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Nestled between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland is Gabriola Island, a place of spectacular natural beauty. Gabriola is home to a population of 4,200 people, including dozens of world renowned and emerging artists. Because of the high density of artists and the boutique shops selling artisan crafts, Gabriola is often called "Isle of the Arts." Gabriola is connected to the city of Nanaimo by a twenty-minute ferry ride, so amenities are easily accessible, yet the island is distant enough to have a relaxed, small town vibe.

Various restaurants, coffee shops and groceries are available at Folklife Village, near vacation rental and condo rental accommodations. With garden tours, film festivals and all sorts of music and artistic displays, there is truly something for everyone on Gabriola Island.

Nature lovers will delight in the chance to observe deer, eagles, seals, whales and other wildlife. Visitors can rent a kayak to get up close and personal with playful otters or take a tour by powerboat to experience island forests and cliff views. Fishing, golf and sailing are popular ways to spend a day among the breath taking panoramic views and fresh ocean breezes that characterize this natural paradise. Accommodations and vacation rentals offer a chance to see magnificent coastal vistas and lush, green forests.

The Gabriola Sands and Sandwell provincial parks on the island feature stretches of sandy shores, perfect for building sand castles or going for a peaceful walk. With over 30 beach access points on the island, there is always a chance to hop in for a swim. Acres of quiet trails are available for hiking or biking including the 27 km trail circling the island.

A must-see venue on Gabriola is a unique limestone formation known as the Malaspina Galleries. This rock overhang was carved out over thousands of years by surf and frost and today resembles a large wave, mid-roll. The dramatic rock formations can be viewed by kayak or by foot, within close reach from vacation rental accommodation.

The Gabriola Museum provides a glimpse in to the history of the island, featuring petroglyphs carved by aboriginals, the discovery by Spanish explorers and its settlement by European immigrants. The information on local wildlife and the 70 known petroglyphs around the island make this a great first stop.

Accommodation such as vacation rentals, condo rentals and other lodging offer easy access to Gabriola Island’s clean, green, scenic and tranquil atmosphere.

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  • Bowen Island Vacation

    Bowen Island: Home
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 7
    • #200237
    avg $250 CAD/night Star Rating
  • Cottage

    Hornby Island: Island style cottage
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 7
    • #120482
    avg $110 CAD/night Pet Friendly Star Rating
    This cottage is a cozy Hornby Island cottage set in a sunny glade on the “sunset side “ of the island, just a few minutes from Galleon Beach. With its open atmosphere, created by the large skylights in the great room with French doors leading to 2 large decks, the Cottage evokes the sense of indoor-outdoor living that is the heart of a true holiday cottage. The cottage has been carefully decorated and furnished with attention to detail. Tranquility is combined with modern conveniences to provide an ideal escape; a home away from home, without any of the responsibilities.
  • Fridas Mexican Style

    Salt Spring Island: Cottage
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 2
    • #208779
    avg $145 CAD/night Credit Card Paypal Pet Friendly
    Our Casita celebrates the life and work of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. It suits 2 people best. However, it has a queen bedroom (loft bedroom with short ladder) and a luxury pull out couch with memory foam mattress in the living room, so with permission 3 people could stay here. The 4 piece bathroom has a lovely soaker tub and mexican sink,. There is a brand new fully equipped kitchen with microwave, toaster, stove, large fridge, a lovely sunlit eating area and open concept living room with wood stove and skylights. The well stocked kitchen will have breakfast foods such as farm fresh eggs, fruit, yogurt, bread, jams/jellies, muffins, croissants, cereals, milk, coffee, tea, pancake mix and maple syrup. For your convenience there is a washer and dryer. There is a large deck with BBQ and herb/mint garden. It is in a very private treed area with it’s own driveway entrance. It has a wonderful ocean view to capture the sunrises and passing boats. A short stroll away is the best shell beach on the island – Beddis Beach, a rainforest walk - Creekside Rainforest Reserve and an orchard. It has wireless internet and cell phone coverage.
  • Paradise - Saturna Island

    Saturna Island: Home
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #67163
    avg $164 CAD/night  
    This piece of Paradise is situated on Saturna Island in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia with decks overlooking the scenic Strait of Georgia. This modern, spacious, fully furnished 3 bedroom vacation rental sleeps up to 8. Set on an acre of grounds, the home is a secluded natural paradise just a few minutes walk from beaches and whale watching at East Point Regional Park and a short drive to shopping, the winery, galleries, and the B. C. Ferry Dock. A great base for kayaking, walking, hiking, cycling, fishing, whale watching, or for just relaxing on the deck watching the deer. In addition to the wood burning fireplace, each room has individually controlled electric heat.
  • Gulf Island Get Away: Two

    Pender Island: Cottage
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #212700
    avg $225 CAD/night  
    A secure vacation spot for families, the cottage is just 5 minutes from the ferry terminal with amenities within walking distance. Kayaking, golfing, whale watching, hiking, boating and scuba diving are just some of the activities you can enjoy. You can also choose to relax on the oversized, shaded deck while enjoying the view. The cottage has a full kitchen and dining area. You can spend the day shopping at the island's many local markets and farms, and spend the evening sharing meals with friends in the ambiance of a west coast evening. Located in a quiet hillside complex nestled around a marina, the cottage offers a fully furnished 2 level layout, with spectacular ocean and marina views. Along with 2 pools, a games room, and a bistro, this fully furnished cottage is available year round for your weekend getaway or longer stay.
  • This Spectacular Luxury

    Quadra Island: House
    • 3 BDR
    • 4 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #201681
    avg $552 CAD/night  
    Elegant, yet comfortable this exceptional home is designed to meet your every vacation need! The wrap around deck extends over the massive rock wall of the beach. The 60 foot dock makes access easy for arrival by private boat or float plane, or just to be picked up by boat by your own fishing guide. 180 degree view of ocean, islands and mountains on Vancouver Island. Two story stone fireplace, library, great room, sun-room, family room and game room. The upper level contains the home office, a private sitting area, en-suite, and spacious master bedroom. The lover level is fully outfitted with top quality gym equipment. Enjoy cooking in the fully equipped kitchen, complete with extras like an espresso machine, juicer and granite counter-tops. Alternatively, enjoy gourmet meals at nearby resorts. April Point is only a short walk away for fine dining or escape to their Spa for an assortment of health and beauty treatments. You can even see the cruise ships sailing by while relaxing on the deck or fishing off the dock!
  • A Vacation Retreat on 2.2

    Thetis Island: Cottage
    • 3 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 8
    • #204091
    avg $300 CAD/night Credit Card Paypal
    Welcome to this West Coast waterfront home with sweeping views over Trincomali Channel. Skylights, three patio doors that open to a wrap around deck, and an open floor plan make this 3 bedroom home beautiful, rain or shine. The spacious kitchen with tech nook opens out to the bright living area which is complemented by a wood fireplace and open ceilings. Watch the boats go by from the deck, the skylight in the master bedroom, and even while you prepare meals in the well equipped kitchen. This cottage is situated on 2.2 private acres with many trails to explore.
  • Hornby Island View

    Denman Island: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #214385
    Credit Card
    The house is situated on low bank oceanfront with a 270 degree view of the east side of Denman Island, across to Hornby Island and the Coast Mountain Range.. The house is situated on low bank oceanfront with a 270 degree view of the east side of Denman Island, across to Hornby Island and the Coast Mountain Range. Kitchen, dining, and living areas as well as the master bedroom take advantage of these incredible vistas. Summertime picnics on the deck or the beach give way to roasting chestnuts in the fire on chilly evenings during fall and winter. Enjoy a private cove with 600 feet of oceanfront. Explore the tide pools along sandstone and conglomerate shoreline stretching for miles both north and south. This cozy three bedroom rancher is an ideal retreat and base for island adventures any time of the year. Surrounded by Arbutus, Cedar, and Fir, you will experience true West Coast habitat, complete with calls from resident bald eagles. Deer abound on Denman Island and you are likely to see otters, sea lions, and seals in the cove. As well, shore birds such as grebes, herons, mergansers, loons, and Canada geese frequent the area. Day trips to Hornby Island a ten minute ferry ride, the terminal is an 8 minute walk away open up more opportunities to enjoy nature, adventure and culture in our unique Gulf Islands. The sandy beaches at Tribune and Whaling Station Bay are world famous and Helliwell Provincial Park is home to the northernmost species of protected Garry Oak trees. Walking, hiking, and mountain biking are great ways to explore both islands. Canoeing and kayaking are also peaceful ways to check out Tree Island Marine Park and Boyle Point Lighthouse on Denman or Heron Rocks on Hornby. Motorboats and fishing charters are available for those who want to travel further afield by water. Explore the Comox Valley while staying on Denman Island as the ferry service is only a 10 minute ride to Vancouver Island. You can experience a day skiing on Mt. Washington in the morning and golfing on the same day in the afternoon in the Comox Valley. Plenty of shopping, summer markets, festivals, and attractions abound in the region. Cities of Comox and Courtenay have all your day to day needs. The Islands natural beauty inspires many artists who live and work in this amazing environment. Opportunities to visit, view, and purchase their work are plentiful. Many workshops are also available. Whatever your interests, there is something here for you. Ski Mt Washington Stay on an Island. You can have the best of both worlds. Spend a few days skiing and a few days exploring Denman and Hornby Islands. Is a cozy waterfront house on Denman Island with commanding views of Hornby Island and the Coast Mountain Range. One hour from the Guest House to Mt Washington. 15 min from house to ferry, 10 min ferry crossing, 30 min drive to the parking lot at Mt Washington. Ferries run from 6.40 am to 11 pm almost every hour. Getting there 30 minutes from Comox Airport, 45 minutes from Nanaimo to Buckley Bay Ferry Terminal. Please note that term rates apply for the summer peak season period only unless booking within 21 nights of arrival. Nightly rates will vary dependent on the term rate value and the length of stay required. Term periods run from Saturday to Saturday.. There is a private caretaker's residence / Location: Denman Island BC / Setting: Oceanfront with beach access.

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