Holiday Events 2018

We had such a fantastic response to our Summer Calendar that we figured we would put together a Holiday one too!

On the Event poster you will find as many events as we could find – we even put a call out to you to make sure we didn’t miss a thing – to take you through the 2018 holiday season in and around Campbell River!

Because there was just SO much going on in this great city we call home, we had to keep the information as simple as possible and we still have 3 pages! You will see what the event is, the date and time it’s happening and a link for you to punch into your device of choice to find all the little details.

We hope you find this helpful and fun to print off and have in your home! Leave us a comment so we can find out if this is something you’d like us to continue or if there is anything different you’d like to see.

See you all out there!

CLICK HERE for Printable PDF

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

Mark, Deanna, Stacy and Laura

 

 

Let Us Introduce You To: B.C. Fishing Charters

B.C. Fishing Charters is run by Bryan, born and raised right here in beautiful Campbell River.

Bryan has been fishing the waters near Campbell River since he was old enough to walk and has been working as a fishing guide for over 25 years.  Bryan recently upgraded his boat which is located in discovery harbour and ready to explore out of Campbell River, Nootka Sound, and Gold River.

ABOUT THE BOAT…

Bryan’s boat is a very comfortable 24 foot Grady White Gulfstream with twin 150HP  4stroke engines that make for a quiet and clean ride. The boat is fully loaded with radar, sounder/gps, VHF and all required safety gear.

It comfortably seats 2-4 guests and is fully equipped with gear, life jackets and even a toilet! A covered seating area provides shade and rain cover for enjoying in any weather. All fishing gear and tackle is included, but if you have a lucky rod & reel you are welcome to bring it along, just don’t forget your license.

In the off season Bryan has worked at the local Quinsam Salmon Hatchery since he was 18 years old.  This is where he finds his work most fulfilling as he gets to raise and release millions of wild salmon back into our waters.

Bryan just so happens to be available June 9 if you’re looking to get a group of friends together and hire a guide…but don’t wait too long..he may have already booked up while you sat here reading about him….

Check out his facebook page here or his website www.bcfishcharters.com

Let us introduce you to: Serious Coffee

Serious Coffee may not be new to you or Campbell River per se, but the owner, manager and interior will be!

Nicole Rae Husby is the proud new owner of Serious Coffee at #1-2253 South Island Highway in Willow Point . With her new business endeavour she is making some serious (see what we did there?) changes to the location.

Husby took possession of the Willow Point cafe on April 19, 2018 and is planning to celebrate the reopening of Serious Coffee and unveil the major renovations currently underway on May 19th with a grand opening.  2day FM will be at the location for the grand opening from 2pm-6pm. There will also be live music, draws, prizes and of course, great coffee and food!

One of the reasons Husby says she chose a Serious Coffee franchise (besides the great coffee) “was because of the authenticity and community spirit. [We] want to make our Willow point location a hub for locals and are open to facilitating more local clubs/groups and people’s ideas for new events.”  The “we” she may be referring to is her long time best friend, Christie Keddy.  Keddy and Husby have known each other their whole lives and have been best friends for years. Keddy will be the cafe’s manager, managing and running the front of house. She is definitely a big part of the business.

Major renovations are currently underway at the cafe which include almost a complete gutting of the previous space. Husby clearly has big plans for the space to bring it up to date and add a north island feel. “We have sourced the most beautiful materials from local-craftsmen including handmade tables and live edge slabs that are absolutely stunning!” “It’s going to be clean, functional and welcoming for all customers including whether they are typing an assignment for work, enjoying a good book with lunch or coming together with the many clubs and groups that meet weekly at the cafe.”

The renovations don’t just end there, the drive through is getting a bit of a makeover as well; It’s great if you’re in a hurry and need to have your coffee and breakfast or lunch on the go!

 

Staff will be serving new menu items and will really focus on consistency, community and  excellent coffee, food and service.

Serious Coffee has a liquor license and will be offering up great beers and wine too. They will be hosting different events throughout the months. Some examples are plans for more live music nights, children’s tea parties, wine and paint nights, flower arranging with signature martinis, games nights, etc. The website includes an events tab that will be updated as new events are added.

Like the Shoreline team, charity is near and dear to Husby’s heart and she will be donating a portion of the money made during the grand opening on May 19th to a local charity and has committed to continue to donate locally throughout the year.
Nicole Husby and Shoreline are excited for the changes! We can’t wait to check them out and see you there  on May 19th!

Deanna’s new App loaded with every home service contact you will ever need! Plus some of Deanna’s favorite stores.. discounts and more!

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Do you know a good roofer?  I need a new accountant… do you know one?

The answer to all these question and more! at your finger tips all the time!

This new app is available to download in the APP store.  Simply search “royal lepage advance realty’

All the realtors in my office are listed, but only a few of us have opted in.  CLICK on my name pretty please! and VOILA!!!  all my preferred and trusted service providers.

PLUS PLUS and here is the best part.  There are discounts offered.  Over the coming weeks I will be adding more discounts with cooperating businesses.  The App is easy to share, text a contact to a friend etc.   Do you know of a business I should add? Please let me know!  IMG_4691(null)

A few things I am loving these days and wanted to share!

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#1 The Gathering Place from Cortes Island the best spices around.  Buy their products at the Willows Market.   http://www.gatheringplacetrading.com/

#2 Local B.C produce including these fresh apples to go with that cinnamon! The Willows Market is loaded with local juicy fruit right now! https://www.facebook.com/WillowsFarmMarketGardenCenter?fref=ts

#3 Young Living Products.  I could write for hours about the benefits I am quickly discovering.  These oils replace horrible air fresheners, harsh house hold cleaners and even items in your medicine cabinet.  https://www.youngliving.com/en_CA/discover

#4 Unique and fun you will find it on Shoppers Row at French Creek Collective https://www.facebook.com/French-Creek-Collective-327883987402478/timeline/

#5 I want everything they post on their facebook page including this whale at Rattan Plus Home and Patio follow with caution at https://www.facebook.com/RattanPlusHomeAndPatio?fref=ts

#6 Home depot Lighting

#7 Ragdolz Clothing I love seeing their facebook and instagram posts.  This jacket had me excited for the cool weather #lumbersexual #plaid #thisjacketwillattractmenwithbeards

Shop Local- Farm Edition

Summer is the PERFECT time to get out and explore all the local farms in our area! Did you know we were surrounded by so much local produce, meat and dairy products?

Deanna says… “Often times people will say $6 for farm eggs…wow, why? They’re $3 at the store, that’s crazy! But the same folks turn around and spend $5 on a coffee without blinking an eye! The difference is that the eggs are fresh, 100x healthier and it’s more than likely the chickens didn’t live a horrible life in a cage without ever seeing the light of day.

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Another example would be local organic blueberries. Yes they ARE expensive. So maybe they cost an extra $10 compared to pesticide sprayed ones from a large grocery store. But there is something about making a smoothie in the winter using a handful of those frozen berries with the knowledge that I am not feeding my child pesticides. Knowing that the fruit came from down the road, NOT 300 miles away. We drop $10 on a tub of ice cream like it’s no big deal so why do we have an issue with a few more dollars for local, fresh and organic products?”

Well, lucky for you we are here to help you discover some of the delicious local goodies you can find!

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To start, have you visited our local farmer’s markets? There are 3 to check out and feature many of our local farm producers. Comox and Quadra Island each hold a Farmer’s Market every Saturday and Campbell River’s Farmer’s Market is on Sundays. Each market features a great sampling of local fruits and veggies, plants, eggs, meats and seafood. Our local markets also feature other locally made goods, yummy food and great entertainment.

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Fresh eggs from Holly Hill Farm

We are also very fortunate to have some local grocers who support our local farms. Discovery Foods features local farms such as Tannadice Farms and Willows Market features many local fruit and veggie farms.

If you’re looking to venture out on your own, we suggest spending a day exploring some of our local farms. What are you in the mood for? How about fresh, juicy berries? Visit Ocean Grove Berry Farm for pints of raspberries or Ross Mountain Farm for pesticide free blueberries. Or wander down to Coastal Black for fresh berries (and the delicious wine that comes from them). And while you’re there, do not forgot to pick up some of Big D’s Cinnamon Honey…you will NOT regret it!

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Coastal Black’s Beautiful Farm Lands
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Some of the Free Range animals at Seaview Game Farm

Looking for some produce? Try Pattison Farms on Dzini Road. Throughout the growing season you can find lettuce mixes, kale and chard as well as some summer and winter squashes. Just down York Road you will find Fiesta Peppers.This small farm stand sells yummy multi-coloured peppers, tomatoes, mini cucumbers and fresh eggs. Payment is on an honour basis and cash only.

If you’re looking for some local meat options, Seaview Game Farm showcases a ton of fresh produce as well free range grass-fed beef and venison. Holly Hill Farm is currently selling Californian meat rabbits, live or butchered for $25 each as well yummy eggs available for $6 right at the gate. Island Bison is located on Hamm Road. Their Bison products are grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic free. If you haven’t tried the Bison pepperoni, you are missing out! Tannadice Farm also supplies beef, pork and poultry products.

And lastly, there are the specialty farms. You’ve seen their products all over the place, but did you know that Natural Pastures award-winning cheeses are produced in the Comox Valley? Make sure to also try Tree Island Yogurt. Locally produced and found in some of our local grocers as well. And super tasty!!

Now of course, we can’t include everyone in this post (or it would take days to read!). But that’s where you fine folks come in! Comment on the blog post or on our Facebook post with some of your suggestions of local farms and we’ll make sure to share with everyone. Here are some links below for the farms we mentioned. We hope you enjoy exploring what our local farms have to offer!

Campbell River Farmer’s Market- http://www.pierstreet.com/id1.html

Comox Valley Farmer’s Market- http://www.cvfm.ca/

Quadra Island Farmer’s Market- https://www.facebook.com/quadramarket?fref=ts

Ocean Grove Berry Farm- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ocean-Grove-Berry-Farm/171053319726789?fref=ts

Ross Mountain Farm- http://rossmountainfarm.ca/

Coastal Black Winery- http://www.coastalblack.ca/

Pattison Farms- pattisonfarms.ca

Seaview Game Farm- http://www.seaviewgamefarm.com/

Holly Hill Farm- http://www.hollyhillfarmcampbellriver.com/

Island Bison- islandbison.com/

Tannadice Farm- www.tannadicefarms.com/

Natural Pastures Cheese- www.naturalpastures.com/

Tree Island Yogurt- www.treeislandyogurt.com/

Deanna’s Client Appreciation Day!

On May 30, 2015 we had the pleasure of hosting an event at the Discovery Passage Aquarium. Deanna’s Client Appreciation Day was an afternoon to thank Deanna’s current and repeat clients as well as those who have been kind enough to refer Deanna to friends and family.

The afternoon was held both inside and outside of the aquarium and the weather was just perfect. We invited families to come and explore the aquarium and then enjoy some games and arts and crafts. Have you been to our local aquarium yet? It’s a great place to spend some time exploring the marine life on our coast. And for the little ones, there is a large touch tank, where the kids can get a real “hands on” education!

Deb Cowper and her team at Discovery Passage Aquarium were beyond amazing when it came to treating Deanna’s clients to a fun day! They provided fabulous prizes and awesome interactive games and arts and crafts. We would highly recommend working with them to host an event again!

Here is a snapshot of the day:

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We are also VERY excited to announce a new contest in conjunction with the Discovery Passage Aquarium! From now until June 13 come down to the aquarium and take a ” Selfie with A Seastar”. Then, post that photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #selfiewithaseastar and tag both Discovery Passage Aquarium and Deanna. All of the photos will be entered into a draw and on June 14 one lucky winner will win a FAMILY SEASONS PASS to the aquarium!

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If you want to contact the Aquarium to enquire about renting the space for your group or event or even if you just want to learn a bit more about what they do check out the link to their website here:

http://www.discoverypassageaquarium.ca

or contact the Aquarium by phone at: 250- 914- 5500.

If you would like us to feature your local business or event, please send your information to samanthamackenzie@royallepage.ca or deannacollins@royallepage.ca.

Let Us Introduce You To…River Ready Repairs!

Yes, it’s that time once again. We are back with some all new Local Feature Tuesday posts.

This week we thought we should highlight a company that is all about getting you and your toys ready for spring and summer. Whether it be your quad needing a much-needed tune-up after a long winter’s nap or getting your boat ready for spring fishing, Bas Tankink at River Ready Repairs is your guy.

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Bas and Roisin Tankink are the proud owners of River Ready Repairs which has been operating here in Campbell River for the past 5 years. Bas is known for his honest and fair approach to his business as well as his ability to rebuild outboards and gear cases. He is a certified Yamaha technician with over 10 years experience both on site for several sport fishing lodges in Haida Gwaii as well as another 7 years here at a local Yamaha Dealership. Don’t have a Yamaha? Not a problem. Bas has lots of experience on a variety of makes and models. When he isn’t busy working you will likely find him out on his dirt bike, one of his favourite past times.

Come to River Ready Repairs to rig up your new power for your boat or install your electronics. If your outboard, dirt bike, ATV, generator or trailer needs a service, repair or just some general maintenance, bring it in to River Ready Repairs. Bas and Roisin pride themselves on providing a superior level of customer service. They stand by their work, provide reliable follow-up and will go above and beyond to make sure that their customers are ready for work or play.

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If you want more information or to contact River Ready Repairs you can reach them by;

Phone: 250-203-2112 or

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RiverReady

If you would like to be a part of our Local Feature Tuesday posts, send your local event or business information to samanthamackenzie@royallepage.ca or deannacollins@royallepage.ca.

Let Us Introduce You To…Holly Hill Farm. (Again)

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We are always so happy to talk about Holly Hill Farm. It’s not just because the owners, Katie and Kyle Denne, are a great pair of people. They are taking their family run farm and turning it into an awesome place for our community to play and learn.

At Holly Hill Farm you can have the opportunity to participate in a farm tour, where Katie will provide your little ones with hands-on experience with the animals that reside there as well as a demonstration of daily farm chores. Come and feed the chickens, cuddle the sweet little bunnies and spend some quality time with the alpaca, sheep, donkeys and horses too. You can even plan your kiddos next birthday party there!

A new addition to the services provided by Holly Hill Farm will be the summer camps! Here is a little bit more info:

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KIDS CAMPS

Holly Hill Farm’s Kids Farming Camps are a fun and educational experience for kids from the age of 4-13. Our camps hold a maximum of twelve children each, and are designed and ran by Farm owner, Katie Denne, a trained and certified teacher.

Holly Hill Farm’s 4-6 Farming Camp

Dates: July 6th, 7th, 8th Times: 10-1:00 OR 1:15-4:15 Ages: 4-6; co-ed Cost:  $150

Description: Designed for the animal loving young child, our 4-6 Farming Camp is a fun behind-the-scenes experience of the workings at Holly HIll Farm. The children will spend quality time caring for and bonding with our various animals; alpacas, mini-donkeys, sheep, horses, chickens, and bunnies. From grooming to feeding, petting and tending, the children will learn valuable life skills, build new friendships, and develop a respect for farming and positive animal welfare. A horse themed day will close out the camp where the children will learn horsemanship and enjoy riding on horseback. Time will also be spent playing old-fashioned farm games, building survival skills, singing songs, reading stories, acquiring new talents, and doing various styles of arts and crafts.

Activities to look forward to: animal care and horseback riding, corn painting, garden crafts, feed sack races, squash bowling, gardening, farming experiments, butter making, campfire cooking, lady bug release, bug farming, scavenger hunt, fire building

Holly Hill Farm’s 7-10 Farming Camp

Dates: July 13th- 16th (4 days) Times: 10-2:00 Ages: 7-10; co-ed Cost:  $250

Description: For the farm loving kids, our 7-10 Farming Camp allows children to experience life on the farm while caring for and bonding with our animals: alpacas, mini-donkeys, sheep, horses, chickens, and bunnies. The children are able to groom, tend, and train the animals to develop valuable life skills and a respect for farming. Time spent playing old-fashioned farm games and exploring new talents, including leather work and orienteering, rounds out the days at Holly Hill Farm. A horse themed day will close out the camp where the children will learn horsemanship and enjoy riding on horseback. We will build survival skills and friendships, enjoy arts and crafts, and actively participate in building mason bee houses and doing farm experiments.

Activities to look forward to: animal care, horseback riding, boat building, flower pressing, feed sack races, squash bowling, tug of war, horse shoes, gardening, farming experiments, campfire building, safety & cooking, insect studies, bug farming, scavenger hunt, orienteering

Holly Hill Farm’s 10-13 Farming Camp

Dates: July 27th-31st (5 days) Times: 10-2 Ages: 10-13; co-ed Cost:  $300

Description: Holly Hill Farm’s 10-13 Farming Camp is designed for the tween who wishes they lived on a farm. This camp is an in-depth experience of farm life, from tending to animals, to using farming equipment, and working the fields. The young teens will be immersed in our everyday agriculture and develop a respect for farming, sustainability, and positive animal welfare. Traditional farm games like tug-of-war, horse shoes and sack races round out our farming days, making each day at Holly Hill Farm an enjoyable and educational one. Survival skills such as camp fire building, axe safety, orienteering, and water purification processes will be tackled. Artistic ones will love the crochet instruction using fleece from our very own alpaca, and scientific ones will enjoy the soil experiments and management. Mason bee house building will also add to the experience. Horsemanship and time on horseback will close out the camp. From acquiring new friendships to learning new skills and exploring new talents, our 10-13 Farming Camp is a must for the animal loving child.

Activities to look forward to: animal care, horseback riding, feed sack races, tug-of-war, agriculture, soil building, campfire building, axe use & safety, bug farming, leather work, crochet and fibre processing, scavenger hunt, orienteering

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For more information about the summer camps, follow this link: http://hollyhillfarmcampbellriver.com/about/camps/

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You can also see lots of updates about the farm, the animals, egg sales and other special events by checking out their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hollyhillfarmcampbellriver?fref=ts

Let Us Introduce You To…French Creek Collective

It always so exciting to see a new business open here in Campbell River! Especially one with unique home and gift items like French Creek Collective.

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Deanna just had to stop in and take a peek at the new store located on Shoppers Row. Here are a few pictures of some of the neat things you can discover when you swing by for a visit.

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The folks at French Creek Collective have lots of stock coming in for their Grand Opening this Friday, March 27!

French Collective Pic 4You must go and check out this fantastic shop for lots of great gift ideas, both new and antique.

For more information, visit the French Creek Collective Facebook Page at : https://www.facebook.com/pages/French-Creek-Collective/327883987402478

Or contact the store by Phone: (250) 914-0355