Sandbanks Winery was the first winery established in Prince Edward County, Ontario in 2001. The first thing that its owner, Catherine Langlois started making was Baco Noir, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Vidal Blanc, and Geisenheim. The manufacturing of such wines gained it the accolades of many Canadians who were particularly fond of the full-bodied reds, and crisp white wines they produced.
Catherine has had the same vision from the very beginning, to produce award-winning wines that would pair perfectly with food, that would also be shared with family and friends for celebrations.
She said that her entire working career was in the Ontario wine industry. She admits that she always admired Arterra Wines Canada since they were pioneers in Canadian wine. She admits that since starting her business almost 20 years ago, it grew beyond what she had imagined. Since her winery was acquired by Arterra, she said that it allows them to continue to be a leader in Prince Edward County winery. With better resources and experience, their joining Arterra is sure to help with the continued growth of their business and get it into the hands of more Canadians.
The Sandbanks Winery and Arterra family of wineries work perfectly fine, as they complement each other's diverse selection of both Canadian and International wines. Arterra is a leader in the wine industry in Canada. They have been producing wines in the Niagara area for more than 150 years. They have not only earned a reputation in Canada but throughout the world due to their award-winning wines, such as Inniskillin, Le Clos Jordanne, and Jackson-Triggs. It is the first winery for Arterra in Prince Edward.
Sandbanks did pretty much the same thing that Arterra did; began growing grapes and producing wine that others thought would be impossible to do. The president and CEO of Arterra Wines Canada admit that he admires Catherine’s passion and her vision. He is proud to add her winery, Sandbanks Winery, to their portfolio of wines and is looking forward to working with her to expand her vision and leverage her strengths as a pioneer in the industry.
Arterra Wines Canada, Inc. is the leading producer and marketer of award-winning wines in the country. It has been globally recognized for its Canadian and imported wines.
Its roots date back to the first Niagara Falls Wine Company, which was established in 1874. The Arterra family of wines now includes more than 100 wine brands, which also includes seven of the top 20 brands in Canada. The top brands include Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, Sawmill Creek, Jackson-Triggs, Inniskillin, Kim Crawford, Runno, Wallaroo and Wallaroo. The company’s portfolio has received countless accolades nationally and internationally.
Sandbanks Winery in Prince Edward County, Ontario is has a loyal following because of the incredible red and white wines they produce. The winery is known for its fun and welcoming atmosphere, picnic space, outdoor tasting bars, exclusive wines, and upbeat events. There is no doubt that they will continue to prosper with Arterra Wines Canada.
During the company's last trip to Ghana, they met with SHS Sustainable Housing, which has partnered with UNOPS to create 100,000 housing project in Ghana. EnerDynamic discussed the contract they have with the Ministry of Housing and their Enertec Solar Solution that they will use to benefit SHS.
Despite the UNOPS project running approximately 8 months behind schedule, because of a site issue, SHS and EHT both agreed that it would be a good time to initiate a plan for EHT to be included on the SHS project list of suppliers. Since the return of the CEO of EHT from Ghana, the company has assembled and filed the necessary documents needed by the UNOPS program with SHS so that EHT could become an official supplier for the project. This means that they can also start to receive the final drawings needed to supply the ENERTEC Solar System.
EHT anticipates having the requisite housing drawings shortly and then they can move forward with the contract to begin supply the necessary equipment in Q4 2020. They will continue to give market updates as they move closer to ordering.
The UNOPS order is part of the Building of Social Green Housing Initiative implemented by the government of Ghana. It is a central part of the government's solar program. One of the program's main objectives is to prioritize governmental infrastructure.
John Gamble, CEO of EnerDynamic Hybrid Technologies, mentioned how pleased that they are to move the project forward, as they realize that when working on projects abroad, they often take longer than planned. EnerDynamic has a good footing in Ghana to move forward with this project and other projects that are in the works. They plan on continuing to look for other opportunities in Ghana, as they may present themselves.
ENERTEC Modular Wall and Roof System consists of a foam core and proprietary skin, which are stronger and far more energy-efficient than the traditional steel and wood that are often used, providing the highest level of energy efficiency. EHT works with partners all over the world to build buildings on-site with EHT staff and local crews. Once the installation has been completed, each structure can be finished and furnished to meet the needs of the customer. The final wall product can be shipped on pallets and delivered through various channels, which include rail, boat or truck.
EnerDynamic Hybrid Technologies uses proprietary, turn-key energy solutions that are intelligent, sustainable and bankable. EnerDynamic is involved in the conception of its ENERTEC module structures which features a full integration of energy-efficient solutions. Through its product, EHT offers great thermal energy efficiency for modular homes and residential buildings, as well as cold storage facilities, commercial buildings, and temporary and emergency shelters. They also use their EHT staff, along with local workers to erect the buildings. ENERTEC buildings function well where there are no electrical grids even though they also use traditional support to establish electrical networks.
Their partnership is continuing to grow and advance in the way that they conduct business worldwide.
There are clear signs that spring is in the air or just around the corner. This is sweet words to the ears of those of us who live in the Niagara area. Cold winters are good for certain things but by this time of the year, most of us are ready for some warmer temperatures. While we have certainly experienced warmer than usual winter temperatures, they still do not allow us to do what we are capable of doing in the spring. Flowers start to bloom and the temperatures allow us to start going outdoors without a coat.
You’ll be happy to know that Hornblower Niagara Cruises has announced that they will begin sailing again in late March, a sign that winter has ended and spring has started. This is something of interest to those living in the area since this will be the first time that the water-based attraction has ever started the season in March. They usually aim for the 1st of April as the official start to the season.
However, unlike Hornblower, the Maid of the Mist boats is not scheduled to start rolling until April. No official start dates have been announced.
The vice president and general manager of Hornblower Niagara, Mory DiMaurizio said that they are testing ice and water but that the starting date looks promising for March. He adds that despite having started operations late last year, they still managed to have a successful season with 2.2 million passengers. Given the additional 45 days, they are expected to supersede that number.
That was a drastic turn around from the past two seasons when the boats didn’t go out until May due to ice conditions on Niagara River and Lake Erie. In 2018 Hornblower didn’t go out until May 3 and in 2019, it didn’t set sail until May 14.
Last year the Clifton Incline Railroad was put back into motion and renamed the Funicular. It is part of weather-protected, 50-passenger glass-wrapped cab that takes riders from the street directly to where the boats launch. They go down a 300-foot incline to the walkway where the catamarans are docked. The ride is only a short two minutes but it offers visitors a lovely view of Niagara Falls. Given that you can’t get this view from any other angle, it adds to the overall Niagara Falls experience. Over 1 million visitors used the Funicular cabs.
Hornblower still maintains an elevator system that takes its passengers from the street to the Riverside Patio. The Funicular cabs helped eliminate some of the demand placed on the elevators.
Hornblower reportedly invested more than $12 million to get the rail service started again. Those who have the honor of riding on it, it was well worth the investment. More people will likely go to the Falls just to capture video or images of the views that they can only get when they ride the Funicular.
Hornblower operates two 700-passenger catamarans and operates 1 150-person jet boat, which is usually booked for private events and private parties.
The 18th Annual Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention is for farmers, organized by farmers. This was the focus of this year's convention.
The event president said that it was a great time and participants grew in their knowledge of how to grow their businesses. The event has been touted as the country’s premier horticultural event. It featured horticultural experts, exhibits, educational seasons, and has been organized by local volunteers and farmers.
The good news is that the money made from the two-day event will go back into the fruit and vegetable industry through various initiatives, which include marketing, research, and other necessary programs.
The expected number in attendance was well over 3,000. The UN declared 2020 the international year of plant health to raise awareness of the effect that plant health has on the economy of the world and global problems involving poverty, environmental impact, and hunger.
The event was a great way to bring forth meaningful discussions about how the industry can play a bigger part in the world by offering sustainable food options, that include both healthy and delicious vegetables and fruits.
The convention featured several competitions, the Ontario Cider competition, which featured Ontario-grown apples. There is also an ONHops Brew-Off competition to be held by the Ontario HOP Grower's Association. Industry experts judged the cider competition and the winner received the title of “Ontario’s Best Sweet Cider”.
The event also included a Young Farmers Forum, which was tailored to young farmers under the age of 40. It featured special guest speakers. There was also a Women in Agriculture session held by Cheryl McLachlan.
The event was initially held at Brock University but has since moved to the Convention Centre.
There seems to be a growing interest throughout Canada is fruit and vegetables. This has been the topic of conversation for quite a while and many local agencies have even initiated programs that encourage it. Feeding the hungry and providing healthy resources to those in need is a full-time job. It can be done but everyone has to get involved.
Many of the programs and initiatives today are funded by private donations and grants. However, by bringing awareness to the global hunger crises, programs are sure to receive more government funding. It is a good idea to start with farmers. Perhaps they don’t have the time to write proposals and try to get the government involved in helping them produce more.
There are some who, instead of giving financially, can lend their hand in helping to prepare grant proposals. Perhaps this is a contribution that you can offer if you have the know-how. Even if you don’t know how to write grants for funding, perhaps you are good at doing research. There are plenty of ways that everyone can get involved in helping with local farming initiatives in Canada.
Attending next year's Annual Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention just might be a good start. It may at least conjure up the desire for you to get involved.
There is a vast amount of beauty throughout Ontario, especially surrounding the quarter of a million lakes in the area. These lovely lakes offer a peaceful and serene environment and adventure outdoor activities throughout the year.
Local artists, Emily Carr, wrote about how wonderful it is to feel the grandness of Canada in a raw form. She creates vibrant landscape art of the vast wilderness of Canada.
Ontario happens to be the country’s most populous province. It was formed by glacial erosion that quarried a lot of the land that make up the province. This left the area with as many as 250,000 lakes, many far removed from the large cities that surround them. It is where many of the city dwellers come to escape.
Ontario is a place where people come in large numbers throughout the year, every season. Whether they are coming for adventure or to soak in the peacefulness of the area, it is clear that they appreciate what the lakes bring them. There are plenty of accommodations, such as lovely cottages and rustic cabins that make life at the lake, better!
If you travel to the mouth of Lake Ontario, you will come to St. Lawrence River, where you'll find 1,000 Islands. This is where over 1,800 islands hug the Canadian and U.S. borders. You can visit the islands from Rockport to S.t Lawrence and take in some of the most astonishing views of the season. The islands are ideal for any outdoor adventure or activity that you seek, on land or water. There is a lot more to the 1,000 Islands than just cruising around looking at the sights.
There are numerous outdoor activities that you can engage in at every intensity level, for people of all ages to enjoy. Many of the things that visitors seem to enjoy doing most at the lakes include boating, paddling, and swimming. Once on the island, they also enjoy cycling along the 1,000 Islands Parkway Trail. This is a 24-mile stretch of winding coves and bays. During the cooler months of the year, visitors take to hiking the conservation areas and take off on their snowmobile through the backcountry.
Less than two hours from Toronto is Prince Edward County, the ideal place to retreat on Lake Ontario. Prince Edward County is an extension of the eastern side of the lake near the beginning of the St. Lawrence River. This area is home to nearly 25,000 people and is welcoming to visitors too. Many visitors to the lakeside area enjoy the scenery of unspoiled splendor and beauty. They also enjoy artisanal food and craft beverages that make up this part of the world so special.
Sandbanks are the most notable attraction in this part of the backcountry. It connects three beaches and is considered the world’s largest freshwater sand bar and dunes. There are lots of hiking trails throughout the park with beautiful, clear waters perfect for dipping in and out of to cool yourself down. Offering the relief needed for visitors to explore further.