8 cozy BC cottages to rent for a getaway near you

We British Columbians are blessed with a beautiful backyard, and now is the perfect time to explore it as the pandemic still makes international travel difficult.

The vacations might not be hot or tropical this year, but luckily cabin getaways are always on the menu.

In The Bluff – Galiano Island Log House

InTheBluff – Galiano Island Log House / Airbnb

This awe-inspiring structure offers a waterfront view of a peaceful yet easily accessible Gulf Island. A single ferry from Tsawwassen will transport you to Galiano, and this log cabin offers epic views and plenty of room to relax after visiting local beaches and hiking trails. Did we mention that it has an infinity hot tub?

Rustic cabin in the woods

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Rustic cabin in the woods / Airbnb

A smaller, more rustic Galiano Island, perfect for a romantic getaway. The quaint property has a full kitchen, outbuilding, and outdoor shower. Trails starting from the property lead you to the nearby pebble beaches.

The nest box

This designer treehouse offers guests a serene and elevated experience in Chilliwack. It sits on an acre of fully fenced land and includes a campfire area, hammock, and outdoor shower. The south-facing bridge offers the perfect opportunity to view wildlife. This Airbnb also has flush toilets – a luxury for treehouse-style accommodations.

Alfie the A-frame

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Alfie the A-Frame / AirBnB

This property is one of the most sought after Airbnbs in Canada. The loft cabin on the Sunshine Coast has incredible views of Sechelt Inlet and faces west to soak up all the afternoon sun and have a front-row seat for spectacular sunsets.

Private cottage with ocean view and trail access

salt spring chalet

Private cottage with ocean view and trail access / Airbnb

Escape to Salt Spring Island at this charming cabin. It’s the most developed of all the Gulf Islands with plenty of attractions and activities, and this Airbnb offers ocean views through its floor-to-ceiling windows. It sits on five acres of land, so you’ll be sure to get the peace and quiet you’re looking for.

Totem Chalet

Chalet Totem

Chalet Totem / Airbnb

If you’re in the mood for an active getaway, a cabin near one of British Columbia’s famous ski resorts might be right for you. This luxurious chalet in Whistler features a private hot tub, great views, pool table, deep soaking tub in the master bedroom and plenty of space for your friends to stretch out and relax.

Ultimate modern escape

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Ultimate Modern Getaway / Airbnb

This cabin near Golden was designed by the architectural firm Form and forest and can accommodate up to five people with its mezzanine. The vaulted ceiling provides guests with 180 ° views of the forest and mountains, and water-loving visitors can also canoe or raft the Blaeberry River that runs through the property.

Bowen Island

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If you want a vacation near you, this is really near you, check out Bowen Island. It’s only a 15-minute ferry ride to Horseshoe Bay, so close some islanders even commute to work in downtown Vancouver. Although it’s close to town, you’ll still have that sense of seclusion with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, serene hiking trails, and charming local shops.

Browning Pass Square

Browning Pass Square

Browning Pass / Airbnb location

This quaint cabin near Tofino has a wonderful patio to enjoy the great outdoors. It’s close enough to all of Tofino’s attractions, including gorgeous beaches, surfing, and restaurants, yet is secluded in the woods.

Tofino Heron House

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Tofino Heron House (tofinohéroncottage.com)

This two-bedroom cabin features an outdoor shower and fireplace, allowing you to make the most of the great outdoors in British Columbia (there’s also an indoor tub for colder weather, don’t worry) . It is nestled among cedars and ferns, with a wooded path connecting the property to Tofino Inlet.

Studio overlooking Lake Chardonnay

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Chardonnay Lakeview Studio (Airbnb)

This little cabin is located on an Okanagan vineyard that grows grapes for Chardonnay wine. It has a modern interior with a bedroom, living room and terrace. Admire the view of the lake and visit the local wineries. If the weather is warm enough, head to the beach for a swim.

The Ponderosa shed

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Romantic lakeside estate, lake view and terrace / Airbnb

This romantic getaway to a lakeside estate offers panoramic views from its two separate decks. Located in Peachland just outside Kelowna, use it as a base for nearby wine tastings and hikes Mountain Plush. This shed is adjacent to a largest domain which accommodates 12 people. Each can be booked individually on Airbnb.

Cob Cottage

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Cob Cottage / Airbnb

You will need to book in advance, like, really well in advance, for this gem of Mayne Island. Its first available dates are only in the fall of 2022. That’s because it’s been Canada’s most coveted property for several consecutive years. Hosts say the ‘earthen cottage’ was handcrafted using local, sustainable materials, and guests can explore Mayne Island’s beautiful beaches, trails, and local brewery.

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