Union Bay, BC–Two Eagles Lodge, a waterfront B&B/vacation rental in the Comox Valley, just received certification by the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) through their Backyard Habitat Certification Program. Certification is valid for five years.
Two Eagles is one of 74 properties in British Columbia, and 939 in Canada, to be certified by the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) for proactive efforts to create “backyard habitat”, as of February 11, 2016.
According to the CWF website, “Our Backyard Habitat Certification Program, which started in 1999, recognizes the amazing efforts Canadians are taking to meet the habitat needs of wildlife. The program encourages Canadians to take action on behalf of wildlife by creating habitat that is pesticide-free and meets the four needs of wildlife: food, water, shelter and space.”
When Carolyn and Steve Touhey built Two Eagles in 2006, they worked with their contractors to maintain areas on their 12-acre property that would be wildlife friendly, including keeping heavily treed areas, select stumps, and seasonal streams that run through the property.
As part of their development, they added features, such as a large pond, fruit trees, and many gardens with carefully selected feeders, shrubs, and perennials that attract birds and butterflies. There are two resident eagles just off the property line, which grab sticks and branches from trees at Two Eagles to fortress their nest each year.
Each year, they also hang more than 40 flowering baskets around the porches to help with pollen. Raising honey bees is on the agenda for the coming year.
Ms. Touhey says, “We love nature and wildlife, so doing our little bit on our own property to help wild creatures live safely, while also creating a setting that is appealing to our guests, just makes sense. To receive recognition from such a respected organization for that effort is really cool and very rewarding.”
She adds, “Our feeders consistently attract more than 20 hummingbirds. They’re so crazy at sunset, we even posted their ‘Feeding Frenzy’ on the YouTube channel for Two Eagles Lodge. Our guests are often amazed by them, they sit by the feeders and snap, snap, snap—hoping to get the perfect photo.”
Since inception in 1962, the Canadian Wildlife Federation has “worked diligently to foster this Canadian way of life. We deliver programs that encourage people to experience the great outdoors, learn about the wonders of nature and the trials it faces. We also challenge government and industry to improve legislation and practices that negatively impact wildlife and habitat.”
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is recipient of the designation as “1 of the top 25” charities in Canada; there are more than 86,000 charities in this country. They have more than 300,000 supporters.
Two Eagles Lodge was built for purpose by the Touheys in 2006. Since that time, they have received numerous awards, including the 2015 induction into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for five consecutive years of five-star ratings, two Vancouver Island BBB Torch awards, and 2011 Vancouver Island Business Excellence–Tourism/Hospitality Business of the Year (and finalist status this year). The property has also evolved into a popular venue for events—from retreats and business parties to house concerts and weddings. # # #
Check out this story and celebrate with us! http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/final-agreement-reached-to-protect-bcs-great-bear-rainforest/article28475362/
Hoping you had a great holiday. We were busy being Santa and Mrs. Claus and then spending time with the grand kids (4 and 20 months), enjoying the wide-eyed wonderment of the season through their eyes. Lots of photos. Today, we’re actually enjoying a rare snow in the Valley. Thanks to our moisture, it’s sticking to the trees and is absolutely beautiful. Mount Washington, just 30 minutes away, is a winter wonderland, so we’re grateful to have such a great mountain so close…it beats going to the gym! With us, you can stay at the beach yet be in ankle-deep powder in minutes. Call to book today. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Corilair Seaplanes in Campbell River, just 1 hour north of us, offers an amazing, amazing opportunity for our guests and others. They take passengers in their seaplanes when they deliver the mail to outlying fish camps and private islands in an area known as Desolation Sound, which is the southern part of the Inside Passage where the cruise ships go to/from Alaska.
The scenery is second to none, and the company is superb. It’s family owned and they know how to show people a beautiful part of the world in a way that is totally different than cruising through the fjords on a boat. Be sure to check out their Mail Run when you visit this area of Vancouver Island. And, if you stay at Two Eagles Lodge, you get a discount when we book your flight.
With the winter months ahead of us, this is the time to get out the dry suit and blow bubbles. The visibility is at its best in the winter, with no algae to impact it. Local dive operators, Pacific Pro Dive and UB Diving, have equipment to rent, and instructors to teach.
Vancouver Island is ranked #2 in the world for marine diversity and water clarity according to the Jacques Cousteau Society.
Plan your getaway now and come blow bubbles with us. Visit the dive operators’ websites for some amazing photos and come see what you’re missing.
Steve and I really enjoy hosting weddings and special events at Two Eagles Lodge. Our 12 acre hobby farm and B&B are the perfect location for people who want an amazing view, space to have the ceremony by the water and the reception in the yard…space for kids and adults to play lawn games and spread out.
Our B&B rooms and family suite allow guests to stay here, and we have plenty of parking for others, plus camping. We do not have the requirements of many hotels or venues…couples can hire a caterer, bring their own food, host a potluck or bbq…or some combination.
The photo opps are plenty–from horses and tall field grass to the water’s edge and beautiful evergreens.
Come check us out and spread the word about Two Eagles Lodge as a venue for anniversaries, company retreats and parties, weddings, bbqs, fundraisers, and celebrations of life.
We love to share what we’ve built, and what better way to help people make memories and new friends in paradise than to host their special event.
I’m pleased to say that the Comox Valley B&B Association has elected me, Carolyn Touhey, as their vice president. I have been serving on the board for this group as the Marketing director for a couple years. It’s an amazing group of business owners, all committed to making guests’ stays in the area great.
Now that I’ve owned a B&B for nearly 10 years, I truly think it is a shame so many Americans (and I am/was one) don’t think about the B&B option when traveling. (It’s a very common choice for Europeans, by the way).
The comfort, plus the insider’s perspective, can’t be replicated in a hotel setting.
We will definitely stay at B&Bs when we travel an unfamiliar area.
I’m pleased to be on the exec for such a dedicated organization…with so many fun members. Our meetings are great, and the camarardie among people who are technically competitors is amazing. Thanks for the appointment!
Our Vancouver Island ski mountain, just 30 minutes from Two Eagles Lodge and adjacent to Strathcona Park–amazing hikes and scenery–has just been sold to a US resort management company. Their expertise and vision promise exciting upgrades at our mountain, including plans for snow-making and more year-round attractions. This is great news for visitors to the island. And, for those who stay with us, we’ll gladly be ambassadors for the mountain. Awesome news. Check this out: https://www.facebook.com/MountWashington.ca/photos/a.313020210514.338792.154191255514/10156267236660515/?type=3&theater
Tune into Global TV’s weekend morning news and they will be featuring Horne Lake this weekend. Wahoo! What a beautiful spot to visit. It’s magical, yet so close to our home. We love that, too, but the lake just “takes you away…”
No matter where you go on Vancouver Island, fall is upon us. One of our favorite sites is low-lying clouds in the mountains–it looks so Pacific Northwesty. We also like that the eagles have returned from the rivers. Our two resident eagles are often seen flying over Two Eagles, perching in trees, and breaking off branches to fortress their nest for winter mating. And, of course, the sea lions are abundant. A trip to Fanny Bay dock, just 5 minutes from Two Eagles Lodge, you’ll be treated to about 50 barking, playing, and sleeping creatures. We can’t wait to put our kayak in and get down to their level. This is also the time we like to thank our guests who have stayed at our B&B/vacation rental and especially thank those who have taken the time to leave a review for us on TripAdvisor–earning us the distinction of being in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame. Thank you! Enjoy fall where you are and be safe for Halloween. We’re taking grandkids to the local hall kid party and then to fireworks to cap off the night. Enjoy!