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During our recent 10 day visit to Vancouver we chose to stay in "Joey's Retreat" at the Bee & Thistle Guest House. It was a step above a home away from home for us.
Joey's Retreat comes with a kitchen complete with a stove, fridge,...More
We were in Vancouver recently to visit family, who live just a couple of blocks away from the Bee and Thistle. Lynn and Michael are wonderful hosts - they really provide you with everything you need to make your as comfortable as possible. We stayed...More
We stayed at the Bee & Thistle three years ago and loved the place, this time we returned with our two adult children and their partners, Lynn and Michael are very gracious hosts. The Bee and Thistle rooms are spacious and very well appointed.
We loved our visit to Vancouver and staying at the Bee and Thistle. Lynn and Michael were very gracious and welcoming hosts. We stayed in Ivy's room which overlooks Parker Street from the second floor. We had two beautiful sunny days, and many rainy days,...More
We stayed at the Bee and Thistle for three nights while we were in town for a wedding. We stayed in the Molly room which was small but very nice and had everything we needed. The house was lovely and is clearly very well cared...More
Commercial Drive, also called "The Drive," comprises of twelve sauntering blocks of modest and unfussy counter-culture. Straddling the line between sophisticated and unadorned, it is favoured by students, artists, writers, designers, and start-ups, and suffused throughout with a healthy off-beat counter-culture. The kind of neighbourhood which well-springs thought-revolutions and has the odd bit
of self-aware graffiti, Commercial Drive has resisted gentrification in favor of continuing to build a thriving den of affordable multiculturalism. Once known as Vancouver's "Little Italy," it has also been the immigration point for Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Portuguese to the city. The resulting hodgepodge makes for poetry readings in espresso cafes, social debates in early-open bakeries, and eco-activism posters pinned up in the many multi-ethnic markets in the area. Commercial Drive is where you go to feel like a local, and if you have them, bring the kids – The Drive has a number of bookshops, toy stores, and attractions to get them involved too.