ThistleDown House

3910 Capilano Road , Vancouver, V7R 4J2 Canada (Show map)


There's an atmosphere of tranquility at ThistleDown House. You will experience a calm purity from your first step to its generous veranda until you fall asleep under a goosedown or silk-filled duvet in one of five bedrooms brimful of individuality, antiques and works of art from around the world. In the morning you will gently waken to taste bud arousing aromas of freshly ground coffee and breads still warm from the oven. Your main course may be asparagus and black forest ham crepe with chantilly sauce, smoked salmon and herbed cream vol-au-vent, portabella mushrooms in demi-glace cream or fillet of rainbow trout. Deliciously creative breakfasts are a social event in the Craftsman-designed dining room. Go off for a day in superbly cosmopolitan Vancouver, but return in the late afternoon for tea served in the shade of an apple tree in summer or in front of the fire in the lounge in winter. Curl up for the evening or visit one of many great restaurants nearby. You will love ThistleDown House!



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service5
  • Value5
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining5

Charming and Comfortable

4.8 on September 12, 2014

Four of us stayed at this BnB when we visited, with two of the travel companions saying this was their first BnB experience. We were greeting in the driveway by one of the sweet dogs who lives here. We met the other one shortly thereafter. We were then greeted inside and shown the house and the grounds. After getting settled, all four of us sat outside to read and chat, and were offered a glass of port. Ruth was a very delightful host, and gave us some helpful hints for places to dine and visit for sightseeing (one of them being Cypress Bowl which gives you a wonderful view of Vancouver, on a clear day you can see Mt Baker in the distance.) The breakfast was wonderful. The particular day we were there, we had homemade granola with blueberries that Ruth had picked herself the day before. Then we enjoyed a delicious compote, and a wonderful loin of pork and sauce, with apples on puff pastry. It truly was one of the best breakfasts I have ever enjoyed. The house was comfortable, and our room was spacious. This is definitely a place that we will visit again when we come back to Vancouver. Thank you Ruth and Rex for a wonderful and comfortable stay!

It's still 'Outstanding' in every way

5 on July 25, 2011

We returned to ThistleDown six years after our first visit and, despite knowing what to expect from the house and the innkeepers, we were knocked-out once again by the quality, the service, the food and, most of all, the people responsible for it. We wouldn't stay anywhere else when in Greater Vancouver and we look forward to being back again - and this time it won't take anything like six years before we are.

An excellent get-away

5 on September 28, 2009

My parents had an excellent stay at ThistleDown House. They say that each room is an artistic experience, with imaginative decorating which is a joy to explore. The triple-glazed windows made their room very quiet. Tea time was wonderful, and breakfast was a four-course meal which took them ten minutes to describe. Tosh also met with positive approval… an excellent reference from folks who are not dog-owners. In closing, they both agreed that there was not one aspect of their stay which could have been improved upon… the experience was wonderful!

Best Long Weekend Away EVER

5 on July 18, 2008

We stayed a four-day weekend at this B&B and it was absolutely perfect. The couple that owns it was polite, kind and absolutely lovely. Breakfast every day was a fantastic gourmet experience, the rooms were spotless and beautifully appointed, the house and the grounds are gorgeous and peaceful. The house is withing walking distance of the Capilano Suspension Bridge and within easy driving distance of downtown Vancouver, the Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I would recommend this to any friend or family member, but it isn't really suitable for children, pets or the disabled.

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Rooms & Rates


Traditional European flavour and charm, fireplace, antique furnishings, Persian carpets and fine fabrics, twin or king bed (your choice with advance notice), nooks n' crannies ensuite bathroom.

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

Mulberry Peek

South garden view, choice furnishings and works of art, sun-drenched private balcony, a peek at the top of the mulberry tree early in the morning, queen-sized bed.

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

Sweet Tibby's

Antique English and Canadian pine furnishing and a great sleigh bed, a small sitting room and a full bath complete with stained glass windows.

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

The Snuggery

Rich colours and fine fabrics, fireplace, Persian carpets and stained glass windows -- the name is perfect!

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

Under the Apple Tree

Seductively romantic. Private garden, sunken sitting room with fireplace, king-sized bed, fine antique furnishings and a four-piece bath including an air-jet tub-for-two.

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


Pages was the library and favourite retreat of a fomer owner. It has now been beautifully restored in the Craftsman tradition and has a sunklen sitting room with fireplkacem, fine antique furnsihings, a king-sized bed, loads of books (naturally) for browsing and a four-piece bath complete with a six-foot cast iron pedestal tub. The perfect place for reading or dreaming.

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

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Location Type

Mountains, Suburban


Vancouver, BC, Canada (YVR-Intl.)

Directions to property:

North across the Lions Gate bridge, right towards North Vancouver, left almost immediately on Capilano Road for 2.4 Km

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Ocean, Grouse Mountain views, World-famous suspension bridge , Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler Mountain, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Piano, Telephone, Wired internet , Turkish cotton robes, Afternoon Tea, Slippers, Sherry & Port

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Skiing on Grouse and Cypress Mountains, Hiking in the Rain Forest only minutes away, Kayaking on Indian Arm, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental

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  • Check In:: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only On the veranda and in the garden only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Adult oriented property
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: $150



Brian and Virginia

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Full gourmet

  • Time Served: 8:00 to 9:30
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Fillet of Wild Steelhead Trout