Allium was born of the desire to cook real food from good sources. We, co-owners Megan Ballard and Chef Martin Collis, hope to create an environment of satisfying food that is earth friendly . As we grow, we plan to increase our local and organic products.
We have both lived and traveled in various countries, and these experiences have brought a mix of worldly flavors and comfort foods.
This historical edifice also serves as the ‘home’ for the Columbia Valley Arts Council (CV Arts). This log facility is used as an art gallery throughout the year and the building also serves as the primary venue for a variety of arts related events. A gift shop featuring the works of local artists and artisans operates throughout the summer season. CV Arts also sponsors and hosts a number of musical, dramatic and comedy concerts, an independent film series and Open Mic Nights throughout the year at Pynelogs as well as at other local venues. The Art Gallery features a variety of art forms from over 150 local artists. Art shows are changed every two-weeks, making Pynelogs a stop-over location for all art buyers, followers and dreamers. A great place to satisfy all your senses…
Pynelogs is located in a truly unique setting. This impressive historical log building is situated in a lush park on the edge of Lake Windermere in Invermere. The main entrance, at the rear of the building is adjacent to a large pond, Dorothy Lake The grounds contain a Botanical Heritage garden featuring “old fashioned” vegetables and flowers from the era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In addition, the District plants beautiful annual gardens and looks after the landscaping of the grounds. The community Greenway’s Trail commences at Pynelogs.
History of Pynelogs
The building was built in 1914 by Robert Randolph Bruce, a Scottish land developer. Randolph Bruce was the first major agricultural developer in the Windermere valley at the beginning of the 20th century and his enterprise, the Columbia Valley Fruit Lands Company, brought over many of the early valley settlers from the United Kingdom. He later became the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and built Pynelogs for his English bride, Lady Elizabeth Bruce. Lady Bruce died shortly after her arrival in the Columbia Valley and is buried on the property. Her grave is impressively designated by a plaque and a monument located under a small gazebo. Randolph Bruce bequeathed Pynelogs to the District of Invermere in the 1930’s.