Posts Tagged ‘Vancouver Bed & Breakfast’

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!

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!

Vancouver Innkeeper Receives Annual Hospitality Award

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Media Release 2014 Moyra Turner Hospitality Award

At its recent annual conference held in West Kelowna, the BC Innkeepers Guild recognized Vancouver innkeeper Graham Laxton with its highest honor, the Moyra Turner Hospitality Award. 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.

Graham Laxton, along with wife and partner Lee, has owned and operated Greystone Bed & Breakfast in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood for 15 years.  Graham’s career path took him from being a London “bobby” to helping at a pawnbroker’s, then to the hotel world and ultimately to managing the Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club for 24 years before opening Greystone Bed & Breakfast.  Wife Lee is a third generation Vancouverite with a background in the school system.  Soccer and wine, as well as traveling, especially cruising, are passions of their non-innkeeper lives.

Graham and Lee Laxton are recipients of the Moyra Turner Hospitality Award 2014

Graham and Lee Laxton are recipients of the Moyra Turner Hospitality Award 2014

Greystone Bed & Breakfast offers 2 guest rooms as well as a 2-bedroom suite.  Their location close to West 4th as well as downtown offers their guests a very convenient location to many Vancouver attractions, restaurants and transportation routes.  Ranked #5 among all Vancouver Bed & Breakfasts on TripAdvisor, their guest reviews only confirm that receiving the Moyra Turner Hospitality Award is long overdue recognition of their outstanding hospitality.  Greystone Bed & Breakfast also received a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.  As their website says “Good Value + Good Times = Greystone Bed & Breakfast”.

Please join BC Innkeepers Guild members throughout the province in congratulating Graham Laxton on his continued excellence in the hospitality industry, and book your next stay in Vancouver at Greystone Bed & Breakfast to enjoy their outstanding hospitality for yourselves!


About the BC Innkeepers Guild:

The BC 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  To learn more, please contact Communications Coordinator Ingrid Vermegen,

Love in Vancouver

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Yes gentlemen it’s that time of year again, Valentine’s Day. And as much as we tell our friends it’s not a big deal, and that we don’t make dinner reservations and just go with the flow, we all know this is not the right thing to do. But what exactly should you do this year on that special day? Well if you either live in Vancouver, or are looking to spend a romantic weekend in this beautiful city, there are plenty of options to share with your loved one.

Valentines Day Heart

Of course if you want to start off on the right track you’re going to need flowers and chocolate, and with a number of florists and chocolate shops all over the city this should be easy. But what about preparing your own chocolate delight? Well that’s easy too, all you need is some good cocoa, a bit of sugar, salt, milk and whatever else you desire to mix with this magical indulgence. And when you’re looking for flowers, it always adds a nice touch when you are able to build your own bouquet, just don’t get caught picking flowers from your neighbour’s garden!

Once you have given your significant other their lovely bouquet of flowers and chocolate treat, make sure to book your private horse drawn carriage ride around Stanley Park where you can take in the wonders of the Totem Poles, Third Beach, Lost Lagoon and all the other romantic attractions in one of North America’s best parks. And if a horse drawn carriage ride isn’t your cup of tea, then how about a stroll around the 8 kilometer Stanley Park Seawall along the ocean front, where you can take in one of the Pacific Ocean’s stunning sunsets.

And when it comes to the most important part of the day, dinner, the city of Vancouver offers a wide variety of exceptional dining options. Whether you are craving Italian, Indian, Northwest, Seafood or just Dessert, you will find what you are looking for. Just make sure to book your reservation early, the same goes for booking your Vancouver Bed & Breakfast stay to provide the perfect ending to your magical Valentine’s Day date.


The bigger word in “Bed & Breakfast”

Monday, May 16th, 2011

A large part of the attraction of staying at a British Columbia Bed & Breakfast concerns the bigger word in “Bed & Breakfast”, our breakfasts of course!  The BC Innkeepers Guild definition of what is a Bed & Breakfast includes the requirement that breakfast must be provided and included in the room rate.

So, what about breakfast?  As many different B&Bs as there are in our Guild, probably as many different kinds of breakfasts are provided.  Breakfast may be served at a communal table in the dining room, or individual tables, may be delivered to your room, may be set up as a buffet, may be served outside on the patio or deck, weather permitting, or may be provided for you to help yourself to at your convenience.  You may enjoy 5 courses or 3 courses or an expanded continental version, a breakfast menu or a choice of breakfast selections.  Always check when you’re deciding which Bed & Breakfast to stay at, so that you will know what to expect.

Innkeeper Sharon at Race View B&B , a Greater Victoria Bed & Breakfast in rural Metchosin, offering a single private suite, may start you off with home made banana icecream topped with maple blackberry “swoosh”, followed by smoked salmon and asparagus rouladen with rosemary roasted potatoes and whole grain toast made from locally grown red fife flour.  At the Bee & Thistle Guest House, a Vancouver Bed & Breakfast in a 1908 fully restored historic home in the Commercial Drive area, innkeepers Lynn & Michael offer fresh brandied strawberries in lace toffee cups, feta and scallion scones with whipped chive butter, creme brulee french toast with fresh banana slices and Canadian maple syrup accompanied by chorizo potato petals with sour cream and chives.  Yum, is your mouth watering yet?

Bed & Breakfasts can cater to special dietary restrictions, or specific activities that require flexible breakfast times, but please let them now in advance.  At St. Marys River B&B a Kootenay Bed & Breakfast in the small community of Wycliffe, British Columbia, innkeepers Dale & Doug Martin have devised a self-serve breakfast as they cater to a lot of fishermen and other early risers.  Hot and cold cereals, seasonal fruit and yoghurts, home baked goods or breads, and a quiche or french toast casserole that guests can pop into the oven whenever they are ready to eat.  Dale & Doug still find opportunities to host their guests as well.  A gluten and dairy-free menu served at La Pause B&B, a Courtenay Bed & Breakfast on Vancouver Island, starts with a super soy smoothie.  Innkeepers David & Lucille may then serve gluten and dairy-free lemon blueberry muffins and individual apple wood smoked bacon quiches.  There is no reason to sacrifice taste when dealing with diet restrictions.

How about one more to tickle your taste buds?  ThistleDown House, a North Vancouver Bed & Breakfast, is known for its unique breakfasts.  On Friday May 13th, this was the menu: ThistleDown porridge, pineapple poached in kirsch with crushed frozen raspberries, and a main course of wild British Columbia steelhead trout with sea asparagus.

Of course there are many more great breakfasts served by our BC  innkeepers.  All will be accompanied by delicious coffees and teas and a variety of fresh fruit juices, and are very often locally sourced and organic.  As we could not possibly include them all here, keep an eye on our Facebook page for further delectable offerings from our British Columbia Bed & Breakfasts!

BC Residents – Be a tourist in Vancouver!

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Are you planning a visit to Vancouver, BC?  Here is a great reason to say ” yes”, and to plan that visit in May, as Tourism Vancouver and partner attractions are holding a “Be a Tourist in Your Own Town” event.  As part of Vancouver 125 all BC residents are invited to be a tourist in their own city by taking advantage of over 30,000 free tickets from participating attractions.

Each day during the promotion period, a different area attraction will be revealed as “the attraction of the day”, offering BC residents a limited number of free admission tickets.  How can you find out which is the attraction of the day?  Follow Tourism Vancouver on twitter (@MyVancouver), on Facebook and on their website early each morning to discover which is the attraction of the day.  Register at to download a coupon for two free admission tickets valid for the following day, but be quick as they’ll go fast!

Some of the great attractions in and around Vancouver offering these free tickets include the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Britannia Mine Museum (which recently won the 2011 Canadian Museum Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Facility Development and Design), Capilano Suspension Bridge, Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, Greater Vancouver Zoo, Harbour Cruises and Events, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Science World at Telus World of Science, Stanley Park Horse-drawn Tours, UBC Botanical Gardens and the UBC Museum of Anthropology.

Make Vancouver your home base and enhance your visit by staying at a great Vancouver Bed & Breakfast.  It’s the “Better Way to Stay” you know!  Our Guild has a downtown Vancouver Bed & Breakfast, Bed & Breakfasts in the Kitsilano, Kerrisdale, Point Grey and UBC areas, accommodation near the ocean or Bed & Breakfast accommodation on Vancouver’s  North Shore and other areas of Greater Vancouver.  Your Vancouver Bed & Breakfast hosts can fill you in on all the other things to see and do around the city, so you’ll need to spend a at least a few days to fully enjoy this city!

Vancouver celebrates 125 years

Friday, April 1st, 2011

On April 6, 2011, the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, celebrates the 125th anniversary of its incorporation.  “Celebrate Vancouver 125” will start with a free birthday party on that day at Jack Poole outdoor Plaza, around the Olympic cauldron.  Festivities start at 2 pm with a street hockey tournament and will include music, food, street arts and video art, and special performances and ceremonies.  The Olympic cauldron will be lit and there will be a VERY big birthday cake!

In addition to its 125th anniversary, Vancouver also celebrates this year as Cultural Capital of Canada.  “Summer Live” will showcase Vancouver’s vibrant arts scene with a free multi-stage celebration in Stanley Park from July 8th through the 10th, drawing on the city’s contemporary creative arts scene, First Nations heritage and its multi-cultural diversity.  Dozens of other cultural organizations will be showcasing special events throughout the year to add to the celebrations.

As part of the celebrations, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation is asking Vancouverites to nominate 125 ‘Places that Matter’, where plaques will be mounted celebrating people, places and events that helped to shape the City of Vancouver.

The beginning of Vancouver started with the establishment of a sawmill and then the growth of the settlement called Gastown, around which a townsite called Granville grew.  The city incorporated as Vancouver the same year the transcontinental railway arrived on the west coast.  Its natural seaport soon became a major link in the trade route to the Orient, and the city started growing.

Vancouver, British Columbia, celebrates 125

Today, the City of Vancouver is an exciting, multi-cultural, modern city in one of the most beautiful locations in the world, on Georgia Strait and the Pacific Ocean and overlooked by the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia.  It has ranked highly on a worldwide list of “livable cities” for numerous years.  There is so much to see and do around Vancouver, you’ll never run out of ideas: walk the seawall in Stanley Park;  visit the Vancouver Aquarium, Gastown, or the Museum of Anthropology at UBC; explore the markets and boutiques at Granville Island; go boating up Burrard Inlet or take in an NHL hockey game at Rogers Arena; smell the flowers at Queen Elizabeth Park or the VanDusen Botanical Gardens; admire the Emily Carr collection at the Vancouver Art Gallery.  They say that in Vancouver you can ski in the morning and go sailing in the afternoon!

Make sure you spend at least several days in this city which hosted the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and book your Vancouver Bed & Breakfast accommodation before you come!  Your hosts will be a fountain of information of all the wonderful reasons why Vancouver is the special city that it is.

Spicy in Vancouver

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Sizzling salsa dancing on a grand scale is coming to Vancouver. Prepare to experience 4 nights of unforgettable performances, dance parties, and workshops at the second annual Vancouver International Salsa Festival, March 3 to 6, 2011 at the Sheraton Wall Centre.

hot salsa in Vancouver

There will be literally dozens of performances from world-famous salsa dancers such as BAILA Society, Cobo Brothers, Proyecto Descarga, and Salsamania as well as regular workshops for beginners and up, and themed dance parties until 4 am.  Without a doubt, the VISF is the hottest ticket in town. Tickets start at only $20, and part of the proceeds go to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The centerpiece events are the two Gala events on Friday March 4, “Latin Live” with a 12-piece live band and an international dance showcase,  and on Saturday March 5, “Casino Royale – Salsa & Martinis” with a dress code of Bond and Bond Girls.

Vancouver is home to many of BC’s best B&Bs, where you can rest up before or after a great salsa dance party so be sure to book your Vancouver Bed & Breakfast accommodation soon.