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Fall into Winter Special

After the exuberance of summer, fall and winter are more inward turning seasons. Time to catch up , reflect and enjoy visceral pleasures- comfort food, flickering flames, rejuvenating  soaks and hibernating sleeps. In short, all the things we usually don’t have time for. This package is designed to give you that ultimate luxury-Time. We’re rewarding you for […]

Pointhouse Wine Cellar

An interest and appreciation of fine wines often leads to a desire to collect. For the serious collector it means a special space dedicated to storing, displaying and enjoying wine. Sometimes these are true cellars buried on lower levels but more often now they’re incorporated into living spaces as features. At the Pointhouse, a round […]

Ron Basford

The property that is now the Pointhouse was purchased from the estate of Stanley Ronald “Ron” Basford, PC , in Dec 2005. Basford, a long-time Canadian Cabinet minister in the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau, was known as “Mr. Granville Island” for his support of the Granville Island redevelopment project in Vancouver. A park there […]

Parti d’Aerie

A parti or parti pris comes from the French prendre parti meaning “to make a decision”.  Often referred to as “the big idea“, it is the chief organizing thought or decision behind an architect’s design presented in the form of a basic diagram and / or a simple statement.  A parti can describe experiential and aesthetic […]

Beach, Bog, Berm

The natural diversity of Sargeant Bay Provincial Park provides a variety of opportunities for visitors to enjoy the beauty of the Sunshine Coast. This 155 hectare park protects a wide range of habitats from the marine environment at the head of Sargeant Bay, the barrier berm and it’s associated wetlands, to the pristine bog of […]

Forest Bathing & Coast Mountain Biking

Forest bathing, or Shirin-yoku in Japanese, is defined as a short, leisurely visit to a forest and is regarded as being similar to natural aromatherapy. A forest bathing trip involves visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breathing in volatile substances, called phytoncides (wood essential oils), which are antimicrobial volatile organic compounds derived from […]

Black Oystercatchers

The screaming meemies-Black Oystercatchers-are back. Their irritating shrill trill sounds like they’re in a continuous flap about something. Before I was able to match the sound with the bird, I was always put on edge by their cries. The call escalates and falls much like their fluttery flight path low over the water. Actually Oystercatcher […]

Goldeneyes

The most common waterfowl seen during winter in Sargeant Bay are the rafts of Goldeneyes congregating sometimes in the hundreds especially on a nice sunny day. Their everchanging swimming formations look like a masterfully choreographed water ballet. Both Barrows and Common Goldeneyes hang out here though the Barrows predominate. Estimates indicate that the BC coast […]

Electric Car Sunshine Coast Road Trip

Electric vehicle owners visiting the Sunshine Coast can plug in for a fast charge at one of four locations, with at least 9 more coming in 2013.  Here is a list of the 4 locations and some things to do while you wait for your car to charge: Sechelt Library – 5797 Cowrie Street, Sechelt WHILE […]