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

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

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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

Festival du Bois

As the city of Coquitlam rolls out the red carpet to celebrate its 125th birthday, let me pause to reflect on the the annual Festival Du Bois, held the first weekend of March. Each year the festival is off to a great start by showcasing the antiquity of community life when established adjacent to the historical settlement of New Westminster. To begin the celebrations, the locals gather for what is called the ‘Dîner en Plaid’ where the dress code is wearing your finest lumberjack plaid.

In fine form of documented French Canadian roots, the festivities revolve around many Bûcheron or French Canadian woodsmen who established the area’s traditions. This includes but is not limited to serving pulled maple syrup toffee also known as ‘tire de la neige’, a common treat from the sugar bush regions of Ontario and Quebec. (Exhibit A below:)

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Yummy french poutine with maple syrup, traditional ‘tourtière’ were only a few tasty treats. Spoon playing lessons, a heritage geo cache, and booths upon booths with many door prizes and fun for the whole family.

The highlights of the weekend included musicians on the main stage playing homage to the French Canadian musical heritage. Don’t forget many favourite broadcast personalities from Radio Canada were showcased. There was an eclectic range of traditional ‘musique Acadian’ to talking drum performances from Benign’s cultural heritage, to fun fiddle jams.

The weekend is always a fun way to welcome in March! Stay tuned for other local upcoming events!

Christmas Carol Ships Show at the Mainstay B&B 2015

It’s that time of year once again! We are now opening pre-bookings for the annual Port Moody Christmas Carol Ships Parade.  This local gem is a Christmas mainstay feature on the Burrard Inlet.  We stoke the fire side hearth, put on some mulled beverages and welcome guests wanting to partake in this yearly tradition.

On the night of the parade, a long processional of local boat owners showcase their vessels by decking their crafts with every light pattern imaginable. They skim through the waters effortlessly with echos of guests aboard boisterously singing their hearts out and enjoying the festive evening.  Think of it as a Christmas light viewing —- only the show comes to you.

The schedule:

8 to 10 pm in the evening the Christmas Carol Ships Parade in Burrard Inlet Port Moody. We gather, munch on gourmet goodies and mingle over festive tunes. Inquire about our Room and ‘Show’ Rates.

Dates This Year?

     Sat. December 5th and Sat. December 12th

CLICK HERE to book your room & show night with breakfast in the morning.  If you are interested in joining us just for the party, express your interest to: harbor@mainstayoasis.com.

Happy Holidays, Feliz Navida, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah!

Your Host,

Mary Ellen Hagglund

Port Moody Carol Ships Special

A moment for Memorial Day

In honour of all the travelers who join us year round here at Mainstay Oasis Bedand Breakfast for life celebrations, we thought we would take a moment to reflect.

Did you know that Memorial Day that celebrates American veterans was originally called Decoration Day and has resurfaced as a day to remember the men and women who serve around the globe.

For those that need a break and a rest on this fair weekend, the history channel has a commemorative video that summarizes

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

 

Year of the Horse: Happy Lunar New Year!

Gung Hay Fat Choy!! Happy Lunar New Year!  Or Spring Festival as many refer to the turning of a new season for the Asian calendar.

Are you ready for the 15 days of celebration? This year, the Year of the Horse, starts on January 31st 2014 and wraps up on Valentine’s Day with action packed two week holiday throughout Asia.

Facts:  Did you know that the Spring Festival in China starts what is called the travel rush period?  Or ‘chunyun’ for many around the world that celebrate this lively celebration.

For this particular celebration, a genre of film is dedicated to the celebration called ‘hesuipian.’

For many this is a time to journey home to spend time with loved ones.  According to the Korea Expressway Corporation, as reported on the CNN, it is estimated that about 30 million people visit their hometowns and the government expects over 3.62 billion journeys to take place during this period.

The colour red plays into a lot of the various customs during this period.  And for those that are celebrating their year, or the Year of the Horse, there are certain things that are recommended and not recommended.

Traditionally, the second day, which is considered the beginning of the year or February 01st, is spent with family.  The 7th day is known for celebrating everyone’s birthday.

Don’t forget these fun events around the lower mainland!!

The Chinese New Year Parade

http://www.cbavancouver.ca/

When?             February 2nd 2014

Where?            Chinatown Vancouver

Millenium Gate on Pender Street

Time?                        Starts at 11 am

Cost?                          Free

International Village Mall

http://www.internationalvillagemall.ca/pages/cny2014-home.php

When?                        Various performances and festivities

Where?            Tinseltown Mall

Time?                         Various Start Times

Costs?                         Free

Lunar Fest

http://www.lunarfest.org/2014Lunarfest/van/

When?                       Feburary 7-9

Where?                     Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza

Time?                        11am – 7pm

Cost?                         Free

Dumpling Fest Vancouver 2014

When?                      Friday, February 7 – Sunday , February 9
Where?                    Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza,
Time?                      11:00am~ 7:30pm

Cost?                       Surprise.

Most importantly?  Play it safe and go horse around!  We hope you enjoy everything that our great area has to offer.

Your Host,
Mary Ellen