Pro­tect­ing Your In­vest­ment When the Fun Ends

Snowbirds & RV Travelers - - British Columbia - by Clay­ton Mickey

Is there any­thing bet­ter than hit­ting the open road in your recre­ational ve­hi­cle? This is the mo­ment you have worked hard to en­joy and the last thing you want to worry about is how you are go­ing to pro­tect your in­vest­ment when you re­turn home or when the sea­sons start to change. Canada has an ex­tremely harsh cli­mate when it comes to main­tain­ing recre­ational toys — the win­ter beats down on them with rain and snow, while the sum­mer heat can de­te­ri­o­rate the ex­te­rior paint and seals. Easy Build has the so­lu­tion to pro­tect your in­vest­ments, while pro­vid­ing a fast and durable shel­ter that won’t break your bud­get.

The com­pany spe­cial­izes in pre-en­gi­neered steel-framed struc­tures that are erected out of gal­va­nized steel tub­ing us­ing their patented “slip-fit” sys­tem. The struc­tures are de­signed for an ex­pe­dited in­stal­la­tion process with the added dura­bil­ity to with­stand our tough win­ters. Ad­di­tion­ally, your build­ing will be main­te­nance-free once it is erected, as you will not have to worry about rust, rot, or ter­mite dam­age. The steel frame can be an­chored into any foun­da­tion and it has the abil­ity to be dis­as­sem­bled and re­lo­cated with min­i­mal ma­te­rial loss. As an added ben­e­fit of the prod­uct, you are able to add on to the foot­print of the struc­ture by adding onto the length of your build­ing with ease. The struc­tures range from 10ʹ to 50ʹ in width (clear span), with clear­ance heights start­ing at 8ʹ and through 16ʹ, with the length be­ing as long as you re­quire.

Easy Build has struc­tures that range from

roof coverage only to fully en­closed garage pack­ages equipped with over­head and main doors, win­dows, in­su­la­tion op­tions, and more. They pro­vide a va­ri­ety of sheet metal pro­files and colour op­tions to choose from to en­sure your struc­ture is aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing and matches the other build­ings on your site.

If you own any type of recre­ational ve­hi­cle, there is an es­sen­tial de­sire to keep them pro­tected, well-main­tained, and able to per­form at any given mo­ment. By shel­ter­ing th­ese prod­ucts, you are sus­tain­ing their value as a long-term as­set while avoid­ing in­vest­ing more cap­i­tal into un­nec­es­sary re­pairs and main­te­nance. This proac­tive de­ci­sion to shield your pos­ses­sions will help you to en­joy them for an ex­tended life­time and po­ten­tially in­crease the re­sale value based on the re­tained con­di­tion of the unit. Easy Build Struc­tures has a fast and durable build­ing so­lu­tion for al­most any sit­u­a­tion and the com­pany will work with you to help solve your in­di­vid­ual shel­ter re­quire­ments and en­sure you have safety and se­cu­rity for your recre­ational ve­hi­cles and toys. With the con­tin­ual ris­ing con­struc­tion costs and ex­tend­ing time for tra­di­tional wood build­ings, their por­ta­ble fram­ing sys­tem is the cost-ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient an­swer to your shel­ter needs.

Two decades ago, peo­ple would joke about the qual­ity of Bri­tish Columbia wines, pre­fer­ring wines from the Napa Val­ley in Cal­i­for­nia or the Bur­gundy Re­gion of France. That at­ti­tude no longer ex­ists, as BC wines can com­pete with any wines around the world. In April 2017, at the 34th In­ter­na­tional Wine Chal­lenge in Lon­don, Eng­land, the gold medal was won by the Meyer Fam­ily Vine­yards near Oliver for their Pinot Noir. Other win­ning winer­ies in­clude CC Jentsch Cel­lars, Church and State Wines and Pop­u­lar Grove Win­ery.

The viti­cul­tural or wine in­dus­try is not very old in the prov­ince, with the first win­ery be­ing Calona Wines, dat­ing back to 1931. In 1984, there were only 13 winer­ies op­er­at­ing in BC. There are now 929 vine­yards and 341 li­censed winer­ies across the prov­ince, with 171 winer­ies lo­cated in the Okana­gan Val­ley. The start­ing point be­gan nearly 30 years ago with the cre­ation of the BC Vint­ners Qual­ity Al­liance (BCVQA), the or­ga­ni­za­tion that cer­ti­fies wines and su­per­vises the wine in­dus­try. To­day, wine con­trib­utes 2.8 bil­lion dol­lars into the BC econ­omy, with BC wines so pop­u­lar they are now sold at many larger BC gro­cery chains. Many wine lovers have taken wine tours in the Nara­mata Bench, lo­cated north of Pen­tic­ton. Some of the more pop­u­lar winer­ies in­clude Ket­tle Val­ley, Lang and Red Rooster. Oth­ers pre­fer the wine of Cen­tral Okana­gan, such as Mis­sion Hill, Sum­mer­hill Pyra­mid, Mt. Boucherie and Quail’s Gate. In the South Okana­gan are pop­u­lar winer­ies like Bur­row­ing Owl, Stag’s Hol­low and the Gehringer Brothers.


To make good wine it is nec­es­sary to have good grapes. Sum­mer­land is one of the emerg­ing re­gions for wine pro­duc­tion, with 18 winer­ies and four cider com­pa­nies. It is part of the Okana­gan Val­ley’s des­ig­nated ap­pel­la­tion re­gion, which is a geo­graphic re­gion that matches grapes with the soil. There are five grow­ing ap­pel­la­tion re­gions in BC, in­clud­ing Van­cou­ver Is­land, Fraser Val­ley, Gulf Is­lands, Sim­ilka­meen Val­ley and of course, the Okana­gan Val­ley. The qual­ity of wine pro­duced de­pends on soil type, tem­per­a­ture, mois­ture, slope of the vine­yards and of course, the sun. The best grapes around Sum­mer­land for red wine are Mer­lot, Pinot Noir and Syrah. For white wine, the grapes are Pinot Gris, Chardon­nay, Gewurz­traminer, Ries­ling, Sau­vi­gnon Blanc and Pinot Blanc.

The eas­i­est way to ex­plore the Sum­mer­land winer­ies is to drive the Bot­tle­neck Drive, which is 8 to 10 km long, ex­tend­ing from Dirty Laun­dry in the south to Savard Win­ery north of Sum­mer­land.


The first stop is the Vis­i­tor Cen­tre in Sum­mer­land to pick up a map of Bot­tle­neck Drive, then head south on Vic­to­ria Road. The road me­an­ders through or­chards, vine­yards and winer­ies, but there are plenty of di­rec­tional signs. Wine tast­ing is not a race, so se­lect four or five winer­ies and savour the ex­pe­ri­ence. In most winer­ies the wine tast­ing is free, or your money is re­funded when you pur­chase a bot­tle of their wine.

Our first stop was the bou­tique-style Dirty Laun­dry Vine­yard. The back­ground story be­hind this win­ery starts with a laun­dry busi­ness that was not mak­ing money, so the owner added a sec­ond floor brothel, which did made money. Men left the Dirty Laun­dry with a smile on their face and clean clothes. The fa­cil­i­ties now in­clude a first-class res­tau­rant, wine store and, of course, a tast­ing bar. The Ket­tle Val­ley Rail­road even passes

through the vine­yard, adding to the am­biance.

Our sec­ond stop was the Thorn­haven Es­tates Win­ery, lo­cated at the base of Giant’s Head Moun­tain, which is an old vol­cano. The breath­tak­ing view of the South Sum­mer­land Hills is a great place to sip mer­lot and watch the day drift by.

The third stop was Hay­wire Win­ery at Okana­gan Crush Pad. With a name like ‘Crush Pad’, the wine has to be good. This is an or­ganic vine­yard that is free of syn­thetic her­bi­cides, pes­ti­cides and fungi­cides. There are very few winer­ies in BC that are or­ganic, re­quir­ing a dif­fer­ent wine­mak­ing process. Crush Pad also pro­vides a tour of the win­ery and ex­plains how their wine is made, us­ing con­crete tanks to age the wine.

The fourth stop was the Sage Hills Es­tate Win­ery, also an or­ganic win­ery. They spe­cial­ize in Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Gewürz­traminer grapes, se­lect­ing the grapes to match the soil and Sum­mer­land’s tem­per­ate mi­cro­cli­mate. The tast­ing room also has a mil­lion dol­lar view of Lake Okana­gan, north or south.

What about the wine? My favourite wine is a mer­lot, but there are many other ex­cel­lent wines along Bot­tle­neck Drive. Of the Top 30 winer­ies in the Okana­gan Val­ley, Dirty Laun­dry is ranked #8, Okana­gan Crush Pad is #10 and Thorn­hill Es­tates is ranked #11. Some of the red wines we pur­chased in­cluded a 2015 Pinot Noir from Dirty Laun­dry, a 2014 mer­lot from Thorn­haven Es­tates, a Nar­ra­tive Caber­net and a white 2014 Pinot Gris from Sage Hills. We also vis­ited the tast­ing rooms of a few other winer­ies and dis­cov­ered Syrah wines, an emerg­ing red wine in the Okana­gan. Sa­lut

Dirty Laun­dry Wine Bar in Tast­ing Room.

Okana­gan Crush Pad.

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