New Resort Opens at Whistler/Blackcomb

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Whistler, B.C. Sept. 30, 2004 - Newly-opened, and fresh on the scene is Whistler's premier Four Seasons Resort. Set at the base of Blackcomb Mountain - site for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games - this long-awaited addition to the Whistler landscape is noted as the hotelier's first mountain resort in Canada. Boasting 242 guest rooms, suites and town homes, the Four Seasons includes a full-service concierge and an alpine sea-to-sky spa experience which incorporates seaweed, wild flowers, and clay harvested from British Columbia's glacial lakes into soothing treatments. Mountainside dining in the resort's Fifty Two 80 Bistro - named for the number of feet that Blackcomb Mountain towers above the village - promises a selection of dishes flavored with regionally-inspired delectables from the Pacific Ocean. Year-round adventure is also on the menu amidst a backdrop offering skiing for the adrenaline-seekers, championship golf and an assortment of northern-rainforest adventures for all ages. www.fourseasons.com/whistler

Northern British Columbia Promises Celebrations of a Historical Nature

100th Anniversary is Marked by Year-Long Merriment:

To commemorate 100 years, the historic Huble Homestead ushers in the fall season with an array of activities and events to accentuate a year of merriment. Thanksgiving at the homestead promises live music, caramel apples for the kiddies, pumpkin carving and an opportunity to construct your very own scarecrow on October 11th. "Frightening" family fun awaits October 29th with spooky stories and a Halloween lantern procession through the heritage site and along the nearby river. Located just north of Prince George, Huble Homestead is celebrated as an authentic turn-of-the-century dwelling and features over a dozen historic buildings which date back to the days of river boats and steam trains. Alongside the structure itself, this site also offers an exploration windfall with its original Trapper's Cabin, Blacksmith Shop and bustling General Store. http://parks.rdffg.bc.ca/Giscome.html

And The Bride Wore White:

'Tis the season for fall and winter brides and nowhere else is this to be heralded more than at Prince George's Exploration Place. A history of bridal attire throughout the ages will be marked by a presentation of all things white October 17th as a host of gowns will be unveiled during an old-time fashion show and tea. With gowns from each decade dating as far back as 1910, these dresses will showcase the changing fashion trends with everything from the most recent bridal styles to an authentic pioneer wedding ensemble. The event, which was spawned to help commemorate the 100th Anniversary year of Huble Homestead, features a selection of dresses provided by members of Prince George's close-knit community. This discovery through the ages can be celebrated throughout the season as select dresses will be on display at the Exploration Centre prior to Christmas. For more information contact 250-562-1612.

Fall Festivals and Seasonal Offerings Abound

A Love of Literature Stirs the Creative Spirit:

Poetry, prose, fact or fiction...for six days in October, there'll be no dearth of literary delights during the 17th annual Vancouver International Writers and Readers Festival. Set to stir the imagination October 19 - 24, the festival welcomes a flock of literary enthusiasts - with an estimated 12,000 readers and some 100 writers and authors - to the eclectic setting of Granville Island. Noted as a mecca for artisans, musicians and creative-thinkers alike, the Island sets an ideal scene for the festival which is recognized as one of North America's top reader-worthy offerings. Attracting some of the world's best writers and booklovers, opening night for the festival will feature noted authors including long-awaited contributions by Susan Swan, words from literary lion Jim Harrison and insights from Giller Prize Winnner Richard B. Wright. Canadian singer/songwriter Connie Kaldor promises to amuse the tots with her books that are sure to have the little ones singing along, while Brian Keating and Graeme Base will regale participants with their stories of wildlife galore in Kenya. Stimulation - not to mention inspiration - awaits whether you attend an author reading, a discussion amongst several authors, a poetry bash or a theoretical debate between writers. www.writersfest.bc.ca

Whistler's Eighth Annual Cornucopia Runneth Over: Noted as a gala for the taste buds and a celebration for the palate, Whistler's premier wine and food festival kicks off its eighth season with a host of culinary "how-to's" and an enviable showcase of delectable "must-have's" for the season. Set to tantalize November 11th - 14th, the fashionable Cornucopia Festival boasts an impressive selection of international wines, gala tasting events, winemaker dinners, and entertaining and educational seminars. Specialties on this year's menu include Tiny Bubbles, an enlightening "exploration" of the best champagne offerings to be found the world-over and Wine Guys and Their Secret Picks, featuring some of the wine industry's top stars such as Anthony Dias Blue, Anthony Gismondi, Joshua Wesson and David Hulley. Romantic Dinners promises to be a role-reversing hit, as gents learn the "how to's" for preparing a romantic dinner for two, while their spouse has an opportunity to pick up the latest trends in table settings before selecting the perfect vintage to accompany their sumptuous meal. Back by popular demand is the festival's signature event, Crush! Gala Grand Tasting along with the Chef's Table Luncheon Series, Grape Beginnings and much more. Bring your appetite...and make sure there's room for seconds. www.mywhistler.com/cornucopia

I Was Working in the Lab Late One Night... Dark alleys and eerie houses set the spooky scene for a tour through what is undoubtedly the most haunted city in the Pacific Northwest. While Victoria has earned this moniker with its offerings of forlorn characters and tragic tales, it is John Adams who has been showcasing this more eclectic side of the landscape since the early 1970's. As one of the founders and organizers of the city's annual Ghosts of Victoria Festival on October 18th - 31st, Adams sets the stage for his Ghostly Walks punctuated by ghastly tales and hopeful sightings of mournful spectres. Renowned as one of Victoria's foremost historians and engaging story-tellers, Adams showcases his year-round Ghostly Walks with creepy excursions that explore the alleys and squares of Victoria's downtown, waterfront and Chinatown. His expertise also plays a role as part of the Old Cemeteries Society's Ghost Bus Tours which prove a highlight to the annual festival. Historic haunted houses, hotels and restaurants are plentiful in Victoria and are sure to provide the ultimate in scary backdrops for a truly ghostly tour. www.discoverthepast.com

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