Discover a selection of 1,000 vacation rentals in Gulf Islands, CA that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and WiFi. Prices start at $102 per night, and houses and cabins are popular options for a stay in Gulf Islands. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Escaping reality in the Gulf Islands

Fragmenting from the edge of Vancouver Island into the icy Strait of Georgia, the Gulf Islands are like Canada's answer to the San Juan archipelago of the US. Untrodden and remote, they are a great place to go to escape the fray of city living. There's rock-ribbed Pender Island with its patches of rainforest and solitary trails. There's Saturna Island, the unexpected home of gourmet fine-dining. There's Galiano Island, dressed in meadows and peppered with mountain lookouts. And then there's Salt Spring Island with its Douglas firs, limestone beaches and cozy Gulf Islands vacation rentals.

Things to do

Art, history and nature in the Gulf Islands

Historical journeys in this archipelago are easy if you've bagged a Gulf Islands vacation rental on Mayne. That old haunt of miners and prospectors now has the Miners Bay Building on Active Pass, where the exhibits unravel the story of the prospectors who once called the rock their home. Literary heritage and artistic travels are best done over on Salt Spring Island, where the ArtSpring center offers regularly changing shows. For a taste of the great outdoors, the Gulf Islands National Park can't be beaten _ it's got stony shores and fir forests and more.

Activities

Getting away from it all in the Gulf Islands

A vacation to the Gulf Islands is all about getting away from it all. The towns are all small and quaint, with just a few enticing restaurants _ some even run by celebrity chefs. The backcountry, meanwhile, is wild and untrodden. You'll be able to kayak into empty coves, cycle old mining routes around the headlands, and gawp across the cobalt-blue Strait of Georgia. You'll also be able to join local writing and art workshops, enjoy yoga sessions on secluded bays and shop in summer farmers markets in the harbor villages.

Weather

Gulf Islands _ warming up for the visitors

Canada's Gulf Islands are an enticing prospect for much of the year. The bulk of travelers starts to come when things begin to warm up in spring. That's around May, and sees the coves peppered with sea kayakers and the forests bloom with wildflowers. Summer is the most popular of all seasons, though _ you'll catch farmers markets, art workshops and excellent hiking conditions between June and August. Others look for Gulf Islands vacation rentals in fall, when fewer people are on the trails and the weather can still remain pleasant.

Natural features

Exploring the gardens and other natural features in Gulf Islands

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Gulf Islands is a great place to get outside. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • The Raptors (10.2 mi / 16.5 km)
  • Victoria Butterfly Gardens (16.2 mi / 26.1 km)
  • Butchart Gardens (16.3 mi / 26.2 km)
  • San Juan Islands Sculpture Park (18.7 mi / 30.1 km)
  • Elk Lake (18.8 mi / 30.3 km)
  • Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (19.2 mi / 30.9 km)

What are the top vacation rentals in Gulf Islands?

Elegant condos, unique treehouses and sprawling homes — everyone's dream place to stay is different. Whatever your style, you're sure to find something that makes your heart skip a beat among these top vacation rentals in Gulf Islands:

  • "Oceanfront Cottage With Private Beach Access And Awesome Sunsets": This Pender Island retreat offers 1 bedroom and is rated highly among visitors. Conveniences such as children's toys and golf help make your stay an enjoyable one.
  • "Oceanfront Home With Spectacular Views": Located in Salt Spring Island, this top-rated option has 3 bedrooms and lots of handy amenities. Shopping and an iron and ironing board are among them.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Gulf Islands vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in Gulf Islands?

Punching way above its weight when it comes to character and charm, a tiny house vacation rental in Gulf Islands offers a front-row seat to big adventure. Turn off your laptop and turn your focus to outdoor fun at one of these fun-sized stays:

  • Get away from it all and get back to basics at "Waterfront Tiny House Sweet - Suite". This getaway in Juan de Fuca Electoral Area packs plenty of comforts into its small space, such as an electric kettle and a garden.
  • Alternatively, book a couple of nights at "Modern Private Tiny Home In The Forest". Located in Lemon Creek, this teensy abode comes with lowered locks and free WiFi.

Can I find log cabins to rent in Gulf Islands?

Whether you're looking for a simple retreat or a luxurious escape, you'll find a nice range of log cabins to rent in Gulf Islands. Experience both comfort and adventure at one of these traveler favorites:

  • If you want to try out fishing or cycling while staying in Gulf Islands, "100 Year - Old Log Cabin Lovingly Restored" in Salt Spring Island will be a top choice.
  • Another charming option is "On The Water, In The Woods, A Red Cedar Log Cabin". With fun activities such as hiking and biking and snorkeling close by, this Vancouver retreat will be perfect if you love the outdoors.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in Gulf Islands?

Few things are as exciting as jumping in the car and cruising to someplace new. If you're eager to get away and relax for a couple of days, check out these popular weekend getaways in Gulf Islands:

  • "Architect Designed Cabin In The Woods" in Pender Island is a fantastic choice if you're a fan of the great outdoors. Plan a visit to a few of the area's natural attractions, such as Galloping Goose Trail and Topaz Park, or try some fun activities. Fishing and golf are among your choices.
  • You'll be able to cram a whole lot into your stay at "Family Friendly Rancher On Sunny Acreage. 5 Minute Drive To Marine Park". This property is located in Galiano and is surrounded by outstanding sights like Delta Museum and Vanier Park. Mountain biking and cycling are some cool experiences also on your doorstep.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in Gulf Islands?

Easy to keep tidy and with everything you need close by, studio apartments are an excellent choice if you're traveling on your own or with a buddy. If you're looking for someplace small and comfy to call home, consider these studio apartments for rent in Gulf Islands:

  • "Oceanfront Cottage With Private Beach Access And Awesome Sunsets" is a cozy escape in Pender Island. You'll have lots of amenities at hand here, including a stovetop and a fireplace. When it's time to explore some nearby cultural attractions, Hand of Man Museum and Blue Horse Folk Art Gallery should be among your first stops.
  • "Architect Designed Cabin In The Woods" in Pender Island is another excellent option that offers a washing machine and an oven. Cowichan Native Village and Hand of Man Museum should be on your to-do list in this area.

Can I find short term rentals in Gulf Islands?

Swap the run-of-the-mill hotel experience for the character and comfort of your own digs. Even if you only have several days to spare, you'll find short-term rentals in Gulf Islands that come with all the conveniences of home. Why not try these on for size?:

  • Near the center of Pender Island, "Architect Designed Cabin In The Woods" is well suited to a short stay. Use it as your base to explore interesting attractions nearby, such as Driftwood Centre and Pender Island Museum.
  • "Family Friendly Rancher On Sunny Acreage. 5 Minute Drive To Marine Park" is another wonderful choice. Spend a few days or more at this property in Galiano and plan an outing to Ganges Marina and Galiano Island Community Library, which aren't too far away.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in Gulf Islands?

A romantic weekend getaway in Gulf Islands is sure to reignite your passion. Light some fancy candles, take your sweetie by the hand and send sparks flying at one of these escapes:

  • Catch up on quality time and sweet snuggles at "Oceanfront Cottage With Private Beach Access And Awesome Sunsets" in Pender Island. A fireplace and winery tours are among the little touches on offer here.
  • Another appealing option is "Oceanfront Home With Spectacular Views" in Salt Spring Island. Enjoy amenities here including winery tours and a fireplace, in addition to each other's company.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in Gulf Islands?

If you're planning to take a getaway to remember, don't travel by yourself; take the whole crew. It's always more fun to share your experiences with friends and family. These vacation rentals in Gulf Islands are ideal for larger groups:

  • "Waterfront Estate, 2 Acres - Glamping Style": This getaway is a terrific option for large groups staying in Pender Island. It has 5 bedrooms and lots of great amenities, including a firepit and a garden.
  • "Waterfront Heritage Estate With 5 Bedrooms On Stunning Acreage": Located in Ganges, this sizable stay has 5 bedrooms and is another popular pick for a big family get-together. There's plenty to keep guests both comfortable and entertained, including mountain views and a fireplace.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in Gulf Islands?

Take your pick and dive right in. Here are a couple of top-notch house rentals in Gulf Islands where life is better beside the pool:

  • The pool at "Japanese Style Forest House Set On 6 Acres Offers Beauty" will add another dimension of fun to your break. Located in Salt Spring Island, this retreat also features nearby whale-watching activities and on-site watersports.
  • Unwind beside the water while the kids frolic about at "Coast Modern Coach House, Separate Cottage On 1". This option in Vancouver comes with a range of conveniences to keep your team happy and comfortable, such as a TV and a living room.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in Gulf Islands?

Maybe you're organizing a getaway to celebrate a special milestone, or reuniting with loved ones you haven't seen for months. Whatever the reason, you'll likely want a lot of space. One of our large family vacation rentals in Gulf Islands could be just the ticket:

  • If you're seeking a place that sleeps no fewer than 8 guests, consider "Family Friendly Rancher On Sunny Acreage. 5 Minute Drive To Marine Park" in Galiano. With 4 bedrooms, books and a dining table, your next family trip will be one for the books.
  • "Waterfront Estate, 2 Acres - Glamping Style" in Pender Island is another terrific choice. You'll be able to invite up to 12 guests to this charming escape which features 5 bedrooms, free toiletries, a microwave oven and more.