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Highlights Vancouver Island

  • Natural wonders
  • National park
  • Walking opportunities
  • Capital city attractions
  • Beaches
  • Old-growth forests

Best Vacation Rentals and Apartments on Vancouver Island

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Parksville, Nanaimo District
Vacation Rental • 103 m² • 2 Bedrooms
4.9
(12 reviews)
New fully equipped bright and air-conditioned cottage in beautiful Parksville! A short stroll to the beach! Swim at the Resorts indoor pool or play mini-golf right next door, then enjoy a popular ice-cream cone from any nearby parlor! Cottage boasts a spacious full kitchen with dishwasher and stacker washer/dryer. Kitchen is ready to go with all the necessities. The grand room has a cozy fireplace and 47inch Smart TV. Wi-Fi is included. Loft bedroom includes a 50inch Flat screen Smart TV with queen size pullout sofa and private 4 piece bathroom. Main floor includes one bedroom with queen be...
from CA$306 / night
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Victoria - Vancouver Island
Vacation Rental • 55 m² • 1 Bedroom
5.0
(45 reviews)
Oceanfront with private beach access on tranquil 5 acre setting. Open spaces, numerous flowers and shrubs. Creek with mature Douglas Fir and Cedars. Lots of wildlife and birds to be seen, such as deer, eagles, mink, otter, harbour seals, killer whales, quail, nocturnal beaver, blue heron, etc. Private beach accessible by private road makes for easier launching of kayaks, canoes and row boats, with area for storage near beach. Crab traps can be set in the bay. Two comfortable queen beds. Great view from every room except bathroom.A few comments from guests include. - 'I can't remember when ...
from CA$186 / night
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Parksville, Nanaimo District
Vacation Rental • 102 m² • 2 Bedrooms
4.9
(11 reviews)
This Cozy Cottage 130 is a short approx.10 minute walk from famous Rathtrevor Beach and park. It is very centrally located on Vancouver Island, in Parksville, BC, which enables you to do short day trips to explore the many wonders of the island. You can take in the sights in Victoria to the south or surf in Tofino to the west, both of which are just 2.5 hours away. You could enjoying a round of golf at one of the many courses just a short drive away. There are many parks, family activities, and restaurants nearby. You could enjoy downhill skiing or snowboarding at nearby Mount Washington, o...
from CA$164 / night

Prices and availability

Vacation rental prices on Vancouver Island

CA$284for 11 Feb - 18 Feb
CA$381 annual average
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Vacation rentals availability on Vancouver Island

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Vacation rentals in Vancouver Island

A beautiful vacation in British Columbia

Vancouver Island is an island in the Pacific Northwest and is situated inside the British Columbia province of Canada. The island is a quick 90-minute ferry ride from Vancouver city, and is divided by the Georgia Strait from the mainland. Vancouver Island is known for its wild and rugged natural beauty. Visitors can enjoy a plethora of beaches, nature walks, old-growth forests, rainforests, and quaint seaside villages. The capital city of British Columbia, called Victoria, is situated on the southern tip of the island and boasts a wide range of lovely attractions for families, couples, and curious travellers to enjoy.

An idyllic vacation rental in Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island boasts a wide range of excellent vacation rentals for all types of travellers to enjoy. Stay in a forested area with a large garden and plenty of privacy. Or, opt for a vacation rental situated on the coast and enjoy scenic views of the water. Families can choose from a variety of oversized vacation rentals with plenty of space to comfortably accommodate a large group. Vacation rentals come in a variety of sizes, styles, and locations around the island. With so many excellent options available, you’ll be sure to find a rental perfectly suited to your travel preferences!

Vacations in Vancouver Island

The area and getting around

Arriving in Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island can be reached by boat or plane. If you’ll be coming from downtown Vancouver, just take the ferry from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, which is open to cars as well as walk-on passengers. The island is served by Victoria International Airport, which offers regular domestic and international flights.

Getting around Vancouver Island

Car hire companies are available in Victoria, as well as in Vancouver city. If you plan to spend your entire trip in Victoria, having a car is not necessary since the city is completely walkable. However, if you’d like to explore more of the natural areas around the island, hiring a car will be necessary for getting around.

Travellers and activities

Vancouver Island for water sports

One of the best ways to experience Vancouver Island is from the water! You can rent stand-up-paddleboards or kayaks to explore the many bays and coastal nooks around the island. Several companies offer guided tours led by a professional who will take you on an adventure to hidden gems around the island. Hello Nature Adventure Sports is one of the best companies to book a tour with. Otherwise, you can rent water sports equipment in Victoria or other small towns to do it yourself!

Vancouver Island for families

Vancouver is a wonderful family-friendly vacation destination, with plenty of attractions for children and adults of all ages to enjoy together! Take in the beauty of British Columbia with a walk along the massive wooden Kinsol Trestle bridge, which is an old railway line. You can enjoy a pleasant hike along the well-marked path which stretches through forested areas and above a river.

Vancouver Island is Canada’s 11th largest island, and it is split up into six regions: North Island, Central Island, South Island, the Gulf Islands, Cowichan, and the Pacific Rim.

Top 5 travel tips in Vancouver Island

1. Go sightseeing in the capital city of British Columbia

The island is home to the capital city of British Columbia– Victoria. The city boasts an impressive array of attractions and sightseeing opportunities. Stroll around the stunning Inner Harbour to see the Neo-Baroque style buildings along the water. Visit the lush green Beacon Hill Park. Learn about the region’s history and the Indigenous peoples of British Columbia at Royal BC Museum.

2. Explore the incredible beaches

The shoreline of the island boasts several postcard-worthy beaches. Spend the day with your toes in the golden sands of the stunning Chesterman Beach– the top-rated beach on the island. Or, stroll along the picturesque sandy shores of Long Beach, which is popular among surfers. China Beach is a quaint pebble beach lined with pine forests and stunning views of the coastline.

3. See Tofino

Tofino is a small seaside town on the western shore of the island. It is surrounded by old-growth forest and boasts pristine golden-sand beaches as far as the eye can see. It’s popular among surfers, and is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing sunny day.

4. Visit the island’s old-growth forests

The old-growth forests are one of Vancouver Island’s greatest treasures and best kept secrets. There are numerous small pockets around the island where the forests are found, some of which are home to massive trees over 1,000 years old! Head over to Eden Grove to see one of the oldest old-growth forests on the island. It’s full of Douglas fir and western red cedars, some of which are over 12 feet wide!

5. Discover Pacific Rim National Park

Pacific Rim National Park is a must-visit for any nature lovers in Vancouver Island. The massive park boasts an array of natural features including sandy beaches, tiny islands, temperate rainforests, and even archaeological sites. You can easily spend a whole day exploring the various well-marked trails and discovering the different gems around the park.

FAQs: Vacation Rentals and Apartments on Vancouver Island

How much did it cost for a vacation rental in Vancouver Island in 2020, the first year impacted by the corona crisis?

Vancouver Island is one of the cheapest destinations in Canada. The price for a vacation rental is around CA$321.82 per night.

Which month allows you to save the most on vacation rentals?

According to our most recent data, the months at the lowest possible cost in Vancouver Island are December, November and October, with average prices of CA$236.33, CA$238, and CA$284.39, respectively.

In which months is it more expensive to rent a vacation rental in Vancouver Island?

It can be concluded, by analyzing the data from the year 2020, that costs per night for accommodation here are usually higher, on average, during the months of August (CA$362.79), July (CA$354.33), and September (CA$350.55).

Are there usually many vacation rentals available in Vancouver Island?

So you don't run out of accommodation options in Vancouver Island, it is necessary to think ahead as 79% of rentals are usually booked, according to last year's data.

When are more vacation rentals available?

In 2020, the months with the largest number of available properties of the year in Vancouver Island were May, April and January, with average availabilities of 37.4%, 36.25%, and 33%, respectively.

Which months is it more difficult to find available vacation rentals?

According to data from 2020, the months with the fewest housing options available in Vancouver Island are, in order, August (with 7.6% of available rentals), September (12.5%), and July (13.5%).

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