Bear Mountain Resort To Celebrate Official Opening of…


THE WESTIN BEAR MOUNTAIN VICTORIA GOLF RESORT & SPA

Grand Opening Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting Planned for June 8, Special Introductory Packages Announced

(VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA) June 5, 2006 – Bear Mountain Resort, the premier destination and first and only master planned resort community on Vancouver Island, will celebrate a significant milestone next week with the official opening of its Westin Bear Mountain Victoria Golf Resort & Spa on June 8, 2006. As the first Westin-branded hotel on Vancouver Island, The Westin Bear Mountain is built around the Clubhouse and features 156 guest rooms and suites, the 12,000 square foot Santé Spa, private lounges for men and women, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, access to the Jack and Steve Nicklaus-designed Mountain Course and three restaurants—The Copper Rock Grill, Master’s Lounge and Panache.

“Bear Mountain Resort is a world class resort, providing a complete lifestyle experience for residents and guests in an intimate setting that celebrates Victoria’s virtues” said Len Barrie, President and CEO of Bear Mountain Resort. “The Westin Bear Mountain’s three restaurants, Santé Spa and countless other amenities showcase our dedication to creating a truly unique resort where everyday life feels like a vacation and resort-style living combines with a true sense of community.”

The grand opening event for the Westin Bear Mountain will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony and press conference onsite at 9:45am. Attending dignitaries will include the Honourable Olga Ilich, B.C.’s Minister of Tourism, Sport and the Arts and the Honourable Ida Chong, B.C.’s Minister of Community Services as well as Mark Cardinal, Mayor of the Highlands; Jody Twa, Mayor of Colwood; and Stew Young, Mayor of Langford.

The evening’s events will include a reception for more than 1,600 invitees including members of the business and tourism community as well as real estate representatives, buyers, investors, friends and family. The event will kick off with a champagne reception at 5:00pm on the main floor of the West Coast-style Clubhouse where guests will be awed by the towering timber-beamed lobby embellished with massive stone fireplaces and a two-story waterfall. Following speeches and dedications in the Bear Mountain Ballroom, visitors will enjoy an on-going reception until notable Canadian band 54-40 begins playing at 10:00pm.

Cuisine from each of Bear Mountain’s three, new restaurants will be served throughout the evening and tours will be conducted of the entire Clubhouse. Guests will be encouraged to explore the facility on their own where they will be greeted by first-class entertainment in each venue, including a jazz quartet in the main lobby lounge, a harpist in the hotel’s penthouse, a jazz trio in the men’s lounge, cellists in the ladies lounge and a guitarist in the Mountainside Athletic Club. In addition, each guest will be issued a “passport” that depicts each featured room of the building (lounge, pro shop, penthouse, etc.) and stamps issued from each area will enter them to win a variety of prizes including a romantic penthouse package for two at the Westin Bear Mountain, a special dinner for eight at Panache, one year family membership to the Mountainside Athletic Club or the grand prize of $10,000 “Bear Bucks” good towards the purchase of real estate, accommodations, golfing privileges or food and beverage at Bear Mountain Resort and The Westin Bear Mountain Victoria Golf Resort & Spa.

“Bear Mountain Resort is a very unique resort community and the opening of the hotel and Clubhouse is the next step in cementing Bear Mountain as the premier destination in Western Canada,” said Terry Yacyshen, resort general manager for The Westin Bear Mountain Victoria Golf Resort & Spa.

To celebrate the grand opening, Westin Bear Mountain is also offering a host of packages to experience Bear Mountain Resort:

The Bear Essentials: Designed to provide a glimpse into the Bear Mountain lifestyle, this package features one night’s accommodation in a traditional guest room, a $50 Santé Spa gift certificate per person, breakfast for two and a 4:00pm late check out.

Birdies & Backrubs: Two night’s accommodations in a traditional guest room, one round of golf per person on the Jack and Steve Nicklaus-designed golf course, a 60-minute sports massage at the Santé Spa per person and a 4:00pm late check out make this package the perfect way to experience the Westin Bear Mountain.

His & Hers Golf and Spa Getaway: The perfect romantic weekend getaway, this package includes two night’s accommodations in a one-bedroom suite, sparkling wine in the guest room upon arrival, one round of golf per person, Santé Signature Duet Massage and special golf and spa gifts as well as a 4:00pm late check out.

Packages range from $227 USD ($229 CAD) to $909 USD ($999 CAD), are based on double occupancy and are subject to accommodation, golf and spa availability. Prices do not include tax and gratuities. For more information or to make a reservation visit www.bearmountain.ca.

The chance vision of former-NHL player Len Barrie, Bear Mountain Resort provides a complete lifestyle experience, offering a variety of residential and vacation real estate opportunities as well as The Westin Bear Mountain Victoria Golf Resort & Spa. The project’s first 10 phases of lot sales completely sold out as well as a significant number of condos, townhomes and quarter share offerings, resulting in pre-sales of more than $342.4 million USD ($400 million CAD). In addition, Bear Mountain Resort set the record for most real estate sales in one day on Vancouver Island, selling $114.7 million USD ($134 million CAD) of real estate during the selection day for St. Andrews Walk and Finlayson Reach condominiums. As the community continues to take shape over the next 10 to 12 years, Bear Mountain Resort will have approximately 1,112 single family lots, 1,997 condominiums and 220 townhomes, totaling 3,329 residences, and is projected to have a total build out value of $2.1 billion USD ($2.5 billion CAD).

About Bear Mountain Resort

The premier destination and first and only master-planned resort community on Vancouver Island, Bear Mountain Resort provides a complete lifestyle experience, offering a variety of residential and vacation real estate opportunities as well as The Westin Bear Mountain Victoria Golf Resort & Spa. Situated on 1,300 acres of mountainside property, the community features the first and only 36-hole Nicklaus-designed golf offering in Canada, medical and traditional aesthetics at the Santé Spa, three world-class restaurants and the state-of-the-art Mountainside Athletic Club, all within minutes of the beautiful seaside harbor of Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.bearmountain.ca or call 1.888.533.BEAR.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bear Mountain Resort

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