Like a fairy tale: 8 dream vacation rentals in British Columbia

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With the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, we can finally enjoy our beautiful province again. From Tofino to Squamish, British Columbia is unquestionably home to some of the most beautiful places in the world.

There is no better way to experience our backyard than by staying in a cozy cabin by the water. Here’s a look at eight of the most “listed” properties on Airbnb to kick back, relax, and soak up Insta-worthy views.

Cob Cottage, Mayne Island

This whimsical house seems to belong to The Hobbit or a Disney fairy tale. Escape to Cob Cottage on Mayne Island for a comfortable and relaxing retreat in what could be one of the cutest properties in the province.

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The one-of-a-kind earthen house features a treehouse as a staircase to the loft-style bedroom, a lovely little terrace and the most comfortable reading nook in front of the window.

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You can’t have more adult summer camps than this.

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Alfie A-Frame Cabin, Sechelt

This wooded getaway is the second most “desired” Airbnb property in Canada. Soak up the striking views of Sechelt Inlet at Alfie the A-frame cabin, which provides complete isolation to relax and unplug.

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The stunning loft-style bedroom overlooks the beach, which is just a three-minute walk away. End your day in the sun with a relaxing soak in the old-fashioned claw-foot tub.

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Owl’s Perch Treehouse, Sooke

Who said treehouses were just for kids? Channel your inner Tarzan at Sooke Owl’s perch hut.

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The two-guest house is attached to four tall trees, taking it nine meters from the ground (be prepared for the 50-step staircase that goes up). Note: the bedroom can only be accessed by ladder, so this unique stay is not for everyone.

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Cottage Ocean View, Beau Mountain

This sunny and airy Beau mountain retirement is one for animal lovers.

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Get up close to some alpacas at this airy and bright property, located in the West Coast Hills neighborhood of Sooke (they hang out at the bottom of the steps).

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The chalet includes several unique features, including an outdoor kitchen perfect for the summer months.

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There’s also a cozy fire pit located on a rooftop patio that overlooks the postcard-worthy ocean.

SecretCoveTreehouse Cottage, Half Moon Bay

This little place for two (545 square feet) packs a lot of oomph. The SecretCoveTreehouse Cottage offers an elegant yet rustic design in Half Moon Bay, just five minutes from Smuggler’s Cove Provincial Park and the nearby Rockwater Secret Cove Resort.

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Soak up the sun or gaze at the stars in the evening from the outdoor shower, open from mid-March to mid-October each year.

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Other incredible amenities at this cliffside property include a Jacuzzi overlooking the Prime and the ocean and a clawfoot tub.

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Customers can also put their grilling skills to the test with a covered outdoor barbecue.

Cederwood Cove Cabin, Tofino

There’s a reason Tofino remains one of the top rated places in the world to visit. Enjoy this small town on Vancouver Island with a rustic and luxurious hotel stay Cederwood Cove Cabin.

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Located right on the water’s edge, this place for two offers all the IG-worthy views one could desire of the mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

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A private hot tub, waterfront dock, fire pit and outdoor hammock are just a few of the few worthy offerings to vacation in this stunning location, which is also just minutes from the main surfing beaches (Chesterman and Cox Bay), restaurants and cafes.

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For the adventurous, bikes (and helmets), paddle boards, and surfboards are also available.

Vintage warehouse loft, Vancouver

The Vintage Warehouse Loft is an escape right here in Vancouver. The airy space seems straight out of the box with its eclectic decor, plants, and cozy but modern kitchen.

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A comfy leather sofa takes center stage in this open-plan apartment which features an old-fashioned record player and gramophone, along with wood-beam ceilings and brick walls.

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Waterfront Cabin, Squamish

This Squamish oasis is a stone’s throw from the city. Relax and recharge at this rustic private cabin which offers complete isolation.

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Like many properties, an incredibly beautiful view lives up to the course here. The bedroom overlooks the Howe Strait, and if you’re lucky you might wake up to some swimming wild animals.

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Stand up paddle boards and canoes are available to get out on the water directly from your own private beach.

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