When I visited the Orwell Corner Historic Village, it was closed, as summer was its open season. However, I still took a quick look around. The snow that surrounded the buildings reminded me of the pictures that I saw in history textbooks.
I hope that I can get to visit again when it is open in the summer!
Winter was still around, so there was less visitors to Peggy’s Cove.
“Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, also known as Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, is one of Nova Scotia’s most well-known lighthouses and may be the most photographed in Canada. Located in the quaint fishing village of Peggy’s Cove along the South Shore, Peggy’s Point Lighthouse was built in 1915.”—- NovaScotia.com
The weather was very cold and windy at first, but the sun eventually came out. The blue skies were a perfect background for the photos.
There were signs to remind us not to venture to far onto the black rocks, as these were the dangerously slippery ones. However, visitors could walk and hike slowly on the flat grey rocks for photos.
The scenery was very beautiful and serene. No wonder this spot was known to be one of the most iconic places of Canada!
Recently, I met a female entrepreneur who opened a wellness business over at Prince Edward Island! I was impressed at the variety of brands that Ann Wellness carried and how passionate she was about her business. Meet Nhu Tran!
Who is Ann Wellness?
1) When and why did you start your business?
I opened Ann Wellness one and a half years ago.
I started to really care about health and well-being when my eldest was born 14 years ago. I had research lots of information about products that were naturally-made. During my research, I learned that many parents also had the same desire: to nourish their children and maintain their household with products that don’t negatively impact the environment (and their wallet).
In addition to that, I have worked with many inspirational leaders, who were very cautious when choosing products for their families… That inspired me because of how energetic and healthy their lifestyles were. Combining my passion for natural products and seeing how there is a growing demand for it in the market, I decided to open Ann Wellness.
I’ve moved to PEI from Vietnam for 2 years and a half just because I really need to change to something new and excited. I want my kids have new experiments, learn from diversity of life.
2) What was your background?
My background: I’ve dedicated my whole time for work and really worked hard. I had worked for Unilever for 13 years and then 2 years for Perfectti Van Melle before I came here. Have been handled senior positions in Marketing and Trade Marketing in these companies.
3) Interesting facts about your products?
“Everyone can come to my shop to buy natural products, and they do not have to worry about quality. I use every product I sell in my store for my own family. So, whenever I stock products in my store, my top priority is their quality, and different price point that allow a fit for all budget.
With majority of price from $5 -$50 I would like to convince others that using natural isn’t cost much as people used to think.
For face and body care I select brands or products very careful as origin ingredients decide products quality most of the time.
4) Fun facts that you would like to share?
I am an active person and I love coffee so much! I can’t wait to drink coffee while Im still lying on the bed in early morning.
Upcoming news: I would like to say that Ann Wellness is so proud to bring CÎME to Canada!
Check out her online shop and enjoy 15% off with my discount code! (CHOCOVIV15)
As we waited to board the ferry, I decided to walk around to the town. I ended up inside the Sunshine Coast Olive Oil Company.
These small local shops were my favourite because I got to try out the different oils and vinegars. The staff would teach you how to use these products when you tell them what you enjoyed to eat daily.
For gift giving, they had gift sets that consists of different items in smaller sizes. They also carried different brands of local products on their shelves.
Matt’s Olive Oil Skincare was made by Matt, naturally, at the store! He told me he used the leftover remnants from the olive oil pressings to make his products, especially his handmade soaps! Very cool!
During the off-season of the winter ski season, the Whistler village was much more quieter than usual. However, I needed that calmness to get away to…
The suite that we stayed at had two bedrooms and one room with a bunkbed. The kitchen was smaller than I was accustomed to, but functional.
There were two bathrooms with the usual amenities. It gave me the peace of mind to know that there was enough towels and shampoo with soap for the group.
My favourite was the hot tub that hid inside the building on the second floor. Bookings were not needed along with lots of towels for us to borrow. Guests were courteous and took turns at the hot tub.
The hot tub was outside technically, but was under the cover. This was perfect because the rain didn’t bother us even though it was pouring. There was a bathroom and shower for the hot tub, hidden along in that area. Guests had the code to enter to this small slice of freedom.
Walking out from our hotel, I noticed this beautiful turn of the century style of house. It was the Pendray Inn and Tea House. I had wanted to try their breakfast…. But unfortunately, they weren’t open that day. However, I went in and looked around.
The Pendray Inn used to be called the Gatsby Mansion.
“Long before it was a bed and breakfast, however, the mansion was a family home – built by William Joseph Pendray, a native of Cornwall, England. Pendray had emigrated to California in 1868, eventually making his way to the Cariboo region of British Columbia to work in the Mosquito Creek mines. After several tumultuous years in the mining industry, during which he made, lost, and re-made his fortune, William settled in Victoria, and turned his attention to a new venture.”—— Pendray Inn
On an interesting note, I was really sure that I had focused each time that I took a photo when I was there….but when I checked the next photo…
The weather was perfect to visit the Malahat Skywalk!
“Visit Vancouver Island’s Newest Attraction. Malahat SkyWalk is an accessible 600 m TreeWalk through a beautiful arbutus forest leading to a spectacular gentle spiral ramp that takes you up 32m to a sightseeing lookout offering views of Finlayson Arm, Saanich Peninsula, Mount Baker and the distant Coast Mountains.”—— Malahat Skywalk
This attraction just opened recently in July 2021. The whole skywalk was outdoors, so I felt quite comfortable with social distancing. Families stayed together and walked up the wooden spiral path. As we passed by the middle section, we picked up felted mats to slide down the spiral slide. A friendly reminder to wear long sleeves to prevent any sore elbows that might develop as you slid down.
At the very top of the path, was a large netting that visitors could walk across and test their bravery. I was able to walk across, but I just couldn’t make myself to look all the way down!
This was definitely a fun activity to do with the family! (The slide was meant for 5 years old and older.)
“Fort Langley National Historic Site, commonly shortened to Fort Langley, is a former fur trading post of the Hudson’s Bay Company in the community of Fort Langley of Langley, British Columbia, Canada. The national historic site sits above the banks of the Bedford Channel across McMillan Island.”—-Wikipedia
We had a few hours to spend at this museum. There were mostly rebuilt houses from the past and one original one on site. The displays showed us how the people and aboriginals lived inside this fort back in the frontier times. Fort Langley was named after Thomas Langley, a Hudson’s Bay Company director in 1827.
The day that I was there, there were two interesting demonstrations. One was the blacksmith shop and the other was gold panning. I visited the gold panning demonstration first and found some “gold nuggets”! These were gold plated pieces that the museum left for visitors to pan and take home!
Next, I watched the blacksmith turn a piece of iron rod into a candle holder. This blacksmith then traded our “gold pieces” with iron hooks. I really enjoyed my visit to this educational museum.
If you ever visit British Columbia, Canada, you should check out this museum!