No, I’m not being rude or insensitive, I’m talking about those bikes with big fat tires that are becoming increasingly popular – fat bikes, or fatties. I was looking out my office window the other day at snow, which is a little like hen’s teeth in Victoria – the last time we saw snow was two and a half years ago (just saying – sorry) – and wondered whether it would stop all those diehard cyclists and mountain bikers out there. It was then I remembered seeing a Fat Bike on the Russ Hay’s website when writing another post on new bikes and Accent Inns’ love of people who ride bikes. That got me thinking about what fun it would be to ride bikes in the snow – something I certainly have never done, and I doubt few of my readers have either! (more…)
Accent Inns, proud to support sporting associations across BC. Whether it's baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer or perhaps gymnastics or dance, Accent Inns has a great history of working with local teams and leagues all across BC. This column will highlight some of those groups and their great stories.
At Accent Inns we know many of our regular guests are also fishing enthusiasts. To that end we are thrilled to offer some great Christmas gift ideas from our friend Larry at Island Fisherman magazine.
What would I like for Christmas? What a great thought for a salmon and trout fisherman who also loves fly fishing…. (more…)
The kids are back to school and it’s that time again when many of us who are 55+ tend to take a break. Hotels are a little quieter and all the high-activity attractions are not quite as frenetic. British Columbia offers an amazing array of adventure activities for seniors who refuse to believe they are even approaching old age. What is a senior today anyway? Many people still refer to it as being 55+ but that’s a bunch of crap! My wife and I are 55+ and we just came back from Mexico where we were befriended by a 30-year old couple from the UK, a police officer and a teacher. They palled up with us because our attitude was a whole lot younger than the people their own age at the resort (discounting the boozy partygoers of course). And you know what? I swam faster than them, played water volleyball more aggressively, and my wife out danced us all! (more…)
Accent Inns is thrilled this year to be working with Cory Wallace, Mountain bike racer. One of the best! Here’s a little “round-up” of his latest activities. (more…)
If you love paddling then you really must visit Victoria, BC, it’s an absolutely amazing place to kayak. I could write a book about all the great places you can paddle to and around, but in this post I’ll just give you a few of the very best places – those can’t miss paddles – to tempt you to come and see us here in Lotus land. (more…)
What better way to usher in Spring than having one last winter fling? There are around 20 ski resorts in B.C. all of which offer so many adventurous things to do you’d be hard pressed to find a more exciting way to spend spring break no matter the age of your kids. (more…)
I’m not an avid mountain biker but I do like to ride. A few weeks ago I rode the Galloping Goose Trail in Victoria, B.C. that runs right behind the funky and highly popular Hotel Zed and realized that I needed to start thinking about a new bike. To say mine is ancient is an understatement. It weighs a ton, has more rust on it than a 1986 Datsun and has not enjoyed the tender loving care it may have at one point deserved. Now in my defence I didn’t get it new, I’m not sure it was even second or third-hand so I’ve never been really proud of it. (more…)
New figures just released show that British Columbia is becoming increasingly popular with tourists from overseas – in fact 2015 saw a 7.9% increase. That’s 359,750 more international visitors than in 2014 – for close to 5 million in total annually.
The biggest increase came from France, which saw an increase of 32.8%, with Japanese tourists going up by 15.5% and visitors from our southern neighbours increasing by 9.6%.
This healthy growth in international visitors has been put down to a new marketing strategy by Destination B.C., a growing Aboriginal tourism sector and more direct flights to British Columbia. (more…)
Full disclosure, I’m not a fan of the cold, the rain, and especially snow. If I didn’t love Canada, and especially B.C. so much, I’d move to somewhere the sun is always shining. Now, that’s not to say I don’t like après winter activities – you know watching people have fun from the bar with a dry martini in hand! (more…)
Below is a re-post of their latest press release
Undefeated at 12-0, the Camosun Chargers men’s volleyball squad is No. 1 across the country and out to defend their 2014-15 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Championship title. This weekend, the team travels to Abbotsford to open the second half of the season against familiar foes, the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades. However, the team will have to do without bench boss Charles Parkinson who will be trading in his Head Coach duties to head up the Play-by-Play at the 2016 Men’s NORCECA Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament in Edmonton, January 8-10. The winner of the qualifying tournament will go to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and Canada is in the running. (more…)