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Innkeeper Recommendations: Why You Should Visit Ucluelet

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Tofino is the place everyone mentions when talking about visiting Pacific Rim on Vancouver Island’s west coast, but there are just as many reasons to visit the other village, the one with the difficult pronunciation, “You Clue Let”.  Our Ucluelet Bed & Breakfast innkeepers have been welcoming guests to their community for many years, so who better to ask what makes Ucluelet special and why you should come and explore.

Great kayaking around Ucluelet

Great kayaking around Ucluelet

 

Tracy from Majestic Ocean B&B and Kayaking mentions the spectacular Wild Pacific Trail, as did all our innkeepers. This trail is now rated the #1 attraction in British Columbia on TripAdvisor.  How is that for a great reason to visit just for starters!  All our innkeepers also mention the Ucluelet Aquarium, a catch (to ensure the sealife’s health) and release aquarium.  The waters around Ucluelet are great for kayaking; currents are not that strong and boat traffic is relatively light.  The famous Pacific Rim National Park Broken Group Islands are close by.  The ocean also provides world class fishing with seasonal runs of Coho and Chinook salmon as well as halibut, cod, and rockfish.

Do you hear the foghorn in Ucluelet?

Do you hear the foghorn in Ucluelet?

Kellyanne from Ocean Mist Guest House B&B recommends the beautiful sunsets on local beaches as a great reason to visit, but also loves the sound of the lighthouse fog horn in season and that wonderful fresh ocean air!  Bear, wolf, sea lions, sea otters, and of course whales, as well as a huge variety of bird life in the area make for frequent wildlife sightings to thrill visitors.  There’s also excellent surfing year round nearby between Ucluelet and Tofino, as well as paddle boarding, beach combing, or just watching the tides roll in.

Located on Little Beach Bay, Bostrom’s Bed & Breakfast innkeeper Judy says the people are one of the reasons to come and visit Ucluelet.  Everyone is so friendly and helpful and is happy to share their community with you.  Many of Ucluelet’s inhabitants came as visitors themselves and never left.  There are also some fabulous restaurants in town, offering world class dining even in such a small community. Judy mentions Norwoods and Jiggers, the fish and chips truck that sells the best fish and chips she’s ever tasted!

Enjoy a scrumptious oceanfront breakfast in Ucluelet

Enjoy a scrumptious oceanfront breakfast in Ucluelet

So, have you booked your Ucluelet vacation yet?  Chose one of the wonderful Ucluelet B&Bs and their innkeepers will be able to pass on all their great recommendations so you’ll have a fabulous holiday.  Or plan just a weekend get-away to Pacific Rim if you can’t fit in a real holiday right now.  There are so many reasons to come and visit, so why don’t you!

Great BC Winter Activities…other than skiing!

Monday, January 12th, 2015

British Columbia is known for its many great ski resorts, Whistler Blackcomb being the most famous of them all.  So what to do if you’re looking for a winter get-away in BC that’s not a wintersports vacation? We’ve got some suggestions for you!

Storm Watching on Vancouver Island’s West Coast

Tofino and Ucluelet on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island are the place to be to view spectacular winds and waves from November through February.  Be daring and brave and bundle up to experience the power of nature outdoors, or enjoy it from the comfort of your Bed & Breakfast or hotel room. Many accommodation providers offer specific storm watching packages, with rainslickers, southwesters and gumboots supplied!  Enjoy both the cozy comfort and the wild at our Ucluelet Bed & Breakfasts or any number of other places in the Pacific Rim area on Vancouver Island’s West Coast.

Brave the wild in Ucluelet!

Brave the wild in Ucluelet!

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Staying on Vancouver Island, on your way to the West Coast or on your way back, why not check out the fabulous Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit at Victoria’s Royal BC Museum.  This exhibit of award-winning photographs of the natural world is celebrating 50 years of awe inspiring images.   Featuring 100 nature and wildlife photos from around the world (from 42,000 entries), the exhibit is on until April 6, 2015 and is absolutely worth a visit.  And there are many Victoria Bed & Breakfasts to chose from for a relaxing and most comfortable stay!

Dine Out Vancouver

If you’re planning a Vancouver visit during January, there are of course all the attractions that the city has to offer any time of year.  But from January 17 until February 2 there’s a special reason to enjoy a stay in the city as Dine Out Vancouver is celebrated at more than 200 restaurants around the Metro Vancouver area.  Dine Out Vancouver is Canada’s largest food & drink festival and offers such an unlimited variety of foods and drink, you’ll probably want to come back the following year too!  Your Vancouver Bed & Breakfast hosts will be able to give you the inside scoop for the best places to enjoy a wonderful culinary experience!

One of several great Vancouver Bed & Breakfasts!

One of several great Vancouver Bed & Breakfasts!

Whistler Olympic Venue Experience

While Whistler Blackcomb is BC’s best known ski resort, and the #1 ranked ski resort in North America, there are many other things to do other than ski.  The 2010 Olympic Games venue for downhill and cross-country skiing, Whistler also hosted the sliding sports of bobsleigh, skeleton and luge, and if you like some adventure and you like speed, this is the place for you!  At the Whistler Sliding Centre you can ride down the same ice tracks as those world class athletes and feel the rush of speeds up to 125 km an hour in the four-man bobsleigh! The hand-out tells you to “make sure you use the washroom before the start of the run due to gravitational forces on your bladder” so be prepared!  There are also several outdoor skating rinks at the Whistler Plaza, so don’t forget your skates!  Whistler Bed & Breakfast accommodation is of course geared to all the winter sports available in the area.

Enjoy your non-skiing BC winter vacation!

Bed & Breakfast for your BC Ski Vacation

Friday, December 12th, 2014

British Columbia has some fantastic ski areas and resorts.  Not only is North America’s #1 ski resort Whistler Blackcomb in BC, there are a total of 13 major ski resorts in the province with a wide variety of terrain. From Mount Washington on Vancouver Island, with breathtaking views and some of the deepest snow on the coast (Ski Canada magazine gave it the “biggest snow” award in 2012), to Panorama, with one of the largest verticals in North America and Canada’s largest on the hill “hot pools”, there is a ski resort to suit your tastes and provide all kinds of thrills.

Deep snow and great views at Mount Washington

Deep snow and great views at Mount Washington

Canada’s newest ski resort is Revelstoke, with the longest lift served vertical in North America. Revelstoke also offers heli-skiing, cat-skiing, lift skiing and backcountry skiing, the only resort to offer all these options in North America.  Great Bed & Breakfast accommodation for your ski vacation can be found in the town at several Revelstoke Bed & Breakfasts.  Auberge Kicking Horse in Golden is the B&B to stay if your ski vacation takes you to Kicking Horse, where you’ll find some of the highest peaks in the Rockies and endless opportunities for heli-skiing.

Thompson Okanagan ski resorts are known for great powder, family friendly resorts and some of the largest ski areas in the province, and in Canada.  Sun Peaks near Kamloops, Big White and Apex, as well as Silver Star, are popular resorts that offer all sorts of activities for the whole family.  Don’t want to stay on the hill?  Many Thompson Okanagan Bed & Breakfasts are not far away at all!

Of course Whistler Blackcomb is one of the world’s great ski resorts with exciting dining and apres-ski once your day on the hill is over.  Nearby Pemberton as well as Whistler Village offer many accommodation choices, including some great Bed & Breakfasts!  Less than an hour and a half from Metro Vancouver, drive the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway up to some fabulous skiing.  And Metro Vancouver itself has three ski hills right on the North Shore, so if you want to combine your ski vacation with a little urban exploration, Vancouver area Bed & Breakfasts will provide a wonderful home away from home, only better!

Why come to BC for your ski vacation?  Because it has everything for a great time, and so much more!

 

Milner Gardens and Woodland on Vancouver Island

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Milner Gardens and Woodland feature a host of Rhododendron hybridsPart of Vancouver Island University and considered one of the 10 Best Public Gardens in Canada, Milner Gardens and Woodland combines 70 seaside acres of old-growth forest trails and rich, flower-dense gardens.

Overlooking the Strait of Georgia from its perch above on an ocean-side bluff, Milner Gardens and Woodland is a paradise (more…)

The Best-Loved Dolls of the Past 100 Years at the Sidney Museum

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

The Best-Loved Dolls of the Past 100 Years at the Sidney Museum
The Sidney Museum in Sidney, British Columbia is offering a unique perspective of history through an exhibit of the evolution of the Best-Loved Dolls of the Past 100 Years.

We’ve all had or seen dolls: Barbie, G.I. Joe, Cabbage Patch, baby dolls, china dolls, etc. – but who ever considered how the trends of doll manufacturing reflect the culture that makes them? Dolls are windows into our cultural history, demonstrating social change and the ever shifting social image we have of ourselves. (more…)

12th Annual Tofino Food and Wine Festival

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The 2014 Tofino Food and Wine FestivalThe 12th annual Tofino Food and Wine Festival is arriving just in time to help you kick off your summer with a grand celebration of great food and drink.

Food and drink – so integral to our survival and enjoyment of life that one almost forgets how worthy of celebration they are – and it’s not just the food and drink by themselves or even combined but also the surroundings and the people with which we enjoy them. This is the celebration, and Tofino is the place. (more…)

Qualicum Beach Fire and Ice 2014

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Qualicum Beach Fire and Ice 2014After a year’s break, the ever-popular Qualicum Beach Fire and Ice street festival returns for its 22nd anniversary in 2014!

Fire – it’s the food! Join in on the traditional chili tasting cook-off along with other kinds of hot foods! Yum! Hot!

Ice – it’s the sculpture! Ice carving competitions will commence, along with other, additional icy activities such as ice cream making and other “cool” foods.

What else is hot and cool? Music! Live, foot-stomping, hip-shaking entertainment from favorite local performers and recording artists. (more…)

Join In the 2014 Brant Wildlife Festival

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

2014 Brant Wildlife FestivalWhat is a Brant Wildlife Festival?

The Brant Wildlife Festival is a celebration of nature, specifically Black Brant geese and those like them, that congregate on the Parksville and Qualicum beaches of Vancouver Island to feast on the spring spawning of Pacific herring.

Every spring, as the waters warm, the herring work their way up the coast of North America – and they are not alone. Black Brant geese make their own, remarkable, migratory journey from California and Mexico to their breeding grounds in the north at this same time. Along the way, they rely on coastal estuaries, bays, spits, and beaches like those found along the shores of Vancouver Island to feed and rest. (more…)

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! 

Refreshing Summer Living on Salt Spring Island

Sunday, June 30th, 2013
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Courtesy: Saltspring Tourism

Close to both Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver, and the Sunshine Coast, Salt Spring Island offers escape and some summer refreshment.

One of the Southern Gulf Islands in British Columbia’s Strait of Georgia, Salt Spring Island almost has a rural feel, with local wildlife, farms sprinkled throughout and a vibrant downtown core in Ganges. The island offers mild weather, incredible views, and friendly and creative people, so needless to say, a stay at a Salt Spring Island Bed and Breakfast is sure to be pleasantly memorable.

Anchor Point Bed and Breakfast Suite
Relax in the Terrace Suite at the sailclub on Ganges harbour. Private self contained designer queen-size 1 bedroom suite, with living/dining space, WiFi/cable/DVD/MP3 and harbour views. Island breakfasts delivered to your suite. The convenience of Full Service, but with total privacy. All “Yours to Enjoy”.

Quarrystone House
All four guest rooms are located in a separate building from the main house, joined by a patio, ensuring complete privacy. All rooms have their own entrance, private patio/balcony, fireplace,  jacuzzi tub, WiFi/tv/dvd, fridge, microwave, robes etc. A full three course country breakfast is served, kids and pets welcome.

Salt Spring has so much to offer, you can’t take it all in over just one visit. Visit the Saturday Morning Market in Ganges Centennial Park, for a taste of what grows here; be sure to sample the island’s kiwi and olive.  The wines of Salt Spring Island are world renowned – indeed it is difficult to keep the blackberry port on the shelves. Thanks to the mild climate, the wines are known for their fruity tastes and earthy aromas. There are two wineries on Salt Spring Island, both of which are open for visitation and tastings.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking to the top of Mount Maxwell or through 80 Acre Park, kayaking the shoreline, and biking along quiet country roads. Many spots on the island offer terrific views of Vancouver Island, the Coast Mountains on the mainland of British Columbia, and the Olympic Mountains in Washington State.

When ready to relax, try an afternoon at a spa, or an evening of good food and music at a restaurant or pub. Of course, it is also lovely to curl up with a good book at a Salt Spring Island BC Bed and Breakfast.