Posts Tagged ‘BC’s Best B&Bs’

Culture Days in BC Canada Offer Something to See…and Do for Everyone

Saturday, September 1st, 2012
Culture Days Dance in British Columbia Canada

Culture Days logo BC showcases its arts in a series of events happening across all regions of this providence of Canada during the annual Culture Days.

Canada’s 2012 Culture Days is a national arts event that runs from September 28-30 and will celebrate its third year as an annual event. Culture Days events are free and presented by volunteers whose aim is to make Canadian arts available to all with a wide array of hands-on, interactive arts activities, including:

  • Architecture
  • Comedy
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Film or Video
  • Heritage
  • Literature & Spoken Word
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary
  • Music
  • New/Digital Media
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • and More

Each region within the province of British Columbia offers many events to enjoy during your visit to western Canada.


Kootenay / Rockies / Alberta | Northern British Columbia | Thompson Okanagan | Vancouver Coast and Mountains | Victoria/Vancouver Island |

Culture Days is expecting high attendance, so reserving your accommodations now is recommended. Pair your arts experience with the individualized lodging offered by the best bed and breakfast inns in BC. (more…)

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.

The Latest Styles on Display in Vancouver

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Vancouver Fashion Week, the West Coast’s most prestigious fashion show, proudly presents its 15th consecutive season this November 2nd-7th, 2010. This season’s offerings bring to the runway the Spring & Summer 2011 collections, confirming VFW’s position as a successful platform, not only for showcasing emerging and established designer talents from around the world, but also for providing exposure to other companies and brands. Companies receive prominent exposure through numerous modes of communication by working with media locally and globally.  VFW continues to deliver a high fashion, multicultural & diverse fashion experience.

A Vancouver Fashion Week preview

If you’ll be attending this spectacular event be sure to top off the experience with accommodations at one of Vancouver’s fine BC’s Best B&Bs member properties, where your comfort is always in fashion.

The Salmon are running now through October– don’t miss it!

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Sockeye Salmon battle up both the Fraser and Thompson Rivers during their age old quest to return home and spawn. About 12 km of the Adams River, near Shuswap Lake in the Thompson Okanagan, will be the destination of millions of the returning sockeye as well as other salmon species. With 65 hectares of stream bed Adams River rates amongst the richest natural spawning streams in North America. Salmon return to the Adams River every year but every 4 years there is a dominant run in which the largest number of salmon return, dwarfing the smaller years.  2002 and 2006 brought a staggering 3.6 million salmon returning, 2010 is another  dominant year and it is expected to be a great year!  Don’t miss the opportunity to watch this incredible event first hand— it just isn’t the same on film.  Salmon return to spawn in many rivers in BC, but the likely numbers here are staggering.

The Pacific Salmon Commission released new information on August 24th, 2010 stating that the salmon run this year is expected to hit levels we haven’t seen in the last 100 years.  They predict over 25 million salmon returning to the spawning beds this year.

Check with one of our BCs Best BnB Innkeepers for local salmon watching suggestions,  great accommodations and specials too.

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!

Bulkley Valley? YES!!!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Drive west from Prince George in Northern BC and you’ll find Smithers and the Bulkley Valley, an area of unsurpassed natural beauty, agriculture and a young, vibrant population.  Each year in late August over 20,000 people come to the fair here for four days of livestock exhibitions, horse and dog shows, Midway rides and a BCRA rodeo.  Festivities begin with a parade on Wednesday, August 25 and get better and better.  New for 2010:

* A Trainer’s Challenge where for 3 days, 3 horses, 3 trainers, and 3 judges deal with an obstacle course

*A Honey Contest to pick 2010’s best bees

*A Liberty Challenge involving the light horse division and much more

The rodeo features events including saddle bronc, steer wrestling, and the wild cow milking contest.

Agriculture is an important and exciting part of the BC experience.  Don’t miss it.  And don’t miss staying with your local BC’s Best B&Bs for insider’s information on what to do and see and for great sleeps and eats.

Where is the love? Vancouver Island Music Fest of course

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The Comox Valley is host to Vancouver Island Music Fest July 9-11 where during the day 5 stages make it possible to hear all of one’s favorite kinds of music from rock to blues to jazz to pop to hip hop and genres from around the world.  At night the main stage takes over and the crowd gyrates to the awesome sounds of some of music’s best from both the past and present.  In previous years greats such as Taj Mahal, Don McLean, Earl Scruggs, Los Lobos, David Gogo and Bruce Cockburn have wowed the audience.  This year’s Music Fest promises to be better than ever.

Roberta Flack, one of the greatest songstresses of our time, is headlining at VIMF 2010.  A Grammy Award winner, Ms Flack tells stories through her music like no one else. Her songs continue to bring insight into our lives, loves, culture and politics, while she effortlessly moves through a musical landscape from pop to soul to folk to jazz.  (more…)

If You’ve Got A “Smart” Phone BC’s Best Has Gone Mobile!!

Thursday, June 10th, 2010 goes Mobile!!!  We are the FIRST Bed and Breakfast Association in Canada to have a fully mobile version of our website.  It has just become easier than ever to book where you’ll “Rest Assured” at one of the 200 Guild member B&B Inns located across British Columbia.  Last minute travelers are sure to be especially happy with this major technological advancement.

We are thrilled to announce that our Guild now has a fully Mobile version of our website.  This amazing feature detects that a “Smart Phone” is searching for our Bed and Breakfast Guild and brings up a mobile version of the site.  This is a pared down version of our full site but has all the necessary information that  future guests need to make a booking at a BC Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Guild property:

  • Find a B&B by City, Region or Specials
  • View this Blog
  • View the Full Version of the Website
  • Contact email  information for the Guild

Once our new guest has found the appropriate B&B:

  • there is a google map of the city
  • picture and description
  • ability to get directions
  • phone numbers, website link, and availability link

Starboard Tack!

Monday, May 24th, 2010

The Swiftsure International Yacht Race, May 29 and 30, is the premier long distance sailing race  in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia area. Starting and ending in Victoria, BC, Swiftsure draws boats and sailors from California, Hawaii, New Zealand and even Russia. The nature of the course and the potential variety of sailing conditions provide an exacting review of seamanship. Swiftsure consists of nine races over four courses in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, including the Rosedale Rock (formally “Sookesure”) and “Classics” races. 


Lassies, the Men are wearing Kilts, and they’ve got the legs for it!

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

The tee shirt read “Don’t crush that Scotsman, hand me the Caber!”   Whoa said I, what the heck’s a “Caber”?  Little did I know a Caber is a log the size of telephone pole tossed about by some of the strongest men in the world who just happen to be Scots wearing kilts.  There are Highland Games showcasing BC’s Scottish heritage scheduled all over British Columbia this year beginning May 22 in Victoria and in the Comox Valley.  Victoria’s games are, for the first time, in conjunction with the  IHGF World Heavy Events Festival so book your Victoria B&B  accommodations early as it may get crowded.  The games are not all about strength, though the big fellows also throw heavy hammers, stones, kegs and bales.   There are world class pipers, drummers, piper bands and highland dancing displays as well.

This Highland Games link lists all the BC events including the Cariboo Highland Games June 1 & 2 in Quesnel, the Sons of Scotland Games June 10 in Abbotsford, the BC Legion Highland Gathering  June 19 in Sqamish, the BC (United) Scottish Highland Games in Coquitlam June 26,  the Penticton Highland Games July 1 and the fall finale Castlegar Highland Games on October 4.  Followers of the Games will find friendly BCsBestBnBInnkeepers close to all the locations for a nice rest after all the caber tossing, dancing and maybe even a fine meal of haggis and a pint or a wee nip of single malt!