Destination guide

Gibsons – a gateway to the Sunshine Coast

A gateway to the Sunshine Coast, Gibsons is a haven for hippies, young families and free spirits alike. The pretty waterfront town is fringed by a strip of colorful houses overlooking the harbor. While it's just a 40-minute ferry ride from Vancouver, this laidback slice of British Columbia feels worlds away from the city. Settle down with Gibsons vacation rentals and you'll quickly understand why it's often crowned one of the world's most livable small communities.

Things to do

Discover Sechelt Nation culture in Gibsons

The Sunshine Coast is known for its flourishing arts scene and there's no better place to soak it up than Gibsons Public Art Gallery. From oil paintings to digital photography, it celebrates local talent. You can also work your way through a handful of museums. Overlooking the harbor, the Sunshine Coast Museum offers a rundown of the region's maritime history. Daytrip to nearby towns like Sechelt and you'll find attractions like House of Chiefs. The cultural museum celebrates the legacy of the Sechelt Nation that first inhabited the Sunshine Coast.

Activities

Island-inspired shopping in Gibsons Landing

You'll find most of the action down at Gibsons Landing, the town's lively waterfront strip. It's hard to resist peering into the cluster of trendy clothing boutiques, local art galleries and farm-to-table cafes. Snag a seat at a waterfront eatery and spend the afternoon watching pleasure boats cruise in and out of the harbor. Gibsons also throws a fantastic weekend farmers market. It's a great excuse to stock up on fresh produce and whip up Sunshine Coast-inspired feasts in the kitchen of your Gibsons vacation rental. There's plenty on offer outdoors, including kayaking, canoeing and fishing for local Coho salmon.

Weather

Year-round charms in Gibsons

Summer brings high season to the Sunshine Coast, with a constant stream of ferries and pleasure boats cruising into Gibsons Landing. Farmers' markets are in full swing and the Sunshine Coast throws a string of summer festivals. For a low-key vacation, consider visiting Gibsons in late spring or early fall. The town feels laidback and there's every chance of sunshine. Thanks to a year-round population, Gibsons continues to charm in the winter. Enjoy wine and board games by a blazing fireplace or throw on cross-country skis and explore the trails of the Dakota Ridge recreation area.

Natural features

Beach hopping on the Gibsons coastline

Gibsons is perched on the southern tip of the Sunshine Coast, a pristine stretch of mainland British Columbia. Boats sail into Gibsons Landing, a 40-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver. Lovers of the outdoors will be in their element, with Gibsons vacation rentals offering easy access to a handful of parks. Roberts Creek Provincial Park is known for secluded sandy beaches, where you can swim, beachcomb and peer into tidal pools. Keep an eye out for seals and orcas frolicking in Howe Sound.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Gibsons

Fly into Vancouver, BC (YVR-Vancouver Intl.), the closest airport, located 22 mi (35.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Nanaimo, BC (ZNA-Nanaimo Harbour Water Aerodrome), which is 26.3 mi (42.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Gibsons?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 227 vacation rentals near Gibsons. From 130 Houses to 50 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Gibsons for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Gibsons?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Gibsons:

  • West Side: 708 vacation rentals
  • Steveston: 15 vacation rentals
  • West Sechelt: 20 vacation rentals
  • Davis Bay: 17 vacation rentals
  • West Point Grey: 54 vacation rentals

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

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

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

  • Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives: 587 vacation rentals
  • University of British Columbia: 1,236 vacation rentals
  • Furry Creek Golf and Country Club: 275 vacation rentals
  • Jericho Beach: 1,281 vacation rentals
  • Dorman Point: 1,179 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gibsons 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 Gibsons?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 130 Houses in Gibsons. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Gibsons include:

  • Cottages: 50 rentals available
  • Cabins: 50 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 50 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Gibsons?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 28 vacation rentals with pool available in Gibsons. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.