Destination guide

Explore the waterfront setting in Gulf Islands

The island views and gardens provide a pleasant backdrop to your vacation home in Gulf Islands. Well-liked for its hiking, bird watching and boating, this city is both walkable and welcoming. Take in top local attractions like Butchart Gardens and British Columbia Parliament Building. Whether you're planning a family holiday, romantic stay or friends trip, vacation rentals offer features like full kitchens and laundry facilities for a more convenient stay.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Gulf Islands

Do you want to discover attractions to visit while you're in town? Travelers enjoy Gulf Islands for its hiking, bird watching and boating. Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Gulf Islands a fun place to get away. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Salt Spring Vineyards (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Gary Oak Winery (2.7 mi / 4.4 km)
  • Garry Oaks Winery (2.8 mi / 4.4 km)
  • Mistaken Identity Vineyards (5.6 mi / 9.1 km)
  • Pender Island Golf and Country Club (5.8 mi / 9.4 km)
  • Salt Spring Island Golf Club (6.5 mi / 10.4 km)
Natural features

Exploring the gardens and other natural features in Gulf Islands

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Gulf Islands. These are some of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Butchart Gardens (16.4 mi / 26.4 km)
  • Cusheon Lake (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Ruckle Provincial Park (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Mount Maxwell Provincial Park (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
  • Dinner Bay Japanese Garden (6 mi / 9.7 km)
  • Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park (7 mi / 11.3 km)
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.

Where to stay near Gulf Islands?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 899 house rentals near Gulf Islands. From 151 Cabins to 446 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Gulf Islands for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

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 HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Vancouver: 1,204 vacation rentals
  • Victoria: 1,000 vacation rentals
  • Vancouver Island: 2,237 vacation rentals
  • Parksville: 259 vacation rentals
  • Nanaimo: 191 vacation rentals

And HomeAway 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 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 Gulf Islands:

  • Vancouver: 1,204 rentals
  • Victoria: 1,000 rentals
  • Parksville: 259 rentals
  • Nanaimo: 191 rentals
  • Surrey: 894 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 Gulf Islands?

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

  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR): 1,249 home rentals
  • Duncan, BC (DUQ): 374 home rentals
  • Galiano Island, BC (YMF-Montague Harbour Seaplane Base): 358 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 Gulf Islands?

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

  • Otter Bay Marina: 383 vacation homes
  • Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park: 346 vacation homes
  • White Rock Beach: 389 vacation homes
  • Qualicum Beach Community Park: 311 vacation homes
  • Kitsilano Beach: 1,292 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around Gulf Islands 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 Gulf Islands

Vancouver
1,204 vacation rentals
Victoria
1,000 vacation rentals
Parksville
259 vacation rentals
Nanaimo
191 vacation rentals
Surrey
894 vacation rentals
Sooke
845 vacation rentals
Qualicum Beach
292 vacation rentals
Richmond
1,103 vacation rentals
Sechelt
258 vacation rentals
Burnaby
1,167 vacation rentals
North Vancouver
1,080 vacation rentals
Lake Cowichan
130 vacation rentals
Sidney
227 vacation rentals
Squamish
65 vacation rentals
Bowen Island
230 vacation rentals
Gibsons
229 vacation rentals
Galiano Island
208 vacation rentals
Hornby Island
77 vacation rentals
West Vancouver
1,048 vacation rentals
Coquitlam
189 vacation rentals