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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!


Whistler Tough Mudder 2014

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Whistler Tough Mudder 2014Registration to compete in the upcoming Whistler Tough Mudder is just about sold out but there are still tickets available for spectators, so come on over and witness one of the most exciting endurance events anywhere!

In case you’ve never heard of a Tough Mudder, the concept was co-founded in 2010 by Will Dean and Guy Livingstone, modeled after Tough Guy races. A Tough Mudder is an endurance event featuring a 16 to 19 km, military-style obstacle course designed to play on common human fears, such as heights, fire, water, and electricity.


Whistler’s 2014 WinterPRIDE, Whistler Gay Ski Week

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

2014 WinterPRIDE, Whistler Gay Ski Week

Gear up and get ready! 2014 WinterPRIDE, Whistler Gay Ski Week is almost here!

Whistle all the way to Whistler

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Today the world knows about Whistler, British Columbia, thanks to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Yet people have been drawn to Whistler for year-round outdoor recreation for nearly a century – it’s not all about the winter sports! Summer recreational activities are popular too!

There are many ways to take in the stunning views of Whistler, British Columbia. Start off by taking the three-hour train ride from Vancouver to Whistle Climb. Play a round of golf at each of the four championship Golf Courses in Whistler. Hang on for dear life while flying down a zip line, or take a scenic helicopter ride and stand atop a glacier. Sit back and relax during the Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

Whistler is also home to some amazing events! This upcoming Canada Day, celebrate on the Mountain! The Parade features over 50 festive floats, marching bands and community groups. Or take in an outdoor music event with one of the many concerts that are part of the Whistler Outdoor Concert Series!

Whistler is an ideal mini get-away! It takes about two hours to reach Whistler from Vancouver, BC, making Whistler Bed and Breakfasts ideal retreats from city living!

Durlacher Hof Alpine Inn
Durlachers’ reputation as having Whistler’s most welcoming and generous innkeepers is legendary. The Hof serves up the complete authentic Austrian experience with painstaking attention to detail. All eight rooms have mountain views.

Go Austrian at Durlacher Hof in Whistler!

Go Austrian at Durlacher Hof in Whistler!

Cedar Springs Lodge
Quiet Canadian lodge, close to park & valley trail. Comfortable rooms with superior beds/duvets. Fireside living/dining rooms. Gourmet breakfasts, afternoon tea, home baking, hot tub, free parking & wireless internet. German and Australian are spoken here!

Chalet Luise Inn
The closest B&B Inn to Whistler Village. Comfy rooms with private en-suite bathrooms. Great breakfasts, 8 minute stroll to Whistler Village. Free parking, free wi-fi, hot tub, jacuzzi, TV lounge area. secure bike/ ski storage,  workshop and drying room with lockers.

Whistle while on your way to Whistler, and enjoy the scenery, the town and the B&Bs!

World Ski & Snowboard Festival at Whistler, BC

Saturday, March 16th, 2013
World Ski & Snowboard FestivalWorld Ski & Snowboard Festival

DSC_5010The WSSF will captivate you with world class snow sports, arts, entertainment and much more.

The World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) returns to the premier snow sport destination of Whistler, British Columbia from April 12-21, 2013.

This is a huge event – the largest gathering of winter sports, music, arts and culture in North America.  This year’s WSSF looks to build upon that reputation of “bigger and better” with a lineup of events, entertainment and international skiing and snowboarding personalities guaranteed to thrill the many thousands expected to attend.

Given the popularity of this annual snow sports festival, it is highly recommended you make your travel plans now. Make the most of your time at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival with a stay at the relaxing and tailored Whistler, BC lodging of our member Bed and Breakfast inns.

Snow Sports Events

The WSSF’s primary draw are the many snow sports events, featuring competition among the world’s top athletes at the highest levels.

World Skiing Invitational – AFP World Championship

The World Ski and Snowboard Festival will host the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) World Championship, which feature two major competitions:


Freestyle ProBlackcomb Terrain Park

Slopestyle, now a part of the Olympic Games, challenges even the most experienced skiers with jumps, rail,s and daunting features.

Big Air

Ski AerialsWhistler Ski Plaza

The Big Air jump offers breathtaking aerials by the world’s top skiers as they compete for big dollars and the championship title.

The Shred Show

This year’s snowboarding competitions will feature three distinct events:

Big Air

snowboard aerialWhistler Skiers Plaza

Join the capacity crowd on April 20th to watch the world’s finest snowboarders compete for $25,000 in prize money on a huge table jump.


BoardercrossBlackcomb Terrain Park

Introduced at WSSF in 2011, four riders race on a traditional boardercross course and are judged on freestyle skills.


slopestyle snowboardingBlackcomb Terrain Park

Just as with slopestyle skiing, snowboarders face a supremely grueling combination of jumps, rails, and features.

Other sports-related events include the Demo Park, where you can try out the latest ski and snowboard gear, a fun-for-the-whole family set of competitions with Big Air Bear, the Festival’s official mascot, and his furry friends, plus a dog show and the Vengeance in the Valley roller derby tournament between the Squamish Sea to Sky Sirens and Whistler’s Black Diamond Betties.


EntertainmentAway from the races and other snow sports competitions, you’ll find plenty to enjoy during the 10 days of the festival, including an incredible lineup of music, films, a fashion show, photography, art and culture exhibitions and much more.  Most of these events are free of charge.

More information, including how you can purchase tickets, is available on the World Ski & Snowboard Festival website.

Choose Whistler Blackcomb, BC Lodging That Provides a Personalized Escape from the Frenzy of the World Ski & Snowboard Festival

Whistler Bed & Breakfast Inn bedroom

Avoid the crowds and hassles of most Whistler lodging when you choose the relaxed setting of a member B&B inn

Our Whistler Blackcomb Bed and Breakfast inns offer tailored lodging to provide peaceful accommodations once you are done with your day of adrenalin pumping events and entertainment at the WSSF and all of the events and activities of the Whistler Blackcomb region of British Columbia.

Savour a large assortment of breakfast choices and relax before and after your adventures in a comfortable guest room.  You’ll enjoy the attention to detail and the regional expertise of the innkeepers at locations all across the Whistler Blackcomb region.

What’s Your World Ski & Snowboard Festival Expectation or Experience?

The annual WSSF event has been held since 1996 and has, in that time, earned its place as the largest and most exciting ski and snowboard event in North America.

Please share your plans for and memories of the World Ski & Snowboard Festival.

Sigge’s P’ayakentsut Cross Country Ski Event Returns to BC’s Whistler Olympic Park

Saturday, January 19th, 2013
P'ayakentsut Cross Country Ski Event logo

P'ayakentsut Cross Country Ski Event The P’ayak offers cross country skiers the chance to race for cash prizes in one of the most beautiful skiing destinations in Canada.

Amateur cross country skiers are gearing up for the 2013 P’ayakentsut Cross Country Ski Event at Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley, presented by Sigge’s, British Columbia’s leading supplier of cross country ski equipment and apparel.

This year’s loppets will take place on February 23 and feature 50, 30 and 15 kilometre cross country courses over a variety of terrain, plus a 2.5 km “sit ski” course for Para-Nordic sitting skiers.  Para-Nordic standing skiers are welcome in the 15, 30 and 50 km courses.

There are age divisions and cash prizes for the top three male and female skiers in the 30 and 50 km courses, plus a bonus for the first male and female to reach the top of the hill climb on the second lap. The self-seeding system, based on expected finish times, will keep the start-time action lively.

Participation is expected to be high in this largest amateur race of the season.  Whether you are coming to ski or just cheer on the competitors, it is recommended you make your Whistler, BC lodging plans now.  Our member bed & breakfast inns will give you personalized accommodations and a morning meal you’ll remember as you make your way to Whistler Olympic Park. (more…)

Whistler, BC Cornucopia Commemorates Local & Regional Food & Wine

Saturday, October 6th, 2012
Cornucopia Food and Wine Festival in Whistler

Cornucopia festival (Whistler, BC) logo The finest in local and regional wine is celebrated at the annual Cornucopia festival in Whistler, BC.

The Cornucopia fall festival, happening Nov 7-11, 2012 in Whistler, BC, is the area’s most prestigious food and wine event of the year.

For five days, gourmet winery dinners, informative and interactive seminars, celebratory wine tastings and just plain fun after-parties combine to create an event that is a delight for the senses – an impeccable culinary experience that is recognized the world over as one of the most important on North America’s West Coast.

A large connoisseur, bon vivant and gourmand audience is expected to attend this 16th annual celebration and securing your Whistler BC lodging now is recommended.

A Who’s Who of Whistler & BC Culinary & Vinous Personalities and Producers

Many premier, local and regional restaurants & chefs and the producers, breweries, distilleries and wineries that stock them will be on hand for Cornucopia’s many events. (more…)

Whistler’s Wonderful Neighbor

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Of course Whistler gets all the attention when locals and tourists begin their journey past Horseshoe Bay and up the Sea to Sky Highway, but just a simple 20 minute drive North is the beautiful Village of Pemberton. Located in the heart of the coastal mountains, with pristine lakes and sprawling meadows, the district of Pemberton is truly in a class of its own.

Liloeet Lake, Pemberton BC

Everyone knows that when you go and visit a place like Pemberton, you are not there to check out the local movie theatre or visit City Hall.  When you are visiting one of the most amazing coast mountain ranges in the world, you are there for the beauty of nature. Pemberton is surrounded by a number of  awe-inspiring parks which are all located within a short driving distance from the Village of Pemberton. These parks include Birkenhead Provincial Park, Nairn Falls Provincial Park, Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, and of course the larger Garibaldi Provincial Park. And when you have completed your sightseeing through the Provincial Parks and are looking to relax your tired muscles, then why not explore one of the three Hot Springs located either in or around Pemberton.

Pemberton also offers an abundance of recreation opportunities for their locals and visitors alike, both in the summer and winter seasons. Since we are currently turning our back on winter and welcoming the spring sunshine, I will focus more on the summer activities. Well, where do I begin: should it be with the 2 marvellous golf courses, the countless water activities such as the always exciting Jet Boat rides, or should I start with the great fishing locations? No matter what type of activity you are looking to take part in, the Village of Pemberton offers it.

Now that you know just how amazing the mountain Village of Pemberton really is, why haven’t you made your reservations at the Greenwood Country Inn? This West-coast style B&B is located in a superb, quiet location above town offering incredible mountain vistas and valley views from various decks. With a pond, hot-tub, jacuzzi-Suite, air-conditioned bird-theme rooms, native Art Gallery, wireless internet connection, and delightful breakfasts, the Greenwood Country Inn is the perfect place to rest and relax during your trip to Pemberton.




Wild Times in Whistler

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Canada’s best off road triathletes will be crowned in the  2010 La Terra XTERRA Canadian National Championships being held in Whistler September 5 (the Labor Day long weekend).  This race offers a Sport and Championship distance event along with a relay division on the Championship Course.    Athletes compete in several different five year age divisions with the chance to earn places to race in Maui at the World Championships.  A total of 20 Maui spots are available in both male and female divisions.  The professionals compete for a prize purse in excess of $10,000.

Just a week later, September 11 and 12, the Red Bull 5000 Down returns to Whistler for the second time.  This is a mass start downhill mountain bike race.  Some 250 men and women, all starting simultaneously, decend more than 2,182 meters (7,159 feet) with a vertical drop of 1,530 meters (5,020 feet) in order to cross the finish line in Whistler Village.  Riders will need to maintain constant physical and mental alertness if they are to keep in control for the entire descent, expected to take about 20 minutes for the fastest riders.

The starting point is the snowcapped peak of Whistler Mountain.  Riders then streak past the Roundhouse Lodge and enter the famous Whistler Mountain Bike park at the top of the Garbanzo Express chairlift, finally riding the Park’s giant slalom course and crossing the finish line.  Over the course of two days participants are challenged by bar to bar racing as they ride side by side and deal with fatigue, difficult dirt trails, jumps, stunts, and root-strewn terrain.

The event draws some of the greatest North Anerican and European riders including 2008 World Champions Gee Atherton and Rachel Atherton and 2009 Red Bull Rampage winner Brandon Semenuk.  The top five men share a cash purse of $9,500 and the top three women will share $3,500.

Just watching these hard fought events is bound to bring on some sore muscles, so make sure you’ll have the most comfortable of beds by booking your Whistler Bed & Breakfast accommodation with one of BC’s Best BnBs!