Win­ter en­thu­si­asts wel­come at the Cape Chin bed and break­fast

Wiarton Echo - - NEWS - Zoe Kessler

Cape Chin Bed and Break­fast, North­ern Bruce Penin­sula’s new­est B&B, opened Dec. 15.

New own­ers Teresa Pur­chase and Craig Chisholm moved to the area from Kitch­ener, Nov. 30 to launch their dream of liv­ing in a quiet coun­try set­ting.

The home they bought, for­merly Pot­tery Bed and Break­fast, was per­fect ac­cord­ing to Pur­chase.

In a Jan. 4 in­ter­view, Pur­chase said, “I was tired of liv­ing in the city. We’d like to have a gar­den and chick­ens.”

Pur­chase, who has 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as a dog groomer, said she has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with the pub­lic and was at­tracted to the lo­ca­tion partly be­cause of the po­ten­tial the two out build­ings pre­sented.

Even­tu­ally, she said, she’d like to of­fer one of the build­ings as a dog-friendly op­tion.

As for start­ing up in the win­ter, Pur­chase said the cou­ple had spo­ken with lo­cal res­i­dents who said, “peo­ple want Teresa Pur­chase and Craig Chisholm, own­ers of the Cape Chin Bed and Break­fast, en­joyed the win­ter weather at their new busi­ness, Jan. 4, and hope to at­tract win­ter en­thu­si­asts to join them. to come up here and don’t have a place to stay and don’t know what to do.”

She hopes to en­cour­age snow­mo­bile en­thu­si­asts, cross coun­try skiers and snow­shoers to visit the area and stay at the B&B – which is only an eight minute walk from the Bruce Trail, she said.

To sweeten the deal, she’s also of­fer­ing ser­vices for which she’s cer­ti­fied, in­clud­ing body sug­ar­ing – a hy­poal­ler­genic tech­nique that uses a sugar lemon mix­ture to re­move hair in­stead of wax and pedi­cures and man­i­cures.

Part­ner Craig Chisholm, now re­tired, has ex­pe­ri­ence in the busi­ness as the former man­ager, for five years, of Maple Key For­est Bed and Break­fast in Wal­ter’s Falls.

While Chisholm grew up in Tober­mory and “loves the area,” Pur­chase said she’s been join­ing him in com­ing up since 2014 and “fell in love with the idea of hav­ing a bed and break­fast,” the tim­ber­frame house and the peace and quiet of their lo­ca­tion.

For in­for­ma­tion, visit the Cape Chin B&B Face­book page.

Staff and stu­dents of Terry Fox Sec­ondary School in Port Co­quit­lam, B.C., are abuzz with the news that David Ha­ley, au­thor of The Life and Leg­end of Wiar­ton Wil­lie, will visit their school on Ground­hog Day.

Ha­ley will present as part of a visit by sci­en­tists from the Water­loo Perime­ter In­sti­tute, Feb. 2.

As Wil­lie, chief prog­nos­ti­ca­tor in Canada, per­forms his of­fi­cial du­ties in Wiar­ton –with the sup­port of his Shadow Cab­i­net – Ha­ley will share his re­search into Wil­lie’s life.

Ha­ley’s book doc­u­ments his­tor­i­cal events and in­cludes ac­tual peo­ple in­volved in Wil­lie’s life and mys­tique. It be­gins with Wil­lie’s idyl­lic youth and heroic ad­ven­tures and ex­plores about colour dis­crim­i­na­tion, Wil­lie’s power to pre­dict, his de­ci­sion to be­come Wiar­ton Wil­lie, ter­ror­ist at­tacks, death threats, a love story and the de­cline of Wil­lie’s pow­ers. Af­ter Wil­lie’s death, his son emerges as an ex­tremely ca­pa­ble suc­ces­sor.

Ha­ley grew up on farm in West Flam­bor­ough, near Hamil­ton, On­tario, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease is­sued by the school.

“I lit­er­ally grew up with ground­hogs,” Ha­ley said. “My dog and I hunted ground­hogs each sum­mer.” Ha­ley’s fa­mil­iar­ity with the habits and char­ac­ter­is­tics of ground­hogs makes the story re­al­is­tic.

Karl Solomon, 11, of Cape Cro­ker, said, “This book is an ac­tion-packed thriller. Once you pick it up, you can’t put it down un­til you’ve read every word.”

John Shea, a re­tired master of Ri­d­ley Col­lege in St. Catharines, said, “Ha­ley serves up a de­li­cious slice of Cana­di­ana in his de­light­fully imag­i­na­tive telling of the story of Wiar­ton Wil­lie. Sel­dom is his­tory so read­able or en­joy­able. A won­der­ful tale”

Ha­ley will bring sev­eral spin-off prod­ucts he de­signed to the school to be avail­able dur­ing the Perime­ter In­sti­tute pre­sen­ta­tions.

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