Posts Tagged ‘BC Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Guild’

Bed & Breakfasts Are Not The Same As Airbnb

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

What is a Bed & Breakfast and what is an Airbnb?  Many people are confused and think that an Airbnb is the same as a Bed & Breakfast.  Recently while planning to attend a concert, my travel companion was talking about staying at a B&B, but what she was actually talking about was an Airbnb, not a true Bed & Breakfast.

A beautiful guest room at Okanagan Oasis Bed & Breakfast

Airbnb is of course only one type of Short Term Rental (STR) accommodation, there are other companies offering the same, but Airbnb has that name recognition pretty much around the world.  Airbnb accommodations have exploded in the last several years and are changing the accommodation landscape dramatically, especially in urban centers.  In fact, the growth in Airbnb properties and other STRs are causing so many issues related to rental availability in communities and competition for hotels, motels, lodges and Bed & Breakfasts, that communities are starting to having to deal with this and are creating bylaws and regulations.  In British Columbia this is only happening at local levels, as provincially the government has not dealt with this issue.

The BC B&B Innkeepers Guild is an association of true Bed & Breakfasts.  Members must meet certain criteria to be able to join, including a business license, insurance showing the operation of a B&B and a recommended 2 million liability coverage, a Foodsafe certificate, and safety features such as smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, emergency exit plans, first aid kits, fire inspections in some cases, sufficient lights for night time safety, etc.  Our members offer a high standard of service, safety, comfort and especially hospitality, as well as breakfast included in the rate.  In the Bed & Breakfast world “Airbnb” stands for “bed no breakfast”.

A Delicious Breakfast at Abbeymoore Manor Bed & Breakfast – always included

At the recent public hearings in Vancouver our President Sue Willis and Board member Clair Oates were both on the speakers list to address STRs from the perspective of true Bed & Breakfasts.  Of the 134 speakers over the 2-day public hearings many speakers were from Airbnb properties, speaking about the costs of living in Vancouver and how they could not afford to live there if they did not have the opportunity to rent out accommodation in their home.  What is happening though in many communities is that many owners are renting out suites or apartments in rental buildings without living on the premises, or having landlord/strata approval for such.  Many rental buildings have multiple Airbnb units which in some cases are causing all sorts of problems for the permanent residents in those buildings.  In some cases, whole apartment buildings are being rented as Airbnb units.  In resort communities, so many units are rented as STRs, that resort companies are having great difficulties in finding staff for the season, because there is no staff accommodation available.

Relax at Quarrystone Bed & Breakfast on Salt Spring Island

Both our President and Board member who spoke at the Vancouver public hearing emphasized the need for regulations to govern short term rental accommodations, regulations that would level the playing field for previously existing accommodations such as Bed & Breakfasts and hotels.  Short term rentals should be licensed, should be paying taxes, and should have proper insurance.  Our B&B innkeepers take great pride in meeting our industry standards but that all comes at a cost of course, a cost that Airbnb type rentals do not have.  These STRs should be licensed so that they are visible and can be regulated and taxed.  They are benefiting from the visitors to our communities, so they should contribute to the funding that markets our communities and brings those visitors, and not have a free ride.  Our members are almost all feeling the impact of Airbnbs in their neighborhoods and the reputation of the true Bed & Breakfast is also being impacted by these short term rentals.  Airbnb is not a Bed & Breakfast and they should not be allowed to advertise as such unless they actually offer an included breakfast and the owner lives on the premises, offering personalized hospitality.

BC Innkeepers will continue to speak on behalf of all true Bed & Breakfasts in BC to preserve and protect this unique type of guest accommodation, by working with the Tourism Industry Association of BC, the Fairbnb Coalition and others .  So no, Bed & Breakfasts are not the same as Airbnb.

Nanaimo Innkeeper Receives Annual Hospitality Award

Friday, November 1st, 2013

MediaRelease 2013 MT award

Parksville, BC – The BC Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Guild recognized Nanaimo innkeeper Gordie Robinson with its highest honor at their conference and annual general meeting in Victoria this week. 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.

Gordie Robinson, along with wife Janice, has owned and operated Long Lake Waterfront Bed & Breakfast for 6 years.  After retiring from a 34 year career with Shaw Cable, Gordie realized he wanted to stay busy and active.  When they found a Bed & Breakfast for sale on Long Lake, they dove right in, into the B&B business that is, and are enjoying a second successful career welcoming guests from all around the world.  Aside from running the B&B, Gordie’s other passion sees him out on the waters around Nanaimo as a Coxswain with the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.  He feels that giving back to the community in keeping the public safe on the water, and being on the water, is a perfect balance in his life.

Nanaimo innkeeper receives annual Bed & Breakfast hospitality award

Nanaimo innkeeper receives annual Bed & Breakfast hospitality award

Long Lake Waterfront Bed & Breakfast is a private luxury retreat at the end of the road on Ferntree Place, and provides 3 spacious self-contained waterfront suites.   A delicious full breakfast is served in the upstairs lounge each morning.  Gordie and Janice are not new to receiving awards, as Long Lake Waterfront B&B received a 2012 Travelers’ Choice award from TripAdvisor, and a 2013 Certificate of Excellence, which puts the B&B in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor.

This is the second time Nanaimo innkeepers have been awarded the Moyra Turner Hospitality award, as Flying Cloud Bed & Breakfast innkeepers Vivian and Neil Reinhart were recipients of this award in 2010, and the fifth time that the award has resided with Vancouver Island innkeepers.

Join our 100+ members throughout BC in congratulating Gordie Robinson on his continued excellence in the hospitality industry, and find Long Lake Waterfront B&B at the end of the road for your next accommodation needs in Nanaimo BC.

About the BC Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Guild:

The British Columbia Bed & Breakfast 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 Past President Ingrid Vermegen,

The Season of Giving is Upon Us

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Are you struggling to find that perfect gift, tired of walking around the overly crowded malls, or still waiting for the ever so popular ‘wish list’?

Then let us make the stress of Christmas shopping a bit more cheerful.  With a BC Innkeepers Guild Gift Certificate, everyone wins! When you purchase a gift certificate from the BC Innkeepers Guild, not only are you providing your loved ones with the trip of a lifetime, you are also giving the gift of relaxation, recreation, and ever lasting memories. And since they never lose their full value, and never expire, they can be enjoyed any time of the year at any BC Innkeepers’ member Bed & Breakfast inn. Below are a few properties who also offer gift certificates.

Lakeshore Bed and Breakfast, Kelowna B.C.

Located on the shores of Okanagan Lake, Lakeshore Bed and Breakfast offers the perfect combination of relaxation with a touch of recreation. Only minutes away from wineries, golf courses, and historical sites, Lakeshore Bed and Breakfast offers something for everyone. Email today for more information on gift certificates: 

Four Winds Beach House and Spa, Sechelt B.C.

Whether you want to lounge on the patio on a hot summer day, enjoy a winter storm curled up under a heavy quilt, relax in the hot tub while you gaze at the wildlife, or treat yourself to a spa package, Four Winds Beach House and Spa has a package for any type of vacation. Visit their website for more information on how to purchase your gift certificate today.

Charm-n-Sea Bed & Breakfast, Sooke B.C.

Located in the relaxation capital of British Columbia, Charm-n-Sea Bed & Breakfast is the perfect vacation spot for the relaxation seeker. Just steps away from the beach, and with a stunning view of Washington’s Olympic Mountains, one can enjoy friendly sea otters at play while taking in a breath taking West Coast sunset, all without having to leave the patio. And just minutes away from the renowned Sooke Harbour House restaurant, the Charm-n-Sea Bed & Breakfast is always a great vacation choice.

Happy shopping!

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!

Emily Carr, a Canadian treasure

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

The world-renowned Royal BC Museum in Victoria is hosting a new exhibition on Canada’s greatest woman artist Emily Carr.  The exhibition focuses on Carr’s early years before she emerged on the national scene in 1927, and draws on the Royal BC Museum’s extensive Carr collection.

The other Emily: Redifining Emily Carr

“The Other Emily: Redefining Emily Carr” is the first-ever exhibition to focus on her life before she became famous.  Included in the show are twenty of her masterpieces, including a painting recently acquired by the museum and put on display for the very first time, rarely-seen sketches and drawings, manuscripts and personal diary accounts.

To complete the “Emily experience” related presentations and activities are offered throughout the run of the exhibition, including children’s art activities like the “I-Spy Emily: Kids’ Workshops” during Spring Break.

Emily Carr was born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1871.  She first studied art in San Francisco and later spent time on further studies in England and France.  She was heavily influenced by landscape and First Nations’ culture in BC and Alaska.  She connected with the famous Group of Seven in the 1920’s and developed a long and valuable association with the Group, who later called her “the Mother of Modern Arts”.  Emily Carr died in 1941 and is interred in the Ross Bay Cemetery, facing the Pacific Ocean in Victoria.  Tours of the cemetery are available year round.

A visit to Victoria to take in the Emily Carr exhibit and perhaps a tour of the Ross Bay Cemetery, as well as the MANY other attractions the city has to offer, would not be complete without an exceptional stay at one of the fabulous Victoria Bed & Breakfasts that belong to the BC B&B Innkeepers Guild. Our promise is “Rest Assured BC” and you will be so well looked after, you’ll want to come back soon!

Spring Break B.C. Style

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Ah, its that time of year again when the student population gets a week long reprieve from school and a bit of vacation, and parents go nuts thinking of fun things for the family to do.  We’ve muddled through January and February and are a bit winter weary, yet the ski slopes beckon and the days are getting longer every day!  If you’ve looked at heading for Florida or Honolulu but just can’t see spending all that money on air fares and don’t want the hassle of security checks and long lines for a one week getaway, why not be a tourist right here in B.C.?  There is fantastic skiing throughout the province; wonderful attractions everywhere you go; world class dining from Courtenay to Cranbrook, Vancouver Island to Prince George.  Why not be a tourist in your own town or another part of BC?

Here we live in the most beautiful place on earth so let’s explore it before the summer tourist season and the crowds arrive.

Downtown Vancouver and the local mountains

BC Ferries offers Coast Saver fare rates during spring break, so visit Victoria, the seat of our provincial government, and see where the politicians decide how best to pick your pocket.  While you’re there take in a 3D Imax movie, visit Miniature World or the Royal BC Museum.  If Vancouver is the place for you, take the family to Science World for a day of wonder and great memories or visit the aquarium and explore Stanley Park.  Visit Vancouver Island or Nelson, the wine region in the Okanagan or Hope and the Othello Tunnels, explore the Fraser Valley or the many lakes in the Kootenays, or go cross-country skiing in the Cariboo and the North.  There are so many fascinating places right in our backyard!

To make certain the family is comfortable and gets a healthy breakfast you’ll want to book a great Bed & Breakfast in BC.  When you make your reservations with one or more of BC’s Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Guild members, you can ‘Rest Assured’ your comfort is our first priority, plus we’ll be able to share with you all the great places to go and things to do right in our neighbourhood!

Vancouver Island Short Film Festival— look quick

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (VISFF) looks back on five years of local film excellence with a retrospective screening on February 11th and 12th, 2011. This year’s festival will include a screening of award winning films that have been featured at the festival over the last 5 years and a live Pitch Contest where local filmmakers can pitch their short film ideas to the Festival audience with the winner receiving $500 towards the making of their next short film. Tickets for the VISFF cost $15.00 and are available at the Nanaimo Arts Council gallery in Nanaimo North Town Centre, and at House of Indigo and the Nanaimo Art Gallery on the campus of Vancouver Island University.  The festival will take place in Vancouver Island University’s Malaspina Theatre with a repeat showing Saturday, February 12 at the same time and location.  

Short films are limited to a running time of just 10 minutes.  There are presently 13 films scheduled, all award winners and people’s choice picks from the past 5 years.  This festival promises to be a lot of fun.

And for a super fun place to stay be sure to book your Nanaimo Bed & Breakfast accommodation at a member of the BC Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Guild where, rest assured, you’ll sleep better than  your blogger did while sitting through “Out of Africa” which was definitely NOT a short film!

Cupid’s Coming, so get a move on Guys!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Valentine’s Day strikes on February 14 each year.  Most of us guys do not understand it, but know we’d better not forget it.  According to Wikipedia:

“Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day is an annual commemoration held on February 14, celebrating love and affection between intimate companions.  The day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 500 AD.  It was removed from the Roman calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul IV, but its religious observance is still permitted.  It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“).  The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.”

What Wikipedia doesn’t say is that the man who forgets about Valentine’s Day will be sleeping in the garage!  It also doesn’t say that cards alone just don’t cut it.  Gentlemen, get packing!  Plan a romantic getaway– a couple of nights of pampering at one of the “Rest Assured BC” members of the BC B&B Innkeepers Guild will put a smile on your face and make your significant other feel loved, appreciated and prized.  Many of our BC Bed and Breakfast Guild members have specials for Valentine’s Day that will leave your wallet feeling fuller too.  Happy Valentine’s Day to lovers everywhere!

Relive the Magic

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The Whistler Winter Arts Festival, held throughout February, will be especially exciting this year as Whistler prepares to celebrate the one year anniversary of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Rekindling the spirit and enthusiasm of the Games is this year’s theme.  If you have a favorite photograph from the Games feel free to submit it by visiting the Whistler Winter Arts Festival website and following the link there.  Photos will be on display in Millennium Place during the event.

Relive the Olympic magic!

The Celebrate Live weekend, February 11 to 13, is part of the larger Whistler Winter Arts Festival, which includes village animation such as snow sculpting, art and photography exhibitions and literary soirees taking place February 1 – 28, 2011. Former Olympic Volunteers are encouraged to don their red and white uniforms or Captain Canada costumes to show their Canadian pride.  Celebrate Live will be an exciting way for all ages to come out and experience all things Whistler – including live music, culture, food and drink, street entertainment and much more.

If you plan to visit, be sure to book a “Rest Assured” BC Bed & Breakfast from amongst the members of the BC Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Guild, At these Whistler accommodations you’re bound to find lots of Olympic Spirit and exceptional Canadian and BC hospitality!

2011Travelers’ Choice Awards

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

The reviews are in for Trip Advisor’s 2011 Travelers Choice best Canadian B&Bs and 6 of the top 10 are BC Bed & Breakfasts, and 4 of the top 10 are Guild Members.  The hard working winners are ThistleDown House (North Vancouver), Abbeymoore Manor (Victoria), The West End Guest House (Vancouver) and Apple Blossom B&B (West Kelowna).   Trip Advisor awards mean a lot to B&B innkeepers because they are based solely on guest reviews and cannot be bought or self-nominated.  The fact that 40% of Canada’s top 10 voted Bed and Breakfasts are members of the British Columbia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Guild is a good indicator of the quality of our members and their dedication to providing guests with enjoyable and memorable stays.

West End Guest House

Each B&B is unique.  That is, for me,what makes staying at B&Bs particularly fun since I KNOW I can count on Guild members to be top quality in both accommodations and service and yet so very different in design, look and feel.

All BC Innkeepers members are also Tourism BC approved and many are also Canada Select rated.  The most important thing about great B&Bs is simple: we innkeepers love what we do, so we do it very well.

Speaking of owners, hearty congratulations to the Innkeepers: Anne, Ian and Michelle at Abbeymoore Manor; Ruth and Rex at ThistleDown House; Evan and Ron at The West End Guest House and Jeanette and John (pictured) at Apple Blossom B&B!

Where ever you go in British Columbia you can “rest assured” your BC Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Guild members will make your stay a special one.