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Magical Oceanside Wedding

After booking the Pointhouse sight unseen for their small intimate wedding, Kaycee and Michael were rewarded with perfect weather and a beautiful sunset to compliment the stunning oceanfront backdrop for their early June nuptials.  Closest friends and family joined the couple for a relaxed holiday on the Sunshine Coast while Melissa at Coastal Weddings and Events coordinated florals, decor and more. Lux Beauty made sure everyone looked fabulous and Jennifer Picard captured amazing photos of the day.

A resident pair of eagles supervised all from their treetop perch in a reversal of roles for this Chicago zookeeper responsible for raptors in the Birds of Prey exhibit.

See more photos here.

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Valentine’s special

Valentine’s Special

Surprise your Valentine  with a special getaway

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  • Book a 2 night B&B stay at the Pointhouse anytime between Feb 11-17
  • Receive a special welcome amenity
  • Romantic turndown 1 night of your choice
  • Savour a gourmet 3 course dinner. 
  • Enjoy  memorable breakfasts each morning
  • Combine with massage or other perks to enhance your stay

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Miss StyleRun visits the Sunshine Coast

Miss Style Run, Catherine Tan, made a visit to the Sunshine Coast May 31- Jun2 . Beginning with a walking and tasting tour of Sechelt, she and hubby Kevin quickly took the pulse of the Sunshine Coast lifestyle. Staying at the Pointhouse their first night they got to check out our luxury digs and spectacular scenery. They captured some great shots shared on the dedicated Pointhouse Blogpost. I particularly love the last few photos of the star spangled night sky and dramatic Pointhouse interiors. http://www.stylerun.com/2014/06/06/stylerun-x-sunshine-coast-pointhouse-sargeant-bay/.

Sargeant Bay News & Events

The latest Sargeant Bay Newsletter has the lineup for summer events for 2014 kicking off with Birding on the Berm on May 19th with Tony Greenfield. A great opportunity to learn about birds that frequent the park .  

On Sunday, June 14th Lee-Ann Ennis and other naturalists will collect annual data on the intertidal marine life in the bay with a giant beach seine. Activities and displays will run from 12-3pm.

The Triangle Lake Botany hike rounds out the 2014 courses of natural history  in the park. Kye Goodwin  will lead a walk from Trout Lake through some remnants of old growth forest to Triansle Lake on July 6th.

For other news on the recent sightings in the park and the record 2013 Chum and Coho returns read the full newsletter#90.

Sunshine Coast in Winter

BC Living has just published an article by Amy Watkins, a British writer living in Vancouver, with seven great reasons to visit the Sunshine Coast in winter, one of which includes the Pointhouse billed as a Bond-esque “secret lair for lovers”. From inspiring sunrises, solitary snowshoeing, to spa gardens and earthly journeys the rest of the lineup is about stepping back , relaxing and enjoying what the coast has to offer, right on Vancouver’s doorstep. Read the whole article. http://www.bcliving.ca/travel/sunshine-coast-in-the-winter

The Art of Relaxation-SC Style

The private two person tubs with intimate ocean views were a big hit with the three journalists who visited the Sunshine Coast Jan 20-22. Especially after a Dakota Ridge snowshoeing adventure.Great way to soak away city stress or tired muscles while gazing at the beauty of Sargeant Bay. Read more about Mike Morrison’s tips for holiday relaxing and enjoy some amazing sunrise and painted sky photos along with the “bare all” personal travelogue.

Travel: The long lost art of relaxation on BC’s Sunshine Coast!

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 taking an extra day to do as much or as little as you please.

 

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  • Book any two night stay at the Pointhouse
  • Receive your third night for only $99- you save up to $180
  • Gourmet breakfasts daily
  • Combine with massage or other perks to enhance your stay
  • Check other activities for enjoying the short, dark days

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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 climate controlled cellar was created as a focal point at the junction of the kitchen, dining room and media area. With a challenging diameter of only 8′, all the fittings,storage system and interior and exterior cladding required custom solutions. The collaboration between architect Frits deVries, Billy Carpenter of Vin de Garde, sculptor Richard Marmion, our builder Dave Gray,  Heather and other local contractors resulted in a unique and beautiful design perfectly integrated into the spectacular setting.

The Design

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The capacity is 442 bottles. Custom fir panelling and tapered pegs create the backdrop for the wine storage. The wavy sculpted  wall cladding is punctuated with a glass door and  illuminated by LED strip lighting tucked up under an encircling valance. More glass covers the cork floor-literally thousands of corkssous vid (estimated at 3400). Half were collected by us and friends over the preceding few years, each telling a personal story; the other half , no name corks rescued from the local winemaking shop, will eventually be replaced with the new cork collection. Contributions gratefully accepted.

My Tastes

I  like wines with complexity, balance and length and prefer reds but there are many whites that fulfill this criteria.ie. Jackpot Viognier, Roussanne Marsanne from Road13.  I favor old world tastes like tobacco and leather in my reds but am partial to the fruit forward right bank style and the GSM blends as well. I’ve got an area in the cellar specifically for aging, an area for wines to drink now as well as an area which is safe for Heather to pick a wine when I’m gone (she is quite worried about taking the “wrong” wine).

The cellar keeps the wine about 55 degrees and 80% humidity. I also keep my sealed bags of coffee beans in the cellar to keep them fresh. I seldom drink a bottle without having it rest in the cellar for a short time after purchase. It takes a while for a wine to get its legs back after sitting on a shelf and then being transported home. I also try not to buy older wines that I can’t guarantee have been stored properly.

The Wines

I’ve resisted joining wine clubs as I like the hunt. Most of the original cellar bottles were purchased at discount outlets in Grande Prairie(Costco/Superstore/Joeys)  as we still living in Dawson Creek while construction was underway on the Sunshine Coast.  Many 90+ rated wines can be sourced from big retailers. Others were purchased at LCBs, private wine shops and directly from  wineries. I use the “wine ratings” on my Wine Spectator App for the ratings, tasting notes and aging suggestions. Its amazing what great wines can be discovered  at obscure stores  and what appears out of the blue at LCB stores.  Dawson Creek has a great supply of one of my favorites – the Thelema Shiraz. The Schild Shiraz suddenly appeared then disappeared (into my cellar) in Squamish while I was working there.  The LCBs stores are happy to order special wines for you. Kitt at Park Royal was able to put together a case of quite a few of the W. S. Top 100 for me this year.

Cheers, Bob (the self proclaimed, but not licensed, Pointhouse Sommelier)

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 now bears his name.

Basford, first elected as a young lawyer of 31, served from 1963-1978 representing Vancouver ridings, Burrard  then Centre and holding portfolios as Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (1968-1972),Minister of State for Urban Affairs (1972–1974), Minister of National Revenue (1974–1975) and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (1975–1978).

As Vancouver’s leading cabinet minister, Basford is credited with helping to scuttle plans for an expressway along the city’s waterfront that would have leveled the Gastown and Chinatown neighborhoods, for encouraging local planning and neighborhood improvement, and for helping win federal support for the construction of thousands of units of co-operative housing in the city.

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As Consumer and Corporate Affairs minister, Basford shepherded the passage of legislation that dramatically reduced pharmaceutical prices. This gave Canada the lowest drug prices in the industrialized world into the late 1980s when the legislation was repealed by the Mulroney government. Basford also had passed into law the Hazardous Products Act that eliminated flammable children’s bedding and clothing from the market. His most controversial move, at the time, was the adoption of the SI (metric) system as Canada’s official standard of weights and measures. This provoked strong opposition from many Canadians, but has since been accepted.

As Justice minister, Basford arranged a clemency agreement that kept abortion rights campaigner and practitioner Henry Morgentaler out of jail. He was also Justice minister in 1977 when Canada abolished capital punishment, and when the Canadian Human Rights Act was amended to require equal pay for equal work regardless of gender. On a local note, as Sargeant Bay Society director in 1978 , and  the current Justice minister, he was instrumental in preserving Sargeant Bay for a provincial park.

Basford retired from cabinet in 1978, and did not run in the 1979 election. Read More about his life after Ottawa in the article by Alex Waterhouse-Hayward.

Having owned his Sargeant Bay property since 1975, he finally built a home base here in 1990. He eventually made the move permanent till his death in 2005 at the age of 72. He is fondly remembered by former neighbors and Sunshine Coasters for his gregarious nature, inquiring mind, energy and sharp wit.

Although we didn’t have the pleasure of meeting him personally, we have come to know him through his house, his garden, his notes, and his history. We appreciate his forethought  and hope to continue some of his legacy at Sargeant Bay. We suspect he’ll be happy when we finally get our flag pole erected and the property is once more flying the maple leaf. Raising chickens may be another story .

Excerpts from wikipedia. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/