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Thanksgiving
Oct01

5 Facts you didn’t know about Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings family and friends together. Many cook up a huge feast and spend all day making dinner for the whole family. When dinner is ready we all sit around the table and take turns saying what we are thankful for. After dinner is finished you will probably find yourself stuffed and unable to move. 

Male Turkeys vs. Female Turkeys

Only male turkeys, called toms, gobble. Females, called hens, cackle.

The Creation of TV Dinners

In 1953, someone at the head office at Swanson, misjudged the number of frozen turkeys it would sell that Thanksgiving. It wasn’t just a couple turkeys… They ordered 26 TONS extra! Some industrious soul came up with the brilliant plan: Why not slice up the meat and repackage with some trimmings on the side? Thus the first TV dinner was born!

Different Days across North America

Canadian Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the second Monday in October, earlier than the American Thanksgiving, which is held in November.  Since 1971, it has coincided with Columbus Day in the U.S.

Statutory Holiday in Canada

Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday in Canada, except in PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Cranberries have a long history

There are more than 80 cranberry farms in B.C. with many destined for the Thanksgiving table, and while it is doubtful cranberries were served at the first Thanksgiving meals, the indigenous people used them for cooking and dyeing and introduced them to the pilgrims.

 

Turkey Thanksgiving

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Written by Megan Harder

Aug06

10 Fun Facts about British Columbia

 

To celebrate BC Day, we’ve rounded up the best facts we know about our lovely state.  There is a lot to celebrate about Beautiful British Columbia.  Many people say that Canada is the best place to live in the world, and BC is one of the provinces on the top of the list. Although we are called the “rainy province” there is still so many things to do and see whether its raining or beautiful out.

 

  • Home to Canada’s Longest Running Movie Theatre –

    British Columbia is home to the oldest movie theatre that is still open for business. This is Pwel River’s Patricia Theatre, operating since 1913.

  • The World’s Largest Hockey Stick –

    The world’s largest hockey stick can be found in Duncan, BC and measures 205 feet long and 61,000 pounds. This hockey symbol was created for the expo of 86 and acquired by the city of Duncan soon after.

  • Canada’s Only Grizzly Bear Sanctuary –

    Khutzeymateen Provincial Park is Canada’s only Grizzly Bear sanctuary, home to more than 50 grizzlies across its 44,300 hectare grounds.

  • Vancouver’s a hub for TV & Film

    Vancouver is the fourth largest Film and  TV production in North America. If you have ever questioned if that was a famous Vancouver landmark you saw in a movie or in your favourite show, most likely it was!

  • Bathtub Racing – Who knew? –

    Nanaimo is the Bathtub Racing capitol of the world.  Didn’t know that was a thing?  Nor did we! It sure looks fun though.

  • The Population

    Half the population of British Columbia lives in the Metro Vancouver area…and it’s not hard to understand why!  The city has a thriving food scene, mountain views and is surrounded by sparkling waters.

  • There’s something special in Osoyoos

    Osoyoos Lake is the warmest fresh water lake in Canada.  We don’t need to convince you that this is a huge win for BC.

  • Did someone say Botox? –

    The cosmetic treatment known as Botox was pioneered in Vancouver in the late 1980s.

  • BC was the 6th Province to be added to Canada –

    British Columbia joined the confederation on July 20 1871.  The Canadian government promised to absorb BC’s debt and build a railway from Montreal to the Pacific Coast – sounds like a good deal, doesn’t it?

  • Four times the size of Great Britain –

    British Columbia is the third largest and most westerly province in Canada and it is four times the size of Great Britain. The length of BC’s coastline is over 27,000 kilometres.

If you’re interested in exploring more of our beautiful state, why not take a vacation in one of our cottages? Give our reservations line a call today – 1 888 226 5566 –  and discover your backyard.

 

Written by Megan Harder

sun peaks resort
Nov27

Why you should Ski at Sun Peaks Resort this Winter

 

While Sun Peaks Resort may not be as sought after as Whistler, it continues to offer superb ski conditions. Nestled high up in the Okanagan region, a short drive from Kamloops and just over three hours from Kelowna, Sun Peaks is Canada’s second largest ski area.

With three mountains and 4,270 acres of terrain, there’s a trail here for everyone.  You have the chance to ski all areas in one day as all mountains can be accessed easily.  There are many beginner, intermediate and advanced runs available across all areas of the Ski Resort so the whole family will be able to try out the snow, even if they’re not confident!

If backcountry is more your thing, the resort offers some excellent Nordic trails! Find your way through the mountains, admiring exceptional sights along the way.  Catch up with other Nordic enthusiasts at the Sun Peaks Nordic Centre or take your dog skiing on the pet friendly trails.

For those new to winter sports, there is the Sports School on site. They offer a range of lessons so that everyone can feel confident in their boots.  With options for all levels of ability, the sports school should be your first stop on the mountain! Improve your skills and make friends whilst getting ready to enjoy the season.

When you’re tired of perfecting your moves on the slopes, why not take some chill-out time?  Sun Peaks has lots of other activities on site such as tubing, dog sled rides and ice fishing.  More into shopping?  That’s okay too. Sun Peaks has a cute range of boutique shops where you’ll find all the gifts you never knew you wanted.  Take a sip of regional wine and wonder why you’ve never ventured out here before.

Being in the Okanagan Region, Sun Peaks has a high percentage of sun each year yet still manages to have a full helping of snow!  Look forward to lots of bluebird days and leave with an understanding of how this charming resort has earned its name.

In short, Sun Peaks needs to be on your bucket list this winter.

Written by Hannah Poaros