A new holiday event is promising a "nostalgic, magical experience" that begins and ends with a boat ride from Port Moody's Rocky Point Park.
The proprietors of the 8 Corners tea house at Camp Howdy next to təmtəmíxwtən/Belcarra Regional Park have transformed their idyllic environs on the shore of Indian Arm into a winter wonderland of 100,000 twinkle lights strung through trees and bushes as well as along walkways and the dock for their first Christmas Tea Lights.
But as the dirt road access the camp isn't approved for commerical purposes, the only way to get there is by a specially chartered boat that makes one sailing each way on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings beginning Nov. 10 and two sailings each way on weekend evenings from Dec. 2 to 23.
En route, guests will be able to learn about some of the teas they'll be able to sample at the tea house that has been transformed into a life-size gingerbread house as well as the earth-sensitive organic farming techniques used to grow them.
Sunnie Kim, a spokesperson for the event, said it shares an affiliation with the 123 Farm at the Highland Springs Ranch in Cherry Valley, Calif., that puts on similar education events and festivals.
Kim said the California farm "is a like-minded organization that believes in being stewards of our earth too. We often share our philosophies and business practices that reflect our beliefs."
In addition to trying teas and wandering amidst the twinkle lights, visitors to the event can enjoy a selection of sourdough pizzas and ramen, along with warming beverages, at Nutcracker Hall or even book a formal five-course dinner in one of several private dining domes.
For more information, sailing times, menus and reservations, you can go to the event's website.