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 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

2013 Centennial Highlights

As we reflect on the last year and all the great moments, it’s hard to narrow in on the best, the brightest and those that were monumental. This is my attempt to summarize some 2013 Centennial highlights that happened this year:

1. 2013 was our best year of growth after 4 years of operation. We had international guests from China, Australia, Israel, Dubai, California and beyond with many guests out of province and many from BC and local visitors.

2. During Port Moody’s Centennial Golden Spike Days of 2013 one of the headlining bands stayed with us. They had the cutest, well behaved, little rescue dog. He was well cared for & I wish he had “stayed behind”.

3. The Centennial Fireworks on the Burrard Inlet were a spectacular display, viewed right from our dock. The city had all sorts of festivities all around town.

4. A variety of historic events from tea served by our librarians in early 19th century style with the opportunity to talk to people who lived the history over the past century. Miss Port Moody was present.

5. Port Moody had a CPR Centennial Train ride from Pt Moody train station to Mission on a 1950‘s heritage diesel train.

6. There is a new vacancy for Mainstay’s mascot. Jake had to retire this year. Email us and we’ll explain.

7. I got a commercial grade #WhipIt for Christmas. I’m right there with Jamie Oliver, Martha Stewart and the rest of the Food Network gang. My signature Waffles will be topped not only with real Maple Syrup but whipping cream made from this kitchen gadget.

8. We started hosting tea parties and December 29th will be our baker’s dozen tea party.

9. There will be tea sampling contests to come in 2014 so stay tuned!

10. We’re offering activity packages in 2014 with room rentals/boat tour/high tea and other options. Stay Tuned~!

So those are the top 10 highlights of the last year.

Your Host of Mainstay Oasis Bed and Breakfast,

Mary Ellen

2013: A Good Year for the Birds

Before Barry and I decided to open up Mainstay Oasis as a bed and breakfast in the Port Moody area, we had teenagers and friends running around 916 Alderside Road. We often joke that we turned our house into BnB so our adult kids couldn’t move back home. Although there is a grain of truth to every joke, we do love hosting people of all ages and walks of life.

Around this time of year, I get slightly nostalgic about the early memories when we built the house. We had just moved in and the kids excitedly were pointing out the kitchen nook window. I’ll never forget the vision of that regal bird swooping down in front of me on our newly finished dock. One of the native blue herons from the nearby estuary came for lunch. He was fondly named, Franklin. The constant sighting of many birds from water fowl to eagles fueled my passion for birding watching. Hence, binoculars are at the window sill ready for action.

January is our earliest sighting of Eagles. Today I’m watching the Goldeneye swimming outside the kitchen window. Springtime the Canadian Geese parents proudly

parade their goslings around our dock. This morning I  caught sight of a harbor seal flick it’s tail as it dove under water.

Did you know that over 370 species of birds have been sighted and annually over 250 species sighted from Osprey, Flickers, Humming Birds, Towhees, Mergansers,

Kingfishers, Juncos, Woodpeckers, StellarsJay and many others!

According to NatureVancouver.ca, there are various ‘hot-spots’ throughout the lower mainland that are designated for sightings.

A few besides our backyard include:

Deer Lake Park

Deer Lake Park, picturesque and serene is home to wonderful walking trails, and a lovely view of the surrounding mountains. It’s no wonder that birds brood in and around here.

Barnet Marine Park

This park is one of the quieter parks in the area. People often forget it’s there simply because they use the Barnet to scoot into the city. But if you turn into the park area,

you’re in for a treat as it has a wonderful view of the fork in the water where the Indian Arm and the Burrard Inlet merge. Tons to see and do here.

Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Burnaby

See a wonderful view of the Lower Mainland while you identify species along the way. Bordering on the campus of Simon Fraser University at the top of Burnaby Mountain, you’re truly in for a panorama vista as you watch the sunset and enjoy a wonderfully decadent dinner at Horizon’s Fine Dining Restaurant.

http://www.naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

You will find field trips with fellow birders around the area. Two upcoming events that are happening in the New Year are:

Saturday, January 18

Jericho Park Bird Walkk

Saturday,January 18.2014.

This half day walk will cover the whole Park, featuring the foreshore and ponds and brushy trails.Last year we tallied sanderlings and ring-necked ducks. Meet in the East parking lot(free)on W 2nd Ave.,at Wallace St., at 8:30 a.m.Leader;Adrian Grant Duff,604 263 7957.

Saturday, January 18

Birding Port Coquitlam’s Northern Dykes

Join Colin Clasen, filling in for Larry Cowan, for a half-day birding field trip to Port Coquitlam’s Pitt River Dyke from Dominion Ave. back to the parking area at DeBoville Slough. This field trip route covers a distance of approx 5km with some excellent dyke-side habitats. We will be on the hunt for resident and visiting wintering species. Meet in the main parking area at Cedar & Victoria Drives (DeBoville Slough) in Port Coquitlam at 0900. We will then carpool to our start at the east end of Dominion Ave. 604-817-5358

Find more great birding activities, communities and more at @NatureVancouver.

During your birding adventures, let us know if you are in the area and we’d love to host you and hear all about your travels.

Your Host

Mary Ellen Hagglund

~ Your Host of Mainstay Oasis BnB

Decked Out Holiday Fun

‘I saw three ships come sailing in, on Christmas Day on Christmas Day:’ hear the songs and sounds of decked out holiday fun along the Burrard Inlet on December 20th 2013.

Leading up to Christmas, it’s Santa’s job to make the rounds.  Making his lists, checking them twice and spreading some cheer for all that are near.  It’s that time to get out the carol sheets and noise makers because Santa is going to be coming to Belcarra Park for a wonderful evening of Fireworks and decorated boat parade up the Indian Arm.  Each boat in the parade will be ‘decked out’ with bells, lights, and festive decorations in true seasonal brilliance.  And it’s our job to cheer them on!!!

If you’re in the Port Moody area, join us for the Santa’s Christmas Ships Parade, held by the Vancouver Power Squadron branch.  For the kids, Santa’s grand entrance will be happening at Belcarra Park on December 14th around 7:30pm.  Get there early to get a great view of fireworks on the water, from Boulder Island courtesy of Dan Greenwood.

In more adult spirits, you are welcome to join us at Mainstay Oasis for a late mulled cider and seasonal homemade goodies.  This would be during the Port Moody leg of the journey on Friday, December 20th . Join in on the festivities as we make some noise and welcome the fleet.Why not book an overnight stay and receive a 15% reduction on your room rental booking with the cider and treats included. Without the room reservation the cost is $20 a person to view the Carol Ships from Mainstay Oasis Bed & Breakfast.  Contact us at 604-315-4919 to request group rates.   Reserve your space at this open house in advance and please specify any dietary restrictions to: harbor@mainstayoasis.com.

The Canadian Power & Sail Squadron hosts this festive event every year.  After dark, around 7 pm, the boater’s fleet leaves Reed Point to parade up and down the local waterways, spreading lots of Holiday Cheer.

The scheduled dates are as follows:

Friday December 06th 2013: Inner Harbour and Deep Cove Route

Saturday December 07th 2013 = Cruise to Burrad Y/C & Lonsdale N/Van

Friday December 13th 2013 = North Shore Route

Saturday December 14th 2013 = Santa Cruise to Belcarra

Friday December 20th 2013 = Port Moody and Rocky Point Night

Saturday December 21st 2013 = North Shore Route

If you wish to participate in the fleet or have any further questions please contact Barry Wilson with the Vancouver Branch of the Canadian Power Squadron: http://vancouver.powersquadron.ca/
If you have any questions for us, just drop us a line or give us a call.  Happy Holidays!

Your Host,

Mary Ellen

Remember, Remember, the Fifth & Eleventh of November

It’s a curl up beside a fire kind of November day.  A trusted Earl Grey by my side and the verse of the English rhyme from 1742 – Remember, remember, the fifth of November.  As the Remembrance Day Port Moody reflective events fast approach, I am meant to pause and remember other historical days leading up to then that are significant to other cultures.
As we are aptly named British Columbia for being part of the commonwealth, I take today to reflect on this historical day that we stop to commemorate the historical treason plot by Guy Fawkes that was stopped in Great Britain.
It’s historically something that is celebrated every year to remind of the heroics of those who caught those involved with Guy Fawkes and the terrorist attempt in the sixteenth century.
The Fifth of November

Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England’s overthrow.
But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James’s sake!
If you won’t give me one,
I’ll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!

So as the British warm up to this historical day, we Canadians in Port Moody also prepare for the Remembrance day 11th hour reflections.  Respecting bravery and courage are the theme of this week.  As we celebrate 100 years of our heritage, this is something to uphold and honour.

Services will be held around Port Moody, the Tri-Cities area, and beyond. Check with local Royal Canadian Legions for events. Come honour Veterans on Monday, November 11th. More information is available on our postings website for the V3H.com.

“Spooktacular” High Tea Party Season

As Alderside Road prepares for the Port Moody’s families and excited munchkins, dressed for an evening of fun, there are all sorts of enjoyable things happening around the Tri-Cities including the option for a harvest themed high tea party.
The local farmers have jam-packed pumpkin patches and some apple orchards that are ripe for the picking.  A great activity for all ages as especially a petting zoo, fresh apple cider treats and hay rides for the kids as you pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve.
If you are looking to stay a little closer to home TheV3H.com a local events site that is geared towards the little ones.
Until November 3rd,  Art Knapp is having a Funland night.  Art Knapp is a local Nursery and Home Decor Center that offers great support for outdoor and indoor greenery.  They have mazes and treats for kids of all ages. It’s locally owned and operated by the Vander Zalm family.
Who are you dressing up for for the upcoming festivities?
My husband and I may or may not dress up yet but we will be handing out candy so stop on by our house to get a treat or two.
He will probably be dressed up as Chris Hadfield on his day off and I will most likely dress up as Queen Elizabeth in honour of Port Moody’s Centennial and the Mainstay Oasis Tea Parties.
Wonder why?  We felt inspired by an Astronaut’s Guide to High Tea. Check out the URL below!
Wonder if there is such a thing as space tang tea flavour.  Have any “spooktacular” reasons to have a tea party?!  Call us to book your high tea party @ 604-315-4919.

Thanksgiving Fog

Thanksgiving Season

Just because Canadian Thanksgiving is over, does not mean that thankfulness disappears.  It’s ongoing just like the clean up.  As I tidy up after the Canadian Thanksgiving rush, I start to prepare for Halloween and American Thanksgiving.  Since it was quite busy around Mainstay Oasis Bed and Breakfast over Canadian Thanksgiving, I didn’t get a chance to sit down and collect my thoughts long enough for a blog.   It’s as if my thoughts have been in a bit of fog.

First Thank You

First and foremost, I am thankful for the Port Moody Centennial.  It has brought guests from far and wide, every walk of life and for various reasons to the City of the Arts wedged up against the Burrard Inlet.

Guests continue to bless me with their stories.  For that I am incredibly thankful for, to serve – as one guest raved in a follow up email – ‘sumptuous’ breakfasts and hear what’s on people’s hearts.  If you aren’t comfortable sharing, I understand and it is just a little quieter over the sizzling of the bacon and freshly made scones.

I recently got to know a very gracious gentleman who travels regularly for work and he mentioned that he gets tired of hotels.  As a BnB located on  waterfront property, I try to provide a peaceful lodging for business travelers and those seeking a mini “stay-cation”.  The days when my husband traveled frequently, he would look forward to the fried egg sandwich that I would make upon his return.  A little Mainstay Oasis tradition.

Second Thank You

This year, more than ever, I am thankful for the weather we have had.  The weather starts cool so the scarves and hand knit blankets from my daughter emerge.  I started to research more fall related recipes and try to steer clear of the ‘make all the things pumpkin with a butternut squash soup for lunch.  Mmmmm.

I just looked at the weather forecast the other day and we are supposed to have a record dry October this year.  We had a record dry summer and the trend may be continuing.  I don’t mind at all.  When I awake early to make my lemon cranberry scones, the dawn begins to break.  Because we are situated on an alcove along the water, blankets of thick fog roll in. It can burn off any where from 9:00 am- noon.

So, I guess you could say that I’m thankful for the fog too.  It’s so pretty and it reminds me that the sun is still with us before winter sets in.  Most of the lower mainland is just breath taking from high elevations.  These are are some views you will enjoy on sunny hiking days when you look down below from the Grouse Grind.

Courtesy of @alliesawka

Photo Courtesy of @alliesawka

It creates breathtaking views as the sun rays poke through and edge closer.

On that note:  what are you thankful for in this season of life?

Your Port Moody Host,

Mary Ellen

Port Moody Boating: Travel the Indian Arm

Did you know that Port Moody hosts one of the largest log booms where local seals and other wildlife gather to spawn and raise their young?  This and many other fun wildlife features await you when you dip into the waters of the Burrard Inlet for a fun day of Port Moody Boating whether it be: Rocky Point kayaking, sailing or power boating.

For those of you wanting to be backyard tourists, there is a local gem, a premier port moody charter service, that showcases the water ways of Burrard Inlet to Indian Arm known as Indian Arm Recreational Services for great Port Moody Boating.

Their guided boat tours show of the spectacular features of the fork off of the Georgia Straight from Port Moody.  We now pair up with this accommodating tour company and they do pick up and drop off services for our guests from the foot of our very own dock.  Talk about service-centered!

Proud to be minutes away from the city but miles away from city life, tour options include Indian Arm Islands (3) or Half Day Indian Arm tours (5 hours) or Full Day Vancouver Harbour and Indian Arm at 8 hour tours.  Stop overs include tours of Deep Cove, with a 30 minute break for lunch, sites include Boulder Island, Granite and Silver Falls, Crocker Islands First Nations Pictographs, and wildlife galore, there is bound to be something for every family member to explore along the way.

Guests from this past August took the opportunity to try out this ocean charter service and had lots of positive things to say about their experience.

This treat is perfect for all special occasions or just for anyone curious to explore what is in their very own wildlife corridor along the estuary fed bodies of water.  With Who knows what else you’ll learn as you go cruising past Barnet Marine Park?

~ Your Host,

Mary Ellen

Port Moody Centennial Birthday Fireworks Show

We had the perfect seats in Port Moody from Mainstay Oasis’ terraced balconies to watch the Port Moody Celebration of 100 Years on the official birthday party of the city.  There was a spectacular array of colours, pyrotechnics – dazzling every which way.   We even had a full house and our guests absolutely loved every minute of it.  The barge even looked parked right in front of our house.

Some sparkly highlighted booms and clatters from the Port Moody centennial birthday fireworks show:

 

Firework Highlights Port Moody Centennial Birthday

Firework Highlights Port Moody Centennial Birthday

Blue Orb

Blue Orb

 

Happy 100th Anniversary Port Moody

Happy 100th Anniversary Port Moody

Happy 100th Anniversary Port Moody

For 3 digits, seems appropriate

Cascading LIght Fall

Cascading LIght Fall

 

Lots of Shimmer

Lots of Shimmer