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Got up early this morning to be taken up the local monument Grouse Mountain with some locals Bleeksie set us up with. Richard and Bob have raced with Bleeksie both at the Mongolia challenge and Tour of Portugal and they regularly (2/3 times a week) do a hike/ scramble up through the water catchment side of Mt Grouse. Normally tourists go up what's called the Grouse Grind http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/g rouse-grind/ , which climbs 850m ...
... for Caverhall Street, we asked if they were staying at Kathy's and they said yes, so they came with us home. A nice young couple who are in the other studio for a week. Later in the afternoon Kathy invited Russ and I upstairs for a drink, which was good getting to know one another. She gave us some lasagna for tea which was very nice. Another big day and a good one.
... nice seeing another Australian and hearing a non-Canadian accent again (haha).
So next, I went up to the top of the mountain via a chairlift. It took 8 minutes to reach the peak. The view was amazing as I went up, but even better when reached the peak! More snow! Although it wasn't thick, it was still nice to see some fresh snow and walk around. I bought a few postcards to send back home, so my family know I'm still ...
... humility and courage. Opportunities are not simply placed in your lap. I have had to use my initiative and available resources to actively seek out work, find a place to live, make friends and experience the culture around me. Life has thrown me unexpected setbacks and I've had to change my plans and just go with the flow. The only thing I can do is to simply make the best with what I have. This experience is defiantly "real life". And if that is not an ...
... a talk on them. At midday we watched the Lumber Jack show which we enjoyed and found pretty funny. One of the actors in it was from Auckland so kinda funny. After that was finished we took a walk around taking in all the wonderful views of the city and surrounding mountains. It was a beautiful blue day, but only about 14 degrees. We went back to the theater to watch the other movie that was a documentary made on the 2 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews ThistleDown House North Vancouver
My husband and I stayed at Thistledown house for his birthday weekend surprise in their "Sweet Tibby's" suite. We found instant relaxation and comfort with all of the sweet touches making this our favorite Bed and Breakfast stay to date. Wonderfully decorated, VERY comfortable bedding with high quality linens. The food was exquisite and the hospitality 1st rate. Rex and Ruth are dreamy hosts, the whole stay felt magical. Highly recommended!!!
Top Spot in North Van.
My wife and I had the pleasure of staying with Rex and Ruth at Thistledown during our trip through Canada. A truly memorable experience, from the great bedroom, through the pleasant home environment, to the incredible food delights produced from the kitchen by the fabulous Ruth. The place is immaculately presented. Rex likes a chat, and a cup of tea can turn into an hour discussion. Both Rex and Ruth provided great information concerning places to see and how to get around the wonderful City of Vancouver. Thistledown's location is tops, right on a bus route, and in close proximity to the Capilano suspension bridge and Grouse Mountain. Step off the busy road into a quiet and relaxing world of hospitality and charm. We could not recommend this wonderful place more highly.
We recently stayed at the Thistledown House before returning home after an Alaskan cruise. The care we received and comfort of this B&B was exceptional and continued the flavor of our wonderful trip. Rex and Ruth did everything possible to make us feel at home. They served tea and homebaked goods in the afternoon and a delicous gourmet breakfast laced with good conversation with other guests. Around the Canadian table there were Americans, Australians and Brits. Rex and Ruth's European background gave a continental sense to this wonderful home. The B&B is located away from the hustle and bustle of Vancouver but within a short drive to any part of the city or the surrounding countryside. We stayed in the Snuggery, a wonderful room with a fireplace and lovely bathroom. The heated tile floor made the bathroom comfortable at any time of the day, even barefoot!
Best B&B experience we've ever had.
From the moment we arrived we felt completely comfortable and welcome. The owners, Rex and Ruth, could not have been kinder and more considerate. Add to this the absolutely beautiful house and gourmet breakfasts, and you have the best B&B experience you could possibly wish for.
I've stayed in many B&Bs because of my business, but this was the most delightful.
You'll be very glad you choose to stay with Rex and Ruth.
This must surely be the best B & B we have ever stayed in. We stayed one night at the beginning of our vacation in Canada and two nights at the end. When we returned for the last two nights, we were welcomed as old friends. Rex and Ruth were anxious to hear about our cruise and time in Whistler.
The house is gorgeous, classy and stylish. Each bedroom, in fact every room of the house has been tastefully decorated with antiques and pictures. The breakfast gourmet. Delicious fresh produce beautifully presented.
Lovely memories, hope to return one day.
Wonderful, wonderful place!
My husband and I stayed at the Thistledown House recently in November. Ruth and Rex, the owners, could not be more gracious or welcoming. We stayed in Pages and it was absolutely wonderful. The bed is so comfortable, and the sheets divine. The bathroom is lovely, with a huge, old fashioned tub. Every morning, we were treated to a gourmet breakfast that never failed to delight our tastebuds. Every evening, tea and snacks were put out. We certainly hope to come back to Vancouver and stay at this wonderful bed and breakfast again.
My husband and I stayed at Thistledown House this past April. We have stayed at many bed and breakfasts all over, but this one was the best of the best. Ruth and Rex are the perfect people to be running a bed and breakfast. My husband and I were in the room Memories which had the most beautiful bed linens and accessories (and by the way the room has been totally redone since the website pictures have been taken and it is beautiful). The sheets are Swiss (and so is Ruth) and she irons them to make them extra soft; they're like butter. My husband and I were delighted by a personal menu printed daily for the breakfasts (they even had our names on it). They are huge, we didn't have lunch till 2 or 3. Fabulous and we are staying there again in March. Thanks Rex and Ruth. Keep up the great work!!!!
We have just returned from a fabulous stay at Thistle Down House, Ruth and Rex are the most wonderful people I have met, we had a really long flight which was 5 hours late and arrived at Thistledown to be greeted by pots of tea and cakes....we felt at home immediately, the rooms are beautiful and we actually felt it was a home from home, so much so that when travelling one of the venues did not live up to expectation so we telephoned Rex to see if we could return earlier....it felt like going home. We really enjoyed our stay and highly recommend it to anyone staying in Vancouver, forget the hotels and stay at Thistle Down you won't be disappointed, luxurious fluffly towels, bathrobes, slippers and 5 course breakfasts........Absolutely fabulous and we can't wait to return...
We had an absolutely lovely time at the Thistledown House. Ruth and Rex are among the most caring and wonderful people around. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the Inn's two dogs and Ruth. Immediately, we were told to relax and sit under the apple tree whereupon Ruth brought us some lemonade and gave us a map and list of places to visit in Vancouver. We followed Ruth's recommendations and had an amazing two days touring Vancouver.
Our Favorite B&B
Thistledown House is the best B&B my husband and I have stayed in! Ruth and Rex, the owners, were warm and knowlegable. The house was beautifully decorated, clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the fire place in our room. The food was delicious and the breakfasts and teas were elegant; it was exciting to come to the table. There were lots of special touches, like chocolates in our room, and when we were reheating our dinner leftovers, Ruth brought us trays set with china and linen napkins. You will feel pampered and we can't wait to go back.