House Bed and Breakfast
rom the front-porch bench overlooking our garden, you can quietly contemplate the day. It is only a ten minute stroll from the bed and breakfast to world famous Stanley Park - 1000 acres of majestic forest and beaches, strolling, bicycling and blading around the Seawall, tennis and other sports facilities, fine dining and the Vancouver Aquarium. Robson Street shopping is a 2 minute walk from the front gate. Davie and Denman Street gyms, cafe hangouts, gay bars and dance clubs are a few blocks the other way.
Vancouver's spring starts surprisingly early. This year the cherry blossoms started in February! Start off with a walk on the seawall, idle sunning by the beach and look up at the snowy caps of Grouse, Cypress and Seymour mountains. In twenty minutes drive, you can be there for a visit with real winter. Our local mountains and ocean-front offer year-round easy access to nature. Want to see a bear? Are you a birder? Ask us for tips on the unique and amazing viewing opportunities nearby.
Whistler/Blackcomb (North America's #1 ski resort) is a very scenic 100 minute drive away on a newly improved Sea to Sky Highway. See where the 2010 Winter Olympics were played out. Check out all the new state of the art runs and facilities.
Smart travelers visit off-season. The crowds have gone home but there are a thousand reasons to go play outside in Vancouver's clear ocean and mountain air. Every year, Gay Whistler hosts the exhilerating WinterPride - a chance to combine beauty and brawn with a fun stopover in Vancouver.
Anytime of year, check out the excitement of our casinos and the rich diversity of arts and entertainment programs at the Orpheum, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Centre for Performing Arts, the Chan Centre and the beloved Commodore Ballroom.
In Vancouver, getting there, really is half the fun! With our B & B's easy access to the scenic Skytrain, Seabus, Aquabus and regular bus systems, it is a cinch to explore Granville Island and further afield to the Museum of Anthropology, Wreck Beach (clothing optional), Van Dusen Botanical Gardens and North Shore attractions like Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain Skyride.
Airport to Nelson House B & B: The new Canada Line(LRT) will take you from the airport to downtown in 26 minutes. You will need to purchase a 2-Zone ticket from the station vending machine and also be required to pay an additional $5 airport levy called Addfare. Actual fares vary by your age, time of day and week. Please note that most of this trip is tunnelled.
When coming in on the Canada Line, we recommend getting off at the Roundhouse-Yaletown station. From there, the same ticket can be used for a bus along Davie Street to within 3 blocks of the B & B OR you can take a $5 cab ride directly to the bed and breakfast.
By comparison, a taxi all the way from the airport will bring you to our door for about CAD.$30 and take only twenty minutes - usually the better option for two people or if carrying a lot of luggage.
Lastly, if you are travelling in style, check out this link to Rocket Town Car Service. Be sure to ask for Nelson House "special pricing", sit back in your Lincoln and relax!
Foodies, you have no doubt heard that our vibrant, multicultural city has some of the best dining in the world. It is no exaggeration. Guests from Tokyo rave about the freshness of our Japanese food and guests from Hong Kong exult over the variety of Vancouver's Chinese cuisine. It's hard to keep up with the ever-changing deliciousness of this city's 4500 restaurants. Here's our advice - the hip, former hippie weekly, named Georgia Straight, compiles one of the best and most objective local food guides. Prepare for your fine dining. Here is the 2015 Golden Plates Awards list. We will be happy to share our local favourites when you get here.
If you are coming to Vancouver for the purpose of a Gay/Lesbian Wedding, please see this link for a simple, step by step explanation of how to proceed and a list of "friendly" Marriage Commissioners. These Commissioners may also be able to assist you with the provision of witnesses and an interesting locale for the ceremony. We recommend Ann Moore.
Of course, Nelson House B & B offers accommodation to you and your wedding party. While registered as our guests, our garden or Shangri-La Suite may be available for a small wedding ceremony(a maximum of 5 persons including the Marriage Commissioner). The use of our public rooms may be possible but cannot always be guaranteed. For larger events or those which require catering, we can recommend an open-minded mainstream church and a heritage house museum with garden gazebo just a short walk from us. If you are in need of flowers, we recommend nearby Davie Flowers(see the link below). Be sure to mention our referral to obtain a courtesy discount.
Whether it is your quiet getaway for two, Valentine's, your honeymoon, anniversary or birthday, please ask us about our Vancouver Romance Special. For a nominal fee, we will stock the room with something to surprise and please your sweetie!
Nelson House B & B is close to it all. We know the best means to enjoy a bike around the park, a romantic dinner/boat cruise, kayaking, whale-watching, river-rafting or a day trip to Victoria and elsewhere. Between adventures, big and small, our living and dining rooms offer a comfortable mix of books, music, antiques and contemporary furnishings. We promise to share our personal sightseeing, dining and shopping secrets.Our fireplaces may remind you of a gentler era. Relaxation and friendly conversation will remind you that you are in a century-old home and not a hotel.
"Nelson House B & B...in the heart of the West End...cozy and affordable"
- reviewed by TIME OUT's Vancouver guide
" An Edwardian character home located across from the Victorian houses and gardens of historic Barclay Heritage Square"
- Nelson House B & B reviewed by INSIGHT CITY GUIDE VANCOUVER