Happy World Oceans Day!

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The Immense Ocean
Imagine that you are an ant on Mount Everest. That’s about the size relationship of one human being to the ocean.

Everything about the ocean is immense. It has the tallest mountains in the world and the deepest valleys. It covers 72 per cent of the Earth’s surface. That’s 139 million square miles or 139 with 19 zeros after it. And it’s not just wide. It’s deep; 12,460 feet deep on average. That’s 10 Empire State buildings stacked on top of each other!

ocean life

Oceans Alive
Most scientists think life began in the ocean over 3 billion years ago. Today, the ocean contains an amazing array of life at every depth. Over 1 million known species of plants and animals live there, and scientists say there may be as many as 9 million species we haven’t discovered yet. Marine animals come in all kinds of weird shapes, sizes, and colours; and they live in all kinds of different environments within the ocean. The blue whale, the largest animal in the world, lives in the open ocean, along with millions of tiny drifting organisms called plankton. In the tropical seas, silvery great barracudas pursue colourful coral reef fish.

deep sea ocean

Then there’s the deep sea where it’s as dark as night and icy cold. At depths as great as 7,000 feet below the surface, tube worms live in the most extreme environment in the world – hot sea vents. There, the water temperature changes from scalding hot to icy cold in the space of a few feet. No matter where you go in the ocean, you will always find life.

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Gimme Energy
Life in the ocean depends on energy. No animal can move or grow without energy. Most ocean animals get their energy by eating plants or other animals. The connection between organisms based on the transfer of energy is called a food chain or a food web. Most food webs start with the conversion of sunlight into food through a process called photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is an important process that occurs at the surface of the ocean. But deep within the ocean, at hydrothermal vents, food chains are based on the conversion of chemical energy into food. This process is called chemosynthesis.

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What’s the difference between and ocean and a sea?
You’ve heard of “one world?” Well, technically, all the world’s oceans and seas are part of one continuous mass of seawater. But because the ocean is so big, humans have divided it up and named the different parts. There are five oceans and several dozen seas.* Seas are usually smaller than oceans and are partially enclosed by land. But otherwise, they’re exactly the same thing.

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Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing Launch Summer Heli Activities

Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Selkirk TangiersRevelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) and Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing (STHS) are excited to announce a brand new program of heli-accessed summer adventures in the spectacular Selkirk Mountains.

Revelstoke Mountain, Selkirk Tangiers, heli hiking, mountain bikingThe line-up being offered for the inaugural summer of heli activities will include: helicopter sightseeing flights, heli hiking, heli-assisted alpine picnics, heli mountaineering, heli glacier trekking, and select heli-accessed mountain bike options.

The summer adventures will all take flight from the heli pad conveniently located at the base of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, just steps from The Sutton Place Hotel, and will be operated by Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing.

Jeff Honig, Operations Manager at Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing, said they are thrilled by the opportunity to introduce new and existing guests to over 50,000 acres of remarkable terrain this summer.

“While this is new territory for us as a business, it’s a familiar playing field in terms of taking guests into the mountains via helicopter,” he explained.

“I’m certain that guests are going to be blown away by the stunning alpine scenery, and we are looking forward to playing in the Selkirk peaks in warmer temperatures than we’re used to!”

Selkirk Tangiers, Revelstoke MountainAs one of the original heli-skiing operations in the Revelstoke area, Selkirk Tangiers has been offering highly successful winter programs since 1978. The recent approval of the summer tenure application from the British Columbia Ministry of Forest, Land & Natural Resources makes this exciting next step possible.

The season is scheduled to run from July 3rd until September 7th. A full list of offerings is available at www.revelstokemountainresort.com.
Revelstoke Mountain, Selkirk Tangiers, hiking

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

What is a Canadian? A Canadian is a fellow wearing English tweeds, a Hong Kong shirt, and Spanish shoes who sips Brazilian coffee sweetened with Philippine sugar from a Bavarian cup while nibbling Swiss cheese, sitting at a Danish desk over a Persian rug, after coming home in a German car from an Italian movie all with a smile on his face saying, “What a great day, eh?”

No matter where you’re from, or what you believe in, we can all agree  Canada is our, “True North strong and free.”

British Columbia - Agassiz

British Columbia – Agassiz

Jasper National Park

Alberta – Jasper National Park

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Saskatchewan – Canadian Pacific Railway

Lake Winnipeg

Manitoba – Lake Winnipeg

Ontario - Algonquin Park

Ontario – Algonquin Park

Mont Tremblant

Quebec – Mont Tremblant

Newfoundland - Puffin Nest Island

Newfoundland – Puffin Nest Island

PEI - Covehead Lighthouse in Stanhope

Prince Edward Island – Covehead Lighthouse

Nova Scotia - Bay of Fundy Humpback whale

Nova Scotia – Humpback Whale in the Bay of Fundy

New Brunswick - longest wooden covered bridge

New Brunswick – Hartland

Yukon- Northern Lights

Yukon Territory – Night Sky Stars, clouds, and Northern Lights

Northwest Territories - Sambaa Deh Falls1

Northwest Territories – Sambaa Deh Falls

Nunavut - sunset

Nunavut – sunset on the High Arctic

To Dads Everywhere, Happy Father’s Day

Father's DayAccording to history, when Sonora Smart Dodd’s father passed away in 1909, she wanted to honour him for raising six children as a single parent. To say thank you, she chose to celebrate his love in June because that’s when his birthday was. Little did she know that 15 years later, in 1924, her initiative would lead American president Calvin Coolidge to proclaim the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.

Today, countries around the world celebrate this holiday on different days. Spain, along with the majority of European countries celebrates on March 19, while Latin America follows the American tradition of the third Sunday in June. Though the dates and celebrations differ by country, what remains the same is the spirit of family.

In Spain, since the Catholic Church holds a significant influence, Father’s Day is celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day, which falls on March 19. St. Joseph’s Day is a Roman Catholic feast holiday to commemorate the life of the patron saint of carpenters, Joseph, who set the example of fatherhood as the foster father of Jesus.

Canna FlowerIn Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated on December 5, the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyade who is very much beloved by the Thais. Tradition is that everyone wears yellow on Father’s Day, the official colour of Monday, the day of the week the King was born. Children begin the day by presenting their fathers with a Canna flower, which is considered to be a masculine plant.

In Japan, children give their fathers handmade beer glasses, Japanese candies or sweets, or sandals. Lunch or dinner usually involves crab, prawns, or other seafood.

Father's Day Gift

Similar to a typical Father’s Day celebration in Canada, South African children present their fathers with gifts such as flowers, cards, and ties. People in South Africa often enjoy picnics on Father’s Day or spend the afternoon fishing in hopes of securing a catch for dinner.

Show your father how special he really is with The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver’s traditional brunch featuring an array of savoury brunch fare and delicious desserts. Click here for details.

Happy Canada Day Eh?

As Canadians we like to pride ourselves on being different from our southern cousins – particularly when it comes to knowledge about our own nation. So while we may laugh at people who think we live in igloos and eat poutine all day, we can’t get too haughty if we don’t know our facts and dates either.

Case and point: Do you know what the original name for Canada Day was?

If not, then you may want to read on for a little mini history lesson in honour of our great country’s upcoming holiday. Here are a few important facts to help you brush up on your Canadian IQ.

The 4-Fathers

Nope, we’re not referring to forefathers, what we’re talking about is the first four provinces (well it was three actually, but we’ll explain that later) that originally made up the ‘self-governing Dominion of Great Britain” (or as we call it today – Canada). Among the four provinces that made up this Dominion were: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec.

Technically, there were 3 original provinces, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada – which is the area where Ontario and Quebec are now. Confusing isn’t it?

Name That Date

So if there is one date you need to remember it’s this one: July 1, 1867. On this day, Canada officially became a ‘Dominion’ of Great Britain. This grand event was called ‘the confederation of Canada’ under the British North America Act, or as we now call it, the Constitution Act.

Dominion Day? What?

On June 20, 1868, the nation’s Governor General proclaimed that Canadians should celebrate the anniversary of the confederation (and rightly so!). Thus in 1879, July 1 became a statutory holiday called… Dominion Day.

Strangely though, it wasn’t until 50 years later that people began having official celebrations. After World War II, Dominion Day was celebrated more frequently and the government became more proactive about creating public events. Of course when we celebrated our 100th anniversary in 1967, people really took notice and began thinking “Hey, why don’t we call it Canada Day?” Much to the chagrin of many traditionalists, the holiday’s name was officially changed to Canada Day in 1983, and since then it’s stuck.

But What About The Other Provinces?

The Canada that we know today certainly took a while to develop. Here is a list of when all the other provinces joined in on the fun.

*side note: when we say join, we mean previous borders and ownership rights were changed.

July 15, 1870

July 20, 1871

July 1, 1873

 June 13, 1898

September 1, 1905

March 31, 1949

April 1, 1999

Know Your Bills

Though we see them every day, it’s a rare occasion that we actually think about the faces on our multi-coloured currency. Much more than aging men and women with nice clothes, they are all prominent historical figures and you should know them by name.

$100 Dollars, Robert Borden,
Prime Minister 1911-1920

$50 Dollars, William Lyon MacKenzie King,
Prime Minister 1921-1948

$20 Dollars, Queen Elizabeth

$10, John A MacDonald, Canada’s first
Prime Minister 1851 – 1891

$5 Dollars, Wilfrid Laurier,
Prime Minister 1896-1911

And there you have it. A crash course just in time for Canada Day.  Considering our hotels are 100% Canadian owned, we think that a well-deserved Sutton Place hotel stay might be the best way to show your patriotism this holiday. So, if you’re in Edmonton, Revelstoke or Vancouver, then get you to the Sutton Place! 

What’s more? We have excellent Summer Promo Rates at all of our properties – the perfect way to kick of the festivities off in style.  Click here to find out more!

http://www.vancouver.suttonplace.com/summerPromo.html

Canada Day events happening in Sutton cities:

EDMONTON:

http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/news/2012/celebrate-canada-day-2012-in-edmonton.aspx

REVELSTOKE:

http://revelstokecc.bc.ca/events/?nodepage=events&d=1341126000

 VANCOUVER :

http://www.insidevancouver.ca/2012/06/20/canada-day-2012-in-vancouver-top-10-canada-day-events-celebrations/

Revelstoke: An Extreme-ly Attractive Summer Getaway

Imagine a place nestled between two vast mountain ranges, resting near the banks of a rushing river, and sitting next to the icy landscape of a glacier park, and you’ll probably envision a fabled wonderland straight out of the latest blockbuster action/adventure flick.

Though it may sound like a scene from an epic movie, this land actually exists – and it’s right in BC’s own backyard. That’s right, Revelstoke is a supernatural region on the banks of the Columbia River, surrounded by the awe-inspiring Selkirk and Monashee Mountain ranges and the Glacier National Park.

Though many regard it as a go-to destination for skiing, snowboarding, and exciting winter sports, it is also flush with endless summer attractions and activities – most of which let you experience the tremendous variety of nature in the area.

Visitors, for example, can find outdoor pursuits like golf, fishing, hiking, relaxing hot springs and spas. Yet, for those seeking an adrenaline rush, there are limitless extreme adventures in Revelstoke too.

Take, for example, an over 22 km rafting journey down the rushing Illecillewaet River. This excursion is a perfect blend of calm, scenic stretches, but it also features short stretches of class 2 to 3+ rapids – just enough to get your heart racing. You’ll get wet and have fun, all while keeping your feet and legs above the water.

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You can find fun in the air as well with one of the most famous zipline parks in the world: the Sky Trek Adventure Park. Located just 15 minutes from Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Skytrek features three exciting adventure courses built for all ages and abilities. A popular pick is their High Ropes Challenge Course, where you can climb from tree to tree on ladders, scramble up nets, rush over suspended bridges or swinging logs, slide from tree to tree on skateboards and, of course, fly down ziplines at breathtaking speeds.

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Nature lovers can get their thrill fill too. Considering the abundance of rugged mountain landscape, you’ll never find a shortage of wildlife in Revelstoke. Whether it’s a rambling black bear looking for some summer supper, or a giant grizzly ambling down the mountain, the animals never cease to excite. Popular parks include: Blanket Creek Provincial Park Martha Creek Provincial Park, Shelter Bay Provincial Park and perhaps the most famed of the group, Glacier National Park. With over 400 natural glaciers, ghost hotels, railways, and the famed Rogers Pass, this place is full of historic sights and sounds that attract tourists from all over the world.

Finally, if a little speed is what you need, then mountain biking is the way to go. Fast becoming the most popular sport of choice for the summer season in the city, there are a number of bike rental companies, tour companies and hotels (like ours) that rent out bikes to those seeking some two-wheel fun. Routes range from the straight and narrow (literally), to vertical challenges that tempt the best world-class bikers from all around. Our very own Revelstoke Mountain has some excellent paths too, whether you’re looking for something leisurely and fun or something intense and out of this world.

Extreme vacationing can be great, but after a long day there comes the time when you’ll want to sit back, unwind and recuperate. That’s where we come in. After all, we’re extreme too…extremely comfortable.


Click here for more information on The Sutton Place Revelstoke Mountain Resort and our great summer packages.

No Father’s Day Until 1972?

Being a good father is no easy task, hence why there is an entire day to celebrate dear old Dad.  Though in our modern times Father’s Day is widely considered to be the day where Pops gets treated to some manly man time via his lovely offspring. You might be surprised to know that the official celebration was actually the brain child of a …woman.

That’s right; this entire holiday was originally created by a lovely lady named Sonora Smart Dodd. Back in the early 1900s Sonora was impressed by Anna Jarvis’ successful campaign for an official Mother’s Day, and wanted to follow suit by creating a day to celebrate fathers.

Because her old man was a hardworking single parent who raised her and her five siblings all by himself, Dodd trooped around the United States spreading the word about a national day to commemorate the efforts of all fathers nationwide.

Though Father’s Day seems so normal now, the campaign astonishingly received a lot of criticism way back in the day – mostly from men who thought that is was piggy backing off of the much hyped and now official (1914) Mother’s Day. In addition, many felt that the holiday was just a ruse to create another money-making commercial holiday. In fact, many big-name newspapers actually featured several sarcastic cartoons about the proposed celebration.

The backlash, however, didn’t stop companies from supporting the unofficial holiday. Many of them advertised and promoted their products even joking about its contentious nature. There were also several US presidents who supported the creation of the official day, but public resistance continued all the way until the late ‘60s!

It wasn’t until 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson finally issued the first presidential proclamation honouring fathers (set for the third week of June). Even then, his proclamation wasn’t strong enough to garner an immediate response.  It took six more years, when President Nixon was in office, for the bill to receive its official status as a national holiday… and thank goodness, because it was already 1972!

Now internationally celebrated and widely accepted, this holiday, despite its prickly history, really is important because both single and married fathers everywhere put in a great amount of effort to be the best parents that they can be. That is why The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver wants to recognize these hard working individuals with a brunch especially for Dad.

Just a few of the many delectable delights featured in our special Father’s Day Brunch buffet!

Featuring everything from a fresh raw bar to delicious meats, custom-made omelettes and slow roasted Prime Rib, you can satisfy any hungry man/Dad. Plus, there’s live jazz, delicious mimosas and if he’s got a sweet tooth, endless pastries and chocolate delights for his day of manly indulgence. The icing on the cake?  All Dads at the brunch can enter to win the Ultimate Father’s Day Golf-and-Go Getaway which includes:

• Use of a 2013 Infiniti JX for a week (Monday – Friday)
• A full vehicle detailing
• Round of golf for four at Furry Creek Golf & Country Club

A peek at the nice set of wheels Dad and his pals get to use for the week!

Not too shabby for dear old Daddy, eh? Click here for more info on our special Father’s Day Brunch.

Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads out there!

It IS Easy Being Green

With the global population booming, pollution levels rising and consumption rates ever increasing, it’s no surprise that green initiatives around the world are now in vogue. Though much more than a trend, saving our precious planet and resources will likely be a movement that sticks. 

In contrast to that famous Kermit song “It’s not Easy Being Green”, over the years our Sutton Place Hotels have found that being eco-conscious is easier than you’d think, and it all starts with the little things. 

Some of our more popular green efforts have included:

Our Earth Hour ‘Turn Off the Lights’ Initiative: The Sutton Place Hotels across the board turned off the lights in their building for one hour. Hotel guests were also invited to participate by switching off all non-essential lighting, computers, televisions and appliances during that particular hour.

Our Earth Friendly Dinner: The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver dimmed the lights in their Fleuri Restaurant and developed a power conservative, ‘Earth Friendly’ menu that cut down on the use of electricity as much as possible.

The city of Revelstoke, home to The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort, led B.C. in rankings of power conservation during 2012’s Earth Hour.

Our involvement in the ‘Green-Key Global’ program: Both our Vancouver and Edmonton properties hold ‘4 Green-Key Eco-Ratings’ through the Green-Key Global program. Among some of the requirements for this high rating include sustainable practices in the areas of:

  • Energy conservation
  • Water conservation
  • Solid waste management
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Indoor air quality
  • Community outreach
  • Building infrastructure
  • Land use
  • Environmental management

 

What do these sustainable practices really entail? Everything from recycling cardboard and paper to recycling organic waste and using energy efficient lights. Even better, the rating assesses more than what our hotels do themselves; it assesses how our hotels encourage guests to be eco-savvy too.  For example we encourage our guests to: reuse towels, turn off the lights, and to generally be conscious of what practices can help the world.

We are certainly proud to receive one of the highest environmental ratings around, but even more than that, we are excited about how proactive and involved our guests are. A recent survey of Expedia consumers found that 80% were aware of most hotels environmentally sustainable efforts. In addition, 4 out of ten consumers felt that green practices, such as ‘indoor air quality’ were important to their hotel choice criteria.

That means, slowly but surely, people are letting their eco-senses help them make educated decisions about what they buy or where they stay.

With that said, we think Kermit may have to rethink the lyrics to that song sometime soon. After all, he was always ahead of the times don’t you think?

For more information about Sutton’s 4 Green-Key Eco-Rating click here.

To see our full ‘Earth Friendly’ article in Vancouver’s Metro Newspaper click here.