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3rd Annual Sunshine Coast Mushroom Festival

October 15 & 16, 2011Pender Harbour, BC

Saturday October 15 – The RESTAURANT at Painted Boat will offer a delectable 3 course mushroom themed dinner paired with Blue Mountain Wines featuring speaker Larry Evans, the ‘Indiana Jones’ of mushrooms. Tickets must be reserved in advance and are $75.00 per person. Learn more


Mushroom Festival Dinner -Blue Mountain Wines

Intro:  Christine Mavety of Blue Mountain Wines

 Porcini Tea

Crab Foam, Olive Oil Biscuit

2009 Blue Mountain Chardonnay

Lobster Mushroom Carpaccio

Ginger Pearls, Ponzu, Sesame Powder, Bonito Flakes

2010 Blue Mountain Sauvignon Blanc

Chanterelle Crusted Sockeye Fillet

Root vegetable rubix, hedgehog dumpling, Camomile Gastrique

2007 Blue Mountain Reserve Pinot Noir 

Warm Blood Orange– Goat Cheese Cake

Matsutake Sorbet, Dried Elderflower Yogurt

NV Blue Mountain Brut 

 Presentation: Larry Evans, Mycologist

Sunday October 16 – Guided mushroom foray with Larry Evans.Learn more

Be sure to book your villa at Painted Boat Resort and spend the weekend learning about and tasting the mushrooms of the Sunshine Coast! Painted Boat Resort is offering a $225 accommodation rate, based on quad occupancy, for anyone purchasing tickets to the dinner on Saturday night. Call Painted Boat for additional details 604.883.2456


There is no business like snow business on the Sunshine Coast

Dakota Ridge, a winter paradise offering world-class cross country skiing and snowshoeing on BC’s Sunshine Coast, is open for snow business on December 17th. Just a 40-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver, the 1532-acre plateau features thirteen kilometres of cross-country ski trails and eight kilometres of snowshoe trails. There is also plenty of space for tobogganing or a just a winters walk through old growth forests in a beautiful sub-alpine setting.

“For people that want a true escape from the city or the usual winter destination crowds, Dakota Ridge is the perfect recreational playground for all ages,” said Judy Spears, President of Sunshine Coast Tourism. “It’s an easy daytrip from the mainland but for anyone who wants to spend a night or two we  have over 130 B&B’s and accommodations to choose from on the lower Coast.”

Dakota Ridge is over 1200 metres high and rewards its visitors with amazing views of the Coast Mountains, Vancouver Island and the Georgia Straight. There is a user pay system with onsite facilities that include a warming hut with a woodstove and an outhouse with an ecologically sound holding tank. The area is patrolled during weekends by volunteer trail hosts who are available to answer questions, monitor trails, and help ensure skier safety. Dakota Ridge is accessed by 13 kilometres of a maintained four-wheel drive forest service road. Chains are recommended for safe winter travel.

For those who do not have four-wheel drive vehicles there are some local companies that provide transportation to and from the mountain as well as tours and rental gear:

Alpha Adventures offers shuttle service for self-guided touring, rentals, tours and lessons in both cross-country sking and snowshoeing. www.outdooradventurestore.ca. Talaysay Tours provides guests with safe memorable snowshoe tours suitable for families, couple and individuals with little to no snowshoe experience. http://talaysay.com/m_8.asp

For overnight accommodations winter specials include:

·       Arcturus Retreat B&B combined a two-night stay with a two-hour guided evening snowshoe excursion under the stars to create their Starlight Snowshoe Package. www.arcturusretreat.ca/

·       A Place by the Sea, a deluxe romantic waterfront B&B is offering winter specials at a huge savings. http://aplacebythesea.com/specials.html

·       For a mid-week escape, Absolute Heaven Oceanfront Suites and Spa has a mid-week winter special. www.absoluteheavenbb.com/getawaypackages.html

For more updates or more information on Dakota Ridge please visit www.scrd.ca (Dakota Ridge), www.facebook.com/Dakota.SCRD or call 604-885-6802. For more information on the Sunshine Coast please visit www.sunshinecoastcanada.com

Sail Free and Stay at Rockwater Secret Cove Resort

rockwaterRockwater Secret Cove Resort wants you to escape to the Sunshine Coast for a mid-week, two-night stay – and the ferry ride is free! Between December 1st, 2009 and February 12th, 2010 (excluding Christmas and New Year), Rockwater will reimburse you for the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to the Sunshine Coast when you book a two-night, mid-week stay at the resort.

Rockwater Secret Cove Resort is less than two hours away from Vancouver and makes the perfect getaway location. Choose between Rockwater’s poolside and ocean-view rooms, cabins or the unique Tenthouse Suites. The Tenthouse Suites, tucked among the trees overlooking the Malaspina Strait, have radiant floor heating and propane fireplaces keeping guests cosy and warm. Each suite is equipped with a hydrotherapy tub and a king-size bed – perfect for cuddling with a loved one. And, if you venture to leave your room, Rockwater’s Spa is open year-round and is ready to pamper you with massages, facials, manicures or pedicures.

For adventurous types, the scenic Sunshine Coast has a bounty of activities for winter getaways. Wrap up warm and explore the numerous trails and bays around the property, fish year-round on the coast, mountain bike the varied trails in the ancient rain forest, or dive into the mysteries of the Pacific Ocean. Snow bunnies might head straight to Dakota Ridge Winter Recreation Area for snowshoeing amid pristine scenery.

Short excursions to Chapman Creek Fish Hatchery, Tems Swiya Museum and the Iris Griffith Interpretive Centre are also rewarding, and just a short drive from Rockwater.

So, save the ferry fare, sail up to the Sunshine Coast and stay at Rockwater Secret Cove Resort for a dream getaway this winter.

Room rates for the Tenthouse Suites begin at $219CDN per night including breakfast, while rates in the ocean view rooms start at $135CDN per night including breakfast.?? For more information on Rockwater Secret Cove Resort, please visit the web site at www.rockwatersecretcoveresort.com or call 1-877-296-4593.

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