B&Bs were permitted in BC in 1986 in time for EXPO 86. Since then they have become so much more than renting someone's spare room. Folk who own B&Bs cater to the needs of travellers. Yes, you can find B&Bs that are just a plain bedroom in a house, but there are also tastefully decorated heritages houses without doilies, modern facilities with swimming pools, lake front houses with docks, and modern homes with the latest technology. And though you may still be able to find a B&B in BC with a shared washroom, 95% of the B&B rooms in North America have their own washroom and many have separate entrances as well. Though it is common to have a shared sitting area where guests can sit and meet others, it is also common to have a private deck, a sofa in the room to curl up and read a book in, or other areas where guests can share private time with their partner.