Archive for the ‘BC Travel’ Category

The 2014 Victoria Whisky Festival

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

2014 victoria whisky festivalReady or not, here it comes: the 2014 Victoria Whisky Festival is upon us!

Each January, lovers of all things whisky gather in Victoria, British Columbia for one of the world’s top whisky festivals, the Victoria Whisky Festival.

The Victoria Whisky Festival runs from Thursday the 16th through Sunday the 19th of January 2014 at the 5 star Hotel Grand Pacific located on Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour – and what an event this will be!

What makes the Victoria Whisky Festival special is that, even though it is too well organized and dressed up to look like it, it is a non-profit event; all proceeds go to charity – so no guilt, there!
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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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The Peak of Christmas 2013 – Celebrate the Magic of Snow

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

The Peak of Christmas 2013 - Celebrate the Magic of SnowCome to Grouse Mountain for the Peak of Christmas 2013 to Celebrate the Magic of Snow!

Just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is an amazing, wilderness paradise with something for everyone. The Peak of Christmas is Grouse Mountain’s annual holiday festival for both the kid with you and the kid inside you – it’s snow much fun!

Visit the SOS Children’s Gingerbread Village, a magical, candy and gingerbread fantasy land where you can vote for your favourite creation!
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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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All Aboard the KVSR Christmas Train!

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

KVSR Christmas Train

Once a year, the Kettle Valley Steam Railway transforms itself from a living piece of history to a wonderful, family adventure ride to fantasy: the KVSR Christmas Train!
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Prince Rupert’s 18th Annual Winterfest!

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

18th Annual Winterfest in Prince Rupert, BC

The 18th Annual Winterfest in Prince Rupert, BC is just around the corner – and what a grand festival it will be! This two day celebration of all the best bits of winter takes place the first weekend of every December and heralds the approaching winter holidays.
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Nanaimo Innkeeper Receives Annual Hospitality Award

Friday, November 1st, 2013

MediaRelease 2013 MT award

Parksville, BC – The BC Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Guild recognized Nanaimo innkeeper Gordie Robinson with its highest honor at their conference and annual general meeting in Victoria this week. The Moyra Turner Hospitality Award has been awarded annually since 2002 and recognizes the member innkeeper who best exhibits hospitality, and who best promotes the concept of hospitality. Nominations for the Moyra Turner Hospitality Award require affirmation of exemplary hospitality by guests or other Guild members.

Gordie Robinson, along with wife Janice, has owned and operated Long Lake Waterfront Bed & Breakfast for 6 years.  After retiring from a 34 year career with Shaw Cable, Gordie realized he wanted to stay busy and active.  When they found a Bed & Breakfast for sale on Long Lake, they dove right in, into the B&B business that is, and are enjoying a second successful career welcoming guests from all around the world.  Aside from running the B&B, Gordie’s other passion sees him out on the waters around Nanaimo as a Coxswain with the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.  He feels that giving back to the community in keeping the public safe on the water, and being on the water, is a perfect balance in his life.

Nanaimo innkeeper receives annual Bed & Breakfast hospitality award

Nanaimo innkeeper receives annual Bed & Breakfast hospitality award

Long Lake Waterfront Bed & Breakfast is a private luxury retreat at the end of the road on Ferntree Place, and provides 3 spacious self-contained waterfront suites.   A delicious full breakfast is served in the upstairs lounge each morning.  Gordie and Janice are not new to receiving awards, as Long Lake Waterfront B&B received a 2012 Travelers’ Choice award from TripAdvisor, and a 2013 Certificate of Excellence, which puts the B&B in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor.

This is the second time Nanaimo innkeepers have been awarded the Moyra Turner Hospitality award, as Flying Cloud Bed & Breakfast innkeepers Vivian and Neil Reinhart were recipients of this award in 2010, and the fifth time that the award has resided with Vancouver Island innkeepers.

Join our 100+ members throughout BC in congratulating Gordie Robinson on his continued excellence in the hospitality industry, and find Long Lake Waterfront B&B at the end of the road for your next accommodation needs in Nanaimo BC.

About the BC Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Guild:

The British Columbia Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Guild is a province wide professional Association of B&B innkeepers formed for education, marketing and representation purposes.  Our members are independent B&B innkeepers of British Columbia, Canada who must adhere to the standards of our quality assurance program with regards to guests’ comfort and security.  Look for our members and our signs around the province.  For more information, please visit http://www.bcsbestbnbs.com.  To learn more, please contact Past President Ingrid Vermegen, ingrid.vermegen@bcinnkeepers.com

Fright Nights in Vancouver!

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Fright Nights in Vancouver

Dateline British Columbia: Vancouver’s Playland has been taken over by escaped maniacs, grizzled ghouls, and shambling zombies who have renamed the premiere amusement park Fright Nights in honor of their favorite time of the year – Halloween!
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Let’s Hear it For Summer! and Our Updated Website!

Monday, August 26th, 2013

myra canyon Bed & Breakfast

Let’s hear it for this amazing summer season in beautiful British Columbia!

As we head into the last long weekend of the summer, we encourage everyone to take one last trip! Venture across the province, and stay at one of the many amazing BC Bed & Breakfasts! Or stay local, making it a bit more special with a fun getaway in your hometown.

Travel the Vancouver Coast and pair your stay with a beautiful morning hike – (maybe some last minute back to school shopping) – then unwind and relax with an amazing dinner at any one of the hundreds of amazing culinary restaurants located in the region.

Take a quick ferry ride over to Vancouver Island, and truly understand why Condé Nast Traveler magazine has ranked Vancouver Island as the number one island to visit in Canada in 2012. The eco-system is diverse and they have activities to match. Surf then storm watch in Tofino, or visit  blooming Butchart Gardens in Victoria, or go whale watching at anyone of the amazing communities on the Island.

Visit the Okanagan, the region of BC that truly has something for everyone! An early morning fishing trip, followed by a winery tour in the afternoon and cozying up at one of BC’s finest B&Bs to watch the sunset over the majestic mountain valley landscape. Sounds pretty blissful.

Ride up-north and find all the colors of summer in Northern British Columbia –  including warm-yellow sunsets, rich-green mountainsides and the clearest of turquoise waters. Go off road, and go on horseback or charter a plane or hike to some of the most  idyllic campsites! They may be in the wilderness, but that doesn’t mean they don’t come with modern amenities!

Live large in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast! No, we are not just talking about the Caribou, but also BC’s largest Provincial Park, Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. The Chilcotin Coast combines a rural culture with artistry and spirit! Take a long horseback ride through some amazing landscapes then eat lunch and tour art studios and historic sites.

Rock’n'Roll the Kootenays! Rock the many outdoor activities (The Kootenays are known for their epic outdoor activities). Hike, bike or go whitewater rafting! Or do all three! Then roll on down to the many hotsprings to relax!

Let’s all celebrate summer and also celebrate the best and most hospitable accommodations, The Bed & Breakfasts and Inns of BC! Search our listings today, check availability and book!

We would also like to celebrate the revamp of our website! We revamped the site to better serve you! Our new design and architecture is much more intuitive for you and aimed to make you find a great B&B quicker! Thank you for your patience during the change and of course, we would love to hear from you on how you think our revamped site is doing! Send us a note! 

Happy British Columbia Day! We Love BC

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Happy British Columbia Day to everyone across this beautiful province! We have to admit, BC is a pretty amazing place! To live, to work, to visit or to stay! There were so many celebrations this weekend in every region, we can’t even list them all!

On Vancouver Island, Victoria was host to another acclaimed and successful Symphony Splash as well as Celebrate BC Day where families gathered at beautiful St.Ann’s for a line up of very talented artists and musicians, and enjoyed food, fun, music and laughter!

Relax at a BC Bed & Breakfast

Relax at a BC Bed & Breakfast

Vancouver was proud to host Pride 2013, where hundreds of thousands of people took in the weekend full of activities including the main attraction: the Pride Parade - which nearly 600,000 people attend! Also this weekend wrapped up Honda Celebration of Light, an international spectacle of fireworks!

Not only is BC home to some amazing cities, events and people, but it is home to some great accomodations! Our BC Bed & Breakfast innkeepers are some of the most welcoming and fantastic hosts! Experience the unique inns of British Columbia and some of the best breakfasts you’ll get anywhere!

Explore an B&B in your hometown (for a little getaway) or choose to stay at a BC B&B when you travel throughout this amazing Province.

Find a B&B today!

From all of us at the Guild, and the members and welcoming Bed & Breakfast owners, we hope you had a wonderful BC Day!