Friday, December 21, 2012


Christmas News

Walking in a Minter Wonderland

Christmas galore at Country Store

Staff/Voice photos


A family of polar bears on display at Minter Country Garden Store on Young Rd.


ichard Procee, Hofstedes Country Barn manager, smiled and adjusted his tie as he climbed into the driverís seat of the Minterís Country Store Christmas train Wednesday.


When Procee is driving the Minter train, you know it's going to be fun. He was raising donations for the Salvation Army Care & Share Centre.


Procee joined a list of other drivers including Councillors Chuck Stam and Ken Popove from December 12th to 19th who donned conductor caps and took the famous little train for a spin dedicating part of the proceeds to the charity of their choice.


The fun train ride winds around the store past the lights and Christmas-themed scenes.


"We're doing a fundraiser for the Salvation Army and we donate part of the proceeds of the train ride go to the Salvation Army," said Procee who was having a blast as conductor for the evening.


"It's the first time I drove a train," he said. "Remember that song, Going on Forever Like a Crazy Train? Brian's already rapped my knuckles a few times to slow down, but I'm learning."


On Thursday, it was Stam's turn to ride the rails. Stam is active in the community and on Thursday, the charity of his choice is the Central Youth Ministry.


He brought along his family for some fun saying it was a nice kick-off to the Christmas season.


"I think this is fantastic," he said. "It just shows the Minter community spirit and I'm absolutely thrilled to be part of it."


Brian Minter, Country Garden Store owner, says he sees a good year coming up in 2013, that, despite some weather challenges growers have had over the past year.


"They've had a very good season right now," he told The Voice Wednesday. "The Christmas growers seemed to have done pretty well, so I think in terms of the economy and everything else out there, I would say it's not overly great, but it's been a really positive and good Christmas."


He points out the impact local nursery growers have on the economy saying BC growers export millions of poinsettia's to the United States.


Indoor train rides happen 5-7:30pm weekdays, 12-7:30pm weekends and 12-4pm on Christmas Eve, the final day for rides. On December 22 & 23 Santa will be at the store for Family Fun Day along with some owl friends from 12-4pm.


Minter Country Garden is located at 10015 Young Rd. N. For more information, visit or call 604-792-6612


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