Winter enthusiasts welcome at the Cape Chin bed and breakfast
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.