Family Road trip to Vancouver Island cruisin’ in a Ford Edge

This past week I embarked on a three generation family road trip. Vancouver Island was our destination and fun was our goal. Vancouver Island offers a lot of fun for a family no matter what your age. Of course we also wanted to travel in comfort which is where the 2016 Ford Edge Titanium came … Read more

News Flash on the 9th Annual Winemaker’s Cup

The organizers of the Annual Cellar-Tek International Winemaker’s Cup announced today that for the first time the event has attracted participation from individuals in the USA and Europe. “We are thrilled to see that the reputation of this Okanagan Valley event has grown to the point where it is now drawing participants in the wine industry from other parts … Read more


LOCK DOWN YOUR DINE OUT VANCOUVER FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE WITH EXCLUSIVE HOTEL AND AIRFARE OFFERS   Who says you can only eat, drink and be merry at Christmas? Extend the seasonal cheer and start 2016 off with a palate-sparking bang on a winter getaway to Vancouver, Canada, for the 14th annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival. Thanks to … Read more

Wine Tourism

The Rise of British Columbia Wine Tourism A stellar wine touring year for BC wineries, and the season is far from over!   Wine tourism in BC is on the rise, reporting a record high in visitors and sales this year, and gaining accolades as a world-class wine destination from publications and wine critics around … Read more

Enjoy the Christmas Season in Victoria

Fast becoming a family tradition our trips to Victoria to enjoy an early Christmas getaway. For a number of years we would take a mini-cation in September and again in February. Gradually as the family dynamics changed we stopped our twice annual visits only to revive them on an annual basis in 2014. This is … Read more


Dec. 5 & 6 Winery Holiday Open Houses   The festive season is quickly approaching and you are invited to get into the holiday spirit by spending the weekend touring the Similkameen wineries! Wine tastings, food pairings, decorated wine shops, local art, gift ideas and holiday joy and cheer await you in the fifth annual … Read more

Foraging for Golden Mushrooms

BEAT THE TILL AND TASTE THE BENEFITS OF NATURE   Its autumn somewhere on Vancouver Island. The leaves start to turn; the days get a bit shorter and I start to track rain fall and wait for the morning when the air feels and smells just right to go out looking for specifically Cantharellus cibarius, … Read more

Wine Touring in the Cowichan Valley

My most recent excursion took me to Unsworth Vineyards just minutes away from Mill Bay in the Cobble Hill area. The surrounding countryside is serene and beautiful as is the setting for their Tasting Room, open daily year round. Since my last visit they have changed management and chef at the Restaurant which is open … Read more

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