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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  • Beautiful House on Gabriola Island

    Beautiful House on

    Gabriola Island: House
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #229859
    avg $204 CAD/night  
    This new two bedroom home, has a view that offers a kaleidoscopic view of Nanaimo, the water between Gabriola and Vancouver Island. The house has a fully equipped kitchen, modern laundry and two large bedrooms (Master and guest), these offer all comforts of home with showers and walking robes. House has heated floors and air conditioning, along with internet browsing & support generator. Large screen 4K TV with Apple TV, which gives access to streaming. Entertainment and tranquility are both options with spacious dining indoor and out with an outside deck and fire pit. The house has the air of 4 star luxury retreat while giving a sense of comfort and serenity. Undercover parking is available with full electronic security.
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    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 Casita (Cottage) Nestled in the Woods with Oceanview

    Fridas Mexican Style

    Salt Spring Island: Cottage
    • 1 Loft
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #208779
    avg $150 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 wall/murphy Queen bed with new mattress in the living room, so with permission 4 people could stay here. The 4 piece bathroom has a lovely soaker tub and mexican sink with a washer dryer closet just off it. There is a 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,jams/jellies, muffins, croissants, teas and coffees to help you get started. It is a very bright spacious cottage. There is a large sunny 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.
  • A little Bit of Mexico in a Pet Friendly Cottage

    A little Bit of Mexico in

    Salt Spring Island: Cottage
    • 1 BDR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 3
    • #224585
    avg $160 CAD/night Credit Card Paypal Pet Friendly
    Our Cottage celebrates the Life and Work of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Surround yourself in Mexican art and beautiful aesthetics while vacationing on Salt Spring Island in the Southern Gulf Islands of BC, Canada. With complimentary lime margaritas in hand enjoy the Cottage hot tub under the stars or the cozy wood stove in front of our TV watching one of our DVD movies The Cottage is very private and the hot tub is for your use only - everything is set up for your romantic holiday. We have a fenced yard for pets with off and on leash walks nearby. The fully equipped kitchen is stocked with breakfast foods to get you started. We also have a BBQ on the deck. For your entertainment there are movies, cable, games and if you like to stay connected there is a wireless internet connection and cell phone coverage for most phones. Our beautiful Beddis Beach and old growth rainforest walk are all within a short walk. We are only 10-15 minutes from town and 15-20 minutes from all ferry and airplane ports. Book yourselves an in suite couples massage or a pottery making session in Tracy's clay studio. Salt Spring Island in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia is well known for it's artist community, famous Saturday Market (March to October), festivals, music events, kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking and sailing adventures. Island life moves at a slower pace to help you unwind and relax on your holidays. Year round there are always lots of great events to partake in and many wonderful artist studios to visit, so plan for more than just a couple of days so you can take in some of the night life and outdoor activities we have to offer.
  • This Spectacular Luxury Waterfront Home is the Ultimate Getaway!

    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 Private Acres

    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.

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