Port Moody Oktoberfest

Cheers to a good Fall ahead.  We’re excited to announce with the rise in the popularity of Port Moody Brewery Lane, there is a great Port Moody Oktoberfest event happening over at Newport Village just to give you more choice in your beer connoisseur palate.

This coming weekend as well as the weekend after there are two back to back jam packed weekends sure to bring fun for everyone.  To get your tickets to this local fun Tri City event visit:

http://oktoberfest2017.ca/
To responsibly visit our local Rocky Point Brewery Lane we highly encourage enlisting the help of Canadian Craft Tours.  They take you to local vineyards and breweries in various districts at your own leisure and you also get a safe ride while you do it.

https://www.canadiancrafttours.ca/

For more fun events in the area stay tuned and visit our events page to stay on top of what’s happening in and around Port Moody Oktoberfest.

Please enjoy touring responsibly and if you choose to drink, find a safe ride home.

Your local Port Moody Host

Mary Ellen

Port Moody Summer Update

Just to catch you all up on what a year we’ve been having we first want to thank all of you who came by, stayed in one of our three cozy en suites, partook in an interactive breakfast or a little solitude by the waterfront.

This year has been a hot one.  So hot in fact, there was an article about a local Vancouverite who has been cultivating a banana tree for the past three years and it finally produced this year.  What does that say about the kind of season we have been having?  Tropical plants are enjoying their stay here. It was something else, that’s for sure.

From far and wide we saw many visitors from the UK, France, Winnipeg Quebec and all sorts of places throughout the US.

Lots of our visitors created special memories over local weddings, family hang outs, reunions — it would seem we have a mini baby boom in the area with all the grandparents in from out of town to see their family.  On a side note, if you’ve stayed with us before and you happen to have a reason to visit us again, mention you’ve stayed before and you get to partake in our revisiting discount.  For more details on this option, please email me privately to discuss the terms of your upcoming stay to the area.

We continue to strive to offer the best service we can to those visiting the Port Moody area and we are eager to announce that along with being part of BC’s Best BnB Guild, we were also featured in the notable magazine Edible Vancouver’s BC Wine Touring Travel Kit for 2017.

From having one of our guests go into labour while out for dinner during her stay with us to going bear watching with some lovely European guests, there is rarely a dull moment around Mainstay Oasis and we’ve been glad to share in your adventures.  We always look forward to updates from our guests so when you have a moment send us an update!

Your Port Moody Host,
Mary Ellen

Local Port Moody Business Involved in Shoreline Cleanliness Initiative

Pacific Coast Terminals (PCT)

The local Pacific Coast Terminals is a major sponsor of the local Port Moody Ecological Society (PMES) and their annual Fingerling Festival. This helps with efforts to keep our Burrard Inlet shoreline pristine in support of the local ecosystem in the shoreline cleanliness initiative.

Find a few known facts below about the PCT that may interest those visiting Port Moody:

  • It was established in 1960 in Port Moody and becoming the first bulk terminal on the west coast.
  • PCT is currently going through a $200 million dollar expansion.
  • Over the years PCT has invested over $90 million in terminal improvements for environmental protection.
  • This includes water recycling initiatives, dust suppression initiatives and noise reduction systems.

For more on the Pacific Coast Terminals and their involvement in the community visit: http://pct.ca/

Stay tuned for the PCT’s Grand Opening to the public in 2018!

Your Port Moody Host,

Mary Ellen

A Tale of Local Port Moody Wildlife

Herons are an iconic sight around the Tri City area especially near the Colony Farms trail head area. With the demolition of the old Port Mann Bridge many conservationists according to this article: http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/202214651.html were concerned that this would harm the population of over 200 herons that call the area home.

The good news? The Noons Creek Estuary sight was the perfect spot to relocate the extra birds to expand on the local Port Moody wildlife family. Now there are roughly 17 couples settled in the area that are raising their young here.

Although there was great cause for concern, the populations are settling in now that it is 3 years after the demolition started in their original habitat space. For bird watching enthusiasts Old Orchard Park and Old Mill Site Park are great locations for hearing and watching the heron nests.

Besides the local herons, we have a wide variety of local hummingbirds that come feed close to our house at designated feeders set out for them.

Once the Port Mann area has been settled, many herons will likely resettle there.

For more information on local bird watching marvels, feel free to email us. We’d love to connect you with a group during your stay.

Your host,

Mary Ellen Hagglund

Seal your Holiday with Seal Safety

As most of you may know there is a viral video of the little girl that was grabbed off of a Steveston dock in Richmond as seen in the viral video that is currently circulating the internet.

We have the privilege of owning a kayak and sailboat and are facing the Burrard Inlet. We live symbiotically with the local wildlife. There is a log boom within the Burrard Inlet inhabited by local harbour seals.
Kayaking or sailing close to them brings much enjoyment. They are a part of our landscape & they do sun themselves on our neighbour’s dock. These creatures bring their own fascination. However, as shown in the video they need to be treated with tremendous respect as they are strong mammals and injury can happen on rare occasions.
We highly recommend taking these suggestions into account to continue a respectful distance and admiration for their wonder.  Here are a few tips to practice seal safety:

1) Do not feed harbour seals. They do not need to become reliant on us. They are hunters and they need to learn to gather their meals to remain fit for the wild.
2) Do not stand too close to the edge of a dock as they can lunge & hoist their bodies onto docks.
3) Do not make a lot of sound. You are observing them in their home. You do not need to cause them distress.
4) If someone is mistaken for a fish don’t just record the interaction. Jump in.
5) Don’t wear clothes that make you look like a fish. 😉

Granted some of this may seem straightforward, yet sometimes we get ahead of ourselves. If you want to watch these beautiful local beings at a safe distance, we highly recommend taking a boat tour with Burrard Inlet Boating Tour Packages. This is a great local company that we highly recommend.

http://portmoodybnb.com/specials-and-packages/guided-tours-in-port-moody/

If you plan to book an adventure with them, let Mitch know we recommended you.

Enjoy Port Moody and all the fauna & flora it has to offer.

Your Host,

Mary Ellen

150 Years of Canada Events

Canadians ushered in the beginning of 2017 with spectacular fireworks displays in major cities across the nation  including Vancouver and the Capital.  The year long festivities meant that there were fun events for the whole family throughout the year and not limited to Canada Day.  The 150 years of Canada Events are being commemorated with even more activities listed below.
June 17th 2017 will kick off local National Aboriginal Celebrations. For more on events surrounding this great day visit https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1100100013249
June 24th ushers in Célébration de la Francophonie which will showcase the best of local French culture. For more on the schedule of what will be happening visit the website of Canada Place. https://www.canadaplace.ca/events/fete-francophone/
This year there is a two-day celebration July 1-2 at Canada Place to celebrate our nations birthday at Canada Place downtown.  There will be the Canadian Forces Zone, a citizenship ceremony, youth zone, food trucks and a firework show to highlight for 2017.
More locally, Golden Spike Days are happening in Port Moody. For more on these festivities check out their website. http://www.goldenspike.ca/.  As usual, the Port Moody Fire Fighters kick off the festivities with their 40th annual pancake breakfast which is free for the public.
This year’s Honda Celebration of Light puts on the much anticipated annual firework competition. Japan will display on July 29th, the United Kingdom on August 2nd and the Grand Finale with Canada August 5th.
If there are any other great local events you wish to see highlighted because of our 150th anniversary, let us know and we will showcase it.
Yours truly,
Mary Ellen

Shower With Flowers

20160925_123803~2_resized 20170109_184035~3_resizedWith spring right around the corner and celebrations such as anniversaries, birthdays, and honeymoon stays on the rise, we have collaborated with a local florist, Arlene Wiebe to bring you a welcome bouquet upon arrival. She truly has an eye for the art of floral design.

If you plan a designer flower bouquet by Inlet Floral Designs, let us know ahead of your stay so we can flower you for the right occasion and get in touch with Arlene. 20161208_081520~2_resized

A little about Arlene:

Her floral arranging services the Tri-Cities and the Greater Vancouver area. She has a background in drawing and painting as well as a diploma as a trained Florist to help put that finesse into your bouquet.

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All Sorts of New for a New Year 2017

We are pleased to announce that along with the New Year 2017, we are also ushering plenty of newness.  The 2016 year brought about a new family member to the Hagglund clan: our very first grandson.

Along with learning the ropes of being grandparents, all the renovation projects are complete. I will not miss the sifting, the sorting phase for sure. I had the pleasure of redecorating with a modern twist.  Now all of our bedrooms are suite-r than ever.   Okay, I’ll keep the bad puns to just that one.

Adjusting and redesigning has its place in our lives.  Now onto announcing the Grand Opening of the Evergreen Line Sky train expansion.  Its connections brings guests travelling from the Airport and all the many communities including Vancouver, to Port Moody and within 5 minutes from our B&B. Mainstay Oasis is now open for the busiest year ever!  We look forward to your bookings in 2017.

Don’t forget tea parties are still available too!
Warm wishes,

Mary Ellen

A New Go: The Evergreen Line

December 2nd, new commuters boarded the EVERGREEN Translink skytrains, for the first time.  A floral bouquet was presented to the first lady traveller to exit at the Inlet Center Station in Port Moody. This long awaited transportation expansion brought praise for the Grand Opening that now provides a continuous train from Vancouver Community College Vancouver to Douglas College in Coquitlam which includes 2 major shopping malls enroute.
The Lower Mainland Skytrain is the longest fully automated mass transit line in the world.

You can travel from the YVR airport via skytrain and arrive within minutes of Mainstay Oasis B&B which is helpful for people coming for a visit to the GVRD.
Buskers & musicians made this opening very lively & created a festive atmosphere for all opening day passengers.

In addition, to the music filtering through the platforms, were the local art pieces installed at the Port Moody Center Station featuring a beautiful red Canoe carved by local students in dedication to an aboriginal theme.

IMG_6934(1)IMG_6936(1)The Aboriginal artists are featured throughout the Evergreen stations. There is a sculpture of a serpent named Sisuitl at Inlet station where the Westcoast Express and the skytrain meet. At the Inlet Station you can enjoy a decorative mosaic.

A portion of the train goes through a tunnel otherwise all the track is above ground.  All in all, the Evergreen Line Expansion’s popularity has increased immensely as in December we have experienced winter weather in all its fullness. Our favourite new feature to the line is that it announces how far away the train by displaying it on the screen overhead.
We welcome the expansion as a major transportation advantage to Port Moody and the other Tri-Cities.
Happy Holidays!

From Mary Ellen and her team

A Day in the Life of Burrard Inlet Explorers

How do you normally explore Burrard Inlet?  Have you considered the history of how Captain Vancouver scoured the coastline to settle the GVRD?  Did you know that Port Moody was an initial settlement area for the captain during his initial journeys up the coast?

Well, all of this you can find in the epic historical coffee table book on the 100th anniversary archive of our fair city.  We have a copy on a coffee table or two here at the bed and breakfast for you to peruse.

Instead of being arm chair travelers and recommend all things great to do in the area, we decided to go explore the open waters of the Burrard Inlet and do what we read about.

Tour with Burrard Inlet Tours.  Email us for groups of 8 or more to book and get picked up at the end of our dock for a glorious day of fun on the water.

Portmoodybnb.com/explore-port-moody-on-land-or-by-sea-with-some-of-the-best-guides-around

So our captain picked us up at the end of the dock and proceeded to give us a very thorough and knowledgeable tour of the seal booms, a research centre for sea lions, and all sorts of surprises along the water ways that our fair city is built around.

We managed to get to great look out points for the picturesque waterfalls along Indian Arm.  Our guide was well versed in a lot of the history and folklore that permeates the area.

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Our favourite little lookout was a stop along an island where we were shown ancient symbols from the first nations in the area who sent their boys on treks along the islands.  Researchers are still trying to recreate the original dyes from the symbols on the rocks and have yet to discover the secret sauce of natural ingredients.  The years of wear and tear have not washed away the dyes which is quite impressive.

The question remains in our minds, if they got it on, what did they use to get that early graffiti off of their hands if they accidentally spilled something?

The things you learn when you decide to get out of your arm chair and explore your very own backyard/front yard.  There is so much to see and do around here.  Stop in and we would love to send some recommendations.

Also, note, if you wish to choose a package for exploration along the Burrard Inlet, rates are subject to change based on availability, numbers and seasons.

 

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Until next adventure, your host and explorer,

Mary Ellen