A very merry sleigh ride

Christmas Eve sleigh rides in Radium Hot Springs

By Dauna Ditson

Special to the Pioneer

Erin and Joe Palashniuk, the new owners of Gateway Motel, have big plans for their first Christmas as residents of Radium Hot Springs. In addition to their own family celebration, they are hosting a Christmas Eve sleigh ride and will volunteer at a Christmas Day turkey dinner.

Mrs. Palashniuk said the motel is almost fully booked for Christmas, and she wanted to provide some holiday magic for her guests and the community. She has fond memories of sleigh rides over the years and is looking forward to bringing the Christmas tradition to Radium.

“For me it really gives you that Christmas-y kind of spirit,” she said. “They’re a lot of fun.”

Sleigh rides will be available across from the Radium fire hall from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 24th. Hot chocolate and candy canes will be provided, and Santa himself will make an appearance.

The sleigh rides will run for either 15 minutes or half an hour, depending on how many people are waiting for a turn. Both the longer and shorter routes avoid the highway – a condition of council’s approval for Mrs. Palashniuk’s request to use a horse-drawn carriage.

A ride will cost $5 per person or $20 per family. Mrs. Palashniuk, who hopes to make the sleigh ride an annual event, said the fee for the inaugural ride will help build a reserve to allow for more sleigh rides in the future.

When the Palashniuks moved to Radium from Calgary in March 2017, they were looking for a community where they could share of themselves and connect with others. That’s exactly what they found here, Mrs. Palashniuk said, and listed off the other groups that are involved in supporting the event: Bar Z Mountain Adventures, Crystal Springs Motel, Village Country Inn, Bighorn Meadows Resort, Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery and the Village of Radium Hot Springs.

“There’s a real sense in the area that it’s best if people work together,” Mrs. Palashniuk said, adding that a community can be like a family. “There’s a desire to work together and spend time together,” she said.

That’s why she and her family won’t take Christmas Day off. Instead they will continue spreading Christmas cheer by volunteering at the La Cabina Ristorante turkey dinner. The buffet will run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Just Posted

Valley welcomes new RCMP detachment commander

The Columbia Valley has a new police commander.

Pot smoking teen swerves to miss police vehicle

16 year old apprehended, and put in the care of his mother, after he almost crashes into RCMP

Longtime firefighter becomes new Invermere fire chief

Jason Roe is Invermere’s new fire chief.

Bringing in the bulls

The Columbia Valley Rockies will bring a rodeo to town on July 20th.

Greyhound to end bus service in B.C., Alberta

Company axing passenger bus and freight services in Prairies, and cutting all but one route in B.C.

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Wartime Wednesdays

Invermere’s Elinor Florence investigates stories from our wartime past

Hub for mental health and addictions treatment opens at B.C. hospital

St. Paul’s Hospital HUB is an acute medical unit that includes 10 patient beds

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Calgary family’s vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

Three people died and four others were injured in the crash

Union construction cost competitive, B.C. Building Trades say

Non-union firms can bid on infrastructure, but employees have to join international unions

Trudeau to shuffle cabinet ahead of Liberals’ team for 2019

Trudeau could lighten the work loads of cabinet ministers who currently oversee more than one portfolio

Car calls 911 on possible impaired B.C. driver

A luxury car automatically calls Princeton police to scene of crash involving alcohol

BC Games marks 40 years in 2018

Cowichan Games a milestone for BC Games Society

Most Read