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Fall Get-Aways in Vancouver

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Whatever the weather, Vancouver and surroundings offer so many great attractions and events, it’s a great place to visit for a little fall get-away.  There is definitely a hint of fall in the air on BC’s west coast.  We’ve had some rainy days lately and the temperatures have dropped a bit, but the forecast is looking good again with sunshine and some higher temperatures, so it looks like we’ll have a nice spell of Indian summer.  Schools have started back up so it’s a little quieter out there, so why not treat yourself to a few days away?

Spectacular Vancouver

Spectacular Vancouver

Still on until October 2nd at the Vancouver Art Gallery is “Picasso: The Artist and His Muses”.  This exhibition examines the six women who inspired Picasso’s artistic growth and is the biggest Picasso exhibition ever showcased in Vancouver.  The Vancouver Art Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, and will next host the “Walker Evans: Depth of Field” exhibition, featuring the works of influential American photographer Walker Evans.

Are you a beer connoisseur?  You might want to schedule a Vancouver Craft Brewery Tour!  This 3.5 – 4 hours guided tour will take you to three of Vancouver’s great craft breweries, show you how the beer is made and of course provide you with samples to check out!  Transportation is included, so no need to worry about drinking and driving.  Or if you’re a foodie, how about an “Off the Beaten Track” culinary walking tour taking you to some of the city’s most fun and exciting eateries.

There are lots of free, or almost free, things to do in Vancouver as well of course. Great places to visit are Granville Island, Gastown and Chinatown.  Fall is a great time to check out the Capilano Salmon Hatchery in North Vancouver as the salmon start returning at the end of their life cycle.  When you’re on Vancouver’s North Shore, aka North and West Vancouver, and are looking for some serious exercise, look no further than the Grouse Grind.  As long as the weather and the trail stay good, this 2.9 km hike straight up to the top of Grouse Mountain will give you a serious challenge, but take the Skyride down!  For something a little less challenging, check out Lynn Canyon Park and the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge.

Kayaking off Vancouver's Stanley Park

Kayaking off Vancouver’s Stanley Park

No visit to Vancouver is complete without strolling the seawall in Stanley Park.  Walk or cycle around the outside edge of the park for wonderful views of Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge, the North Shore and English Bay.  The seawall is only one part of a 28 km long uninterrupted waterfront path called Seaside Green, the longest of its kind in the world, and a fabulous way to experience the city of Vancouver.  You’ll see fall colors along the way, and wonderful views!

For your fall get-away, book your accommodation at a Vancouver Bed & Breakfast. Innkeepers are a great resource for suggestions, directions and other great adventures to be had in the city of Vancouver

The Red Chair Has Arrived in BC!

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

The Red Chair has arrived in BC and has started its journey around our beautiful province and some of our great BC Bed & Breakfasts.

Once travelers took pictures of “flat Stanley” in unusual places and situations, now it is the turn of The Red Chair.  This ordinary wooden chair has become a new celebrity and has traveled from Bed & Breakfast to Bed & Breakfast on the US East Coast, through southern states and up the West Coast, to here, its first appearance in Canada.

Canada Place at night

Canada Place at night

It’s all part of a multi-year B&B awareness program that focuses on a traveling red porch chair to highlight the comfort, uniqueness, hospitality and friendliness of Bed and Breakfasts. Since its start in New England in 2012, B&Bs and inns have taken inspiring photos of the Red Chair from beaches to bandstands.

Viewing the Christmas lights at Canuck Place

Viewing the Christmas lights at Canuck Place

“Red” arrived in Vancouver from his adventures at the Camano Island Inn in Washington State (he went zip lining!) to Granville House B&B in Vancouver on December 4th.  The weather wasn’t very co-operative, but intrepid innkeepers Randy & Pam from Granville House took Red around their city.  You can’t visit Vancouver without visiting Stanley Park, so off they went to see the totem poles, the horsedrawn carriages, the mermaid, and the famous Lions Gate Bridge.

Red enjoys the view of the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, even in the rain

Red enjoys the view of the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, even in the rain

Being busy innkeepers, some of Pam and Randy and Red’s adventures took place in the evening, such as a visit to Canada Place, a landmark in Vancouver harbor and the original Canada Pavilion at Expo 86. Now it is home to the cruise ship terminal, World Trade Centre, FlyOver Canada and the Pan Pacific Hotel.  It being December, Red then enjoyed the Christmas lights at Canuck Place, North America’s first free-standing children’s hospice located in the historic Glen Brae Manor.  A major supporter of the facility is the NHL Vancouver Canucks hockey team.

Red has now checked out of Granville House B&B, its first Canadian and BC Bed & Breakfast host.  After visiting the great city of Vancouver, the rest of his trip will have a lot to live up to!

Spring has sprung in Victoria and Vancouver

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Spring is officially arriving next week, but it arrived early, as it usually does, in Victoria and Vancouver. Both cities have been showcasing blossom-laden trees, daffodils and tulips, flowering rhododendrons, camellias, forsythias, and magnolias for several weeks now.  Our mild coastal climate is great for gardens, but this year’s last month of winter has had exceptional early spring weather with above seasonal temperatures and lots of sunshine.

In fact, in Victoria, March 11th is the final day of their 39th annual flower count. Butterfly Gardens Feb 2015-039Sponsored by Tourism Victoria and one of the world’s most famous gardens, Butchart Gardens, the flower count is meant to promote Greater Victoria as an inviting tourism destination this early in the season.  Victoria is known as the City of Gardens, with many other great gardens to explore, other than Butchart Gardens.  There is the heritage Abkhazi Gardens, created in 1946 by Prince and Princess Abkhazi, and known for its majestic trees and the actual site it is located on.  Check out the Hatley Park National Historic site at Royal Roads University, with many interesting trees, formal gardens and the castle itself, and located on a seaside lagoon with great opportunities for bird watching.  Government House, in the Rockland neighbourhood where you will find numerous Victoria Bed & Breakfasts, is home to BC’s Lieutenant Governor.  Its grounds are open to the public and feature both formal gardens and the rare Garry Oak ecosystem.

Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Park

Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park

Vancouver Gardens are no slouch either!  From the highest point in Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Park offers great views over the city, formal gardens,  and the Bloedel Conservatory with its tropical vegetation, flowers and birds.  The sunken garden is a favorite photo spot in the summer time! Not far away is the VanDusen Botanical Gardens, featuring plants and flowers from all over the world, and also especially known for its annual Christmas light display.  At the University of BC you’ll find both the Botanical Garden, Canada’s oldest continuously operating university botanical garden, and the Nitobi Memorial Garden, one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America.  And of course you cannot visit Vancouver without visiting its most famous park, Stanley Park. Named the Best Park in the world by TripAdvisor in 2014, Stanley Park is also home to the Vancouver Aquarium, the rhododendron and rose gardens, and the 8.8 km long sea wall that circles the entire park and provides fabulous views of Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains. Your Vancouver B&B innkeepers can recommend the best times to visit all of these Vancouver Parks and Gardens.

Explore Victoria and Vancouver’s beautiful gardens this spring.  It’s good for the soul!

The 2014 Vancouver International Children’s Festival

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Vancouver International Children's FestivalThe Vancouver International Children’s Festival is a world-renowned exhibition of live performances that has been entertaining young audiences for 36 years!

This educational and inspirational festival on Granville Island is a family tradition you won’t want to miss, with over 15 interactive arts activities for you and your youngsters to enjoy, such as Circus Skills, Interactive Dinosaur Sculpture, a Musical Maze, and Origami to name just a few.

And the performances? A host of talented artists come from all over the world for the opportunity to perform at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. Take a look! (more…)

Tour Forbidden Vancouver!

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Tour Forbidden Vancouver!Every city has two histories: the one they print … and the one they don’t. Vancouver is no different – and now you can tour Forbidden Vancouver!

Forbidden Vancouver is a series of fascinating walking tours that explore the seamier, seedier – some would say the more interesting – side of Vancouver’s history.

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Don’t Just Visit – FlyOver Canada!

Monday, February 10th, 2014

FlyOver Canada

There are so many great things to do in British Columbia – skiing, surfing, shopping, biking, eating – now you can even fly over the entire nation without leaving Vancouver. How?

FlyOver Canada!

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Luminescence at Vancouver Aquarium
Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow!

Friday, December 20th, 2013

This time of year we become accustomed to bright, multi-coloured lights twinkling in the dark – but what of a world where this is always the case? Luminescence at Vancouver Aquarium brings you up close and personal to a world where glowing colours are the rule, not the exception.


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Make the Most of Christmas Past at Burnaby Village Museum’s Heritage Christmas!

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Burnaby Village Museum's Heritage ChristmasBurnaby Village Museum’s Heritage Christmas is your opportunity to experience a Christmas of days gone by in an open air, 1920’s village setting.

Delight in a multitude of scenes from seasonal storybooks and songs, revel in the holiday smells of cedar and pine, feel your spirits raised by the sounds of carolers.

Heritage Village has been decked with a spectacular array of Christmas lights and displays designed to get you and your loved ones into that holiday spirit!
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RunawayGrape Offers Guided Tastings of BC’s Best Wine & Food

Saturday, April 27th, 2013
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Sample BC’s finest pairings of wine and food at RunawayGrape, hosted by Tania Thomas.

The 2013 RunawayGrape Guided Gourmet Food & Wine Tastings events run from May through November and offer an unparalleled opportunity to eat & drink your way through the finest gourmet wine and food to be found in British Columbia, Canada.

This is the second year for these tasting events, following a hugely successful premiere in 2012.  Certified Specialist of Wine Tania Thomas has again organized a variety of guided food and wine tastings at an elegant tasting room in a spectacular garden setting at Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC.

This is your chance to learn more about expert wine tasting techniques and BC wine grape varieties while sampling British Columbia’s world class wines.  Events also teach you how to pair wines with food and you will taste local, artisinal cheeses, smoked meats, small plates, chocolate and more.

We recommend pairing your RunawayGrape BC wine tasting experience at RunawayGrape with the personalized Vancouver lodging of our member Bed and Breakfast inns. (more…)

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Is a Treasured Winter Event in Vancouver, BC

Saturday, December 15th, 2012
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2013 Push Festival (Vancouver, BC) The PuSh Festival returns to Vancouver, BC.

The 2013 PuSh Festival, a signature winter performing arts event in Vancouver, BC, returns for its ninth season January 15 through February 3 at venues all across the city.

Vancouver is one of British Columbia’s primary cultural centers. Groundbreaking productions and performances are the hallmark of this festival, so come with an open mind to experience international, regional and Vancouver artists presenting cutting edge displays that bend genres, blend disciplines and offer unique artistic visions.  In addition to the live performances, attendees and artists alike can also enjoy the film festival, artist talks, an opening gala, and much more.

Attendance for the 2012 season was 23,376 with 4 of 5 seats sold on average and 31 sellouts, so it is recommended that you purchase your tickets and make your Vancouver BC lodging plans now.  To make the most of your stay in Vancouver, we recommend our member bed and breakfast inns. (more…)