- West End Guest House (Vancouver; tel. 604/681-2889): This 1906 heritage home is filled with an impressive collection of Victorian antiques. Fresh-baked brownies accompany evening turndown service, and the staff is thoroughly professional.
- Andersen House Bed & Breakfast (Victoria; tel. 250/388-4565): Your hosts outfit their venerable 1891 Queen Anne home in only the latest decor, from raku sculptures to carved-wood African masks. Their taste is impeccable -- the old place looks great.
- Old Farmhouse B&B (Salt Spring Island; tel. 250/537-4113): The Old Farmhouse is an 1894 farmstead with a newly built guesthouse. The welcome you'll get here is as engaging and genuine as you'll ever receive, and the breakfasts are works of art.
- Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa (Galiano Island; tel. 877/530-3939): Combine a magical island view, a wonderfully inventive restaurant, a full-service spa, plus luxury-level rooms, and you get this very handsome inn. Flanked by gardens and filled with major Northwest Native art, the Galiano Inn wears its high style very comfortably.
- Oceanwood Country Inn (Mayne Island; tel. 250/539-5074): Overlooking Navy Channel, this inn offers top-notch lodgings and fine dining in one of the most extravagantly scenic locations on the West Coast. Admirably, the inn maintains an array of prices ranging from affordable and cozy garden-view rooms to luxury-level suites that open onto hot-tub decks and hundred-mile views.
- Fairburn Farm Culinary Retreat & Guesthouse (Duncan; tel. 250/746-4637): This rambling farmhouse B&B sits amid some of the most bountiful farmland in Canada -- so start cooking. This unusual operation is part culinary school, part country inn, and part pilgrimage site for Slow Food-movement devotees. Come here for the comfy guest rooms, and stay for the terroir.
- Urban Villa (Kelowna; tel. 866/961-2220): This swank guesthouse is just a stroll from Lake Okanagan beaches and minutes from the crush of downtown Kelowna. You get the hands-on attentiveness of a B&B but without the fuss. Plus, the decor and fittings match those of a top-end hotel.
- Mulvehill Creek Wilderness Inn and Bed & Breakfast (Revelstoke; tel. 877/837-8649): Equidistant to a waterfall and Arrow Lake, this remote inn in the forest has everything going for it: nicely decorated rooms with locally made pine furniture, a beautiful lounge with fireplace, decks to observe the pool and garden, and gracious hosts who exemplify Swiss hospitality. Swimming, boating, fishing -- it's all here, even a wedding chapel.
- Vagabond Lodge (Golden; tel. 866/944-2622): Right at the base of the lifts at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, this log lodge is more of a small boutique hotel, except with lots of Western-style friendliness. With log-built furniture and an enormous stone fireplace, the Vagabond looks right out of a North Woods fantasy, except for the fastidious level of comfort in the guest rooms.
- Union Bank Inn (Edmonton; tel. 780/423-3600): Not quite a B&B, not quite a hotel, the absolutely charming Union Bank Inn is something in between. Right downtown, this marble-faced 1910 bank sat vacant for many years before being redeveloped as an inn and restaurant. Each bedroom was individually decorated by one of Edmonton's top interior designers.
- Thea's House (Banff; tel. 403/762-2499): A vision of stone, pine, and antique carpets, Thea's is a newly built bed-and-breakfast just 5 minutes from downtown Banff. "Elegant Alpine" is Thea's style, a cross between a log lodge and a vision out of Architectural Digest. Perfect for a romantic getaway.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.