Destination guide

Join the Cortes Island community

Part of the traditional territories of First Nations peoples, Cortes Island enchants visitors with its rugged seascapes and lush maritime forests. It sits in the Salish Sea and is a haven for free spirits. You'll find yourself immersed in a tightknit community of locals, from artists, writers and yoga teachers to young families, bohemian couples and organic growers. Sound like your kind of niche? Cortes Island vacation rentals unlock access to a stunning line-up of rustic properties that capture the heart and soul of the island.

Things to do

Reconnect with nature on Cortes Island

For most visitors, Cortes Island is a place to rest, relax and reconnect with nature. This means that one of the best ways to pass the time is by doing nothing at all. With serene forest settings, Cortes Island vacation rentals make it easy to embrace the carefree lifestyle. For a glimpse of the island's rich First Nations heritage, don't miss Smelt Bay Provincial Park. It's fringed by a multicolored pebble beach and dotted with dirt mounds that are said to have been used as defense fortifications by First Nations people.


Paddling with orcas off Cortes Island

In the summer, you'll find islanders cooling off in shimmering Hague Lake. You can also soak up the sun on Smelt Bay Beach or hit the water for a paddling session. As you explore the rugged coastline, keep an eye open for seals, dolphins and orcas. When it comes to hiking, Cortes Island harbors some of British Columbia's best-kept secrets. You can lose yourself in the thick Manzanita forests of Carrington Bay, hike through towering Arbutus trees in Kw'as Park or work up a sweat on calf-crunching trails like Easter Bluff. You'll be rewarded with sweeping views of the Coast Range and Desolation Sound. 


Rain-shadow summers on Cortes Island

Thanks to its snug position next to Vancouver Island, Cortes Island enjoys a rain-shadow effect. This means you'll enjoy consistent sunshine for most of the year. There's limited accommodation, which means even in the height of summer, the island will still feel wonderfully laid-back. Planning a summer escape? From romantic retreats to family getaways, Cortes Island vacation rentals make it easy to unplug from your devices and reconnect with your loved ones. Fall can be a beautiful time to visit, with clear skies, crisp temperatures and fiery foliage.

Natural features

Wildlife galore on Cortes Island

Cortes Island sits high in the Salish Sea, where the Coast Mountains meet the Vancouver Island shoreline. Campbell River is a gateway to Cortes Island, with daily ferries whisking passengers across Discovery Passage. The island is a haven for local wildlife, with playful seals and sea lions often seen basking on the granite rocks. You'll see herons, cormorants and oystercatchers foraging at the water's edge, and majestic bald eagles cruising overhead. Snag oceanfront Cortes Island vacation rentals and you could spot orcas frolicking in the Salish Sea.

Can I find a vacation rental around Cortes Island?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 94 vacation rentals near Cortes Island. From 40 Houses to 24 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cortes Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Cortes Island?

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

  • Vancouver Island: 2,434 vacation rentals
  • Campbell River: 58 vacation rentals
  • Comox: 123 vacation rentals
  • Canadian Rockies: 11,834 vacation rentals
  • Courtenay: 155 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Cortes Island! 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 Cortes Island?

Whether you're traveling 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 Cortes Island:

  • Campbell River: 58 rentals
  • Comox: 123 rentals
  • Courtenay: 155 rentals
  • Powell River: 352 rentals
  • Black Creek: 134 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 traveling by plane to Cortes Island?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Cortes Island are:

  • Courtenay, BC (YCA-Courtenay Airpark): 185 vacation rentals
  • Quadra Island, BC (YQJ-April Point Seaplane Base): 67 vacation rentals
  • Cortes Bay, BC (YCF-Cortes Island): 124 vacation 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 holidays in Cortes Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Cortes Island. 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: 158 rentals
  • Campbell River Visitor Centre: 74 rentals
  • Miracle Beach Provincial Park: 211 rentals
  • Blue Moon Winery: 176 rentals
  • Rebecca Spit Marine Provincial Park: 66 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cortes Island 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.