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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  • This Spectacular Luxury Waterfront Home is the Ultimate Getaway!

    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!
  • Fridas Casa - Stunning Mountain Top Home with Ocean Views & Hot Tub

    Fridas Casa - Stunning

    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.

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