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 kitchens and WiFi. Prices start at $107 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

The gorgeous Gulf Islands

The Gulf Islands sit out in the chilly currents of the Strait of Georgia, between the city of Vancouver and Vancouver Island. They are protected by the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve on their southern end, which is a patchwork of all the natural wonders you'd expect of the region _ Douglas fir groves spilling into the sea, limestone beaches dotted with pine trees and rugged cliffs that shoot straight out of the water. Mountain passes and meadows, woodland and grassy valleys form the backcountry, creating a true walkers' paradise.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Gulf Islands

Fly into Galiano Island, BC (YMF-Montague Harbour Seaplane Base), the closest airport, located 6.8 mi (10.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Mayne Island, BC (YAV-Miners Bay Seaplane Base), which is 7.2 mi (11.6 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Gulf Islands, CA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 875 vacation rentals around Gulf Islands. From 454 house rentals to 138 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Gulf Islands?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Gulf Islands. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • United States: 534,260 vacation rentals
  • Washington: 8,766 vacation rentals
  • Friday Harbor: 183 vacation rentals
  • Eastsound: 424 vacation rentals
  • Birch Bay: 142 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Gulf Islands! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Gulf Islands?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Gulf Islands:

  • Friday Harbor: 183 rentals
  • Eastsound: 424 rentals
  • Lopez Island: 57 rentals
  • Victoria: 1,046 rentals
  • Vancouver: 1,240 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Gulf Islands?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Gulf Islands are:

  • Orcas Island Airport (ESD): 633 vacation rentals
  • Gabriola Island, BC (SYF-Silva Bay Seaplane Base): 248 vacation rentals
  • Saturna Island, BC (YAJ-Lyall Harbour Seaplane Base): 313 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Gulf Islands?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Gulf Islands. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Stanley Park: 1,303 rentals
  • Pacific Rim National Park Reserve: 228 rentals
  • Otter Bay Marina: 375 rentals
  • English Bay Inukshuk: 1,306 rentals
  • Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club: 272 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gulf Islands listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Gulf Islands

Friday Harbor
183 vacation rentals
Eastsound
424 vacation rentals
Lopez Island
57 vacation rentals
Victoria
1,046 vacation rentals
Vancouver
1,240 vacation rentals
Olga
168 vacation rentals
Parksville
247 vacation rentals
Deer Harbor
329 vacation rentals
Blaine
130 vacation rentals
Sooke
899 vacation rentals
Qualicum Beach
277 vacation rentals
Point Roberts
20 vacation rentals
Burnaby
1,208 vacation rentals
Pender Island
184 vacation rentals
Halfmoon Bay
157 vacation rentals
Nanaimo
195 vacation rentals
Surrey
945 vacation rentals
Gibsons
201 vacation rentals
North Oyster
123 vacation rentals
West Vancouver
1,080 vacation rentals