Sneak Peek of The Pipe Mountain Coaster: Coming Spring 2016 to Revelstoke Mountain Resort

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The track has been laid and Revelstoke Mountain Resort is excited to be a month and a half away from cutting the ribbon on its newest summer attraction: The Pipe Mountain Coaster.

Opening May 21, 2016, The Pipe Mountain Coaster at Revelstoke Mountain Resort will be North America’s very first Brandauer Mountain Coaster.

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Thrill seekers are in for a treat as the unique single-track coaster will travel at speeds of up to 42km/hr as it whisks guests 1.4km from Revelation Lodge down to the Village Plaza.

For those looking to soak up more of the spectacular summer scenery, the ability to control their own speed adds to the excitement as they travel through ski runs, forest, and a tunnel at their own pace.

Watch this video to get a first look at The Pipe Mountain Coaster.

The Pipe Mountain Coaster will be the newest addition to Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s exciting line-up of summer activities that include sightseeing and breakfast via the Revelation Gondola as well as Heli Adven­tures with Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, offering a range of exhilarating activities that include sightseeing, hiking, alpine picnics, and biking.

The coaster will be operational for thesummer season beginning May 21, 2016. For hours and rates, visit

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Superfast broadband installed super-quickly at Sandman Hotel

Gateshead-based IT firm Advantex has installed superfast broadband at the 11-storey Sandman Signature Newcastle Hotel in ‘record breaking time.’

Sandman Hotel Group's Mitch Gaglardi (left) and Advantex's Stephen O'Connell (right)

Sandman Hotel Group’s Mitch Gaglardi (left) and Advantex Network Solutions Ltd’s Stephen O’Connell

The contract saw Advantex Network Solutions Ltd completing the work at Sandman’s flagship hotel in the UK- from initial enquiry to final installation – in just 10 days.

The installation of new Internet services throughout the 170-room hotel, which usually takes approximately up to five months to complete, will deliver faster connectivity for guests.

Mitch Gaglardi, managing director of Northland Properties Corporation which operates Sandman Hotels in the UK, said people staying at the hotel will benefit from high quality access to faster services using the latest in secure networks.

“As a quality brand operator, we have to be able to provide our guests with the very best in fast, secure, and reliable Internet and email services.”

The work was carried out with support from Newcastle’s government’s connection voucher scheme, run by Newcastle Council, where up to £3,000 of funding is available to help businesses connect.

Sandman Hotel is the latest success for Advantex, a registered supplier under the connection voucher scheme.

Director Stephen O’Connell, who is looking at supporting possible Internet upgrades at other Sandman Hotel sites in the UK, said: “As supplier of connection vouchers, we are helping companies like Sandman Hotel Group improve their brand offering through the provision of quality advice and services.

“It’s a further example of helping our customers to benefit from the voucher funding – from the initial application to the final installation – with expert advice and competitive solutions.”

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Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix Speeds In to Montreal

Montreal F1Few cities can compete with Montreal’s mouth-watering mix of food, festivals, and fun-centric living.

Montreal is a beautiful slice of old Europe in a pie of contemporary design. A day’s wander might take you through the photogenic 18th-century facades of Old Montreal followed by a cycling tour of the lovely Canal de Lachine, or take you through the glittering shops and restaurants of downtown, ending at the inviting terraced cafes of Plateau Mont-Royal. The architectural sweep of the city takes in a wealth of heritage churches such as the breathtaking Basilique Notre-Dame, as well as 20th-century icons like the Stade Olympique and Habitat 67.

If your’re looking for a summer getaway sure to inspire and motivate, then Sandman Hotel Montreal-Longueuil is the perfect place for you.

It’s not just about the race. It’s about a whole city coming alive with excitement. People arriving in Montreal from every part of the globe with one common objective – Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix!

Hailed as the biggest sporting event in the country, the annual Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix fuels Montreal’s historic streets with excitement for weeks on end. From June 5-7, 2015, this illustrious international event, held every June on Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, is the only Canadian stop on the Formula One World Championship schedule and is the place to be for fans who love car racing or who enjoy thrills.

With events happening all over the city, Sandman couldn’t be more excited and is the ideal location for all your needs. The metro station which takes you to the Grand Prix is across the street (literally steps away) and will drop you off at the track. It’s absolutely perfect.

La Ronde

If Formula 1 isn’t your cup of tea, and you’re looking for a family-friendly vacation, then La Ronde is the perfect place for you.

La Ronde is the largest theme park in Eastern Canada. Inaugurated during Expo 67, La Ronde offers over 40 rides and attractions including Goliath — one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in North America.

Offering exciting rides and attractions, dazzling shows, as well as entertainment, this large amusement park, can be seen from the hotel. It doesn’t get more convenient than that.

See you this summer in Montreal!

Childhood Unplugged

Written and photographed by Sharalee Prang – guest blogger

spring break: bringing shrieks of joy… or pain across the nation.  i love my kids.  i really really do.  and i like the idea of spring break.  the reality of spring break, though, can be less than ideal, especially with young kids.  the ideal: let them stay up late for popcorn and a movie as a treat so that they will sleep in the next morning.  the reality: they stay up late and whine when they have to go to bed, even when it’s an hour past their regular bedtime.  the next morning they are up even earlier than usual, are grumpy, fight with each other nonstop and shoot you death glares when you suggest an afternoon “quiet time”.

so even though we didn’t have big plans to go away this year, we threw together a last minute one night “staycation” at sandman hotel & suites squamish.

squamish, here.we.come.

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a couple of polaroids from our little advenutre:squamish2squamish

Sharalee Prang is a lifestyle wedding and portrait photographer from British Columbia. She lives in a little town called Yarrow, but can also be found driving across the country with her husband and three kids in an RV or tucked away in the corner of the best coffee shop your city has to offer. She likes using natural light to creating authentic portraits of families and people in love.