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…)
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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…)
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…)
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 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!
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!
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”.
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.
The 2013 Parksville Uncorked Wine & Food Festival will take place February 21-24 at two world class resorts in Parksville on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Local and regional artisinal wine, beer and cuisine will be presented in tastings and at special dinner and brunch gatherings. Other events include wine-themed spa treatments and local tours. Over 25 wineries and more than 10 breweries and cideries will offer their celebrated libations.
Parksville Uncorked is celebrating it’s fifth annual festival this year. The 2012 Parksville Uncorked events sold out quickly, so now is the time to make your plans to attend. We recommend that you pair your palate’s adventures with the “gourmet” Vancouver Island lodging of our member bed & breakfast inns. (more…)
As August opens, East Vancouver Island will come alive with art, crafts, music and more as Comox and the nearby Coombs/Parksville area offer up a great few days of entertainment from August 3 through 6, 2012. Learn more about these upcoming events and make your lodging plans at our member bed and breakfast inns to enjoy a stay as memorable as the events themselves.
Friday August 03, 2012 – Monday August 06, 2012
2012 marks the 30th year of the Filberg Festival in Comox, BC; the largest of its kind for Canadian arts, crafts and music.
Filberg Festival Celebrates the Canadian Arts
Over 120 artisans from all across Canada will present their artworks at the Filberg Festival and there is something for everyone to enjoy. Categories of these displays to browse (and buy from) include:
Tasty Treats to Accompany Your Filberg Festival Experience
In addition, food vendors with cuisines from around the world will be on hand to keep you fueled for your festival journey.
Filberg Festival Entertainment Offers a Diverse Selection of Music
This year’s entertainment line-up includes blues, country, folk, jazz, old-time gospel, rock-n-roll, roots music and much more.
The 2012 Sooke Fine Arts Show runs from July 28 through August 6 at SEAPARC Leisure Complex. 8,000 attendees are expected for this event, so it’s a good time to secure your accommodations in preparation for your visit to the Sooke area of British Columbia.
A History of Celebrating BC Fine Arts
The Sooke Fine Arts Show, the longest-running adjudicated event of its kind on Vancouver Island, is now in its 26th year of promoting and encouraging appreciation of fine art and artists. This annual event is organized and presented by the Sooke Fine Arts Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of local fine art and hosting this event as well as public art education on technique and expertise.
Sooke Fine Arts Show Events Offer a World of BC Art…and More!
The focus of the art show is, naturally, fine art and the artists, but there’s also music, gourmet food, wine, events for kids and seniors, and much more.
There are art submissions from all categories to view, including:
- Two Dimensional
- Three Dimensional
- Ceramic & Glass
- Fibre Arts
- Mixed Media and More
Artist submissions will be judged and compete for category awards and $12,000 in prizes. (more…)
When most people think of Vancouver Island they think of cities like Victoria, Parksville, Tofino, and possibly Campbell River. But these folks are missing out on the most spectacular part of the largest Pacific island east of New Zealand. The Northern Vancouver Island region is a place of pristine natural splendour. It’s the last frontier, where massive expanses of lush wilderness beckon to outdoor adventurers, explorers, nature lovers, and wildlife watchers. With destinations such as Woss, Telegraph Cove, Sayward, and Port Hardy, to name a few, the Northern Region of Vancouver Island offers many amazing places to visit.
More coastline and more waterways than any other area within the Vancouver Island region makes Vancouver Island North a premium destination for marine adventures. Which is why fishing, scuba diving, whale watching and kayaking are some of the most popular activities to take part in. World famous and noted for brilliant soft corals, countless marine species, 100-foot-plus visibility and unique opportunities such as seeing Pacific white-sided dolphins, wolf eels and exploring shipwrecks, Northen Vancouver Island is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 places to scuba dive each year.
The number of activities and outdoor adventure possibilities is too long to list, but in addition to scuba diving, another MUST DO is a guided grizzly bear tour. With a number of companies offering guided tours, taking a day to search the region for one of these spectacular animals will not leave you disappointed. These tours take place at the appropriately named ‘Great Bear Rainforest’. One of the world’s great wildlife areas, the Great Bear Rainforest still hosts healthy populations of the same wildlife species present when Captain Vancouver sailed up the BC coast in 1793. The Coastal Mountain range has isolated many wildlife populations from their conspecifics in the rest of North America. As a result, the Great Bear Rainforest is home to many subspecies and genetically unique populations such as the Grizzly Bear and the coastal grey wolves.
Although Vancouver Island Bed and Breakfasts may not be abundant in the Northern Region of the Island, making your home base in Courtenay or Campbell River will allow you the opportunity to make daily excursions up island. And when you are looking to explore the wilderness and vast expanses of this untouched region, what better way than with road trips from your comfortable and relaxing British Columbia Bed and Breakfast.