Revelstoke Mountain Resort Opens November 29

Gondola1Powder on the Menu — Revelstoke Mountain Resort Opening Weekend

As the snow continues to fall on Mt. Mackenzie, Revelstoke Mountain Resort is preparing to open November 29th amidst excellent early season conditions.

With over 270 cm of snow already, and a further 30-40 cm forecast before opening day, the 2014/15 season will be kicking off with a base of over 115 cm and enough powder to go around.

“Things are looking awesome! With all the new snow we will be opening top to bottom, giving skiers and snowboarders access to all 5620 ft of vertical,” says Mike Verwey, Mountain Operations Manager.

“Looking at the forecast, what is going to make this even better than past opening days is that we are going to have amazing visibility… after all the snow comes down, it is going to clear up and be bluebird for Saturday.”

One hundred per cent of the lifts on the mountain will be operational for the first day of the season, giving skiers and snowboarders access to nearly all of the 3,121 acres of inbound terrain.

With all that untouched powder being served up, Steve Bailey, Director of Skier Services and Base Area Operations says, “be prepared for Saturday to feel like heli-skiing, but for the price of a lift ticket.”

Lifts will start operating at 8:30am on Saturday, with the last ride on the Ripper at 2:30pm and on the Stoke at 3pm.

Sandman Hotel Revelstoke couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming 2014/15 season!

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Stay Warm with Sandman This Winter

Stay warmThe cold winter months have very few redeeming qualities. Many animals find that the best thing to do is simply sleep through it while studies show that human beings sleep more during the winter months as well. One of the few redeeming qualities of winter is snow.

There are few things more magical than looking out the window from your house and discovering those first flurries gently falling to the ground. Then the snow builds up outside our houses and we know the time has come to put on warm slippers, a cozy blanket, and curl up with some hot chocolate.

If snow and cold weather aren’t your thing, don’t worry. Sandman is the perfect place to stay warm this winter.

This winter, the Sandman hotels across British Columbia have the perfect offers to keep you warm.

Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel

CorpKingDon’t let the winter blues get you down…
Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel has the perfect warm-up package for you.

Experience British Columbia’s Friendliest City this winter with exclusive rates sure to keep you warm during the cold winter months. Simply book this offer before December 31, 2014 and save 25% off the Best Available Rate. There’s never been an easier way to stay warm and get away at the same time. Book Now

Sandman Hotel Revelstoke

SAND Revelstoke_Lobby 3It pays to plan ahead!

Reserve and pay for your winter getaway booking a minimum of 21 days in advance and save 15% off the Best Available Rate.

Now that’s savings made easy. Book Now

Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna

SAND_Kelowna_TowerSuite02Get the royal treatment with Sandman Kelowna’s Suite Deal!

For a limited time you can book an Executive Tower King Suite for $159 (normally starts at $184)! You’ll also receive a $50 gift certificate to Chop per reservation.

With over $75 in savings, you don’t want to miss out on the suitest deal in town!  Book your reservation online today. Book Now

Sandman Signature Vancouver Airport Hotel & Resort

SIG_Vancouver Airport_ExteriorPlan your weekend getaway with Sandman signature Vancouver Airport Hotel & Resort and receive incredible savings.  Book the Weekend Best and save as much as $50 on your accommodations!

Make your reservation online or call us at 1-800-SANDMAN (726-3626).

Sandman Hotel Penticton

poolWant to save while you stay with Sandman? Sandman Penticton’s got the perfect package for you. Simply book 2 or more nights and receive 15% off the Best Available Rate for a room of your choice.

Home to some of BC’s most celebrated wineries and surrounded  by picturesque lakes, mountains and  scenery, you can experience all that Penticton has to offer while enjoying our wonderful accommodations. Book Now

See you this winter!

Welcome to Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel!

Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel

Facing both Riverside Park and The Thompson River, our newest hotel, Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel brings luxurious comfort and cutting edge technology in every room. Situated directly across the street from the Interior Savings Centre, home of the Kamloops Blazers, this six-storey hotel has been designed from the ground up, with the expressed purpose of providing our guests a relaxed, comfortable elegance.

Each of the 202 beautifully appointed guest rooms at this downtown Kamloops hotel, including the 100 suites, provides the perfect setting to unwind. Relax by the indoor swimming pool and hot tub, enjoy a delicious meal at Shark Club Bar & Grill, or exercise in the state-of-the-art fitness room. Modern amenities, such as complimentary Internet access and a business centre, makes travelling for work or leisure easier and elegant.

With smart design and hospitality at its finest, experience ease at its peak at Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel.

Signature Corporate King Room

The lobby of Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel

Indoor pool at Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel

Shark Club Bar & Grill

Experience British Columbia’s Friendliest City in the winter. Stay at Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel and enjoy exclusive rates!

Rate: 25% off Best Available Rate
Book Dates: now – November 30, 2014
Stay Dates: now – April 30, 2015

This incredible promotion is only available for a limited time. Book your room online before it’s gone!

Learn more

Lest We Forget

Remembrance DayThis year, November 11th  not only marks Remembrance Day but the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. The poppy has a long association with Remembrance Day, but how did the distinctive red flower become such a potent symbol of our remembrance of the sacrifices made in past wars?

Scarlet corn poppies (popaver rhoeas) grow naturally in conditions of disturbed earth throughout Western Europe. The destruction brought by the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century transformed bare land into fields of blood red poppies, growing around the bodies of the fallen soldiers.

In late 1914, the fields of Northern France and Flanders were once again ripped open as World War One raged through Europe’s heart. Once the conflict was over the poppy was one of the only plants to grow on the otherwise barren battlefields.

The significance of the poppy as a lasting memorial symbol to the fallen was realised by the Canadian surgeon John McCrae in his poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy came to represent the immeasurable sacrifice made by his comrades and quickly became a lasting memorial to those who died in World War One and later conflicts. It was adopted by The Royal British Legion as the symbol for their Poppy Appeal, in aid of those serving in the British Armed Forces, after its formation in 1921.

On May 2, 1915, John McCrae’s close friend and former student Alexis Helmer was killed by a German shell. That evening, in the absence of a Chaplain, John McCrae recited from memory a few passages from the Church of England’s “Order of the Burial of the Dead”. For security reasons, Helmer’s burial in Essex Farm Cemetery was performed in complete darkness.

The next day, May 3, 1915, Sergeant-Major Cyril Allinson was delivering mail. McCrae was sitting at the back of an ambulance parked near the dressing station beside the Yser Canal, just a few hundred yards north of Ypres, Belgium.
As John McCrae was writing his In Flanders Fields poem, Allinson silently watched and later recalled, “His face was very tired but calm as he wrote. He looked around from time to time, his eyes straying to Helmer’s grave.”

Within moments, John McCrae had completed the “In Flanders Fields” poem and when he was done, without a word, McCrae took his mail and handed the poem to Allinson.

Allinson was deeply moved:

“The (Flanders Fields) poem was an exact description of the scene in front of us both. He used the word blow in that line because the poppies actually were being blown that morning by a gentle east wind. It never occurred to me at that time that it would ever be published. It seemed to me just an exact description of the scene.”

Lest we forget.

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Sandman Celebrates Winter in Winnipeg

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Sweeping prairie skies, vast fields and cold winters are often the stereotypes that come to mind when people think of Winnipeg, Manitoba. However, there are many other associations Canada’s seventh most populous city is famed for too. For instance, it is called the ‘cultural cradle of Canada’, a ‘cosmopolitan city with an innovative arts scene’ and a place that’s ‘home to a diverse community where more than 100 different languages are spoken.’ Suffice to say, there is a lot to see and do here – especially during the winter season.

Why is winter so great in Winnipeg? Well, quite simply because Winnipeggers are famed for making a big celebration of the season (you don’t get monikers like ‘Winterpeg’ and the ‘Christmas Capital of Canada’ for no reason). A huge part of the city’s culture and environment is shaped by the snowy time of year, and one look at the exciting events lined up for the coming months is sure to prove that.

What’s Happening in Winnipeg This Winter

Winter Fun at The Forks

Yes the prairie fields are abundant here, but so are the rivers. Specifically, The Forks National Historic Site, located at the junction of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers, is one of the most famed river sites in the nation all year round. An integral trading and meeting place for citizens and visitors for over 6,000 years, the site has been a hub for early traders, hunters, settlers, railway pioneers and, nowadays, more than four million visitors annually.

During the winter visitors can enjoy the Arctic Glacier Winter Park with 1.2 kilometres of skating trails, a toboggan run, the skate-through Great-West Life Snowman Lane or the professionally designed Snowboard Fun Park. Just make sure you check their website: www.theforks.com for updates as many of the attractions are weather dependant or are under construction.

Christmas with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

December 7 – December 9, 2012

With tons of performances throughout the season, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is the perfect place to take in some of the best yuletide spirit in town. If you’re in the mood for some caroling, check out their ‘WSO Pops: Barenaked Ladies – Hits and Holiday Songs’  as one of Canada’s most famous bands performs their hits along with popular Christmas carols.

Festival of Trees and Lights

Since 1988, this event has brightened up Winnipeg by letting citizens and companies decorate trees or wreaths that are raffled off for a good cause. Since its inception, the festival has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities with all decorated trees and wreaths displayed in the centre of downtown Winnipeg.

November 27 – December 9
Festival du Voyageur

February 15 – February 24

As Western Canada’s largest winter festival, the Festival du Voyageur is a non-stop family-friendly event that draws in visitors from around the country. Celebrating Canada’s fur trade history with historical exhibits, shows, and entertainment, this is a distinctly Canadian experience. Held in Winnipeg’s French Quarter, you can expect to see beard, jigging, fiddling, and Louis Riel lookalike contests in addition to snow sculptures, food festivities and more. It’s guaranteed to be a 10-day province wide celebration of heritage, culture and joie de vivre!

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet

December 20 – December 30

Perhaps the most famed performance for the holiday season, ‘The Nutcracker’ is a must-see for any dance enthusiast. Performed by Canada’s legendary Royal Winnipeg Ballet, you can see the popular fairytale performed by the nation’s best ballet stars.
Whether you’re in the city to visit historic buildings and landmarks, or to experience the diverse and exciting arts scene, Winnipeg is most certainly a must-see winter wonder this season – especially if you’re looking for some snowy fun!

To book a stay a Sandman Hotel & Suites Winnipeg Airport, to see current Hot Deals, room rates and more, click here: www.sandmanhotels.ca/hotels/winnipeg/