Jervis Inlet PropertyBreaking news from a gentleman who owns property North of Pender Harbour and who is looking for “investors” or Hotel Brands that have capital and would be interested in branding the boutique or investing in his plan to make a world-class hotel and resort & spa.

Jervis Inlet Resort will be the first 5-star branded mountain and oceanfront resort, spa and marina in North America.

Included is:
1. Project Summary
2. Pro Forma
3. Master Plan
4. Brochure
Plus three pictures of the view from the top of Mt Calder. Please note the mountain is higher than all three local mountains with from snow from November until late May.
To learn more about this amazing opportunity to either invest or to help brand this new resort, please contact Elke Porter at 604 828 8788.
More details can be seen below:

Opportunity details





06 Dec 2017
December 6, 2017

Selling Spring Valley Ranch

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Ranch Inside HouseSpring Valley Ranch is truly a pastoral luxury with a distinctive “less is more” approach, exhibiting clean architectural lines, subdued use of wood and stone. The architecture complements the massive granite laced mountains and hidden by groves of beautiful pine trees. There are exquisite gardens and an equestrian center with stables and custom built, heated tack rooms.  Impeccably maintained and meticulous in thought, the property features a 5,900-square-foot, timber-beamed home with six bedrooms and four bathrooms (three of which have jacuzzis).

More than 240 acres of idyllic and hidden retreat absolutely defies the imagination and defines the very best of authentic, rustic ranch lifestyle that lies just about an hour outside of Los Angeles.  Extremely private and pristine – this exclusive sanctuary has hosted many extravagant events, for high-level figures including Nobel Prize winners and avid equestrian enthusiasts.

Horses at Spring Valley RanchImmediately adjacent to the ranch is an endless 100,000+ acres of Los Padres National Forest offering more area than one could possibly explore. Though bucolic and unpretentious, the ranch features state-of-the-art qualities and creature comforts to make the perfect retreat now and well into the future. An exceptional infrastructure is in place with all utilities – electricity, telephones, television, propane, etc. – planned with foresight and adaptability to accommodate changes with future technological improvements, and all underground to preserve the beauty and integrity of the natural landscape. Close to the main residence are several comfortable staff accommodations with bathrooms and laundry facilities.

To keep the inviting outdoor spaces looking their best, senior water rights accompany the ranch with a multitude of natural springs and seasonal spring-fed creeks.

Spring Valley Ranch in SnowHighlights include:

  • The Great Room is two stories high with 12 French doors, hand-built custom fireplace built by New Mexico Indians, and sweeping grand views of the property to the stables and barn.
  • Four Luxurious horse barns to house eight horses, attached to four 40’x40′ corrals and pastures of 5, 7 and 10 acres. Miles and miles for horses to graze and roam freely. Heated drinking facilities for horses in winter time. Outside and inside horse showers with heated water for the winter time.
  • With the 6,000 feet elevation this secluded retreat brings snow with Winter White Holidays and opportunities for cross country skiing and other fun winter activities.

See more here:!/

This is one place for the person who wants everything at the same time:  luxury and a relaxed lifestyle…

Globe Conference 2016Soon, there will be a GLOBE Forum and Innovation Expo, where global leaders from business, government and civil society come together to manage risk and capitalize on opportunities in the clean economy, once again.

The Innovation Expo is a global showcase of sustainable products, services, and ideas from various countries, such as Austria, Switzerland and Germany fresh off the lab bench…

You will:

  • Discover the very latest in clean technologies and advanced environmental products and services.
  • Learn about sustainable business practices and interact with thousands of influential global leaders from business and government.

Four Reasons to Attend the Innovation Expo

  • Find a cutting-edge solution to an entrenched or emerging challenge
  • Discover the very latest in clean technologies and advanced environmental products and services
  • Explore investment and joint funding opportunities with a diverse range of organizations, including angel and venture capitalists, economic development agencies, and funding organizations
  • Access more than 70 sessions and presentations in the Expo Presentation Theatres. Stay tuned for the theatre programs and schedules

Local Address:

Vancouver Convention Centre
East Building
999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6C 3T4

Get Involved:

In addition to the GLOBE Forum and Innovation Expo taking place, GLOBE Series and a diverse group of partners host a range of on- and off-site activities. Made up of more than 30 affiliate events, from corporate sustainability meetings to workshops, roundtables and training modules, GLOBE Week is where new ideas, collaborations and partnerships take root.

To host an Official GLOBE Week event, you can still contact:

Nancy Wright
Chief Operating Officer


30 Nov 2017
November 30, 2017

Who will be Competing at Whistler?

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Andreas Wank - GermanyANDREAS WANK: GERMANY

Andreas Wank is the most successful Olympic athlete to compete in the Callaghan Valley since the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in 2010. With a silver in the team event on the large hill here in 2010 and a gold in Sochi he is undoubtedly a top competitor. Wank’s list of accolades extends to two FIS World Championship team silvers and two individual World Cup podiums.  See more here:

Klemens MurankaKLEMENS MURANKA: Poland

With 8 Continental Cup wins over the last few seasons, Muranka is a serious contender to win this year at Whistler. Muranka has also found success at the elite level with 2 World Cup team podiums and team bronze at the 2015 World Championships in Sweden, as well as 3 World Juniors team medals, a gold and 2 silvers. See more here:

Tom Hilde NorwayTOM HILDE: Norway

With 3 individual World Cup wins and 15 individual podiums, Tom Hilde is a seriously decorated athlete. Hilde is one the few competitors competing at Whistler who also competed in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games where he won bronze in the team competition with Norway. Hilde has also won 4 World Championship silver medals and a bronze ski flying world championship medal, definitely putting him among the favourites at Whistler. See more here:

Men’s & Ladies FIS Cups: December 7 & 8, 2017 Men’s FIS Continental Cup: December 9 & 10, 2017

For further information, please contact:
TEL: 403-669-0630






Celebrating 8 Years of Vancouver Christmas Market!

Some things have changed, but some things have stayed the same. There are still lights, booths, the carousel, but also new vendors, new activities for children –  kids who complete the scavenger hunt earn a free ride on the carousel – and new, at least to me, “Flying Stage” on the second storey of the Christmas Pyramid, right above the Glühwein!  You can also take some pictures right inside the Alpine Haus at the “North Pole” that has been set up there.

For my German, Swiss and Austrian readers who have been spoiled with a wealth of Christmas Markets back home, the biggest complaint is having to pay an entrance fee, but there are still deals, groupons and other specials to be had.  If you order online, you also receive a complimentary seasons pass, so that is worth it. This year, entrance fees are $10 for Adults, $9 for Seniors, $5 for children ages 7 to 12 and 6 and under are Free.

Get your tickets here at this link:

There are also discounts available for groups of 12 or more or if you show up before 4 pm on Weekdays.

  • A change that was made is that the Market, with over 75 vendors, has now been split into three main areas:  Handwerkgasse (Artisan Alley), which includes Zotter Chocolates, Candymeister and Sonnentor Tea.
  • Marktplatz (Eats and Treats), which includes Freybe Brat Haus, Das Bavarian & Pretzel Haus, Das Lachs Haus (Salmon), Das Schnitzel Haus, Das Kartoffel Haus and Das Waffle Haus.  Suddenly I am starving!
  • There are also Kaufmannsgasse (Merchant Alley) and the “Tannenbaum Terrace” (Christmas Tree Terrace).

I really saw an effort to be more German and to have more German signage. I appreciate that and felt it was much more authentic.  There were also many Herrnhuter Stars placed at every booth and other strategic places around the venue.  Beautiful.

Walk-in Christmas Tree

This is North America’s first 30-foot walk-in Christmas Tree with around 36,000 lights – room for the whole family inside!


This is the booth of My Brilliant Star that sells traditional Herrnhuter Christmas Stars –

Herrnhuter Sterne

This is what is officially known as “Kaufmannsgasse” or “Merchant Alley”. Includes Herrnhuter Sterne (Stars), German Steins and Das Stollen Haus.

Christmas Market in the rain

Be dazzled by the glittering carousel, a 30-foot tall walk-in Christmas tree boasting 36,000 twinkling lights, live entertainment, and a multitude of festive family activities. (from their website, although ©Photo Credit is Elke Porter)

Beer Tent

Malte Kluetz, President of the Vancouver Christmas Market, in the Alpine Haus, letting us know what we can expect in the warmth of the best beer tent in Vancouver!

Alpine Haus at the #vanchristmas

A nice warm place to eat your Bratwurst and Brezel, and to savour your Gluehwein and Erdinger Beer…


A large heated tent with stunning water views and plenty of seating, the Alpine Haus provides a cozy place to socialize, eat, drink, and recharge for more holiday fun!


Karussell beim Weihnachtsmarkt

This is a picture of the Authentic German Carousel, but if you look closely, you can see the umbrella covering the Starbucks coffee in the front left … kind of made me laugh as it is so “VANCOUVER” –


Pyramid, Flying Stage, Gluehwein

This has got to be my favourite part of the Christmas Market – too cool!

New North Pole

The North Pole has somehow made its way to the Alpine Haus and is there for selfies and other pictures…



Alpine Haus – stay warm and dry while you eat & drink and are merry!

Giant cookie

Is this Holly or Jolly? If it is Jolly, that makes two of us! Thanks to the volunteer who took the picture!

Gluehwein Cup

Never thought I’d enjoy drinking out of a shoe so much!

Menu for Gluehwein

Das Menü for the Gluehwein – basically with or without alcohol and with or without gingerbread. Then do you want the collectors or vintage mug?


Elke in treeJack Poole PlazaDas Apfel HausAlpine GiftsDas Nutcracker HausGoulasch Haus
You can also enjoy nightly entertainment.Here is where you can find out what is playing: Entertainment seems to be focussing more on Canadian or International Artists this year, rather than German, but at least this performer has performed in Germany:

Melanie Dekker

Melanie Dekker: A voice like chocolate. 100 concerts a year. A soulful roots-pop entertainer. A songbird and prolific writer who has created fantastic hit songs and 6 albums. Her percussive guitar style and warm lyrics quickly fire up your heart. She’s opened for Faith Hill, Chaka Khan, Bryan Adams & headlined folk festivals in Canada, Germany, Denmark & Estonia.


4:30PM – 6:30PM
4:30PM – 6:30PMHer website is here:

A Christmas Concert by the German Consulate was held November 23 for the German Community!

A Christmas Concert presented by the German Consulate featuring Rosemary Siemens and Eli Bennett. If you missed it, there are some snippets online (you may have to scroll a bit)

Her website is here:







Von Denis Hercog:

Liebe deutschsprachige Community in Vancouver,

vielleicht ein paar Worte vorab zu mir: Vor etwa fünf Monaten habe ich einen Entschluss gefasst: Es wurde Zeit für eine Veränderung, es wurde Zeit ein neues Kapitel aufzuschlagen. Vermutlich kennt ihr das Gefühl, vermutlich sind viele in dieser Gruppe durch eine ähnliche Phase im Leben gegangen. Ich hatte also meinen Job gekündigt, meine Wohnung aufgegeben, alles verkauft, was sich noch hat verkaufen lassen, besten Freunden und der geliebten Familie auf Wiedersehen gesagt und bin mit 18kg meiner letzten Besitztümer losgezogen. Nachdem ich im Juni in Vancouver angekommen bin habe ich mich von dem Bedürfnis treiben lassen etwas zu Reisen. Nach den vielen Jahren Vollgas im Studium und dann anschließend in der Arbeit, Jahre der Aufopferung für den Job, in welchen ich teilweise wochenlang nichts anderes gemacht habe außer Arbeiten, Essen und hin und wieder schlafen (was auch irgendwie okay way, weil ich meinen Job geliebt habe), war das die richtige Entscheidung. Also bin ich im Sommer drei Monate in den USA gereist, habe wundervolle Menschen kennengelernt und mich persönlich und physisch gefordert. Nun wird es jedoch ernst, ich ich möchte der Herausforderung in die Augen schauen und endlich in Kanada ankommen. Ausgewählt habe ich Vancouver (auch wenn ich Toronto wirklich fantastisch finde und mir auch hier vorstellen könnte zu leben), da ich hier bereits erste Kontakte habe. Ankommen werde ich am 1. Dezember, und das Abenteuer für mich beginnt, die einmalige Chance diesen Schritt zu wagen und mit voller Energie und allem Mut daran zu arbeiten, in allen Bereichen des Lebens, 8000km weg von Zuhause, Fuß zu fassen, privat wie beruflich.

Denis HercogIch habe in Deutschland 7 Jahre in Stuttgart in einer Filmproduktion gearbeitet, und für Kunden wie Bosch, Mercedes, Sixt, Festo, L’Oréal, etc. Filme produziert, meist für den Online-Einsatz, aber auch für’s TV. Ich bin mir sicher, dass ich – nach einer nicht ganz kalkulierbaren Investition an Zeit und Energie – einen Job finden kann, ob es bei einer Filmproduktion, einer Werbeagentur oder kundenseitig im Marketing ist. Ich werde für den Anfang jedoch ganz bald ein Zimmer brauchen. Wenn ich es mir aussuchen könnte, wäre das nördlich King Edward Ave und westlich Commercial Dr, nicht über 650CA$ und möglichst nicht im Keller =), ansonsten bin ich flexibel mit Allem (Nichtraucher, organisiert und sauber – wohl berufsbedingt – und absolut umgänglich). Gleichzeitig werde ich wohl einen Job brauchen um die Zeit zu überbrücken, bis ich in meinem Berufsfeld einen Job finde. Ich rechne etwa mit zwei Monaten, okay, ich hoffe es werden „nur“ zwei Monate :-/ Ich werde mich mit Leuten aus der Branche treffen müssen, (Regisseure, Kameramänner, Maskenbildner, Ausstatter, etc.) genau so wie die Filminfrastruktur prüfen muss (Filmstudios, Tonstudios, Technikverleihe, etc.) und Treffen mit potenziellen Arbeit- oder Auftraggebern (Agenturen, Filmproduktionen, Kunden) ausmachen werde. Und wenn ich es mir hier aussuchen könnte, dann gerne etwas mehr als „Minimum Wage“ und nicht zum Waschen von Tellern =) Die Frage ist, ob ich es mir aussuchen kann … Aber: Ich kann ganz klar punkten mit Erfahrungen im Kundenumgang,  … ich bin technisch versiert, kenne mich mit Excel, Word, Photoshop, Schnittprogrammen und allerlei anderer Software bestens aus, ich lerne sehr schnell und bin auch handwerklich nicht unbegabt. Nur ein Hobby-Koch bin ich nicht wirklich, was aber nicht heißt, dass ich das nicht auch noch werden kann 😉 … wäre zumindest seine schöne Herausforderung.

Also wenn hier jemand Zimmer, Job, oder aufmunternde Worte parat hat, immer gerne her damit. Ihr werdet es nicht bereuen.

Hier noch der Link zu meinem aktuellen CV:

Danke und frohes Thanksgiving =)




18 Nov 2017
November 18, 2017

Weihnachtsgala or Christmas Gala

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You are invited to Join us on November 27!

Beatrice & RichardThe German Canadian Business Association (GCBA) is holding their annual Christmas Gala, complete with champagne reception, buffet meal and dessert, as well as sing-a-longs and musical entertainment and raffle prizes.

We are excited to announce that this year not only do we have the S-Bahn playing again, we also have the addition of an Alpenhorn being played at different times during the evening. The caroling part will be led again by Elizabeth Petrie, first soprano with the Bach choir.

To help us grow, please feel free to invite  friends or email this invitation to other people who might be interested.

Fresh Fruit Chocolate FondueWe are also currently asking members and friends of the GCBA to help us with our tombola. No item is too small or too big. (Please note that ticket prices do not cover all of the expenses).

If you have any questions about tombola donations or any other questions please contact Susanne at

For confirmation of attendance please contact Elke Porter at

Hope to hear from you soon🎅

Christmas Cheers

Mit herzlichen Weihnachtsgruessen!

Susanne Ziehr
778 388 3101

Christmas Party Invite



17 Nov 2017
November 17, 2017

Exchange Placement for Vancouver

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Hi! My name is Keri Guelke and I did a short presentation to Vancouver West Side German School at Prince of Wales Wednesday, November 15, 2017 on the benefits of the German Exchange.

I did the exchange in 1985 and my exchange partner’s daughter, Lina, who turned 16 last week is hoping to find an exchange partner in Vancouver. She would like to come for April-June 2018. Ideally, the Canadian student would be between age 15 and 17. If the Canadian student was considering a gap year after graduation, they could also go to Germany at that point.

Lina lives in Bremen. If anyone is interested I can tell you more about Lina and her family and would set up a Skype visit.

Let me (Elke Porter) know – on Facebook or at and I will get in touch with Keri Guelke.


16 Nov 2017
November 16, 2017

Vancouver German Christmas Market 2017

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Cherish the Charm, Taste the Tradition at the 8th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market

Treasured Holiday Event Returns to Expansive Seaside Site with More Than 55,000 Square Feet of German Jubilation

© Photo Credit – LoVero Films

Vancouver, BC – The city’s signature yuletide celebration returns to its expansive seaside home, November 22 – December 24, 2017 at Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron) offering its largest, authentic German festivities to date. The cherished holiday tradition will feature more than 75 huts stuffed with sweets, treats and treasures, coupled with a multitude of festive family activities and live entertainment. Attracting a record number of more than 215,000 visitors last season, the Vancouver Christmas Market remains one of the city’s beloved holiday experiences.

“We are delighted to return to Jack Poole Plaza again this season, warmly welcoming new and returning visitors to partake in our wide array of Christmas festivities, while discovering a number of exciting new activities and expanded highlights,” said Malte Kluetz, Founder and President of the Vancouver Christmas Market. “As we move into our 8th season, and continue to grow in popularity, we are also pleased to unveil our revitalized logo and updated website, developed to help guests easily plan their visit. Whether shopping the market for that special, one-of-kind gift or indulging in the mouth-watering array of German delicacies, we look forward to seeing new and familiar faces during the most wonderful time of the year!”

Vancouver Christmas MarketAmong this year’s expanded highlights will be Canada’s first-ever Walk-In Christmas Tree: a 30ft tall tree covered with 36,000 twinkling lights that guests can enter to experience a spectacular – and selfie-worthy light display. The Christmas Pyramid also returns, this year taller than ever with the addition of a brand new ‘Flying Stage’ perched 10ft high above the market. The Flying Stage will host a lively line-up of festive entertainment daily. The entertainment line-up is stacked with a wide range of musical talent performing a steady stream of seasonal favourites that span every genre – from jazz, blues, folk, pop, classical, and gospel.

Visitors will undoubtedly treat themselves to the market’s signature array of mouth-watering delectables, including Glühwein (a hot-spiced mulled wine), Bratwurst, Gulasch, Spätzle, Schnitzel, Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), Strudels, and so much more. A variety of new local vendors will be offering the best food and drink BC has to offer including fresh sustainable seafood from Eat F.I.S.H., made-from-scratch Sicilian cannoli by the Cannoli King, award-winning German style wine from Wild Goose Winery, and organic beer made from local ingredients by Persephone Brewing Co.

Giant Pyramid

©Christmas Pyramid by LoVero Films

In addition to Deutschland delicacies, rousing entertainment, and returning favourites – such as the Christmas Carousel and the warming Alpine Haus tent, designed to accommodate more than 250 people, visitors can wander throughout the market’s quaint pathways of huts, discovering lovingly crafted gifts and treasures that cry out to be slipped into stockings and placed under Christmas trees.

Tickets to the 2017 Vancouver Christmas Market are now on sale!

Tickets are: Adult $10, Seniors $9, Youth $5, Children Age 0-6, FREE.
 Purchase online to receive a complimentary Season Pass.

Ticket bookings and Christmas Combos at:

Christmas Market at Sunset

©Vancouver Christmas Market_Sunset submitted by Vancouver Christmas Market

SAVE THE DATE! Media are invited to an exclusive media tour of the Vancouver Christmas Market from Founder & President Malte Kluetz on November 21 at 4:45pm under the twinkling lights. Media will enjoy a taste of the market, sampling a beautifully crafted menu of new and popular fare, as well the opportunity to experience the expanded activities and highlights. Media will also be treated to a carefully curated gift box of authentic German treats and one-of-a-kind gifts from a host of new and returning vendors throughout the market.

Vancouver Christmas Market is honoured to work with and support its charitable partner the Children’s Wish Foundation. Be sure to join us for the Market’s ‘Children’s Wish Week’ from December 16 to 24, 2017, to support this important organization.

About Vancouver Christmas Market (

Since 2010, the Vancouver Christmas Market has delighted Vancouverites and visitors to the city with authentic German-inspired festivities. Combining colourful décor, authentic gifts, savoury food & drink, and family entertainment, the yuletide celebration creates the perfect atmosphere to mix & mingle with friends & family, take in a quick drink after work, and observe a wide variety of cultural activities, old world confections, and seasonal entertainment.

LISTING INFORMATION 8th Annual Vancouver Christmas Market

Date: November 22 to December 24, 2017: 11am – 9pm

December 24: Closed at 6pm

Ticket prices: Single Admission Adult $10, Seniors $9, Youth $5

(Children under 6 are Free)

Christmas Packages from $25

Address: Jack Poole Plaza – Home of the Olympic Cauldron

(Vancouver Convention Centre West)

1055 Canada Place

Vancouver, BC V6C 3G3





NOVEMBER 1, 2017 – CALGARY, AB Canada will once again become the focus of the international ski jumping community when three major competitions will be held early December at Whistler Olympic Park.

From December 7-10, 2017, Whistler will host a Men’s Continental Cup as well as a Men’s FIS Cup and a Women’s FIS Cup.

©Photo Credit – Tom Reid

“This will be the biggest international ski jumping competition in Canada since the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver,” says Tom Reid, president of Ski Jumping Canada. “We expect up to 15 nations to participate, bringing nearly 100 of the best young male and female ski jumpers in the world. It’s going to be tremendously exciting.” </P

Canadian participation in the events will be a factor in securing quota spots for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeonchang, Korea. “As we head into the home stretch towards Korea, it’s vital that we give our athletes every opportunity to qualify for the Games,” says Reid.

Ski Jumper

©Photo Credit – Tom Reid 

“Athletes require FIS Cup points before they can compete at the Continental Cup level. In order to qualify for the World Cup circuit, athletes must have at least one Continental Cup point,” adds Reid. “Because our Canadian athletes train so often in Whistler, they’re very familiar with the hill. This could give them the edge they need to jump well and obtain those extremely valuable points.”

The Continental Cup and FIS Cup events will utilize the legacy facilities from the 2010 Vancouver games, including the ski jumps at Whistler Olympic Park and the athletes’ village. The competitions are being partially funded by a Sport Canada hosting grant.

©Photo Credit – Tom Reid

“This is all part of a long-term effort to return World Cup competition to Canada,” adds Reid. “Our next goal is to host a Women’s World Cup at Whistler within the next year or two. Ensuring these events run smoothly will help put Canada back on the map with FIS and serve to leverage a growing interest in ski jumping in BC and Alberta. We’ve got some terrific young talent in Canada, but we can only benefit from more kids becoming involved.”

Men’s & Ladies FIS Cups: December 7 & 8, 2017 Men’s FIS Continental Cup: December 9 & 10, 2017

For further information, please contact:
TEL: 403-669-0630

Olympic Village Whistler

©Foto: Iwona Erskine-Kellie (found on Wikipedia)

Ski Jump Flyer