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Summer Time… Farmers’ Market Time

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Ah summer time!  They say the living is easy, but it’s a busy time for farmers selling at the weekly Farmers’ Markets that abound in BC.  From cherries, apricots, and peaches in the Okanagan region, to berry crops on the coast, summer time, and later fall, are great times to get out to your local Farmers’ Market to pick up the freshest of fresh products, grown or produced locally, and often organic too.

Many communities around the province have Farmers Markets.  You can find out if there’s one in your area by checking out the BC Association of Farmers Markets website or keep an eye on the local papers of course.  Here are a few you might want to check out if you’re in the area:

Duncan's Farmers' Market is one of the largest in BC

Duncan’s Farmers’ Market is one of the largest in BC

Duncan Farmers’ Market – The Duncan market on Vancouver Island is one of the largest in the BC.  Located in the Cowichan Valley, one of the Island’s main agricultural areas, sometimes called Canada’s “Provence”, it features lots of local produce, honey, local cheese, crafts, local wineries and distilleries, locally roasted coffee, hand made soaps, home baked goods and much more.  All accompanied by local entertainment, it’s a great meeting place for the community too, as well as visitors to the region. Open 9 am – 2 pm on Saturdays, year-round except for the Christmas holidays

Skeena Valley Farmers’ Market – This market in Terrace reflects the furthest point north in BC where fruit trees can grow, but the fertile Skeena Valley offers other local produce as well, ranging from fish and fresh veggies, to lots of ethnic products from local residents.  Open 9 am – 1 pm on Saturdays, May until the end of October

Revelstoke Farm & Craft Market – Revelstoke’s market is held at Grizzly Place. Surrounded by heritage buildings and views of spectacular snow covered peaks, local produce and crafts are on display under colorful awnings.  It’s the place to be on Saturday morning in Revelstoke, in BC ‘s Kootenay region.  Open 8:30 am to 1 pm, May through October

Metro Vancouver’s Lonsdale Artisan Farmers’ Market & Granville Island Farmers’ Market are two well-established markets in the Vancouver area.  In fact, Granville Island’s market is the oldest of its kind in Vancouver.  Both markets are located right by the water to give you some great views of Vancouver while you shop for fresh produce and everything from jams to salsas, to pickles and pastas.  The Lonsdale Market is located on the East Plaza at Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops and is open May through October from 10 am – 3 pm.  The Granville Island Farmers Market is across from the Public Market on Granville Island and runs June through September from 10 am – 3 pm.

Farmers' Market fresh veggies on offer!

Farmers’ Market fresh veggies on offer!

Armstrong Farmers’ Market – You can’t talk about BC Farmers’ Markets without mentioning the oldest continuously running market in Armstrong, in BC’s Okanagan region.  This country style market has a full range of products from veggies to eggs, cheese, plants and flowers, garden furniture, fashion accessories and kids clothing, and everything in between.  Open from April 30 through October on Saturdays, from 8 am – 12 pm.

If you’re traveling around British Columbia this summer, and if you’ve chosen to stay at one of our fine BC Bed & Breakfasts, the innkeepers will can tell you all about their local Farmers’ Market.  In fact, you’re likely to find a lot of that fresh local product on your breakfast table!

Let’s Hear it For Summer! and Our Updated Website!

Monday, August 26th, 2013

myra canyon Bed & Breakfast

Let’s hear it for this amazing summer season in beautiful British Columbia!

As we head into the last long weekend of the summer, we encourage everyone to take one last trip! Venture across the province, and stay at one of the many amazing BC Bed & Breakfasts! Or stay local, making it a bit more special with a fun getaway in your hometown.

Travel the Vancouver Coast and pair your stay with a beautiful morning hike – (maybe some last minute back to school shopping) – then unwind and relax with an amazing dinner at any one of the hundreds of amazing culinary restaurants located in the region.

Take a quick ferry ride over to Vancouver Island, and truly understand why Condé Nast Traveler magazine has ranked Vancouver Island as the number one island to visit in Canada in 2012. The eco-system is diverse and they have activities to match. Surf then storm watch in Tofino, or visit  blooming Butchart Gardens in Victoria, or go whale watching at anyone of the amazing communities on the Island.

Visit the Okanagan, the region of BC that truly has something for everyone! An early morning fishing trip, followed by a winery tour in the afternoon and cozying up at one of BC’s finest B&Bs to watch the sunset over the majestic mountain valley landscape. Sounds pretty blissful.

Ride up-north and find all the colors of summer in Northern British Columbia –  including warm-yellow sunsets, rich-green mountainsides and the clearest of turquoise waters. Go off road, and go on horseback or charter a plane or hike to some of the most  idyllic campsites! They may be in the wilderness, but that doesn’t mean they don’t come with modern amenities!

Live large in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast! No, we are not just talking about the Caribou, but also BC’s largest Provincial Park, Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. The Chilcotin Coast combines a rural culture with artistry and spirit! Take a long horseback ride through some amazing landscapes then eat lunch and tour art studios and historic sites.

Rock’n’Roll the Kootenays! Rock the many outdoor activities (The Kootenays are known for their epic outdoor activities). Hike, bike or go whitewater rafting! Or do all three! Then roll on down to the many hotsprings to relax!

Let’s all celebrate summer and also celebrate the best and most hospitable accommodations, The Bed & Breakfasts and Inns of BC! Search our listings today, check availability and book!

We would also like to celebrate the revamp of our website! We revamped the site to better serve you! Our new design and architecture is much more intuitive for you and aimed to make you find a great B&B quicker! Thank you for your patience during the change and of course, we would love to hear from you on how you think our revamped site is doing! Send us a note! 

Treat Mom to one of BC’s Great Festivals!

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

What a weekend of wonderment it is! The weather is beautiful, it’s Mothers day on Sunday and there are so many wonderful events happening throughout BC! Treat your mom to an amazing weekend event and make her feel even more special by staying at one of our BC Bed and Breakfasts! (hint! She gets an amazing breakfast and YOU don’t have to cook it for her!)

Here are just a few of some of our favorite events happening this weekend!

 

Pier Street Farmers Market
Campbell River – Sunday, May 05 through to September 29, 2013 – 10:00 AM

The Pier Street Farmers’ Market & Arts Fair is back for its 11th year! Stroll the pier surrounded by the stunning scenery of Georgia Strait, Fisherman’s Wharf, discover some amazing local vendors and enjoy the nearby Fishing Pier & Maritime Heritage Centre. Lots to do & see for all ages!

 

Creston Valley Bird Fest
Creston – May 10-May 11 – 9:00am-4:00pm

Celebrate the amazing diversity of birds along with fun activities and games for all ages. The Bird Fest offers a variety of birdwatching activities guided by field experts, as well as photography and art displays and bird-oriented workshops.

 

Perfect Pairing at Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate
Oliver – May 10-May 11 – 12:00noon-4:00pm

Join the Jackson Triggs Family at the winery to celebrate the start of a new wine season and experience the “perfect pairing”. Explore the winery, taste their award-winning collection of wines which are artfully paired with some of the finest chocolate.

 

Rhododendron Bloom at Milner Gardens
Qualicum Beach – May 10-May 12 – 10:00am-5:00pm

Experience Milner Gardens on Vancouver Island and their most significant collections – Rhododendrons. Stroll through the woodland gardens and stop to smell the flowers! Talk about Flowers for Mother’s Day!

 

The Earlybird gets a Great Deal

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Vancouver Island Music Fest doesn’t start until July 8th but early-bird discounted tickets are only available until April 1.  This 3 day music extravaganza takes place at Vancouver Island’s Comox Valley Fairgrounds and is always amazing, wild and great fun.  I have not missed Music Fest since 2001 for good reason.  VIMF is one of North America’s finest music festivals highlighting great talent from all around the world.  This year’s headliner is recent Academy Award winner Randy Newman— that’s right the guy who wrote such modern masterpieces as I Think Its Gonna Rain Today, Short People, and I Love L.A .  He joins a line up that includes Jon Anderson (of Yes fame), The Night Train Music Club, Arrested Development, Rodney Crowell, Red Horse and the awesome Eliza Gilkyson!  This year VIMF has introduced a special Thursday night concert event July 7 with 26-time Grammy Award winner Alison Krauss and Union Station!  Weekend pass holders can pick up tickets for Thursday’s concert for $50.  During the day there are 6 stages where musicians from different groups jam and offer workshops as well as individual performances.  The day venues are small and intimate and allow us to get close up to the artists.

Academy Award winner Randy Newman

Music Fest is family oriented with lots of fun for the kids, including easy access to the river for swimming.  There are games and a well supervised play area where kids can have a ball even if they aren’t yet very interested in the music. Shoppers will enjoy the many booths selling everything from 60’s throwback tie dye to custom made drums and jewelry.  There is always great food and beverages, and a beer tent for those of us who like to imbibe.

Vancouver Island Music Fest is truly an event not to be missed, as are the wonderful BC Bed & Breakfasts in the BC B&B Innkeepers Guild waiting to welcome you to help you create lifelong memories.  April is fast approaching, so get those discount passes now and book a great B&B too!