Bee & Thistle Guest House

1842 Parker Street , Vancouver, BC V5L 2K9 Canada (Show map)


The Bee & Thistle is 1908 heritage house located in the vibrant Commercial Drive area of Vancouver, a short 6 minute drive from the heart of the shopping and business district. The balconies on every level of the house provide views of downtown and the North Shore mountains, as well as distant views of the Lions Gate bridge, Canada Place and the harbor. The house is tastefully decorated to blend antique and vintage character with contemporary luxuries such as net book computers, iPod docking stations, fireplaces, flat screen t.v.s, custom showers, and/or soaker tubs.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Bee & Thistle stay

5 on July 13, 2016

l recently had the pleasure of experiencing 4 peaceful days/nights at the Bee & Thistle Guest House. l stayed in the Ivy Room, with the most comfy bed & a sun filled balcony with gorgeous views of Vancouver. Michael & Lynn were gracious hosts, l loved the daily home baked goodies and the garden area was a delight to relax & enjoy a quiet read. l would include the Bee & Thistle as my home away from home next time l visit Vancouver. Vicki. Stayed June 2016.

Beautiful home in a great neighborhood

4.0 on June 30, 2016

We are so happy we found the Bee & Thistle. We were warmly welcomed. Our hosts lent us public transportation cards, gave great advice and brought us delicious home-baked cookies daily. The location is terrific - it is a fun neighborhood with great food and near good transportation.


5 on June 15, 2016

Lynn and Michael were welcoming and extraordinarily generous about sharing information about the city, its restaurants and activities. The location is excellent being close to Commercial Drive and all its restaurants and shops. The house itself is on a quiet, residential street. The bathroom floor is heated.

Amazing stay!

5 on June 02, 2016

Staying at Bee & Thistle was a great experience, you get the privacy/independence of a hotel with the personal touches and character that comes with a guest house. From the binder of restaurant menus and suggestions, fresh cookies on the bed, complimentary tea/coffee, homemade soap, dispensers for shampoo, conditioner and body wash in the shower, it makes the stay so comfortable and easy. The owners are so friendly and helpful and make a point to at least stop and meet you. We will definitely be staying here again!

Recent Vancouver stay

4.6 on May 22, 2016

Nice place, great location, needs coffee pot that does not spill when pouring. Also suggest creamer in fridge and more towel hooks in br. Does not serve breakfast which was missed but nice coffee shops nearby.

A simply perfect B&B

5 on May 03, 2016

I fell in love with this home. I used two rooms, the Molly and Lion's Loft and both were simply divinely perfect. The beds and linens are as good as any I've ever slept on. The rooms have everything you need. The hosts are warm, charming and graciously helpful. The location could not be better. I'll return. Seriously, a perfect B&B.

Wonderful week-end!

4.6 on April 21, 2016

We found Molly's room to be very comfortable, including beautiful linens and a luxurious shower. We really appreciated having a fridge in our room as well as the treats that were included. Our hosts were kind enough to let us check in at 9 am and were able to provide us with lots of dining and entertainment ideas. We loved the neighborhood too!

Great place to stay in Vancouver

4.6 on February 29, 2016

We stayed in the Ivy room. It was perfect. No breakfast, so we journeyed into the neighborhood for meals, there were plenty of restaurants to choose from. The cookies were amazing! We loved the JamJar- Lebanese restaurant on Commercial drive.

B&B as its best

5 on January 31, 2016

we've been in 4 and 5 stars hotels with less nice bathrooms, bed and room excelent ... even with breakfast no longer available, the "dining" in terms of cockies and scones was delicious Anja and Peter

Bee and Thistle August 2015 Visit

4.4 on August 30, 2015

I've visited a lot of B&Bs and the Bee and Thistle offers the best service by far. Fresh baked cookies greet you along with a special note welcoming your arrival and a menu for the morning's breakfast. The breakfasts there are amazing - homemade granola, fresh baked pastry/muffin each day along with homemade jams. A beautiful dining environment. They encourage you to take and things along for your day - muffins, cheese, croissants. Location is convenient, only 2 blocks from many restaurants on Commercial Drive. Free street parking. And only 3 block walk to catch a bus that takes you right to Granville Island. Lots of balconies and a garden sitting area out front. I was hoping for a slightly nicer looks toward the port on one side, but he mountains to the north are nice. But we didn't spend much time in the room. I highly recommend!

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Rooms & Rates

The Lions' Loft

The Lions' is a self contained suite with full kitchen, fridge with complimentary soft drinks & snacks, coffee pot & microwave. It features french doors to a Juliette balcony with views of the "Lions", a twin rock formation on Vancouver's North Shore mountains, the city, the Lions' Gate bridge and Vancouver's harbour. The queen size bed, gas fireplace with antique fireplace surround, antique desk including net book computer, flat screen t.v., iPod docking station will make you feel like home. The ensuite bathroom has a deep, luxurious claw foot tub, custom shower, heated floors & skylight.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $CAD 215 - $CAD 235

Florence's Room

Florence's Room is on the second floor with original mullioned windows opening out over the garden. It features a queen bed with luxury linens, fireplace, antique treadle sewing machine desk with net book computer for your personal use, mini fridge with complimentary soft drinks & snacks, coffee pot & coffee, tea and hot chocolate, flat screen t.v., iPod docking station and much more. The ensuite bathroom has a soaker tub, gorgeous granite tile, quality amenities, custom shower with rain head, heated tile floors.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $CAD 145 - $CAD 165

Ivy's Room

Ivy's Room is named for the woman who built the house in 1908. It features a gas fireplace, ensuite bathroom with tub & shower, king bed that can convert to 2 extra long twin beds, lovely bay window overlooking the front second floor balcony, views of the mountains and the harbour in the distance.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $CAD 175 - $CAD 195

Molly's Room

Molly's Room is named for a woman who owned the house in the early 1900s. It's located on the second floor overlooking the back garden.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $CAD 135 - $CAD 155

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Location Type

City, Downtown


Vancouver, BC, Canada (YVR-Intl.) 5 miles

Directions to property:

If coming from the U.S. border, take Highway 99 toward Vancouver, cross the Oak Street Bridge at which point the highway becomes Oak Street. Turn right on Broadway, then left on Commercial Drive and right on Parker Street. If coming from the interior of B.C., take First Avenue exit off of Highway 1. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left on First Avenue. Turn right on Victoria Drive, then left on Parker Street (7 blocks from First Avenue)

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Ocean, Near G.M. Place & B.C. Place Sports Facilities, Near Vancouver East Cultural Center, Close to Bus & Train Stations, Close to Downtown Vancouver, Robson Street, etc., Close to Cruise Ship Terminal, 15 min. walk to Sky Train, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Copier, Private entrance, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer , Mini Fridges in all Rooms, Net Book Computers in all Rooms

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Close to most of Vancouver sights & activities

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  • Check In:: 4:00 - 6:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum. However, we do make exceptions on a last minute basis.
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Equivalent to one night room rate, including tax.
  • Cancellations: We must be notified by email of cancellation request a minimum of 7 days prior to arrival date for full refund.



Lynn Ferguson & Michael McClacherty

Languages spoken

Hebrew, English

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About the innkeepers

Travel, cooking, gardening, books, photography, hospitality

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Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Please contact us