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British Columbia’s other winter sports!

Monday, February 9th, 2015

While downhill skiing and snowboarding get most of the attention, British Columbia also has more than 50 cross-country skiing areas, plus opportunities for snowshoeing, dogsledding, and snowmobiling.

The Kimberly Alpine Resort and the Fernie Alpine Resort in the Kootenay Rockies region, Manning Provincial Park in southern BC, the Callahan Valley at Whistler Blackcomb, as well as the Cariboo Chilcotin region, offer networks of groomed cross-country trails. In Northern BC you’ll find great cross-country opportunities at Hudson Bay Mountain in Smithers, and in Northern BC’s biggest city Prince George, host of the Canada Winter Games this month, the Otway Nordic Ski Centre has a 45 km network of trails for your enjoyment.

BC cross-country skiing

BC cross-country skiing

Want to try something a little different while enjoying the outdoors?  Snowshoeing is becoming a very popular activity in BC and it’s a great workout!  These are not your grandmother’s snowshoes either, but much lighter and more easily maneuverable. Snowshoeing allows you to really enjoy the winter landscape you’re passing through, as you’re not going at the same speeds as skiing of course. Vancouver’s Cypress Mountain, Manning Park’s Lightning Lake Loop, and Yoho National Park are great choices, while Kimberly’s Alpine Resort offers an evening of snowshoeing and chocolate fondue at their Kootenay Fondue Tour!  Yum, that sounds like an awesome combination!

Is snowmobiling or dogsledding more your speed?  There are more than 70 snowmobiling clubs in British Columbia which maintain networks of trails for their members.  You can take groomed trails or if you’re a more experienced sledder find more powder and steeper areas, always keeping in mind that you’ve got to stay safe! If you’re an animal lover as well as an outdoors enthusiast, you might enjoy dogsledding.  Let a driver run the sled for you, or learn how to do it yourself.  What a great experience to glide through a silent and snow-covered landscape, disturbed only by the yapping of the dogs and your commands!

BC dogsledding through the snow!

BC dogsledding through the snow!

With winter snow around for a good part of the year, why not get out and about and enjoy it? Wherever you go and whatever activity you chose, book your stay at a BC Bed & Breakfast as your local innkeeper will have all the information you need, and will know all the best places to go, so you’ll get maximum enjoyment out of your BC winter vacation!

Do You Know Your Innkeepers?

Monday, November 10th, 2014

As guests at a BC Bed & Breakfast, do you know your innkeepers? Of course they introduce themselves when you arrive, but have you ever wondered how they came to be B&B Innkeepers and operate a Bed & Breakfast?  A Bed & Breakfast or Bed & Breakfast Inn provides accommodation in a private residence, so the accommodation style and hospitality very much reflect the personalities of the innkeepers.

Innkeeping is very often a second career for your hosts, maybe something they have always dreamed about doing, or have arrived at after a major change in career or lifestyle.  Maybe they’ve always wanted to be their own boss, or maybe they’ve wanted to leave the city behind and move to a quieter location.  Often innkeepers have a particular skill set that they want to use in a more meaningful and satisfying way.  Innkeepers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and not all include hospitality as a component of that previous life.  There are innkeepers who were teachers, IT professionals, historians, flight attendants, architects, professors, management professionals, chefs, advertising experts, lawyers, photographers, shopkeepers and the list goes on and on. Yet all seem to discover a passion for sharing their homes and their lives to enhance the lives of those who stay with them as guests.

Innkeepers gather at a regional meeting

Innkeepers gather at a regional meeting

Innkeepers are of course self-employed and work mostly on their own, especially at small two or three room B&Bs, so it’s particularly important to belong to their provincial and/or professional association.  This is where they network with their colleagues, the way most people network at their place of work, exchange ideas, products and practices that work for them and could be helpful to others in the business, or new innkeepers just starting out. Annual conferences or regional meetings provide these networking opportunities as well as a focus on continuing education.  As marketers of their own businesses, innkeepers need to stay current on the continuing changes in the online world of websites and social media for example, and their professional association can provide these opportunities.

So the next time you enjoy the hospitality of the innkeepers at a great B&B, whether you are there on a golfing holiday, a weekend get-away, a culinary or wine-tasting trip, or any other reason you’ve chosen a BC Bed & Breakfast, get to know your innkeeper a little bit!

Fall Travel to British Columbia

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

After a seemingly endless summer, fall has arrived in British Columbia.  We finally had some rain, and the grass is looking a little greener again, yet at the same time leaves are showing the first hint of fall colour.  Now that schools have started and things are just a little bit quieter on the roads, why not enjoy a little BC get-away?

One of the great things to check out in the fall is wine festivals in British Columbia.  From September 26 through October 5 Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley hosts the “Savour Cowichan” festival, featuring over 40 artisan producers of wines and cider and more than 50 tastings, dinners, cooking classes, bbq’s, charity fundraisers and other special events.  A detailed list of everything that’s happening in the Valley can be found at Savour Cowichan.

Savour Cowichan Festival

Savour Cowichan Festival


While BC’s main wine region, the Okanagan, has wine festivals every season of the year, the Fall Wine Festival is still the largest.  For 10 days during harvest time, more than 165 events throughout the entire Okanagan wine region will temp your palate, tickle your taste buds and offer you vineyard tours, dinners, tastings, arts and education.  For the list of events for this year’s Fall Wine Festival, running October 2 to October 12, 2014 check out their website .

While not all wine regions in the province have specific wine festivals, grape harvesting and events will also be taking place in wineries on the Gulf Islands, the Fraser Valley, the Similkameen Valley and emerging wine regions in the Kootenays, Lillooet and the Thompson and Shuswap regions.  Our BC climate is obviously conducive to growing many varieties of grapes, and there are people almost everywhere in the province with expertise and a passion for the business.   

One of the best places to find out about the local wineries in each area is at a BC Bed & Breakfast.  Bed & Breakfast hosts are well informed about many local attractions and events and they love to share the great places in their area.  Nothing gives innkeepers greater pleasure than seeing their guests having a wonderful experience!

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!

Soak up the Sun..Shine Coast!

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

McCulloch_080708_3427On beautiful days like these, there is no better place than to soak up the sun than the Sunshine Coast!

Set along the northeast shores of the Strait of Georgia from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound, there’s plenty to explore and experience on the Sunshine Coast. Stretching 110 miles, visitors can experience a unique sense of place, from coastal mountain ranges, old growth forests, lakes and inlets, there is much to do! Immerse yourself in so many water activities including kayaking, beachcombing, swimming, sailing and windsurfing, canoeing, sport fishing, scuba diving, and more! The Sunshine Coast just isn’t all about the coast. Come unwind and relax at many spas and resorts, or take in some culture with restaurants, events and music festivals.

This section of the BC coast has been called many times “BC’s best kept secret”. Why? It’s all about the Hidden Gems. Hike the famous Sunshine Coast Trail or watch the supernatural spectacle of the Skookumchuck Narrows.

Even more hidden gems? The Bed and Breakfasts of the Sunshine Coast. Make your visit to the Coast even more unique and special by staying at a BC B&B.

Four Winds Beach House & Spa
Dangerously close to the ocean, on a private point overlooking Georgia Strait. Experience one of three Luxurious oceanfront rooms, Gourmet in-room breakfast, Swim Dock, Hot-tub, Registered Massage therapist.

Discovery Place Retreat and Cottage
Our newly created Estate was uniquely designed as an executive retreat. Our goal is to provide you with stylish comfort, attractive appointments and personable service. The property is situated on 2 acres of Fir and Cedar trees with a view of the ocean.

Our Bed & Breakfast member inns of the Sunshine Coast, invite you to experience the unique blend of coastal-mountains setting, natural attractions, heritage sites and boundless opportunities for recreation in this area of southwest British Columbia.

Soak up the sun, from sunrise to sunset at a BC Bed & Breakfast on the beautiful BC Sunshine Coast.

Bloggers, Bubbles and B&Bs, oh my!

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Penticton6704 British Columbia’s Okanagan region is well known for producing some of BC’s best wines. With over 65 wineries, the variety of wines is so diverse and includes many award winners and wine connoisseur favorites such as Hester Creek, Inniskillin, Mission Hill, Road13 and Quails Gate, just to name a few. The sun-drenched Okanagan hills are home to both world-renowned wineries and a vibrant wine community. So there is no better place than the Okanagan to host the Wine Bloggers Conference, June 6-8.

Intertwined between both blogging speakers and SEO chats, the guests will be experiencing many of BC’s amazing wines. A full flight of three days, including ice-wine tastings, an evening tasting tour to both Penticton and Oliver based wineries as well as an escape to tasting some of the Okanagan’s other wines.

The perfect pairing? A stay at one of the Okanagan’s perfect Bed and Breakfasts. Experience a home away from home when you stay at a B&B. Wonderful breakfast, small personal touches and amazing hosts await you. Choose from just a few of our B&Bs near you including:

Royal Bed and Breakfast

Blue Iris Bed and Breakfast

A Apples~n~Wine B&B

Or review more of the amazing B&Bs in the Okanagan Region of BC

From everyone at BC’s Bed & Breakfasts: Welcome everyone to the beautiful Okanagan region and we hope you enjoy your sips and stay!

‘Spring’-ing into Summer in British Columbia!

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

As we wind-up and ‘spring’ into summer, there are some amazing food-related events happening in British Columbia! Don’t miss these yummy and inspiring events!

Did someone say Spring…..Rolls? EAT Vancouver is back for another amazing year!
Join and celebrate the culinary world with unique food experiences from celebrity chefs, popular local restaurants, wineries, food & beverage manufacturers, cookbook authors, retailers, artisans and so much more at this three day public extravaganza at BC Place May 24 through May 26. To learn more, or ‘chew’ on your decision to go, check out all the information at EAT Vancouver. Looking for the perfect pairing? We recommend pairing your EAT Vancouver experience with an amazing stay at one of many Metro Vancouver B&Bs.

‘Spring’-ing to Tofino for some amazing food! 

Feast Tofino takes place all throughout May

Feast Tofino takes place all throughout May

FEAST Tofino is back for its third annual month-long series of culinary events, celebrating all that is West Coast Vancouver Island Boat-to-Table Cuisine during the month of May! Experience and witness acclaimed local and regional chefs teaming up to create “Fresh, Inspired & Real” Food! Tofino is not only known for these amazing feasts, but also for their amazing Bed & Breakfast accommodations.

Whichever culinary experience you’ll be celebrating around British Columbia, pair it with a BC Bed & Breakfast experience for the best of both worlds!

A Weekend in the City

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Vancouver in the Spring

The lights are bright, the streets are packed, and the restaurants are full…then you realize you are in the city of Vancouver on the weekend. Not just your average weekend holiday, but a trip to one of the world’s most beautiful cities in one of the most visited provinces in Canada. With winter coming to an end, and the spring flowers beginning to bloom, the city of Vancouver is one of the most spectacular places to visit. Whether you are looking to take in the arts and culture district on Commercial Street, or experience a Vancouver Canucks hockey game at Rogers Arena, Vancouver is a city that offers something for all tastes.

When you are on a vacation, the mornings are relaxing and the days are enjoyable, but the evening activites are most memorable. And Vancouver never leaves anything unexplored. With over ten theaters within minutes of downtown Vancouver, and professional hockey, baseball, football and soccer teams playing year round, there is always an activity to take part in when the sun goes down. The Orpheum, the Orpheum Annex, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the QET Plaza and the Arts Club Theatre are a great example of what the arts and culture community of Vancouver have to offer. Whether it be a ballet, rock show, or live theatre, the arts enthusiast will never be left to ponder what could have been.

But when the lights go down and the streets become vacant, your Vancouver accommodation is the more important part of your weekend get-away. With 16 Bed and Breakfasts within the city of Vancouver, and a number of other fantastic options available in the outlying communities, finding a comfortable and relaxing BC Innkeepers Bed & Breakfast to stay in will not be an issue. Not only are there many options available, but some of the best Bed and Breakfasts in Canada are just a walk away from the magical streets of down town Vancouver.


Rafting the Cariboo Chilcotin

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Rafting on the Chilko River

Close your eyes and imagine glaciated Coastal Mountains, aqua-blue water rolling over lava beds and countryside ranches as far as the eye can see. That is exactly what you can expect while river rafting in the Cariboo Chilcotin region in British Columbia. Known across North America as one of the best rafting spots, with some of the longest stretches of river, and great rapids, the Cariboo Chilcotin is home to a number of amazing and exciting rafting opportunities. Ranging from the relaxing float to the extreme white water rapids, the rivers in the Cariboo Chilcotin are some of the best in the world.

Nestled deep in the middle of untouched valleys, the Taseko and Chilko Rivers offer an experience which cannot be matched no matter where you go. Even before you arrive to your desired destination you are gifted with the gorgeous scenery of glacier mountains and breathtaking views, with wildlife watching you every step of the way. Once you arrive to the launching zone, and get your instructions from the Chilko River Rafting staff, you’re not sure whether to be extremely excited or nervous about the adventure you are about to embark on. But once you start to relax and take in the sounds of the river, and stunning scenery, you realize that you are experiencing a truly unique and unforgettable moment. And then come the rapids. Water splashes all over the boat while you try and listen to the guide to make sure you avoid the danger spots and large rocks, you forget to breath because you are experiencing a major adrenaline rush. Then the water calms down, and you realize that you just conquered a beast, the mighty waters of the Chilcotin.

So instead of dreaming of the rush of taking on some of the country’s most amazing rivers, book your next trip to the Cariboo Chilcotin region and experience white water rafting at its best. And with a number of quaint, cozy and welcoming BC bed and breakfasts awaiting your arrival, this may be the most memorable trip you ever take. Just don’t forget to breath when the water crashes over your head while you’re trying to dodge that big rock ahead!

Gulf Islands

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Consisting of 225 islands, the Gulf Islands are truly one of the World’s most amazingly breathtaking destinations. Whether you are looking to go kayaking, hiking, fishing, golfing, or simply to relax on the beach, the Gulf Islands is the place to go. Although most of the islands are quite small and only accessible by boat or kayak, many of them offer unique tourist attractions.

beautiful Gulf Islands scenery

Six of the most commonly visited islands include Salt Spring, Pender, Mayne, Galiano, Saturna and Gabriola. Since all of these islands are well served by ferry services and float planes, it is easy to pick up and island hop during a vacation. Not only can one take in the crisp ocean air while lounging at one of the many fantastic restaurants serving up locally grown food, you can also visit a local Gulf Islands scuba diving shop and experience some of the most stunningly beautiful marine life on the planet.  Kayaking is another favorite activity on the islands.  All of these activities are right outside your door when you take a trip to the Gulf Islands.

During your island vacation, and between the exploring and beachcombing, the Gulf Islands are home to some magnificent BC Bed and Breakfasts. Located on Gabriola Island, just a quick ferry ride from the Harbour City of Nanaimo, Wur Here B and B boasts two private suites with private entrances & kitchen areas, heated floors in the en-suite, fridge, microwave, tv/dvd, WiFi, a private deck and a shared hot tub. With many walking trails, and a well known arts & culture scene, Gabriola Island and Wur Here B & B is a must visit.

Located just south of Gabriola Island is the very popular Salt Spring Island which is home to Quarrystone House and the Anchor Point Bed & Breakfast Suite. Situated on 5 acres of land, Quarrystone House has four rooms which are located in a separate building from the main house but joined by a patio, ensuring complete privacy. All rooms have their own entrance, private patio/balcony, fireplace, jacuzi tub, WiFi, tv/dvd, fridge, microwave and robes. A full three course country breakfast is served each morning at Quarrystone House. For those possibly looking for an even more private location, the Anchor Point Bed & Breakfast Suite has a beautiful view of Ganges Harbour with a private self contained designer queen-size 1 bedroom suite with living/dining space. Enjoy the morning view during a speciality island breakfast.

So make sure to book your next island getaway to the Gulf Islands and experience the sought after island lifestyle.