Destination guide

Explore British Columbia while staying in a vacation rental

Canada's sprawling westernmost province is a sure thing whatever the season – winter sees powder hounds howling down Whistler's ski slopes, summer brings hikers and mountain bikers to the national and provincial parks, and the natural scenery makes for postcard-perfect snapshots in spring and fall. Set up a cushy base in a vacation home or condo rental and experience the best that British Columbia has to offer, whether you're museum-hopping with your family in downtown Vancouver or wine-tasting with your significant other in the Okanagan Valley.

History

For thousands of years before British Columbia was colonized by the Europeans, many indigenous peoples called the area home. The first contact between First Nations and European settlers took place at Yuquot, also called Friendly Cove or Fort San Miguel, where the last of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nations are more than happy to share their stories with travellers. There are historic buildings throughout BC, including a Romanesque Revival-style synagogue, a railway roundhouse, and the oldest surviving mission church near Vancouver.

Food & drink 

Indulge yourself with British Columbia's regional food and drinks

Know your tannins from your tartness? Your aroma from your astringence? Well, you're in luck, because the Okanagan Valley is BC's largest wine region. If you're ever in the area, sign up for a wine-tasting tour, or do a DIY version and explore the wine country on a bike. Craft breweries also abound in BC, and there are several "ale trail" itineraries that'll have you tipping back the best local beers and ciders in town. Vancouver's Chinatown is among the oldest of its kind in North America; head there for the classic BC Roll, which was created by chef Hidekazu Tojo in 1974 and features barbecued salmon and cucumber.

Essential info

Facts to note for your British Columbia vacation rental stay

Sandwiched between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, British Columbia, or BC, is Canada's westernmost province and third most populous, with a population of nearly 5 million. Victoria is the provincial capital, while Vancouver is the largest city. The legal drinking age in BC is 19. A 15% to 20% tip is standard stuff at bars and restaurants, and it's also usual to put your hand in your pocket for tour guides, taxi drivers, and porters. In case of an emergency anywhere in Canada, dial 911.

Where to stay near British Columbia?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 10,353 house rentals near British Columbia. From 936 Cabins to 936 Cottages, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near British Columbia is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in British Columbia?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in British Columbia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Vancouver: 1,201 vacation rentals
  • Whistler: 1,780 vacation rentals
  • Victoria: 1,025 vacation rentals
  • Tofino: 135 vacation rentals
  • Kelowna: 1,156 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in British Columbia! 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 British Columbia?

Whether you're travelling 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 British Columbia:

  • Vancouver: 1,201 rentals
  • Whistler: 1,780 rentals
  • Victoria: 1,025 rentals
  • Tofino: 135 rentals
  • Kelowna: 1,156 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 travelling by plane to British Columbia?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in British Columbia are:

  • Tofino, BC (YTP-Tofino Water Aerodrome): 139 home rentals
  • Sechelt Aerodrome Airport (YHS): 250 home rentals
  • Vernon, BC (YVE-Vernon Regional): 525 home 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 holiday in British Columbia?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in British Columbia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mount Washington Alpine Resort: 141 vacation homes
  • Revelstoke Mountain Resort: 132 vacation homes
  • Whistler Village Gondola: 1,768 vacation homes
  • Red Mountain Resort: 72 vacation homes
  • Saltspring Marina: 402 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around British Columbia listed on HomeAway 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 British Columbia

Vancouver
1,201 vacation rentals
Whistler
1,780 vacation rentals
Victoria
1,025 vacation rentals
Tofino
135 vacation rentals
Kelowna
1,156 vacation rentals
Penticton
386 vacation rentals
Fernie
292 vacation rentals
Invermere
334 vacation rentals
Osoyoos
280 vacation rentals
Parksville
226 vacation rentals
Radium Hot Springs
346 vacation rentals
Revelstoke
134 vacation rentals
Golden
157 vacation rentals
Nanaimo
175 vacation rentals
Vernon
502 vacation rentals
Squamish
61 vacation rentals
Panorama
242 vacation rentals
Ucluelet
117 vacation rentals
Kimberley
108 vacation rentals
Sun Peaks
301 vacation rentals