Gabriola Island Accommodations

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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  • Private Waterfront Cabin on Quadra Island, Bc, Canada
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    Private Waterfront Cabin

    Quadra Island: Cabin
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 2
    • #248109
    150 to 225 CAD/night Paypal
    Our cabin is beautifully situated on Quadra Island, BC, the largest of the Discovery Islands on the stunning West Coast of Canada. Visitors come in all seasons, drawn by the breathtaking coastal scenery and many recreational opportunities offered by this small group of islands located along the Inside Passage seaway between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. Come, treat yourself to a comfortable stay in privately tucked away Cabin. Watch seals play and eagles soar from your living room or deck. Hike local trails, beach comb or take a whale-watching tour. Relax in your private hot tub on the deck or curl up with a good book. The options to enjoy are many. The results: Deep relaxation, rejuvenation and reconnection with nature, with a loved one, with yourself. Completed in 2015, the modern 600 sq ft Cabin is privately situated on our 3.6 acre property. Perched some 50 feet above the waters of Unkak Cove, the Cabin offers a stunning panoramic view of the cove, the forest opposite and Grouse Island in Quathiaski Cove. At night, the lights of Campbell River can be seen twinkling in the distance. The Cabin was mindfully designed as a comfortable get-away for two, with one bedroom with queen sized bed, a three piece bath with sensuous rainshower, fully appointed kitchen with dining nook overlooking the cove, and an ample living room boasting a gas fireplace for coziness and ambiance in any season. The deck overlooking the cove is furnished with a bistro set for al fresco dining, lounge chairs and your own private soft shell hot tub. The subtle deck lighting extends your enjoyment of this inviting outdoor living space well into the warm summer evenings. Winter is perhaps the most dramatic season to visit the cabin. Watch the wind-whipped white caps roll up the cove from your cozy living room perch or steamy hot tub on the deck. The winter cove provides a favourite safe haven for a wide variety of sea birds for hours of your bird-watching entertainment. We have provided binoculars for your wildlife watching pleasure from the comfort of your living room or deck. Cell reception is good in the Cabin, although we highly recommend you switch your phone “off” as much as possible to fully benefit from “getting away from it all” in this special, quiet spot among the trees and mossy bluffs above the cove. As your hosts, we will greet you on your arrival, give you the keys, provide you with a short tour of the cabin's amenities, answer any questions, indicate points of interest and show you the supply of brochures and maps provided for your use. If your stay is longer than four nights, we will arrange a time to come and service the hot tub mid-visit. We live on the property and are always available to answer questions or assist in any way. However, our practise is to give you privacy to enjoy your visit as you wish. We will provide detailed directions and travel options directly to you, our guests, as soon as we have your contact details and a confirmed booking.
  • Stunning Mountain Top Home with Ocean Views & Hot Tub
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    Stunning Mountain Top Home

    Salt Spring Island: House
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #241409
    250 to 250 CAD/night Paypal Pet Friendly
    The Casa (2 bedroom home) has spectacular views looking across Galiano Island to the north shore mountains of Vancouver. Relax in the hot tub under the stars looking across to the twinkling lights of the Main Land or take in the ever-changing pink sunset sky. The Casa sits high on a mountain ridge with over 80 acres of pet friendly trails just down the road. The home has infloor heating throughout. An impressive Master Bedroom is located just off the hot tub area with oceanview picture window and a ensuite bathroom with a 6 foot tub and chandelier, cobble floored Travertine shower and his/her sink areas. The Living Room with cathedral ceilings and roof to floor windows takes full advantage of the spectacular views. The entertainment centre in the living room has a large selection of DVD movies, access to Netflix, and we get several local channels on the TV. Also provided is a CD system with a large selection of music, games in the second bedroom and fast wifi and cell phone coverage for those who like to stay plugged in. The second bedroom with queen bed is just off the living room, and has a private 4 piece bathroom. The Casa accommodates up to 4 people. We discourage parties and loud noise as it is a very quiet tranquil neighbourhood. Well behaved pets are most welcome. We provide pet bowls, towels and a couch cover for our furry visitors. Visit for information on island pet services, hikes and beaches.
  • Ocean Front Oasis - Boat Access Only Island.
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    Ocean Front Oasis - Boat

    Gossip Island: Home
    • 4 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 8
    • #248094
    786 to 786 CAD/night Paypal
    This unique property is easily accessible. Ferry to Galiano and short boat access - 5 min boat ride (I can arrange to get you back and forth to Galiano). You can boat over from Vancouver and anchor in the bay, or moor at the community dock. (limited moorage on public holiday weekends, and small boats only). You can float plane directly to the property (I can help arrange transportation and details). This property is a chance to get away from it all. No cars on this island, just lots of deer, spectacular ocean views and tranquility. The property is ocean front . The adjacent bay is a sand bar...Provides hours and hours of fun for clam hunting or playing. Wonderful walks on the island or zip over to Galiano for some hill hikes. Spend your days soaking up the sun, fishing, oyster hunting, or at the tidal pools. You will not want to leave. I can stock the fridge for your stay (for a small fee), or collect your own supplies before you come over at the Galiano store. I have a purified water system for drinking water : state of the art purification system. Flushing toilets, full laundry, BBQ, dishwasher and all the amenities you need on vacation. I have a one week minimum stay policy. Prefer no pets, sorry.
  • This Spectacular Luxury Waterfront Home is the Ultimate Getaway!
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    This Spectacular Luxury

    Quadra Island: House
    • 3 BDR
    • 4 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #201681
    552 to 552 CAD/night Credit Card
    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!

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