Summer 2013 Preview
Mount Washington has a lot of fun on tap this summer, from a new festival called ‘Tapped’ to Mile High Adventures on the scenic chairlift. “We’re going to be focusing on scenic chair rides and hiking,” Director of Business Services and Marketing Don Sharpe said.
The Mile High Chairlift still offers awesome panoramic views of Georgia Strait, the Comox Valley and Strathcona Provincial Park, and it’s still reasonably priced, he added.
There are hiking trails visitors can take to walk back down to the Alpine Lodge, and there will be some geocaching events at the Resort this year. Once visitors get to the top of the chairlift they can plot out their own inukshuks in preparation for the Inukshuk Building Contest on Aug. 2 - 3. The contest ran successfully last year, Sharpe said.
Inukshuk, the singular of inuksuit, means "in the likeness of a human" in the Inuit language. Inukshuks are monuments made of stones that are used by the Inuit in Canada’s north for communication and survival. The traditional meaning of the inukshuk is "someone was here”.
Inukshuks were made famous in British Columbia during the 2010 Winter Olympics, which used the inukshuk for its emblem.
Tapped, slated for July 12 at Raven Lodge, replaces Suds and Scotch. “It will be more food related,” Sharpe said. The Beer Festival will include a beer seminar hosted by Cascadia Liquor Courtenay General Manager Jeff Lucas, tastings, live music and a pig roast in the middle of the courtyard.
The Alpine Wine and Food Festival is slated for Aug. 9-10 at Raven Lodge. This year’s festival includes a wine tour of three local wineries on the Saturday prior to the wine pairing dinner back at Raven Lodge in the evening.
Raven Lodge will be a busy place this summer with a full slate of weddings.
The Resort plays host to Mud, Sweat and Tears Adventure Race on Aug. 17. The event promises to draw hundreds to participate and watch people crawling, climbing, swimming and dragging themselves through seven different extreme adventure stations, in five-kilometre, 10 km and monster style.
The Bearclaw Invitational Slopestyle bike event returns Aug. 23–24.