Itís always good to get out and travel around British Columbia. A road trip last weekend took us past the Douglas Lake Ranch, the largest privately-owned ranch in Canada, established in 1884. Further down the road, a visit to the quaint town of Armstrong, B.C., then, on the journey home, lunch at the Hope Drive-In. In business since 1962, a famous stop on the road for many a travellers, it is the purveyor of amazing diner fare ó burgers, fries, soups, pies and plenty more.
Among other things, the trip was a reminder to enjoy what we have in the here and now, for things always change. This was brought home during a conversation with the Hope Drive-In owner. After 50 years in business, he said itís time to sell the classic diner and retire. He said with its prime location, itís unlikely that a new owner will keep the place going as-is. The dťcor that brings you decades back when you walk in; the milkshakes that come in tall, old-fashioned milkshake glasses with the extra milky goodness in the metal blending glass; the pies on display in a dessert case when you walk in, and the friendly service in a place thatís positively hopping and probably very close to what it was like 50 years ago ó all may be gone one of these days.
But, things do change, and as people and places do move on, itís a good reminder to enjoy what we have right here, right now, in the Sea to Sky Corridor.
Candy drop-boxes are out at Signal Hill Elementary School and the Pemberton Valley Supermarket to collect candy to distribute to folks who live in The Glen to give out on Halloween, when the place is overrun with ghosts and goblins and all things ghoulish. Itís not unusual for residents to greet up to 400 trick-or-treaters at the door on this scariest evening of the year. So if youíll be visiting The Glen this Oct. 31, you may want to consider making a candy donation. A group of parents from The Glen have pooled their efforts to make this happen. The last time the boxes will be emptied is the afternoon of Halloween, but folks are encouraged to donate before the deadline so there is time to distribute the goods in The Glen.
Dr. Art Hister is speaking tomorrow, thatís Wednesday (Oct. 23), at the Ullíus Community Complex Gym at IR10 Road in Mount Currie from 7 to 9 p.m.
Hister has worked as a health analyst for BBC Radio, CBC Newsworld and is currently a health analyst for Global TV News in British Columbia. Among a number of other activities, he is a health columnist for several publications and websites and is the author of two Canadian medical best-sellers.
This free event, titled ďYes You Can: Easy Steps to Living a Happier, Healthier, Longer Life,Ē is presented by The Winds of Change.
Send comments and event listing ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. The next Pemberton column will appear Oct. 29, followed by the return of Anna Helmer and Farm Story the following week.