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Who isn’t looking to reduce the hydro consumption required to heat and cool their home?

So it was with the residents of a Bear Mountain home who had been looking for alternatives for some time. They had already implemented every conceivable adjustment recommended by hydro experts to reduce their bill. Nothing worked. Year over year, the rising cost of hydro outstripped any energy efficiencies they adopted. They wanted a viable, permanent solution.

Whether you are a wine connoisseur or just choose wine by its colour, the following article may offer interesting insights into winemaking and the joy of wines!

I consulted with Bipin Bhatt, Outlets Manager and Sommelier at The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa. He started his career as a mixologist in Dubai in 2002. It didn’t take long for him to become infatuated with wines and began training as a sommelier. His employer recognized his passion and talents and supported his education.

“The only way to stay current [about wine] is to realize there is no end to the varietals and complexities of wines,” Bhatt told me. “Winemaking is a truly limitless, creative endeavour. Vintners around the world are always experimenting with various grape varietals, vineyard management and replanting techniques to find out what works best for their region.”

Even though I’m a long-time West Shore resident, it never fails to delight me when I uncover something new and exciting about our community. Such is the case with the Bear Mountain Resort.

As I settled into a conversation with Shannon Drew, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Community Initiatives and Ruthanne Doyle, Director of Real Estate Sales and Marketing (Ecoasis Developments LLP), I was prepared for a discussion about what makes Bear Mountain Resort such an incredible place to live: namely, the distinctive advantages of its lifestyle and amenities afforded to real estate purchasers and the
community at large.

What was surprising, however, was just how significant and numerous those amenities were!

To start with, Bear Mountain Resort is an urban resort community.

“There may be lots of resort communities in North America,” Doyle explains, “but very few of them are only a 20-minute drive to a major city.”

Get ready, West Shore! From April 23- 27, Westin Bear Mountain Resort will be hosting the 2019 Super Channel Championships in their newly-constructed tennis courts. There will be two rings under a dome in 21,000 sq. feet of space. It’s an event for Canada’s top open boxers from the ages of 15 to 39 competing for a place on Canada’s National Team.

The last time Boxing B.C. hosted this competition in BC was in Richmond in 2009. So, momentum is high.

I spoke with Colleen Bourassa, Executive Director of Boxing BC to get a perspective on amateur boxing and how events like the Super Channel Championships support young BC boxers coming up in the ranks.

“2019 is on track to be one of the biggest years for major sporting events in Langford,” says Mayor Stewart Young. “The soon-to-be completed Westhills Stadium will be the largest outdoor stadium in the region, offering more sporting opportunities in Langford for professional athletes and residents alike. Something for every interest level—for our youth to compete at the national level, [and] for families watching our athletes compete on the world stage.”

What’s truly amazing about the City of Langford isn’t just the pace and the number of residential and commercial units being built in the region. Langford is also a city that loves its sports. It encourages active, healthy lifestyles in residents of all ages as a way to contribute to its community culture. A full range of recreational opportunities are available for families such as City Centre Park, the YMCA-YWCA, North Langford Recreation Centre, Goldstream Provincial Park, and an abundance of lakes and trails.

The newly-constructed Bear Mountain Parkway extension—the City of Langford’s ‘Olympic Corridor’—is now officially open to the public. Approximately 3.5 km long, the $10.5M extension connects the areas of Bear Mountain and South Skirt Mountain to the Leigh Road Interchange/Trans Canada Highway and extend access, via an overpass, into areas of central Langford.

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