The House. ThistleDown House is a Craftsman-style heritage home built in the 1920’s which was converted into a Bed and Breakfast in 1997 to welcome guests from all around the world.

Location. ThistleDown House Bed and Breakfast is ideally situated in the District of North Vancouver. Set in a half-acre of lawns and gardens, it is an oasis of rest and relaxation away from the bustle of the City, yet only minutes from its centre. Located close to Grouse Mountain, Capilano Suspension Bridge and more.

Bed & Breakfast. ThistleDown House is a licenced 6-bedroom Bed and Breakfast. Each room is tastefully decorated, staying guests find their favourite spot in the house or the garden to relax and each stay is complete with complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, self-parking and much more.

Memberships & Associations. ThistleDown House is active members of the BC innkeepers Guild and the Vancouver North Shore Bed and Breakfast Association.

ThistleDown House is an adult orientated Bed and Breakfast. We recognize that our guests wish to be surrounded by a tranquil and romantic environment. Although we love children, our accommodation’s focus is on creating an ambiance for couples. However, we welcome children over the age of 12 years old.

We have two of our own dogs and sadly they do not wish to share their home with other pets. Please inquire if you require assistance looking for a pet friendly accommodation.

From the Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

> By Car.
Please find detailed driving directions from the Airport to ThistleDown House using this Google Map Link.

  1. Start from Vancouver International Airport 3211 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, BC V7B 0A4, Canada
  2. Take Grant McConachie Way E to Granville St in Vancouver – 23 min (13.2 km)
  3. Take Pacific St, Beach Ave and Denman St to BC-1A/BC-99 N – 9 min (3.1 km)
  4. Follow BC-1A/BC-99 N to Marine Dr in West Vancouver. Take the Marine Drive E exit from BC-1A/BC-99 N – 5 min (4.5 km)
  5. Drive to Capilano Rd in North Vancouver – 6 min (2.8 km)
  6. Arrive at ThistleDown House 3910 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J2, Canada

> By Taxi.
Taxis are available at the taxi stand located on Level 2 of Domestic Arrival and International Arrivals Area at YVR. A taxi from the Airport to ThistleDown House takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes and costs from CAD $40 to CAD $50.

> By Public Transit.
To plan your trip, please check the Translink website at: https://tripplanning.translink.ca/

Follow signs marked Canada Line. Take the SkyTrain (metro) from YVR-Airport Station to Waterfront Station and take the SeaBus to Lonsdale Quay. At Lonsdale Quay, take the 236 Grouse Mountain Bus and get off at Edgemont Boulevard, Stop 54365, one house away from Thistledown House. (Or you can take a taxi from Lonsdale Quay which take about 10 minutes).

From Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal

> By Car.
Please find detailed driving directions from Canada Place to ThistleDown House using this Google Map Link.

  1. Start from Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1, Canada
  2. Take W Pender St/BC-7A to W Georgia St/BC-1A/BC-99 N – 6 min (1.4 km)
  3. Follow BC-1A/BC-99 N to Marine Dr. in West Vancouver. Take the Marine Drive E exit from BC-1A/BC-99 N – 6 min (4.8 km)
  4. Drive to Capilano Rd in North Vancouver – 6 min (2.8 km)
  5. Arrive at ThistleDown House 3910 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J2, Canada

> By Taxi.
Taxis are available at the Cruise Ship Terminal. A taxi from the Cruise Ship Terminal to ThistleDown House takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes and costs from CAD $20 to CAD $30.

> By Public Transit.
To plan your trip, please check the Translink website at: https://tripplanning.translink.ca/

From Canada Place, walk to the Waterfront Station and take the SeaBus to Lonsdale Quay (Or you can take a taxi from Lonsdale Quay which will take about 10 minutes). At the Lonsdale Quay, take the 236 Grouse Mountain Bus and get off at Edgemont Boulevard, Stop 54365, one house away from Thistledown House.

How to find the house?

As you drive up north on Capilano Road for 2 km/1.2 mi, staying on the left lane, you will see the Capilano Suspension Bridge Attraction on the left. Continue driving for 300 m/0.2 mi, you will see Edgemont Boulevard on the right. ThistleDown House is three houses up on the right as the road curves left. Look for the two stone posts with Christmas Lights on top.

Check-In. Check-in time is between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Arrivals outside this time may be accommodated by prior arrangement.

Check-out. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m. Late check-out may be available upon request.

Breakfast. Our gourmet breakfast is served in the dining room between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Should you have special dietary requirements, please advise us.

Facilities

Wi-Fi. Complimentary hi-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the house and in guest rooms.

Parking. complimentary onsite self parking is available to our guests. We recommend parking your car onsite, pick up a coupon and walk to the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Food & Drink

Breakfast. A three-course breakfast is prepared in a gourmet European-style which consists of a starter, a fruit dish and a main. It’s more like a petit dinner than just breakfast. It is important for us to know if any of the guest in the party has food allergies or any dietary requirements.

Butler’s Pantry. We have a Butler’s Pantry designed with our guests’ need in mind. In it you will find a selection of teas, coffees, snacks and chilled filtered water. At your disposal, there are china, utensils and glasses. Ice is available upon request.

Kettle. There is an electric Kettle at our Butler’s Pantry.

Guest Fridge. We have a guest fridge for our guests’ use to chill or store perishable items.

Services

Business station. The house has a small library with a public computer and a printer for our guests use.

Telephone. A guest phone can be found in the library.

Laundry. A same day in-house service is available (surcharge applies). Please advise us of your needs by 10:00 a.m.

Concierge service. We are here for your traveling needs from suggesting activities, providing bus schedules, making dinner reservations, to arranging for an early morning taxi.

Features

Library. one can find attraction coupons, local maps, a good assortment of tour/attraction books for reference and a paperback “book exchange” in our small library.

The Garden. Enjoy our English garden, strategically designed to provide separate seating areas for privacy to soak in the afternoon sun or have a picnic in the shade under the rustic apple tree.

Other information

Smoking. ThistleDown House is a smoke-free environment. There are verandas, decks, balcony, and the garden for smoking.

Pest prevention. We regularly implement pest/bed bug preventative programs with human and pet safe products to insure the comfort of our guests’ stay.

Behind the scenes. Every spring and fall, our housekeepers turn the house inside out and do a thorough clean of all the rooms and the entire house. Carpet and rugs are also regularly washed as part of our seasonal cleaning program.

In Room Services

Daily Housekeeping service. We provide daily in room housekeeping service between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In Room Amenities

  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Hair dryer
  • Luxury towels: face clothes, hand towels, bath towels, and bath sheets
  • House coats (bathrobes),
  • Luxury bed linen
  • House slippers
  • Luggage racks
  • Coat hangers
  • Iron and ironing board (in some rooms)
  • Fireplace (in most rooms)
  • Central heating and cooling
  • 32” TV& Cable
  • Alarm Clock / Radio
  • Arm Chairs / Sitting area
  • Writing Desk (in some rooms)
  • Full size mirror
  • Wine glasses
  • Wine opener
  • Iron and ironing board (Available upon request)
  • Fan (Available upon request)
  • Universal wall plug (Available upon request)
  • Luggage weigh scale (Available upon request)

Guest Amenities

  • Guest toiletries: shampoo, condition, lotion, soap
  • Make up wipes
  • Q-tips
  • Dental kit (Available upon request)
  • Ear plugs (Available upon request)
  • Shower cap (Available upon request)
  • Disposable shaver (Available upon request)
  • Shoe polisher (Available upon request)
  • Cleaning wipe (Available upon request)

Capilano River Regional Park (& Trails)

http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/capilano-river-regional-park

Our guests’ favourite morning hiking, just cross the Capilano Road from ThistleDown House is the Capilano River Regional Park where the trails take you to the hatchery and Cleveland Dam.
 View Park Map (pdf)

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Just a 5 minutes walk. We offer $4 off coupons for the Suspension Bridge. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is the oldest tourist attraction in the city (originally constructed in 1889), and the 450-foot-long, 230-foot-high bridge offers spectacular views of the Capilano River below.

Hours:
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM  (January 29 – March 9)
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM  (March 10 – April 20)
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM  (April 21 – May 18)
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM  (May 19 – September 3
)
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM  (September 4 – October 8)
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM  (October 9 – November 22)
11:00AM – 9:00PM
  (November 23 – January 28 [Closed Dec 25th])

Tips and tricks. Plan to go early to beat the crowds. Take the free shuttle (runs every 15 min.) that will take you into the Heart of Downtown Vancouver, stops at Robson Street and Canada Place.

Edgemont Village

http://edgemontvillage.ca/

A 10-15 minutes walk. Edgemont Village is a lovely outdoor shopping district nestled in the heart of a lush residential neighborhood, with cafes, unique shops, bookstore & a BC wine shop.

Recommendations. Ask us to recommend the best places to have lunch and dinner in the village.
Directions

Grouse Mountain

A 7-10 minutes drive away. From sophisticated entertainment to unspoiled nature, Grouse Mountain is the pre-eminent all-in-one, four season destinations with something for everyone. Take the Gondola ride or challenge the Grouse Grind to get to top of the mountain.