and their family at A View to Remember in West Kelowna and then was handed over to innkeepers Tanya and Rocky at Pineacre on the Lake in Peachland to ring in the New Year.  With lots of snow on the ground in the Okanagan, Red had a wonderful White Christmas, and boy does he look good on white!

Outdoor ice hockey at Big White Ski Resort

Outdoor ice hockey at Big White Ski Resort

Red is contemplating how to get up the 60 ft. ice-climbing tower at Big White

Red is contemplating how to get up the 60 ft. ice-climbing tower at Big White

Handing over the Red Chair from West Kelowna to Peachland

Handing over the Red Chair from West Kelowna to Peachland

After the Christmas celebrations at A View to Remember B&B, Sue took Red to Big White Ski Resort for an awesome day of fresh air and Okanagan powder!  Red enjoyed a snowmobile tour and a horse drawn carriage ride, checked out the gondola and the ice climbing wall, and laced up a pair of skates to take part in that quintessential Canadian winter sport, outdoor ice hockey, his own version of the Winter Classic!  He showed a real aptitude for hockey, so maybe we’ve got another Wayne Gretzky in the making (with a little more practice)!

Red loved his week at A View to Remember and all the great things he saw in the West Kelowna area, but it was time to meet some new innkeepers at Pineacre on the Lake in Peachland.  Sue got together with Tanya for the handover.  Pineacre on the Lake B&B is located right on

Making many friends at the Peachland Polar Bear Swim on New Year's Day 2016

Making many friends at the Peachland Polar Bear Swim on New Year’s Day 2016

Lake Okanagan, and guests, including Red, staying in any of their three self-contained suites enjoy stunning views of the lake year round.  Their own private dock offers great opportunities for watersports and soaking up some of the great Okanagan sunshine. Peachland is a small and charming lakefront community with beautiful level beaches, great golf, vineyards, summer time Craft and Farmers Markets, and lots of water activities of course. Tanya took Red to check out the Peachland Museum, a unique 8-sided BC heritage building, and he was reminded of his school days.  Red and Tanya walked the Peachland waterfront and enjoyed the fabulous views of the lake and stopped by at the Peachland Bell Clock. Peachland’s other claim to fame is its bats. Yes, bats!  In fact, the town has one of the largest bat colonies in the province and they’ve found a home in a heritage school house.  As a result of the bats, Peachland has very few problems with mosquitoes, and their droppings, or guano, is sold locally as fertilizer.

Red visits the Peachland museum and is reminded of his school days.

Red visits the Peachland museum and is reminded of his school days.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

at the end of the dock in Peachland

at the end of the dock in Peachland

New Year’s Eve brought bubbly and hats and noisemakers and congenial company.  To celebrate New Year’s Day and the start of another great year of the Red Chair Travels, Red took a brave dip into Lake Okanagan at the Polar Bear Swim!  Now he’s a REAL Canadian!

Soon it was time to say goodbye again and Red hopped on another bus to travel through the snow covered mountains all the way to the Kootenay Rockies region in eastern BC. Here he’ll find his next “home away from home” at Courthouse Inn Revelstoke, just like regular B&B guests do when touring BC with B&B!

The Red Chair visits Port Moody and West Kelowna!

December 27th, 2015

The Red Chair Travels second stop on its first ever trip to Canada was in the Metro Vancouver community of Port Moody.  As innkeepers Mary Ellen and Barry at Port Moody’s Mainstay Oasis B&B welcomed him, Red was starting to get into the Christmas spirit.  From their waterfront dock on Burrard Inlet, Mainstay Oasis guests and Red were able to enjoy the carol ships.  Red also enjoyed one of Mainstay’s afternoon tea parties by the Christmas tree.  And of course Mary Ellen took Red to show him all the special places in her community: they walked the trails in the rainforest at Buntzen Lake and caught some sunshine and a break in the rain; they stopped at the Moody Station Museum and the Port Moody Arts Centre; they admired the engine sculpture at Port Moody City Hall and then returned to Mainstay to relax on the dock with a friend.

Red relaxing on the dock at Mainstay Oasis after a day of touring the Port Moody area.

Red relaxing on the dock at Mainstay Oasis after a day of touring the Port Moody area.

Red enjoying a Christmas Tea Party

To get to his next friendly B&B destination, Red had to hop a bus to get through the Coastal mountains to West Kelowna, as there was quite a bit of snow on the roads to the BC interior.  Sue and Dann at West Kelowna’s A View to Remember B&B were Red’s next hosts and he would be staying with them through Christmas. And boy, did they have a busy schedule planned for Red!  West Kelowna is in the Thompson Okanagan region of BC, known for its many wineries and fruit orchards.  The southern Okanagan has Canada’s only true desert at Osoyoos.  Red ‘s first breakfast at A View to Remember included some local mapleapple syrup on his french toast!  Then they were off to explore the shores of Okanagan Lake, the old CPR Wharf, the Gellatly Heritage Nut Farm and the Fur Brigade Trail.  To celebrate the holidays Sue took Red to see the Christmas light display at Candy Cane Lane and they rode the famous Kettle Valley Steam Train Christmas Train.  Of course this being wine country, winery visits were not forgotten and fortunately Red (and the innkeepers!) had a designated driver when they visited Bottleneck Drive and the Westside Wine Trail!  To top off this visit in the Kelowna area Sue took Red to meet the folks at the Green Tourism Canada office, as a View to Remember is a Green Tourism designated property.

at the entrance to Mission Hill Winery

at the entrance to Mission Hill Winery

Red is the featured attraction at Little Straw Vineyard in West Kelowna

Red is the featured attraction at Little Straw Vineyard in West Kelowna

Kettle Valley Steam Railway Christmas Train - best seat on the train!

Kettle Valley Steam Railway Christmas Train – best seat on the train!

Even though winter travel is a bit of a challenge here in BC, especially in the interior where Red will be traveling most of the next two months, his innkeeper hosts will get Red safely from one Bed & Breakfast to the next. Not as many visitors to our province get to see BC in the winter time so the Red Chair Travels is getting a a pretty special tour!

The Red Chair Has Arrived in BC!

December 13th, 2015

The Red Chair has arrived in BC and has started its journey around our beautiful province and some of our great BC Bed & Breakfasts.

Once travelers took pictures of “flat Stanley” in unusual places and situations, now it is the turn of The Red Chair.  This ordinary wooden chair has become a new celebrity and has traveled from Bed & Breakfast to Bed & Breakfast on the US East Coast, through southern states and up the West Coast, to here, its first appearance in Canada.

Canada Place at night

Canada Place at night

It’s all part of a multi-year B&B awareness program that focuses on a traveling red porch chair to highlight the comfort, uniqueness, hospitality and friendliness of Bed and Breakfasts. Since its start in New England in 2012, B&Bs and inns have taken inspiring photos of the Red Chair from beaches to bandstands.

Viewing the Christmas lights at Canuck Place

Viewing the Christmas lights at Canuck Place

“Red” arrived in Vancouver from his adventures at the Camano Island Inn in Washington State (he went zip lining!) to Granville House B&B in Vancouver on December 4th.  The weather wasn’t very co-operative, but intrepid innkeepers Randy & Pam from Granville House took Red around their city.  You can’t visit Vancouver without visiting Stanley Park, so off they went to see the totem poles, the horsedrawn carriages, the mermaid, and the famous Lions Gate Bridge.

Red enjoys the view of the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, even in the rain

Red enjoys the view of the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, even in the rain

Being busy innkeepers, some of Pam and Randy and Red’s adventures took place in the evening, such as a visit to Canada Place, a landmark in Vancouver harbor and the original Canada Pavilion at Expo 86. Now it is home to the cruise ship terminal, World Trade Centre, FlyOver Canada and the Pan Pacific Hotel.  It being December, Red then enjoyed the Christmas lights at Canuck Place, North America’s first free-standing children’s hospice located in the historic Glen Brae Manor.  A major supporter of the facility is the NHL Vancouver Canucks hockey team.

Red has now checked out of Granville House B&B, its first Canadian and BC Bed & Breakfast host.  After visiting the great city of Vancouver, the rest of his trip will have a lot to live up to!