Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa Launches 2009-2010 Snowbird Program Featuring West Coast Escapes to Victoria, BC

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Parkside's Snowbird Program includes world-class amenities and affordable prices to help snowbirds enjoy a peaceful home away from home. With the ability to purchase a condominium at Parkside for 3 to 18 consecutive weeks from November to April, snowbirds can use their ownership, generate revenue, use their time at other properties abroad or use bonus time at operational costs.

There's even more reason to visit beautiful Victoria, British Columbia this winter. Retirees seeking refuge from winter snow, ice and freezing temperatures can take advantage of the new 2009-2010 Snowbird Program at Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa, downtown Victoria's most highly anticipated and innovative resort hotel.

Parkside's Snowbird Program offers a unique opportunity to experience British Columbia's charming capital city without the crowds or the costs associated with the peak season. Snowbirds can enjoy Parkside's prime location, city views, nature-inspired luxury and remarkable amenities.

Famous for its mild climate, Victoria is a favorite destination for snowbirds thanks to its balmy temperatures, friendly local community, cultured arts and entertainment scene, scores of special events and festivals, spectacular restaurants, exquisite spas and spectacular recreation possibilities such as golf, tennis, biking, walking and hiking.

The 2009-2010 Snowbird Program at Parkside includes a complete list of world-class amenities and affordable prices to help snowbirds enjoy a private and peaceful home away from home. Featuring the exclusive penthouse City Club Lounge, outdoor rooftop patio and gardens, 25-metre indoor ozonated pool and hot tub, meeting and event space, private movie theatre, fitness centre and a 24-hour concierge, Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa offers an innovative, luxury lifestyle experience in one of Victoria's most desirable neighborhoods (http://www.flickr.com/photos/aviawest).

Parkside's Snowbird Program is a popular option for snowbirds because of the flexibility it affords. With the opportunity to purchase a condominium at Parkside for just the winter months, purchase options begin at 3 weeks and go from 6, 9 and 12 up to 18 consecutive weeks from November to April. Snowbirds can also choose any 3 week configuration allowing for a visit of 3 weeks in December and 6 weeks in February and March.

This unique method of condominium ownership in Victoria can be used in numerous ways. Snowbirds can use it for the time period they purchase, generate revenue by allocating their condominium to the rental program (with nightly rack rates averaging between $200 -$350), designate usage to a trading program for use at other properties abroad and overseas or use extra time - when there's extra availability, snowbirds can take advantage of bonus time at operational costs.

Included in the Parkside Snowbird Program rates is complimentary fitness centre, pool & hot tub and City Club Lounge access, secure underground vehicle parking and bicycle storage, LEED® tours (http://www.parksidevictoria.com/leed-platinum), local telephone service, wireless high-speed Internet, departure cleaning and exclusive restaurant, merchant and spa discounts. Weekly receptions are also held for snowbird guests.

Says Aviawest Resorts (http://www.aviawest.com) CEO Jim Pearson, "When we developed this property, about 25% of the people we spoke with - those mainly from Alberta, Saskatchewan and other prairie provinces - had a desire to spend some of the winter in Victoria. They wanted the January, February and March time periods because these would provide a nice winter break away from home. So, we developed a snowbird program that allows the purchase of a condominium at Parkside for just the winter months - a great way to lower capital costs without the hassle and expense of owning year round and enjoy the winter in Victoria."

Included in the Parkside Snowbird Program are personalized reservation and information services including suite selection assistance, information packages and workbooks and helpful assistance from Parkside's friendly and knowledgeable consultants. To learn more about Parkside's Snowbird Program, visit http://www.parksidevictoria.com.

Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa is Aviawest Resorts' newest addition to its portfolio of resort properties. Parkside offers affordable, flexible condominium ownership in the heart of downtown Victoria, BC, Canada. As a completely sustainable resort hotel, Parkside Victoria Resort & Spa is leading Canada in innovative green resort hotel development and design by targeting LEED® Platinum Certification, the highest rating.

Media Contact:
Crystal Auffray
Communications Specialist
Aviawest Resort Group
250.361.1999 (ext.8159)
crystal.auffray (at) aviawest (dot) com
http://www.aviawest.com

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