Escape the city at these idyllic West Coast rentals
The last few months have been challenging to say the least. And as we settle into our new normal, there’s no better time to retreat, refresh and recharge amongst the beautiful wilderness British Columbia has to offer. Wake up and smell the firs—your staycation mode has been activated.
Here are 10 quirky, cozy and stunning rentals where you can escape the city this summer...
1. Fern Gully Cabins, Jordan River, from $79 per night
Fern Gully CabinsNestled in the rainforest and just a short walk from China Beach, Fern Gully’s rustic cabins on Vancouver Island provide the ultimate cozy getaway. Including a wood-burning fireplace, kitchenette and outdoor shower, the loft-style living setup makes for the snuggest space to catch some z's and stare up at the towering firs. These tranquil homes have all you need to get off the grid for a few days.
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2. Jordan River Cabin, Vancouver Island, $335 per night (2-night minimum stay)
Jordan River CabinBranded the ‘Surf Shack’ and surrounded by evergreens, this newly built cabin on Vancouver Island is for those who want to escape to nature, but who also very much enjoy the conveniences of modern life. With an open concept, fully stocked kitchen (including coffee grinder), king-size beds, giant bathtub and a new wood-fired cedar hot tub, you can get away while still enjoying all the comforts of home.
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3. Slopeside, Whistler, $1,850 per night (3-night minimum stay)
Slopeside, WhistlerListed under Airbnb's Luxe properties – “pristine, expertly designed homes with luxury amenities, services, and a dedicated trip designer” – this contemporary ski chalet 30 yards from the Whistler Village Run has everything you need... and more. Vaulted ceilings and oversized windows offer light and breathtaking views across snowcapped mountains, and the outdoor hot tub and log fireplace offer multiple places to rest those weary muscles. Exclusive to Airbnb's Luxe properties, a trip designer can arrange add-on services like fresh groceries, a butler, housekeep, plus more.
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4. Wildpod Leaf Dome, Tofino, $261 per night (2-night minimum stay)
Wildpod Leaf DomeTofino has long been a desired shorefront getaway for Lower Mainland locals, and anyone who has visited will be sure to tell you why. This charming resort town offers sandy beaches and some of the best surfing on the West Coast. To take your Tofino experience to the next level, why not book a geometric waterfront dome? Sitting on the town's edge with spectacular harbour, ocean and mountain views, each of these private, luxury rentals is equipped with an ensuite, kitchenette, and propane fireplace to tend to all your “camping” needs.
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5. A-Frame Nectar Yoga package, Bowen Island, from $149 per night
Nectar YogaFor a truly beautiful getaway, head to Nectar Yoga bnb where you’ll not only stay in your own private wood-clad A-frame, but experience a two-night grounding yoga retreat. With introspective meditation sessions, nourishing breakfasts, and yoga lessons for all levels, Nectar bnb encourages you to disconnect from your busy life and reconnect with yourself and those around you. Each A-frame has a double bed, outdoor seating and full access to their Onyx Lodge.
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6. Somewhere in the Woods, Roberts Creek, $120 per night (2-night minimum stay)
Somewhere in the WoodsThis sweet little spot in the woods homes three uniquely quaint cabins all connected by an open-air deck: one for sleeping, the other for bathing, and the third for all your dining needs. Enjoy peek-a-boo ocean views as you sit around the firepit or soak in the hot tub and watch the sun set between the trees.
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7. Hobbit Hideaway, Kootenay, $300 per night
Offering seclusion and privacy, step into Tolkein’s world and live out your Lord of the Rings fantasies by staying in this adorable 'hobbit home' that looks to have been plucked straight from the Shire. Surrounded by hundreds of acres and backcountry, explore your surroundings with the many nearby hiking trails, or use the time away to unwind and enjoy the peace and quiet. Either way, this quaint home is the perfect place for an adventure. With a fully stocked kitchen, fireplace and no T.V. or WiFi, guests can enjoy a purely unplugged experience and unwind.
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8. Vintage Airstream, Gibsons, $150 per night (2-night minimum stay)
Step back in time with this renovated 1970s vintage Airstream complete with all the modern amenities. This unique accommodation is beautifully finished and is the perfect adventure for those who want to get away and relax. Tired after a long day exploring Gibsons' local trails, restaurants and breweries? Take it easy in the spacious sauna before cooling off in the cedar-lined outdoor shower or cowboy-style tub. Your chill mode will truly be elevated in this place.
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9. Private Island Treehouse, Sunshine Coast, $300 per night (2-night minimum stay)
Get completely off the grid with this beautiful undiscovered private island eco-retreat just off the Sunshine Coast. You'll be picked up by boat and taken to this stunning home amongst the trees where you will receive a DIY breakfast and lunch, and a home-cooked evening meal with fresh, local and homegrown ingredients. Described as "glamping meets bohemian boudoir," this one-of-a-kind getaway is one you must experience.
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10. Luxury Tiny Homes, Salmon Arm | $165 per night (2 night minimum stay)
These cosy homes near the Shuswap are the perfect place to rest-up and disconnect from everyday life. Finished to perfection and complete with everything you need for a wonderful break from reality, these luxury tiny homes include an outside propane fire pit, hot tub and barbecue, with the option of taking a riding lesson in the summer and tobogganing in the winter. They've really thought of it all.
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