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Sunday, February 4, 2007 capital news A19

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Watery wildlife and a good night’s sleep

from Gulf Islands A18 of the islands, and then—the
best part of all—enjoy a guar-
pinot noir, and the equally anteed good night’s sleep.
notable gerwerztraminer. There is something about the
Enjoy a light lunch in the
The Gulf Islands
gentle rocking of a boat at an-
outdoor bistro as you gaze chor, the lapping of the waves were named by Cap-
over the 60-acre vineyard. and the cozy cabins that en-
It would seem that the tain George Vancou-
sures a peaceful sleep. And
vines were planted for your this is just one of the islands ver after the “Gulf of
viewing pleasure, as they are in the spectacular archipelago
nestled between the Pacific that is the Gulf Islands!
Georgia,” a historic-
Ocean and the soaring sand- On a five- day sailing ad- al misnomer for the
stone and granite cliffs. venture, you’ll also visit Salt-
But the two scenes ac- spring, known for its art stu-
Strait of Georgia.


tually create an eco-climate dios and craft markets. Salt-
similar to the Northern Medi- spring is the only Gulf Island
terranean with the heat of the not named after a ship or a
summer sun warming the ship’s captain. Saltspring is rich in hist-
land, with the ocean provid- Early explorers discov- ory for a small island, partly
ing some cooling. ered two briny springs on the due to the local interest in pre-
This is the perfect climate island, neither of which is of serving the history.
for producing grapes in a note today. Saltspring how- Back onboard Southern
most picturesque vineyard. ever, does boast 22 ocean Dawn II, the binoculars are
Walk the beaches at Win- beaches—four of which are handy, and the well-stocked
ter Cove Marine Park, and designated swimming library will help to bring more
you’ll experience some of beaches. of the islands’ histories and
the wildlife that frequents the Rent a bike or take a hike. special attractions to the fore.
area. Southern Dawn II crew will Meanwhile, on the sail
Particularly, the sea lions prepare a picnic for you, and back to Sidney, guests have an
are common along this shore you can explore this unique opportunity to take the helm
as they make their way to and island all day. on this performance yacht,
from the Secretary Islands. A well-preserved petro- or sit back and relax- maybe
These animals can weigh up glyph at Drummond Park at- even think about renaming
to 1,000 lbs and are known tests to the fact that the Coast these islands—just for the
for their intelligence and their Salish were here, as on the fun of it: Magic, Spectacular
noisy barking. Keep your other islands, thousands of and Unforgettable are a few
camera handy and watch too, years earlier. names that come to mind.
for the eagles and kingfishers
and seals.
By early evening, head

Saddle Rose Tours
back to the yacht where an
assortment of hot and cold
appetizers await you. Din-
ner will be served shortly— We Pick Up at your Door en route!
a gourmet menu customized Contributed
to your likes and needs, and CameraS Should be at-the-ready to capture the sea life as seen from the deck of the yacht. GAMBLING TOURS
paired with award winning
wines.
Feb. 6-8 • Mill Bay Casino - 3 days $
139 (dbl. occ.)
After dessert, relax, read, Feb. 9 • Kelowna/Penticton - Day trip gambling, includes $
60 (p/p)
lunch
share the stories and histories
Feb. 13-15 • Valentine’s Day Special - River Rock Casino
Resort
$
179-$239 (p/p)
Feb. 20 • Kamloops Day Trip Gambling - includes lunch 60 (p/p) $
763-6133 w w w. s u n f u n t o u r s . c a
1603 Bertram Street, Kelowna Feb. 26-28 • Casino of the Rockies - 3 days 179 (p/p)
$
SILVER REEF CASINO • Feb. 28, Mar. 26, May 9, June 18 - 3 Days ...$189
COEUR D’ALENE • March 5 - 4 Days.......$219 • March 28 - 3 Days.......$159
March 1-3 • Paul Anka - River Rock Resort
$
279-$365
(dbl. occ.)

SKAGIT VALLEY CASINO • Mar. 5, 28 - 4 Days .............................................$219 TOUR HIGHLIGHTS FEBRUARY TO JUNE
OKANOGAN bINGO CASINO • Mar. 3, 31 - 2 Days ........................................... $99
RENO • Feb. *10,*24, Mar. *10, 17,*24 - 8 Days ............................from $289
Feb. 17 & 18 • Revelstoke Theatre - 2 days - “Casa-
blanca” and “Maltese Falcon”
$
230 (p/p) (dbl. occ.)
Less $15 EB discount

*Guaranteed Departure March 26 • Douglas Lake Ranch - Tour and lunch $
80 (p/p)
CHELAN & MILL bAY • Feb. 13, Mar. 12- 3 Days ........................................$140
wENDOVER • Feb. 18, Mar. 4, Apr. 1, 29 - 7 Days ...........................from $289
April 2-5/07 • Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
$
675 discount
(p/p) Less $25 EB
to 1st 16

SpRINGTIME IN LAUGHLIN • Mar. 13 - 11 Days ...........................................$614 $
320 (p/p)discount
April 18-19 • “Stars on Ice” - Vancouver Less EB
EASTER AT SILVER REEF • Apr. 6 - 4 Days .....................................................$289
SKAGIT TULIpS & SILVER REEF • Apr. 10 - 4 Days .....................................$269 159 (p/p)
$
2 Seats
April 21 • “Il Divo” - Kelowna Left

LAS VEGAS INCL. wENDOVER & MESqUITE • Apr. 12 ...............................$644
April 26-28 • “42nd Street” Massey Theatre - Vancouver
$
485 (p/p)EBLess $20
CALGARY’S DEERFOOT INN & CASINO • Apr. 17 - 4 Days ........................$375 discount

CRANbROOK & KIMbERLEY • Apr. 23 - 4 Days ............................................$220 May 3-6 • Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tour
$
1170 (p/p)discount
Less EB

ORGEON COAST GAMbLE ADVENTURE • May 6 - 6 Days .........................$420
June 13-July 1 • Alaska Highway - 19 days - Phone for Itinerary.
SOUTH DAKOTA & YELLOwSTONE • May 6 -11 Days ..............................$1014
CANYONLANDS OF THE SOUTH • May 21 - 11 Days ...................................$999 Toll Free 1-866-444-0644 for details
bARKERVILLE & bILLY bARKER CASINO • May 23 - 3 days .....................$189 e-mail: SADDLE_ROSE@telus.net
B.C. Registration #3686-4
BC Reg#3015-5 All Prices based on Dbl., subject to change. All Discounts if applicable included. GST extra.

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