Posts Tagged With: Comox

Taphouse Tour

The Church St. Taphouse project is going great guns and we are still on schedule for our projected opening date. Here are two quick videos of the project thus far. Stay tuned for future updates and subscribe to my youTube channel for updates. Thanks!

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Over the frozen tundra…

Here is a short video of my flight from YQQ to YOW and back, taken late March 2014.  I’ll put the photos and videos of the rest of my journey in a separate post.  Enjoy!


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West by Westjet

I just returned from a quick visit to Calgary.  I like planes and thought I’d make my return trip into a short video.  You can skip through some of the scenes if they are a little long.  This was WS 257, Calgary to Comox on a Boeing 737.700.  Westjet has some of the new 737 Max aircraft on order but I don’t think they are scheduled for delivery for a bit.  I’m hoping to get a ride on the new 787 Dreamliner later this year as it rolls into the Air Canada fleet.  I really like flying Westjet and have yet to have a bad experience with them!!

The video starts in Calgary, in sunny but frigid (-23C) weather, flies across BC, starts getting a bit cloudy just past Kamloops and then descends in cloudy, foggy weather to arrive in snowy (yes, it occasionally snows here) Comox.  At about 1:50 there is a cool shot of another WS 737 landing.  Enjoy!

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Filberg on tape…

If you’re not local, you may not have heard of the Filberg Festival.  Held each August on the BC Day long weekend, it is a great time, full of interesting vendors, good food and some top quality music.  My Mum is on the board of directors so I’ve had some insight into how Filberg is changing and modernizing some facets of the festival organization.  It will be interesting to see the festival grow over the coming few years.  For more info, check out Filberg Festival or watch the video re-cap below.

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Langford North?

I was in Victoria yesterday and stopped by to see the revitalization work done in the centre of Langford over the last number of years.  It was impressive to say the least.  From what I can see, it appears as though the city made a decision to improve the climate for business by reducing red-tape and encouraging new companies to open up shop in the area.  Development is not encouraged at all costs – projects have to meet criteria for design, materials, look and the like.  From a strong business climate comes strong and recurring tax revenue which is being used to revitalize streets, build bike lanes, create community rec centres and the like.

Langford is working on creating more density in the core of the city, multi-purposed buildings that have retail shops on the ground floor, professional offices on the second and residential apartments on the third or fourth floors.  I wonder if we could adopt some of these ideas in Comox, perhaps on the site of the Lorne or if the mall is re-developed.  One of the neat projects built in Langford is a fountain in the centre of the main roundabout; it dances, like the fountains at the Bellagio, every half an hour to different tunes!

We have a lot going for us in Comox but I think we could offer so much more.  Take a look at the City of Langford website and time yourself to see how long it takes for you to find information on how to start a business.  Now visit the Town of Comox site and do the same.

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Where’s the rain?

A couple weeks ago, I was walking my dogs and noticed that my two ponds still were not joined.  Through the summer they are always divided by a land bridge but usually by mid-November we’ve had enough rain that the two become one.  This made me think that I could only remember two sou’easters coming through our place this fall which seemed unusual.  In fact, I couldn’t even remember the last time we had rain and the mountains which we see out our front window were remarkably barren; no rain = no snow.

I decided to do a little checking on the weather data, just out of curiosity (yes, I’m like that), and my suspicions were confirmed – we’re having an incredibly dry fall.  Check out my chart for the figures; we’ve had less than half the rain we normally get.  I guess that means January and February will be full on monsoon season.

Merry Christmas and enjoy the dry weather while you can!

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End of an Era…

Built in 1878 by John Fitzpatrick, a local landmark, the Lorne Hotel (oldest hotel in BC) just burned to the ground. I received a text this morning from the Big Mac Attack then walked by it when I got to work. According to rumour, the fire started around 1:00am and the hotel took no time to burn. Lots of good memories associated with the oldest hotel in BC;  where will the annual Boxing Day reunion be held now?  It’s going to be interesting to see what the fire chief determines is the cause of the fire.  Another Comox landmark up in smoke; remember the Edgewater!!

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