Destination guide

Rest and relaxation in sleepy Vesuvius

Perched on the northwest coast of Canada's Salt Spring Island, between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island, Vesuvius is a small and sleepy seaside community. Home to a quaint scattering of colorful abodes, its picture-perfect bay and swaths of green, unspoiled scenery draw travelers in search of rest and relaxation. Seeking a little downtime? With days spent paddling at the family-friendly beach, enjoying outdoor strolls and eating some seriously-good fish and chips, a Vesuvius vacation rental is just the ticket.

Things to do

Find a family-friendly beach in Vesuvius

The star attraction here is undoubtedly the beach, accessed via a flight of steps down from the roadside. With its western exposure, the bay gets a lot of sun, particularly during the summer months, when the sapphire blue waters warm up to inviting temperatures. Because of the rocks that surround the bay, conditions are calm, which tends to appeal to families. Spending the afternoon here? Be sure to stick around for sunset. Because the beach is west facing, it's always spectacular.

Activities

Lazy days in Vesuvius

Vesuvius vacation rentals put you within touching distance of the bay, where you can lie back on the beach, take a dip in the ocean or try your hand at boating and fishing. Nearby, Duck Creek Park offers stacks of woodland for hikers to explore, while its feathered inhabitants provide plenty of opportunities for bird watchers. Heading into town? You'll find everything you need, with a restaurant, local pub and general store, where you can pick up fresh-baked goodies and deli treats.

Weather

Sun-soaked summers in Vesuvius

Seeking sunshine? Book your Vesuvius vacation rental in the summer months for blissful weather, with average highs hovering around 72 degrees in July and August, making it the ideal time to visit. Because Salt Spring Island is situated within the rain shadow of Vancouver Island, it enjoys some of Canada's best weather year-round. Rain is mostly reserved for winter. It can be heavy at times, but there tend to be fewer wet days here than elsewhere on the West Coast.

Natural features

Get back to nature in Vesuvius

Salt Spring Island isn't big, but it's the most visited of the Gulf Islands. It's especially popular with artists, who come to be inspired by the sapphire blue waters, rolling hills and tranquil forests. Seeking adventure? Head to Bruce Peak and Mount Tuam, the island's 2 tallest points, which offer rugged, winding trails for hikers to explore. For nature lovers, the island is home to a wide range of creatures. Out to sea, grey, humpback and orca whales can be spotted off the coast.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Vesuvius

Fly into Galiano Island, BC (YMF-Montague Harbour Seaplane Base), the closest airport, located 8.1 mi (13 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Mayne Island, BC (YAV-Miners Bay Seaplane Base), which is 12.3 mi (19.8 km) away.

Where to stay around Vesuvius?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 125 vacation rentals near Vesuvius. From 54 Houses to 12 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Vesuvius for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Vesuvius?

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

  • Saltspring Marina: 425 vacation rentals
  • Salt Spring Island Visitor Centre: 431 vacation rentals
  • Otter Bay Marina: 385 vacation rentals
  • Shawnigan Lake Museum: 631 vacation rentals
  • Sidney-Washington State Ferry Terminal: 1,120 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Vesuvius listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Vesuvius?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 54 Houses in Vesuvius. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Vesuvius include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 12 rentals available
  • Cabins: 28 rentals available
  • Cottages: 28 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Vesuvius?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 13 vacation rentals with pool available in Vesuvius. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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