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Chinese Visa Applications Soar on Cheaper Loonie

February 27th, 2015

The downtrodden loonie has found a new friend in China.

Armed with a currency that buys 12 per cent more Canadian dollars than six months ago, Chinese travellers and businessmen are clamouring for visas to cross the Pacific.

In January, Chinese applications for visas to Canada climbed 51 per cent over last January, rising to roughly 15,000 in a month that is typically among the year’s slowe ...

Whistler's Peak 2 Peak Gondola nabs two 2015 Guinness Records

February 27th, 2015

Soaring high above Whistler’s valley floor, the Peak 2 Peak Gondola has carried over two million visitors to Whistler Blackcomb since its 2008 launch. Now Peak 2 Peak can add Guinness World Record holder, twice over, to its accomplishments.

In the 2015 Edition of the Guinness World Records Book, the gondola is recognized record-holder for “highest cable car above ground” (436 metres) and “lo ...

Pippa Middleton rates Whistler one of best ski resorts in world

February 27th, 2015

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Sister of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, calls Whistler's bowls 'mind-blowing'

CBC News Posted: Feb 26, 2015 4:36 PM PT Last Updated: Feb 26, 2015 4:36 PM PT

Pippa Middleton has given Whistler the almost-Royal seal of approval, naming the B.C. ski resort one of the best in the world in a column for Vanity Fair.

Rubbing shoulders with glamorous destinations such as Saint-Moritz, Courchevel a ...

Quiz: Guess the Listing Price

February 27th, 2015
Stanley Park is the gem of Vancouver and offers fantastic attractions nestled amongst beautiful scenery. But how much would it cost to live in this neighbourhood?  Click here to take the quiz.

Will The Bank of Canada Cut Rates Again in March?

February 27th, 2015
When OPEC’s supply standoff initiated oil’s price slide last November, few foresaw just how quickly the commodity’s value would plunge. Equally surprising was how rapidly Canada’s economic policy makers reacted with a January rate cut that caught many – including the big banks – off guard. Now, as the next Overnight Lending Rate announcement looms on March 4th, borrowers and economists specul ...

Consumer Price Index February 2015

February 26th, 2015
The Consumer Price Index (CPI)inched higher in January as a result of lower fuel costs. Over the past twelve months the CPI increased just 1 per cent. The Core CPI, which excludes fuel, food and other volatile components, increased 2.4 per cent over the same period. While core inflation was slightly above the Bank of Canada (BoC) target of 2 per
cent, inflationary pressures in Canada appear mo ...

55 41050 TANTALUS Road, Squamish, British Columbia

February 24th, 2015

I just finished uploading this Townhouse for sale, 55 41050 TANTALUS Road, Squamish, British Columbia

Beautifully appointed end unit townhome in Greenside Estates offering 3 bedrms, 2.5 bthrms, 2 gas fireplaces, central vacuum, large double car garage, 2 decks off the bedrooms & extra windows. The interior has been freshly painted & the exterior of the complex was painted last year. This unit ...

Spring-like Whistler Blackcomb gets rave reviews

February 23rd, 2015

A video shot this week at Whistler Blackcomb has skiers and boarders singing the praises of the spring-like conditions at the top of the mountains.

Despite bare-looking Lower Mainland mountains, Whistler still has lots of snow in the alpine. The video features testimonials from locals and tourists — from as far away as Germany and Ketchikan, Alaska — who are beaming widely and soaking up the ...

Fun things to do along the Sea to Sky Corridor

February 23rd, 2015

Vancouverites travel along the Sea to Sky Corridor (Highway 99), running from Vancouver to the north of Whistler year round.

Those who seek outdoor adventure, forest beaches, pristine lakes use the road in summer, while in the winter months the desire to ski and snowboard in Whistler have people zipping up and down the highway as often as they can.

While there can be no denying the import ...

55 Greenside Estates Twonhome $585,000

February 23rd, 2015
      I have Just listed #55 Greenside Estates in Squamish;  1,919 SQ FT, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2 gas fireplaces (one in the master suite) 2 decks off the bedrooms, double car garage, corner/end unit townhome backing onto greenspace.  Recently upgraded with new carpeting, engineered flooring, new stove & dishwasher, fresh paint (inside)  and an alarm system has been installed.  Immaculate & ...
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