Our Electric Bike Adventure!

Back in July a couple girlfriends and I thought it would be fun to ride our bikes to a few of the local wineries. Well let me tell you, we greatly underestimated how lengthly and difficult it would be on our cruiser bikes… LOL! It took us 90 minutes to even get to our first winery, Vista D’oro. An hour in, when we still hadn’t reached our destination I actually phoned my husband to ask if he could pick us up at the end as there was no way we would be riding home as originally planned.  At Vista D’oro we met Chris, a local business owner who was actually setting up to launch his electric bike company Fraser Valley E-Cycle the next day! We laughed, told him he was a genius and what a better idea that was compared to our cruiser bike adventure.

A couple weeks later Chris reached out to me to see if I would actually be interested in trying out one of his E-Cycle tours. I had never been on an electric bike so I was a little bit nervous, but before our ride Chris gave us a full explanation of how to operate the e-bikes and a full safety briefing. It really doesn’t matter how experienced or unexperienced you are, the electric bikes are incredibly easy to ride!

I can honestly say I had even more fun then I was even expecting to! Our bikes had three pedal modes for riding: traditional pedalling, the pedal assist system (PAS) which propels you along as you pedal, or throttle where you can sit back and literally let the bike drive itself. The E-Cycle was so user friendly and let me tell you, full throttle mode was pretty amazing after a glass of wine going up a steep hill… LOL!

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You can completely customize your tour depending on that you would like to see. South Langley has five local wineries to visit, beautiful parks and great trails to ride through.  On our particular tour Chris took us to three venues. The first stop was Glass House Winery. This is one of my favourite wineries. The tasting room is beautiful and afterwords we sat out on their picturesque patio sharing a bottle of rosé and the most incredible charcuterie board.

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We then stopped at Backyard Vineyards for a wine tasting. It was so effortless to zip from one winery to the next on our E-Cycles! We didn’t even break a sweat 😉

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Our final stop was the Fraser Valley Cider Company.  The cidery is in its third year of operation and it has been really cool to watch how it has grown since the beginning. (I actually blogged about a visit there a couple years ago- read it here!)  They have the yummiest ciders and it is just such a fun spot to spend an afternoon or evening at! Like a little local gem. We had lots of people asking us about our E-Cycles and I could honestly tell them we were having the best time! I’m a bit obsessed 🙂

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There were a few different options for renting the E-Cycles:

HOURLY– 60 minutes $20

  • For a short trip, simply rent by the hour!
  • Includes Helmet & Safety Briefing

HALF DAY– 3 HOURS $40

  • departing at 10:30am & 2:30pm daily.
  • Includes Helmet & Safety Briefing

GUIDED TOURS– 4 HOURS (the option we chose!) $80

  • See all the best sites with the help of a local expert!
  • Includes Helmet & Safety Briefing

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Chris was such a fantastic tour guide and honestly it was the best way to tour the local wineries.  We all had such a blast! For any additional information, make sure to check out the Fraser Valley E-Cycle website 🙂

Thank you for reading,

Shannon xx

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A Visit to the Pumpkin Patch!

I absolutely love taking our kids to the Pumpkin Patch!  We  probably go at least 5 or 6 times every year.  Our first trip this year was to the Port Kells Nursery.  This is one of my favourite patches to visit, as there is so much for the kids to do there besides just picking out their pumpkins.  Another great part is that it is totally free to go to, with the exception of taking a hayride.  The charge for this is $5.00 (under 3 years is free) which the nursery will redeem towards the purchase of a pumpkin or plants.  We easily spend a couple of hours each time we visit.  A bonus feature of this particular nursery is that a few of the attractions are inside, because lets face it, Fall in B.C. usually involves a decent amount of rain… lol!  I only discovered this nursery a couple of years ago, so I wanted to share it in case you live in the area and are looking for somewhere new and fun to try 🙂

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My sweet boys in the adorable pumpkin toques my talented mom made them 🙂

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Choosing pumpkins from the patch

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The Indoor Hay Maze

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Feeding the chickens!

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Indoor Sandbox

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Lots of diggers and shovels to play with! (Behind him is the bunnies & goats.)

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Entrance to the little (also indoor) Haunted House

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Indoor Ball Toss

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Pumpkin Patch

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My eldest son’s favourite part… a bunch of tractors for him to climb on and “drive” 😉

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Outfit Details: My marl shawl cardigan is sold out at H&M but I’ve linked a cozy one HERE & HERE & HERE  //  my striped turtleneck is from last year but I have linked a similar one HERE  & HERE  //  Jeans  //  Boots

There is also an outdoor corn maze, pig pen, little café inside to grab a snack at and I have seen face painting on the weekends!  No shortage of things to keep the kids entertained 🙂  What are your favourite family friendly activities for Fall?  I am always welcoming suggestions!

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

Apple Picking!

I love summer so much but one of the things I enjoy about the beginning of Fall is taking the kids apple picking 🙂  We are lucky enough to have a couple local farms to choose from.  Our first trip this year was to Willow View Farms.  We actually managed to get there on opening day for apples and plums.  It is such a fun place to visit.  There is the cutest little general store where you can get delicious apple cider slushies, pies, syrups, fresh corn, potatoes, adorable crocheted toques and so on!  Later into the fall there is a petting zoo,  hayrides and a pumpkin patch that opens so you can guarantee this won’t be our last trip of the season.  We usually visit quite a few times as the kids love running around, picking their own fruit (and later choosing their pumpkins), feeding the chickens and petting all the animals!  It is a great place for a family outing, you can easily make a day of it.  There is a covered picnic area where you can bring lunch and a big climb on play area for kids.  I love this farm because it is family run and you do not have to pay any sore of admission to get in, you just pay for the fruit you pick.

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My strong boy, pulling the wagon out to the U-Pick field
My strong boy, pulling the wagon out to the U-Pick field

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The U-Pick Apple Field
The U-Pick Apple Field
Riding the tractor.. his favourite!
Riding the tractor… his favourite!
Enjoying an Apple Cider Slushie!
Enjoying an Apple Cider Slushie!

 

*Update: Since I wrote this post, Willow View Farms actually had a devastating fire that destroyed their country store and cooler building!! They have managed to reopen for U-pick, but if you are thinking about visiting I would recommend checking out their website for updates!  Wishing them a speedy rebuild!  They can probably use local support now more than ever 🙂

Thank you for reading!

Shannon xx

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