Tonnie Ride Season

Date Posted: April 30, 2014


The toonie season is here and it is open to everyone! No matter if you are a hardcore rider out to win or a first-timer out to enjoy the ride.

Sponsored by local businesses and organizations, the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA) hosts a Toonie Ride every Thursday for 20 weeks over the summer months in Whistler. Why is it called a Toonie Ride? Because it only costs $2 (a toonie) to take part. Half of the entry fees from each race go towards WORCA’s trail maintenance fund. The other half are awarded to the top finishers.

Although the top finishers are usually hard core riders who use these Toonie Rides as part of their training for big events, including nationals and World Cups, these rides are for everyone. When you arrive at the first Toonie Ride of the season, you will find tha it is really more of a social event. Although there is that group of hardcore riders decked out in their spandex with their eyes on the prize, the atmosphere is really one of high fives, talk, and fun. These races are open to everyone – young and old, expert and beginner and this all adds to the social vibe of the ride.

Now, they call it a ride but is it really a ride or is it a race? Well, with everyone going in the same direction and following the same course, it really is a race but at the same time it is all just fun and usually ends with apres at a local watering hole – and really, what kind of race finishes with a cold beer, food, and good conversation? There are prizes for the top finishers but most people are really there for the experience – to explore the trails, get some exercise, socialize, and have fun!

Where do the Toonie Races take place? Each week the course is set by the amazing community sponsors so it is always different – in terms of length, route, and difficulty. I would say that the average course falls somewhere in between a cycle on the Valley Trail and Crankworx – now that is a big span so it is best to review the course map each week so that you know in advance what you are getting into.


A Few Tips & Tricks

  • The Start: Races always start at 6:30 (with sign-in starting at 5:30). If you have your eye on the prize, be there early so that you can get a start position near the front of the pack. The later you arrive, the further towards the back you will be. If you are looking to move at your own pace with no pressure coming up behind you, position yourself near the back of the group so that you won’t have to be constantly stopping and starting to let the faster riders pass you. Some, but not all, races have a staggered start.
  • The Crowds: These rides are very popular so there will always be crowding at the beginning and sometimes at the more technical sections. Just remember that if you are feeling crowded, so is everyone else so it is all part of the experience.
  • Walking: Remember, these races are open to everyone so if you get to a section that is to difficult for you then don’t worry! It is perfectly acceptable and expected for you to hop off of your bike and walk until you feel ready to ride again. If you are walking and a rider comes up behind you, just move off to the side and let them pass.
  • Rules & Regulations: Helmets are required at all times for all riders. Bikes should be in good working order and you are responsible for supplying your own on-course water and repair kits.

The first Toonie Ride of the 2014 Season

The first Toonie Ride of the 2014 summer season is on May 1

You can find the rest of the 2014 Toonie Ride schedule here. Will I see you out at any of this year’s Toonie Rides?

The Pemberton Spring Gala

Date Posted: April 24, 2014

It is time to party for a good cause in Pemberton!

On Saturday April 23rd get ready to have a good time and raise funds for the Downtown Community Barn in Pemberton. There will be a 9 hole golf tournament at the Meadows Golf Course at 3:30 for all the golf enthusiasts. All the other fun begins at 6pm at the Black Squirrel Restaurant where there will be live music, a silent auction, and more!


You can follow the Community Barn Facebook page for project updates and events.

Getting Ready for Spring

Date Posted: April 16, 2014

Beautiful spring evening in Whistler village

Are you and your home ready for spring?

Spring has sprung in Whistler and as the snow and ice melt away, it is time to turn your attention to your home and get ready for spring. For your convenience, I have compiled a list of small tasks that have big impact to give your home a mini-facelift for spring.

Outdoor Maintenance

  1. Lighting – Clean all light fixtures and replace all burnt-out lights with energy-saving bulbs.
  2. Decks/Patios – Power wash and, if necessary, refinish and repaint your decks and patios.
  3. Outdoor Furniture – Pull your outdoor furniture out of storage, making sure to wipe it all down. Spray a fresh coat of paint on furniture and replace any worn cushions.
  4. Garden Hoses & Faucets – Check all garden hoses for holes and ensure that no damage occurred to faucets as a result of freezing during the winter.
  5. Grill – Clean and condition your grill so that it is ready at a moments notice for your first BBQ.
  6. Windows – While you have your power washer out, this is the perfect time to wash your windows.
  7. Firewood – Move any firewood that you have stocked into storage areas, at least 18 inches off the ground and 2 feet from your home.
  8. Door – Give your door some love with a fresh coat of pain. Polish the hinges and door knobs, and make sure that your doorbell works.
  9. Walkway – Snow, salt, and cold can wreak havoc on your walkways and driveways so take this time to patch any cracks and replace loose bricks/pavers. A good power-washer can make a world of difference.
  10. Gutters – Clear your gutters and downspouts before the spring rains.
  11. Clean & Repair – Clear away cobwebs, tighten wobbly railings, and repaint posts and supports if necessary.

Indoor Maintenance

  1. Furnace / HVAC System – If you have reusable filters, remove them and wash them down with a hose. Otherwise, you should replace them to ensure that your system is as efficient as possible.
  2. Air Conditioning – Test your AC system and make sure it is in working order. If you wait until the first hot day and discover it doesn’t work, it will be much more difficult to find someone to fix it.
  3. Windows – Wash all your windows and replace or repair all damaged screens.
  4. Smoke Detectors / Fire Alarms – Replace batteries and clean out the dust from around the covers.
  5. Humidifiers – Clean and store any humidifiers so they are ready to pull out next fall/winter.
  6. Carpets – Deep cleaning your carpets with a steam cleaner is a spring cleaning must.
  7. Refrigerator / Freezer – If you have a coil-back refrigerator, you should vacuum the coils at least twice a year for maximum efficiency. Defrost your freezer and wipe down the interior and exterior of both appliances. For maximum freshness, place a new box of baking soda in the fridge.

Garden Maintenance

  1. Make a plan – Think about what you want in your garden before you get started and make sure that you have everything you need on hand.
  2. Garden Tools – Pull all of those garden tools out of storage and make sure all blades are sharp and ready to use.
  3. Lawnmower – Make sure your lawnmower is in working order and, if necessary, take it in for a service.
  4. Clear Leaves – Clear away any leaves leftover from fall. A think blanket of leaves can smother emerging perennials.
  5. Weeds and Prep – Pull any weeds that have sprouted and fertilize and/or put down a layer of compost or composted manure on your gardens. Get out your large pots or other containers, clean them, and put them in place so they are ready to be filled. A well placed pot or hanging basket not only ads colour but can also hide any unattractive aspects of your house or yard.
  6. Pruning – Prune and trim any deadwood or winter-damaged limbs from shrubs and trees. Remove any obstructive plants and overgrown shrubbery.
  7. Starting Seeds – Now is the time to get some seed started indoors. Place them in windows with bright, but not too intense, light.

Take a lookie, have a cookie

Date Posted: April 3, 2014


Getting your home ready to sell or living in your home while it is on the market?

If you want to make your home look like it is worth every penny, putting your home’s best foot forward is a must. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Depersonalize – Let potential buys picture themselves living in your home by removing all family photos. Let your home be a warm, but blank canvas by repainting brightly coloured walls a more neutral shade and simplifying quirky decorating.
  2. De-clutter – Get rid off personal items, nick-nacks, mail piles, etc. Store toys, work supplies, TV remotes, pet beds, etc. out of sight.
  3. Check for deficiencies – You don’t want torn screen, cracked plaster, or burnt out lights to tarnish potential buyer’s impression of your home. Take some time to check that your home is in tip-top shape.
  4. Think of scale – Your living room may have a huge, comfortable sofa that you adore, but if it makes the room look small then it has to go. Move extra furnishings into storage so that each room has a good balance of furniture whiteout being too cluttered, or too empty. Aim for small groupings of furniture that match the scale of your room and have lots of room to move around them.
  5. Clear the kitchen – Clear all the clutter off of your kitchen counters and clean, clean, clean. Store all small appliances out of sight, out of mind. Keep a single bowl of fruit or vase holding utensils and that is about it. Make sure stove tops, counters, and all other surfaces are clean.
  6. Simple Updates – If you are a little handy, make some simple updates to improve the look of your home. A handy person can add a gorgeous backslash in the kitchen with low budget. Repaint or refinish worn cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms. Add some splash by replacing boring bathroom mirrors with a nice, simple framed one.
  7. Clean – Hire a professional cleaner to come in and do a deep clean of your home. If you will be living in your home while it is on the market, make sure to do a surface clean before all showings. Spritz your home sparingly with a nice scent or open windows for fresh mountain air.
  8. Fresh linens – Make sure all visible linens (tea towels, chair cushions, oven mitts, bedding, etc.) look brand new and hung or folded nicely.
  9. Bedrooms – Tidy all bedrooms. Make sure beds are made, side tables are de-cluttered, toys are put away. Add some new pillows, crisp white linens, and/or a throw at the end of the bed.
  10. Curb Appeal – The outside of your home should look as great as the inside. In winter, make sure you have shoveled and cleared ice. In the summer, trim bushed, care for your landscaping, add an urn of seasonal flowers, clean windows, and fix up the exterior paint.
  11. Stand back and let it shine – If you are living in your home while it is on the market, take your kids and/or pets to the park, or step out for a coffee with friends during showings.

Take some inspiration from the seller of my listing at #3 Landings. Ashlie really knows how to go the extra mile and made some fresh baked cookies for a showing this afternoon!

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REDUCED! #204 Marketplace Lodge – NOW SOLD

Date Posted: April 1, 2014

$30,000 Price Reduction

If you want a renovated one bedroom and den in the Village this is it! It’s the most affordable 1.5 bedroom, phase 1 currently on the market. The open floor plan condo features a sunny, south west facing deck and a gas fireplace.  Flexible zoning allows for full time usage or rentals. Sold furnished and GST is not applicable. More >>

Was listed at: $399,000

Now listed at: $309,000

Contact me for more details!