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Red Goes Adventuring in Kelowna

Wednesday, 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!

Join In the 2014 Brant Wildlife Festival

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

2014 Brant Wildlife FestivalWhat is a Brant Wildlife Festival?

The Brant Wildlife Festival is a celebration of nature, specifically Black Brant geese and those like them, that congregate on the Parksville and Qualicum beaches of Vancouver Island to feast on the spring spawning of Pacific herring.

Every spring, as the waters warm, the herring work their way up the coast of North America – and they are not alone. Black Brant geese make their own, remarkable, migratory journey from California and Mexico to their breeding grounds in the north at this same time. Along the way, they rely on coastal estuaries, bays, spits, and beaches like those found along the shores of Vancouver Island to feed and rest. (more…)

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! 

Parksville Uncorked Wine & Food Festival Offers a Fabulous February Escape

Saturday, January 12th, 2013
Parksville Uncorked Wine & Food Festival logo

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The Parksville Uncorked Wine & Food Festival is a late winter highlight on Vancouver Island, BC.

The 2013 Parksville Uncorked Wine & Food Festival will take place February 21-24 at two world class resorts  in Parksville on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Local and regional artisinal wine, beer and cuisine will be presented in tastings and at special dinner and brunch gatherings.  Other events include wine-themed spa treatments and local tours.  Over 25 wineries and more than 10 breweries and cideries will offer their celebrated libations.

Parksville Uncorked is celebrating it’s fifth annual festival this year.  The 2012 Parksville Uncorked events sold out quickly, so now is the time to make your plans to attend.  We recommend that you pair your palate’s adventures with the “gourmet” Vancouver Island lodging of our member bed & breakfast inns. (more…)

Filberg Festival Brings Art, Music & More to Comox Area of East Vancouver Island

Saturday, July 7th, 2012
Filberg Park

Filberg Festival celebrates the artisans and arts of Canada.

As August opens, East Vancouver Island will come alive with art, crafts, music and more as Comox and the nearby Coombs/Parksville area offer up a great few days of entertainment from August 3 through 6, 2012.  Learn more about these upcoming events and make your lodging plans at our member bed and breakfast inns to enjoy a stay as memorable as the events themselves.

Filberg Festival

Friday August 03, 2012 – Monday August 06, 2012

2012 marks the 30th year of the Filberg Festival in Comox, BC; the largest of its kind for Canadian arts, crafts and music.

Filberg Festival Celebrates the Canadian Arts

Over 120 artisans from all across Canada will present their artworks at the Filberg Festival and there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Categories of these displays to browse (and buy from) include:

Filberg Festival Art

Browse and buy your favorite arts & crafts at the Filberg Festival.

  • Ceramics
  • Fashion Accessories
  • Glass
  • Jewelry
  • Soaps & Lotions
  • Toys
  • Wood Crafts
 
  • Clothing
  • Fibres & Textile
  • Home & Garden Decor
  • Leather
  • Specialty Foods
  • Visual Arts
  • and more!

Tasty Treats to Accompany Your Filberg Festival Experience

In addition, food vendors with cuisines from around the world will be on hand to keep you fueled for your festival journey.

Filberg Festival Entertainment Offers a Diverse Selection of Music

This year’s entertainment line-up includes blues, country, folk, jazz, old-time gospel, rock-n-roll, roots music and much more.

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The Deal of a Lifetime

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Are you looking to escape the dreary weather of your home town, but still bogged down with the dreaded post Christmas debt? Then what better way to get refreshed than with an amazing deal to a British Columbia Bed and Breakfast for a weekend. There are many BC Innkeepers Guild Members who are offering specials and packages to entice the travelling spirits.

Port Moody at Sunset

Set on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Sooke is a wonderful spot to re-energize your battery and start the new year off on a positive note. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, lush green forests, and with plenty of trails and nature to explore, it is one of B.C.’s best kept secrets. And the Ocean Wilderness Inn is a fantastic spot to take it all in. Located along the beach of the Pacific Ocean, and just 15 minutes north of Sooke, the Ocean Wilderness Inn provides its guests with a quiet, relaxing vacation spot where your only neighbours will be eagles, deer, and the rest of the wildlife. If you book your BC getaway from now until April, you will receive 20% off your stay.

Right across the Straight of Georgia, discover your dream vacation at the Mainstay Oasis Bed & Breakfast. Nestled in the coastal town of Port Moody, and conveniently located on the stunning waterfront, Mainstay Oasis B&B provides its guests with a luxurious vacation spot year round. With each room offering a spacious ensuite, luxury linens, and an expansive view, it is no wonder it is one of the lower mainland’s top bed and breakfasts. And better yet, book your romantic vacation today and you will get 2 nights for only $200.

Other great Bed & Breakfasts which are currently offering winter packages include Reef Point Oceanfront in Ucluelet, Courthouse Inn in Revelstoke, Villa Marco Polo in Victoria, and the Chemanius Tudor Inn Bed & Breakfast in Chemanius.

So don’t sit around waiting for summer to arrive, book your vacation today and visit one of the many fascinating British Columbia Bed and Breakfasts.

 

20,000 Grey Whales

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

It’s true; over 20,000 grey whales are heading north.  Why, you ask?  Well, obviously because they want to participate in the 25th Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival taking place on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island from Ucluelet to Tofino, and all of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.  To tell the truth, the grey whales are on their way to Alaska’s Bering Strait and beyond in an annual  migration that has taken place for many, many years.  The festival is newer and a bit shorter and runs from March 19th to 27th.  It is an all out celebration of our coastal lives.  There will be lots of educational material about the grey whales and marine life in general as well as inspirational talks and stunningly beautiful walks.  The festival promises lots of children’s fun and plenty of culinary events for the big folks.  First Nations offer cultural workshops and much more for those who want to experience coastal tradition.  Video enthusiasts can participate in an inspirational, whale inspired, short video contest (check the website for details) with a $500.00 prize!

Allow yourself some quiet time to enjoy a beach walk and to explore the lush coastal rainforest.  Hiking trails are everywhere and range from “couch potato” easy to extremely challenging.  The Pacific Rim boasts some of the province’s finest  BC Bed & Breakfast accommodations, restaurants, and art galleries.

The drive from Port Alberni to the Pacific Rim is a bit windy, but very beautiful too.  Take your time and allow for plenty of stops along the way so the driver can enjoy the stunning scenery guaranteed to mesmerize the entire family.  Of course, the kids will be asking the age old question: “Are we there yet????”  For those not into driving, there is both air and bus service available.

Spring Break B.C. Style

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Ah, its that time of year again when the student population gets a week long reprieve from school and a bit of vacation, and parents go nuts thinking of fun things for the family to do.  We’ve muddled through January and February and are a bit winter weary, yet the ski slopes beckon and the days are getting longer every day!  If you’ve looked at heading for Florida or Honolulu but just can’t see spending all that money on air fares and don’t want the hassle of security checks and long lines for a one week getaway, why not be a tourist right here in B.C.?  There is fantastic skiing throughout the province; wonderful attractions everywhere you go; world class dining from Courtenay to Cranbrook, Vancouver Island to Prince George.  Why not be a tourist in your own town or another part of BC?

Here we live in the most beautiful place on earth so let’s explore it before the summer tourist season and the crowds arrive.

Downtown Vancouver and the local mountains

BC Ferries offers Coast Saver fare rates during spring break, so visit Victoria, the seat of our provincial government, and see where the politicians decide how best to pick your pocket.  While you’re there take in a 3D Imax movie, visit Miniature World or the Royal BC Museum.  If Vancouver is the place for you, take the family to Science World for a day of wonder and great memories or visit the aquarium and explore Stanley Park.  Visit Vancouver Island or Nelson, the wine region in the Okanagan or Hope and the Othello Tunnels, explore the Fraser Valley or the many lakes in the Kootenays, or go cross-country skiing in the Cariboo and the North.  There are so many fascinating places right in our backyard!

To make certain the family is comfortable and gets a healthy breakfast you’ll want to book a great Bed & Breakfast in BC.  When you make your reservations with one or more of BC’s Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Guild members, you can ‘Rest Assured’ your comfort is our first priority, plus we’ll be able to share with you all the great places to go and things to do right in our neighbourhood!

Three Guild Members Profiled

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Destinations Travel Magazine is featuring three BC Innkeepers Guild members in its October edition:  Miracle Beach Inn B&B, Two Eagles Lodge B&B and Belle Vue B&B, each located in the lovely Comox Valley on Vancouver Island and offering unique and beautiful accommodations. Miracle Beach Inn B&B, a brand new member of the Guild, is family friendly and boasts a country setting with swimming pool, tennis court and even a Plains Indian teepee.  It is one of the few B&Bs with covered areas for smokers.  Two Eagles Lodge B&B, also family friendly, is just four years old and offers a stunning panoramic view from Fanny Bay to Denman Island and beyond.  Belle Vue B&B caters to adults, is beachfront and looks directly out on the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia) and across to the coastal mountains.

Destinations Travel Magazine is an online publication with a reader base of approximately 1/2 million domestic and international travel consumers.  Besides the magazine, Destinations uses a blog and a  Social Media Network, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Hubpages,  and many eZine websites.

Kiwi Cove Lodge featured

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

British Columbia Magazine is featuring the BC Innkeepers Guild’s own Kiwi Cove Lodge on the cover of  its fall issue and as part of a story on Vancouver Island’s exotic agriculture. ” Six varieties of Kiwi are grown at Kiwi Cove Lodge and the Agruta type are truly sensational” say hosts Peggy and Doug Kolosoff.  The Annual Kiwi Open House event is scheduled for Sunday, October 17 from 11AM to 4PM.  Everyone is welcome.

British Columbia Magazine is the premier geographic and travel magazine of British Columbia.  As it has for 50 years, it continues to  inform, entertain, surprise, and inspire a worldwide audience with award-winning profiles of Canada’s westernmost province. In quarterly issues it showcases the highest-quality photography alongside in-depth articles on British Columbia’s amazing diversity of people, places, animals and things.