Seen here is the outdoors view of your suite. The double bank of windows are the upper and lower/entry level rooms. The deck is above the walkway arches and the lovely chaise lounges can be seen ~ waiting for a guest to enjoy a great sunbathing siesta. Above in the upper bank of garden view windows is the charming Juliette balcony.
Foreground, from the patio edge, is the bridge over the gently flowing creek flanked by a fabulous scented Azalea and a brilliantly flowered Quince bush. The entire corner wall of the B&B suite is decorated by our beautiful lilac Rhodo.
Tall trees overhead and snuggled into the river's valley R&R has it's own unique habitat. The creek flows from the North East/ Fern Crescent side down past the house into the pond and then across the property below our windows. With nature's protection our home area has moderated temperatures, cooler in summer's heat and warmer in winter's frost. The plants are happy to grow here in the fertile ground created for them. .
or lounging spot for our guests, enjoyment. This deck is accessed from the upper floor, bedroom level of the suite. Often our guests, during lovely weather will take their breakfast up here. A sumptuous repast while engaged in this natural setting is delicious to all senses.
This exquisite old world rose has magnificent scent and is spectacularly showy. It pops open great clusters of flowers just as old ones fade and stays lovely to see all warm season. It has found a simbiosis with the neighboring Quince bush and benifits greatly from the protection of the prickly thorns. Deer will clean off the buds and blossoms from other shrubs and Rose Bushes but won't generally attempt these.
This large birdhouse has been home to a tiny wren who loves to be nestled into the enveloping branches of the Fushia and Rugosa Rose bushes.
One of the beautiful trilliums found wild in our local woodlands. This flower has closed his face for the evening as they do but his leaves are easily recognizable. These flowers are to be enjoyed, photographed but never picked.
This eagle was created by friends for our garden from West Coast Vancouver Island driftwood. He sits majestically among our garden plants reminding us of his life version who often perch high above on out tree tops.
This comfy area of the property is nestled into the Maple Trees ~ both Big Leaf and Vine Maple The swing looks in on the pond close enough to hear the burbling waterfall created by the creek dropping inches into the pond. Gardens surround and my favorite Maiden Hair Fern loves this area of the grounds...it spreads wider and fuller each year. Relaxing place to sit and contemplate.
Standing at the R&R balcony rail one can lookinto the creek bottom. Often a view to see wildlife, this shot shows the fall colors, falling leaves and cooler temperatures arriving here. The creek flows away from us into the pond beyond and past the patio seen in the picture - mid-view. Sitting on the balcony guests can hear the trickling waters below and often times watching birds in their busy world...eagles, heron, Mallard & Wood ducks, geese, and dozens of smaller birds.
although not seen often and never for any great length of time these bears live in the surrounding forests but share the areas with us locals quite generously. These lumbering giants are awesome to seen but not keen to be seen, we most often see only their paw prints.
Through the evergreen trees and flowering shrubery will eventually lead you to the river's edge and open bright skies. The shaded, wooded area is filled with the sounds of nature...peaceful. Swingset, garden swing and chair groupings are places throughout for enjoyment.
We have a lovely year round pond, home to fish, frogs, muscrat, dragonflies, ducks, heron and at least once, a Beaver. The creek is a lovely clear, trickling waterway through the property near to the house. It borders a lovely patio we share with our guests.
Wild roses! We strive to maintain and increase the Rose ~ the scent and appearance of nature's beauty. We love roses and the scent of wild roses are my favorite. Our B&B was named for these beauties and our grand- daughter, whose second name is Rose. We have a great number of wild rose volunteers ~ we tame a little or at least control the extent of their territories, and these were the models for our hand crafted design and logo.
Overlooking the trees on the beach looking south the rising sun highlights the beautiful mtreetops and clouds with a dramatic effect.
Alouette river gurgles over the back of this property, giving a lovely sound and freshness to the area. Sitting in the comfy chairs beneath the tall alder trees with their leaves rustling in the breeze one feels the hustle and bustle of the world melt away. Absolute rejuvenation.
Deer are a common local gift. We see them often here...this baby is comfortable enough to be right next to the suite windows and enjoyng a snack of Azalea buds and Calla Lilly petals.
Entry to the R&R suite via the covered walkway to the main door and the suite's balcony above. Photographed from the gardens and patio below.
This photo is in the Spring when growth is just beginning and the Calla Lillies are at their greatest display. By summers peak the roses are hiding the barrel planter seen here.
Sitting on the swing view of the home. Fragrant sweet stalks and delightful "hot passion pink" Rhodos in the foreground.
Lovingly built into the side of our lovely little pond these stairs provide a perfect perch for visitors (and our grandkids) to watch nature at work in the creek environment. Frogs and egg clusters, water striders, and all sorts of life abounds.
This path eventually leads you back to the patio over the little creek bridge to the house. Shrubs, trees, gardens and natural flora abound. The tall trees in the foreground are mostly all evergreens while the ones sheltering the house are mainly B.C.'s Big Leaf Maples. Seating is generously placed about the property encouraging guests to linger...enjoy.
Our lovely little pond next to the patio with BC Serpentine and Slate steps and gardens all about is a facinating section of our little creek. With the crown of Red Maple cascading over one side, a huge spreading Hosta, lovely Calla Lillies, Iris, astilbe and so many other happy plants.
This little one was following Al's feet about as he walked near the driveway. Al put his hand down and on he jumped. He sat and enjoyed the comfort of his warm hand for a short time holding some tasty morsel in his beak them without any notice just flew away.
The fall garden is decorated with Jack o'Lanterns made specially for us with bows on their heads and not too scarry! R&R will do a halloween theme for guests in their rooms if requested.
Seating areas and meeting spaces scattered all about the grounds for individual enjoyment or group gatherings. This seating group is directly above the patio in the shade of the evergreen trees and next to the fabulously scented Cherry and Lilac trees. Myra also offers picnic blankets and pillows to take to your favorite little spot, commune with nature, read a book, watch the clouds scuttle by...enjoy!
Above the arched walkway is the guests deck with adjustable cedar chaise lounges and a little dining table and chair set for outdoor dining opportunities.
The deck commands a full view over the backyard gardens, patio, pond and creek to the river flowing over the back of the space.
Wild Violets pepper our grounds in the Spring ~ a natural to this area they add beautiful bright purple patches to the landscape!
Hear the roar! Our little waterfall falls through the trunks of two huge Big Leaf Maple Trunks crossed over the creek bed. The flow is varient depending on rainfall and the good grace of our neighbors. Once a constant roaring concern this waterfall will these days cease to flow mid summer. A lovely sight to behold.
Clear stream water gently flows next to the lovely Heather blossoms and new grass.
A mid-day visit by mom and her gang ~ curiosity and bright eyes. They sniffed over the area then off to the river bank.
These deer, a momma and two fawns enjoyed a little stroll along the river's edge and eventually wandered easily across the river.
Once a small shrub this Rose Of Sharon bush is now commanding the entire space at the corner of the entry walkway. With it's huge, fushia pink blooms and cascading shape it makes a charming first view down the walk.
This oddly shaped large mushroom appeared seemingly overnight and just as quickly became a "family group"
Spring is the season of new beginnings and one we welcome in our gardens, here. The Lilac color magnolia, the showy Cherry Blossoms, the white fabulously scented lilacs, the new bright growth on the red maples... LOVE IT!
Nestled into the flora und under the canopy of blossoms guests can put heir feet up and enjoy.
Given to us by fabulous friends and beautiful enough to adorn a commanding area Beautiful Peace is spectacular.
A couple comfy swivel, rocking chairs allow guests to enjoy the babble of the creek, the shade of the beautiful Vine and Big Leaf Maples, the gentle breeze through the canopy of branches...relax, peace out.
Bordered by gardens, stairs to the beach path and the rippling creek our patio is a happening place. Our guests, family, friends gather to socialize and enjoy, BBQ a little and delight in the ambiance.
Children and the young at heart enjoy the sturdy swing set ~ in the back left of picture.
Sit, contemplate, rejuvenate, relax!
This is the River of our name ~ our grandson and the Alouette River flowing by in this photo. We are fortunate to have the Alouette River flow over our property and leave us a nice sandy shore to enjoy. The river is a fabulous place to relax, collect one's thoughts, drift off to oblivion for a while. Fish and fry circle at your feet, Eagles, heron, Mallards, Wood Ducks, Mergansers, gulls circle above... As one guest put it...connect with yourself and nature ~ land and river.
Our little creek falls into the still pond while outlined with a white winter blanket.
The B&B and home can be seen. All warm and bright inside decked in beautiful, bold white outside!
This bench still owns a beautiful RIVER vista viewing spot but who wouild want to disturb the fabulous decorating job it has!
This favorite summer spot has a whole different feel in the Icey face of Winter 2017. Overlooking the pond and pond garden it commands a lovely spot more suited to warmer weather for physical enjoyment.
A rare sight for us...snow covering everywhere and ice! Our winter's are generally a skiff of snow, maybe and above zero Celcius. The garden scape created is beautiful.
Beautiful big clusters of frozen ICE and snow cover the shapely ornamental this winter...this summer it will have as many clusters of huge showy white blossoms.
Everything, everywhere is snowy white! So pretty!
Parked just of Fern Crescent pavement she is looking into the upper portion of River and Rose grounds no doubt checking out the Rose bud availability. She and many of her brethren come to visit regularly and thrill us every time.
Looking directly into our paved driveway as it slopes down to the house. Shrubs flower along the frontage and shaped evergreen side the drive while lovely decorative red maples shade one side and garden plants adorn the other. The drive is lighted in the evening and reflectors show the way down.
Our climate and beauty is enhanced by the beautiful giant greenery. Nestled by the trees and in the river valley we have a setting all our own. The suite is facing a southern exposure and remains a bright enviting window scape all year round. the large deck, visible on the right above the arched wallway is the guest's private sun drenched space. The banks of windows and the Juliette balcony, center of the house, shows the exterior of the guest suite.
This fellow spent a great part of the day on this tree top leaving briefly and returning. He would make a very melodious whistle call, we'd here another further down river reply. So intriguing to observe.
Our resident Eagle, made from driftwood of Western Vancouver Island and perched on a garden corner looks down on another resident heron.
This comfy seating area is beneath the flowering Cherry tree and next to the climbing rose. Although nesled into the shrubery it is not too far from the patio and within the line of sight for the suite.
Sitting beside the flowing water is such a lovely place to be, connect with nature, sort my thoughts, enjoy the peaceful tranquility.
We know our guests enjoy this as well.
I love this flowering shrub and visitors comment how lovely it is.
BEAUTFUL, sparkling Christmas lights dominate the backyard evening scenery. From falling stars high in the tree tops to a faintly glowing light trail in the snow the scene is spectacular. Our Christmas guest this year said "I keep the southern side blinds all open, so we can go to sleep watching the lights!"
This photo displays the peaceful, rejuvenating naturalness of the river beach area. Sights, sounds, smells all instigate a feeling of contentment. Our guests, in the know say...ZEN!
Home to frogs, fish and many natural critters is just off the patio and a constant source of interest. The creek falls into the pond from the upper property flow and creates a lovely sound, the plants surrounding it are immensely happy to be there and flourish.
The number of croaking, chirping frogs tell us our creek and habitat is healthy one. These private little creatures hide in out of the way sheltered sunny spots throughout the property and only if you're lucky and watching closely will you see them, however they will sing a happy little tune often.
Seating at the patio can incorporate family and friends to gather and visit when you stay here. The area is private to our home and spacious enough to allow comfortable social life.
Standing at the entrance to your B&B suite...our giant lilac colored Rhodo warmly greats you in early Spring. Beyond lies the various gardens, shrubs, Patio and BBQ, pond and creek the copse of tall evergreens and the Alouette River.
Time and cares seem to just drift away as you sit watch the water and river life entrance you. The calm and peacefulness of this spot is the subject of many visitors comments. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy this lovely space...play in the water, move a chair and sit in the water, float on tubes/ rafts, float on the rapids, skip stones...
Standing knee-deep in the river near the back of the property to view the R&R home. Looking back over the beach and gardens, through the trees, one can see our home which sits about 33 meters in from the street. The cool, clear water flows from a dam on Alouette Lake above us, on the mountain. The bench in the foreground left is a favorite relaxing point for our guests.
R&R gardens and amenities are available for guest's enjoyment. Guests are encouraged to enjoy all the nature the property offers. From the river across the far reaches of the acreage, the multitude of gardens, shrubery and enhancments, the hand-built patio and BBQ, the 100 foot tall trees and the multitude of colorfull blossoms, to the numerous wildlife who visit our space, R&R has something for everyone. With seating situated around the grounds to appreciate the areas in leisure.
Dressed in high quality bed linens with beautiful bedlamps over night tables per side. Guests can lay back and enjoy the full garden view from windows adjacent, hear the sounds of the river and creek bubbling by, the bird songs and croaking/ chirping frogs from the opening screened door to the adjacent Juliette balcony. The lovely, cozy ambience of the fireplace at your feet and the splendid quiet of our residence in the river's valley.
Guests have a lofty view over the back grounds of River and Rose. The Juliette balcony looks directly south to the Alouette River and the tall evergreens populating the back of the space where the Eagles, Herons love to perch. The room has a pleasant glow from the solid cedar ceiling and a brightness from the bank of windows bringing in lots of glorious light.
This end of the room is bathed in natural sunlight and guests can enjoy a fabulous overview of the garden property to the river. The door leads to the Juliette Balcony and provides a screened access to fresh air. The fireplace at the foot of the bed gives a lovely romantic ambience.
Our guests praise the positioning of the antique queen bed next to the prettiest view. With a screened opening onto a JULIETTE BALCONY allowing fresh air and the sounds of birds calls, gurgling creek and rushing river waters. The view is most often described as spectacular, with beautiful seasonal colors and vistas. Our winter light display (running nightly through December into early January) is very well enjoyed also.
Looking from the second floor down the spiral stairs to the entry level room floor. The stairs were hand constructed of wrought iron and insets of Oak line each stair. One of the main floor Bay Windows over look the lower portion of the staicase. A favorite feature of many of our guests.
Lit overhead on an adjustable swing light this upholstered seat is favorite indoor lounging spot.
Beautful hand built, wrought iron staircase takes guests to the upper bedroom level. Lovely unique mini bays give a view of the gardens and creekside.
Deluxe bathroom with full amenities including sun lamp, robes, hair towel, slippers, hairdryer, curling iron, liquid hand soap and specialty product from a local home - based business; hand and facial soaps, body wash/ bubble bath (for both men & women), shampoo and conditioner, facial tissues and deluxe towels. For special occasions bath candy, bath bombs, bath fizzies are also provided.
Your Jacuzzi tub, full supply of home-made specialty bath products, bath pillow, heat lamp overhead and candles to set a relaxing, romantic ambience. Lay back, turn on the heated jets and relax! invigorate, replenish.
We love to have a Christmas Scene Puzzle on the go ~ guets and visitors are all encouraged to join in solving these fun activities.
R&R always has lovely fresh amaryllis flowers growing for the holiday. So beautiful!
Myra and husband Al will happily custom prepare your chosen breakfast, cater it to your table at your chosen time and provide any pertinent info, such as the type of cheese used or the freshness of the local farm eggs, milk, butter, etc. Myra has prepared a book of possible breakfast choices ~ pictures of some previous delights, this on display in the suite.
The table is a beautiful Antique Oak Barley Twist Old English Pub Dining Table and is these days set with leather bound Arm chairs for greater comfort.
The deluxe ensuite. Guests have a full bath with Shower and Jacuzzi tub, heat lamp overhead. The jets have a remote control to easily manage the Jet action, the heat control and the operation of the spa treatment. Luxury towels, bath and body products, robes, slippers and hair wrap are provided as well as hairdryer and curling iron. All the comforts.
This guest took time to light numerous provided tealights, to produce a beautiful romantic glow, and sent us this picture. They them ran a lovely warm bath bubble bath and enjoyed the fabulous jetted tub. Guests have the option of changing up the bath options and setting the room ambiance to suite the mood. The room has a wonderful heat lamp overhead to bath the tub and guest in warmth.
Fully jetted, heated, extra deep Jacuzzi in guest bathroom just off the main upstairs bedroom. Filled with aromatic bubbles in a candle-lit room ~ luxury! Sink into the warm, soothing bubbles with your favorite accompaniment and enjoy!
Fully equipped with Jacuzzi tub, shower, sink and throne. Bath robes, hair wrap, slippers, towels, heat lamp, bath mats, anti-slip shower liner, bath pillow, eye mask, hair dryer, curling iron. Plus fabulous bath products by Pure; shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion and on special occasions bath bombs, fizzies or bubbles.
Watch a little TV, a movie, observe the outdoor scenes, perhaps a few deer wandering about or read a book. This is the entry level room of your suite. The sofa can easily open up to a full bed for extra people and quickly fold away for day time activities.
The room you first enter is part dining room, part sitting relaxing with the telly room. It contains a Sofa, Compact Fridge, Modern HD Satellite LCD TV and DVD/ BluRay player, an Antigue Dining Set with Leather Arm Chairs for comfort and a Serving Cart/ coffee table. The room has windows all round to view the grounds and gardens, two of them unique mini Bay Windows, with eazy pull down accordian shades and a spiral staircase to the upper floor. The room is very bright and spacious.
Table set for a romantic night ~ Yummy bubbles on ice, chocolate strawberries by candle light. Rose petals on the floor, up the stairs to the bedroom, drapes closed, bed turned down, Roses and chocolates on the bed, Gift basket of sultry bath bombs, bathroom heated and candle lit. The mood is set.
Guests have a private dining area in the entry level room with windows around to view the gardens, trees and creek.
Breakfast is catered to this area each morning.
THis is a view from the base of the spiral stairs looking into the southern exposure of the suite. The dining set seen is where your breakfast is catered each morning.
Grandma gets an approving wave off the balcony from Rose - 2011 start-up date.
Guests have their own private deck for viewing relaxing, sunbathing just off the suite through a screened door. Views of the gardens, patio/ BBQ, creek, pond and river.
This little room houses a multitude of BOOKs, many on local history and BC interests, DVD's/ BluRays, Puzzles and Games. Guests have free access.
Some guests prefer coffee on their own terms and we meet that request with a coffee/ tea station.
Plus the Sun Province and National post at their leisure.
Guests can dine outdoors on their private deck and sunbathe on the comfy loungers provided. This deck over looks the creek, pond and gardens.
Breakfast for one in style with a great view over the gardens.
This couple preferred Corona with lime for their bubbly and chocolate strawberries...
Peach topped Dutch Baby is a favorite here, a surprise shape every time. This sweet treat is topped with Peaches, sprinkled with vanilla sugar and toasted almond slices and drizzled with cinnamon Marscapone cream. Served as is with plates of sausage or bacon, loads of different toppings and whipped cream.
Take your leisurely or quick breakfast in the privacy of your room in your dining area with a view over the gardens. We prepare your breakfast fresh each morning and cater it with style at your designated time. Breakfast can be as simple as you would like or a specialty we will endeavor to accomplish. This particular breakfast is for guests who love savory ! ham and cheese fresh baked pastery braid with freshly made salsa and crisp new grape tomatoes, honey-greek Yogurt and fresh fruit, coffee and Black Current juice. Myra and Al have prepped many breakfasts over the years and at last count, over 45 different dishes. Breakfasts can be specific to the person's diet, health needs or nutritional style.
We love to make each breakfast a pleasant experience both gastronomically and esthetically.
Breakfast, in this case just on the tray ready for delivery, includes the customary fresh juice, fresh fruit and honey infused greek yogurt. To be catered to the suite and presented to the guests. We strive for tasty and beautifully staged meals.
This breakfast feast for a family of four was everything they wanted, fresh, tasty and plentiful. Served with fresh fruit juice, coffee and one tea, Fresh homemade cinnamon syrup topped it all off. Happy tummies.
This guest requested Garlic Mashed Potato onion cake with Sour Cream ~ he was thrilled with the result.
This couple have different nutritional habits and this breakfast fulfills both requests. Served on uniques Rose Butterfly plates and served with fresh orange juice and home made preserves. These guests were very happy with their chosen breakfasts and took pictures to send to family at home.
Early morning repast ~ one loves bacon, the other a vegetarian. stuffed peppers, mushrooms, home-made granola bar, fresh fruit and yogurt, OJ.
Guests enjoy their own full pan of cobbler with sausage/ bacon on the side. Fresh whipped cream, Marscapone cream and Fruit/ Maple syrups, butter and juice.
Special occasions can include such luxuries as evening or mid-day tea. Tea is served on tray with fine china service.
Delicious cinnamon raisin French Toast with Apple compote and Almond slices, sausages, scrambled egg, fresh fruit & yogurt, OJ, and Coffee
Eggs Benny prepared all colorful with sauteed Fresh sweet peppers, sauteed, button mushrooms and red potatoes. fresh fruit bowl with yogurt and OJ.
Freshly made heart shaped waffles with freshly chopped strawberries, sausages, a lovely Rose Apple Tart, fresh fruit & yogurt, OJ and coffee. All served on our Romantic Rose Butterfly plates and Coffee mugs.
A freshly baked eggy frittata with fresh Mozza, mushroom, onion, Asiago, spinach, artichoke hearts along side fresh Cherry tomatoes from our patio plants with Balsamic vinegar reduction.
First morning as Mr. & Mrs. ~ fresh waffles and new strawberries from the neighbors farm. Served with a wedge of lemon and Quebec Maple Syrup, OJ and coffee.
A favorite of mine to make and guests to savor, sweet french toast with apples stewed in their own juices with cinnamon and nutmeg, Mascapone cream, toasted slivered almonds, fresh fruit with yogurt, sausages, chive & feta scrambled eggs and OJ.
This guest prefers alternative type breakfasts, vegan style. She has a vegetarian "sausage" patty of nuts and grains, sesame oil sauteed cabbage round, sweet potato and steamed carrots. Her comment is often - "it was perfect!"
Fresh Mozza fritatta with fresh cinnamon buns both hot from the oven.
Made this morning...sumtuous QUICHE. Made with eggs, milk, cheese and bacon from the farm down the road, the piping hot plate is catered to your table.
Butter basted Portobellas stuffed with chopped spinach and veggies, topped with a sunny poached fresh farm egg. Served with bacon, freshly made hashed brown farm potatoes and home made whole grain bread, fresk fruit and yogurt and OJ.
Combinations of fresh garden vegetables, cheeses and eggs from our local farms make fritattas a guest favorite. they can be a natural or as spiced as you prefer.
Fresh farm potatoes run through our mandolin grater and formed to make muffin sized cakes, topped with garlic sauteed grape tomatoes and topped with scrambled egg. Served with sauteed button criminis and farm sausages, fresh fruit bowl, Greek yogurt and fresh OJ. Yummo!
Popular cupcakes. Made with fresh grated Yukon Gold Potatoes for a crust, ham and egg scramble, sour cream and cherry tomato garnish. Served here with fresh fruit (carefully adjusted for allergies of one guest), Greek yogurt, sausages and fresh OJ.
A savory favorite we have learned from our many guests is Fritatta. We love that we can build it to our guests unique pallate, adjusting both the ingredients and spices used. This dish is served with Cinnamon-raisin toast, fresh fruits and vegs and sausages. BOB APETITE!
Myra & Al love to make Eggs Benny and variations thereof` ham/ bacon, avacado/ artichokes/ tomato/ kale/ spinach/ Asiago/ Portobello...vegetarian/ meat lover. So many choice!
Freshly made waffles with fresh fruit and honey greek yogurt, Strawberries, banana, toasted pecans, fresh apricot, Quebec maple syrup, sausages and Orange juice. YUM!
Early morning prepping red current scones just for our guests. Cleaning and dicing fresh fruit greek honey yogurt with Vanilla sugar sprinkle, fresh OJ and lovely browned sausages. Delish!!
Freshly made crepes filled with sauted Crimini Mushrooms, Spinach, Feta and Asiago Cheeses. Topped with a blend of Mozza and Cheddar. Fresh sauted sausages, Fresh fruit and Greek honeyed yogurt orange juice and fresh ground coffee.
This meal was so delicious our guests left us a request for it two more times on their 2 week stay.
Thinly sliced potato lines the pan with eggs, bacon, spinach onion and cheese.
This couple loved a simple, light breakfast. A baked eggy omelet, sausages, apple compote with fresh fruit and yogurt, with Orange Pekoe tea and OJ.
Enjoy a quick break as the assembly regroups for the next set of photo opotunities.
River and Rose loves to host very small ceremonies and photo sessions on the property.
Group had a fun sleep over including the bride's mom. The next morning the girly prep began...nails, hair, baths, showers, and breakfast on the fly. Myra set a convenient table with finger food and OJ. Photo sessions were occuring everywhere, individual and small groups ~ inside and out. They all left by and hour before the wedding ceremony was to begin at a nearby Golf Course. They returned briefly with the groom and grooms men for more photos. Then they were off, the grooms father returned with the keys to their car, which he left parked for their morning get away. We straighted and tidied the suite, added the romantic touches ready for the wedding night Mr. & Mrs. After the breakfast next day they were off to catch their plane to even sunnier climes!
The glow of this eye level FP adds a romantic ambiance and throws a subtle light over the bed.
Grabbing some fresh air before going to work...wedding day. Lovely small group photo session begins here soon. Guests and relatives are over at the nearby hall, the bride, her mom and her wedding party have stayed here and are getting ready. A photographer wanders among them and when they are ready he will assemble them outdoors for group photos... they will return after the ceremony for more photo session and include the new Mr. and his attendents. Soon they all are off to the banquet and reception as the R&R suite is cleaned and transformed to the honeymoon suite.
The table is bathed in warm candle light, Sparkle lights light the spiral stairs and the rose petals sprinkled from the entry up the stairs entice...
Red, red roses paired with a lovely glowing candle, heart shaped chocolates and a Rose framed Menu sits on guests dining table for Valentines Day.
Standing in the waters where the Gold Creek waters merge into Alouette Lake one can see the more northern snow capped mountains from which the cool, clear waters originate.
GE Provincial Park has all nature has to offer. Beautiful Allouette Lake to swim, boat.., lovely sandy beaches to sunbathe, picnic areas, a myriad of hiking and walking trails, waterfalls, marshes, mountain high lookouts, Glacier topped peaks, beautiful streams, ponds and creeks, wildlife, birdlife, greenery everywhere. Something to please anyone and only minutes back to your B&B suite.
Up Fern Crescent from River and Rose B&B into Golden Ears Provincial Park, past the turn into the Beach and Boat Launch Areas, past the turn to Campgrounds and on up to the final spot. Parking for hiking and walks to further nature's wonders. A lovely well groomed path has been created for our visitors to follow Gold Creek ~ a glacial fed river from high in the mountains of Garibaldi Provincial Park ~ Mt Garibaldi (7678 meters). The paths go from the road in both North and South (upstream and down) directions. The Northward trail takes you along the banks of the river and up to Lower Falls and beyond. The Southward Path winds along-side the river as it makes it's way into Alouette Lake, where calm, blue green pools and deep rock lined stretches change to frothy white water and back to calm swimming holes. Ever interesting and beautiful.
The beautiful blue-green waters of Gold Creek most evidently displays it's colors in the number of clear pools along the creek flowing into the lake. The depth allows many of it's visitors the opportunity to dive deeply into the cool water.
Continuing the trail through Pine Ridge area and around to Kanaka Falls Regional park .
The S. Alouette River meanders through grassy plains, fields of clay and along side endless dykes through Pitt Meadows farm country before the merging into Pitt River and out to the Frazer River. The dykes allow visitors the opportunity to see from an elevation over the water, a vast variety of wildlife, the S.Alouette, N. Alouette, Pitt and Frazer Rivers. A series of lovely easy, ungraded walks.
On this 6:am photo shoot just down the river from us, breakfast was abundant! A feeding frenzy for fish and fowl alike in this field of dancing Mayflies on the pool surface! This pool is generally full of people swimming and enjoying the water but early in the morning there's another kind of activity.
Well fed on local fishes, berries and fruit, this fella decided to have a rest in the cool shade of local greenery. Brown bears arecommon in our area although not very keen on interacting with people, they will move away from sight when they realize they are seen and rarely stick around after knowing that people are close.
Locals and friends enjoy a lovely warm fire to enjoy a late evening.
Golden Ears Peaks on Mount Blanshard tower over Maple Ridge and are the pride of our local scenery. The peaks are generally white with snow and have a Golden glow in winter sun but for a few months in the summers lately, we see them relatively barren. Mt. Blanshard is bordered by Pitt Lake to the west and golden Ears Park.
Guests can ride aboard a Paddlewheeler Boat to tour local waterways. This trip we were off to explore the wonders of the Pitt Lake, Other tours take you further up the Fraser, or into Harrison Lake. All tours give you a lovely perspective of the areas and an interesting day's touring. Fully interpretted through our guide we saw on this day, petroglyphs on the rocky shoreline of the lake, the lakeside view of a quarry, an old mine dig on the shoreline of a rock cliff and many more wondrous sites. The ride has lovely staff who take great care of us, it includes a bar and for our trip a light lunch.
Paddlewheel and other tours are available to explore our Mighty Fraser River, Pitt Lake, Harrison Lake & River. A fantastic way to note local areas and get up close to our water habitat.
We are an avid sport community and have such a varied number of venues...MR Equestrian Sports Center, Swan E Set-World Class Golf Course, MR Lacrosse. MR Canoe & Kayak Club, Skyway Sports Center, SloPitch National, Explorers ATV Club, Fly & Tackle Fishermen, Rod & Gun - Wanstalls Hunting and Shooting, Revs Bowling, Ridge Meadows Hockey, Maple Ridge Baseball, Ridge Meadows Basketball, Rock Climbing, Running Room...just to name a few.
Maple Rdge boasts an abundance of Wellness Opportunities. Some we have available are; Maple Ridge Wellness Center with Dr Gerrettsen, Physio & Therapy Clinics; Ridge Meadows Care Clinic, Haney Physiotherapy Fitness Centers; Fittwells for Women, Fitness Unlimited, Meadows Massage and Beauty Center, Spa le Rhine.
Maple ridge is fortunate to have these facilities here. Our creeks, rivers and lakes benefit ~ the rebuilding of this natural resource and the wildlife who are supported by it. Our local hatcheries, Bell Irving Hatchery in Websters Corner on the upper Kanaka Creek and Allco Hatchery on the south Alouette River next to Allco Park. They provide education and community awareness for our waterways and aquatic life.
MR boasts a great number of local restaurants, bars and lounges. Meet with a friend, relative...someone special at one of many local spots... Black Sheep Pub and Bistro (walking distance from us), Frogstone Grill, Big Feast Bistro, Bill Miner Alehouse & Cafe, La Trattoria Italian, Bobbysox 50's Diner, The Well at the Casino...
Vancouver is our next door city and the Mountains and Forest our Playground. We have many activity centers including all our local parks, rivers, streams, forests and established playgrounds and fields, we have a very active Arts Center - the ACT, Maple Ridge Museum, Haney house, BC Hydro Power Plant, Maple Ridge Farmer's Market, Carribean Festival, WildPlay, UBC Research Forest Gymnastics - Champion Athletic club, Quantum gymnastics, Dance - Peggy Peat School, Fabulous Feet, Centerstage ...to name a few.
Fish at Bell Irving Hatchery on 240 Street ~ Kanaka Creek. Soon to be part of the Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewartship Centre opening 2017. Guests are able to view the fish, the processes and the work done by this environmental group.
This Bald Headed Eagle has just swooped down from a perch high atop a cedar tree
Revs Bowling Centre and Lane 31 Lounge in central Maple Ridge.
Our local waterways are a wonder to enjoy. Some going through marsh and grasslands, as seen here, through sloughs where wild birds and animals habitate or on the more rapidly moving waters of our rivers and mountain side lakes.
City center the Municipal Hall offers visitors to Maple Ridge a Visitors Center and all things current in the governing of this small city.
During the warm seasons our Playland grounds are a buzz of activity! From interesting exhibitions of every kinds to fun activities it is the place to visit. From the very young to us older folk there is something to do... August weeks we host the Pacific National Exhibition and the fair building house some wondrous exhibits - arts, crafts, dog shows, model car racing, Lego building competitions, food & cultural offerings...FUN!
A couple friendly dogs enjoy a free run about a local water hole.
A soutern view shows us the glacier covered peaks and the beauty of the mountain range. The Coquihalla Highway gives as a unique view of this range and is only two hours from us.
Shot with a telephoto lens this picture struggles to capture the beauty of the gorgeous peaks surrounding us here in the Fraser Valley.
This fabulous view from the bank of Gold Creek hike to the Lower Falls.
The Coquihalla Highway winds through the North Cascades following the Coldwater and Coquihalla Rivers for most of the way. It goes through the high Coquihalla Mountain Pass to enter the more arid and warm environment of the Nicola Valley.
The boardwalk on the lake from the lake end allows us a view of the lake edge. I can be seen at the trailhead in the lime green jacket. The patch of land to the left and right on was once the mountain camp town for the Abernathy Logging Company. Now the area is fully treed and covered in the natural flora serenity reigns.
Gold Creek waters wends it way down the slopes to converge in Alouette Lake in Golden Ears Provincial Park ~ minutes from our B&B. In this area the river tumbles quickly over a quickly falling elevation to puddle in beautiful quiet swimming hole minutes further down the trail.
Mike Lake was once the site of a thriving Abernathy Logging Company and home to many loggers and families. Today it is a serene little lake on the end of a narrow twisty mountain road. One can hike up a trail from the main road parking area, or ride a horse from the corral below. The area is also a favorite fishing spot.
The trail is lovely, the scenes are spectacular and the sounds are true nature. The peace and tranquility is palpable ~ serenity. We walk through old forests and along side shores of ancient rock rattled into place by this, sometimes very quickly surging down the mountain side.
The trail begins from the parking lot next to the Campground at Gold Creek. Well groomed and gently graded the trail is accessible by all. Gold Creek is one of the main feeds for Alouette Lake and originates in the Glacier topped mountains above.
The mountains surrounding us in the Greater Vancouver area are spectacular. A short drive from our B&B any direction allows you the gorgeous views.
Hikers can see the flat lands of the beach ahead where the Gold Creek merges into Alouette Lake and the Mountains along the far side of the clean, clear lake. The parking area is a 10 minute drive from here.
These beautiful Mountain Peaks fill the horizon as you drive along the coast from Vancouver - about a 2 hour drive from here.
This Mine was once a full operating Gold Mine and supported a large community in the Mountains above us. Just a short trek down the road from this an old town of Bradian is for sale.
Whistler is a delightful hamlet where people go to enjoy all nature has to offer all year round. It is a World Renown SKIING mecca and attracts visitors from all around the globe. Less than 2 hours drive from us it is a fabulous day trip.
The salmon run here can be spectacular in numbers and the water crystal clear and relatively shallow thus our Eagle population flock to feast on the ready dinner before them. We have seen hundreds swooping in to feast and totally unaware of our gazing eyes on the awesomeness of their regal flights.
This facility and the professional involved are working to enhance our native fish stocks and habitat, educate our children and new property owners with the life and needs of our fish population as well as advocating for better environmental practices.
Soon to become "Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Center"
High up in many of our local mountains, up old mining and logging roads travelled by an adventuring few are adits, pits and remains of old mining operations giving us a glimpse into our history in the mining field. This adit is off a decommissioned road but can be seen from the opposite hillside.
On the edge of the Frazer River this dock is home to the Music on the Wharf, numerous wedding and special events photos, fishermen, sightseers, residents and historians come to see magnificent sunsets and enjoy the spectacular scene.
Golfing is a favorite sport for many here...We have many varied level courses close by ~
Swan E Set is a world class Resort and Country Club
Golden Eagle Golf Club
Maple Ridge Golf Course
Pitt Meadows Golf Club
Heather Hills Golf Course
Hacker Haven - par 3
However these days I am sole manager with a great deal of help from my fabulous husband. Laurette is still a great sourcefor ideas and feedback she is much too busy with our wonderful grandkids, her own life and career. I manage the B&B; do the cleaning, prep and maintenance, cooking and serving and accounting with major support from Al.
I love the job, the lovely people we meet (many become long-standing friends) and the opportunity to inter-relate with other locals. We use local product where ever prudent, boast of and recommend local business and points of interests.
This custom, home shop built sign with custom designed unique Logo is the first symbol of our new community offering ~ a B&B! We'll just try it for a year's term...now heading into the sixth year we are thrilled to continue. From the fabulous feedback we receive (5/5 stars) it had been a great choice.
Myra and Al own this lovely home, Myra owns the B&B business and loves to 'spoil' people. Al is a fabulous Mr. Fix or Build-it. Together they love to make it all work for you.
R&R has received a reward for excellent reviews and support from guests who have stayed or visited those who have stayed and choose to give public feedback. We are most proud of this commendation! Seems people who come here, love it here ~ the number of referral guests through previous guests and visitors has increased greatly over the years! Thank you wonderful people!
Renewed yearly this certificate indicates the high value we place on good service, community and business. It indicates the good standing our Bed & Breakfast achieves. We are #1 in all of Maple Ridge on a consistant basis.
Rigorously inspected and yearly substanciated standards are set for approved B&B's in this Province. Our B&B adheres to all standards set and provides the highest quality service to all guests. We are proud to be a recognized member.
We are PROUD to display our certificate earned for mindfully creating an area appreciated and enjoyed by local wildlife. The Canadian wildlife Federation carefully screens and investigates to award properties who show respect and appreciation for the areas wildlife and they chose us!!
Approved by the National Wildlife Federation as a certified habitat means we keep nature and conservation in mind in all our planning and plantings. Our daily life and business is also one of general conservation, we follow the mantra of reuse, recycle and conserve.
This picture taken by Myra is of our RED Rhodo in warm bright summer sun. Entered into a contest with Behr paint - such a fabulous lovely color!
This is the UNIQUE symbol for River and Rose B&B. Designed by Myra's husband Al, with a nod to our wild roses on the property. Al made it into the business sign hanging at the Fern Crescent frontage ~ it is front and center on our River and Rose B&B brochures and business cards.