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.


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)

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 1,028 house rentals near Gulf Islands. From 501 Houses to 174 Cottages, 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: 1,184 vacation rentals
  • Victoria: 1,019 vacation rentals
  • Vancouver Island: 2,146 vacation rentals
  • Parksville: 224 vacation rentals
  • Sunshine Coast B: 347 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: 1,184 rentals
  • Victoria: 1,019 rentals
  • Parksville: 224 rentals
  • Nanaimo: 168 rentals
  • Squamish: 61 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:

  • Sechelt Aerodrome Airport (YHS): 240 home rentals
  • Gabriola Island, BC (SYF-Silva Bay Seaplane Base): 214 home rentals
  • Duncan, BC (DUQ): 348 home rentals

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

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