Destination guide

Free-spirited Fulford Harbour

Known for its free-spirited locals, Fulford Harbour is a laidback village on the southern tip of Salt Spring Island. It sits on a natural harbor and is home to one of Salt Spring's 3 ferry terminals. This makes it a great starting point for island escapes. Thanks to an eclectic population of artists, millionaires and neo-hippies it's often hailed as the "Coolest Island in Canada". Base yourself at a Fulford Harbour vacation rentals property and you'll quickly find yourself immersed in a tight-knit community of locals who've swapped the rat race for a grassroots lifestyle on Salt Spring Island.

Things to do

Beachcombing in Fulford Harbour

On Salt Spring Island, Mother Nature trumps big-ticket attractions. Fulford Harbour is at the doorstep of Ruckle Provincial Park, which boasts over 4 miles of untouched shoreline. You can explore the forested trails that wind through the park, hike up Bruce Peak or get behind the wheel and cruise along the scenic Salt Spring Island South End Route. After a day of sightseeing, there's nothing better than a glass of local BC beer at the lively Fulford Inn. Or, even better, sunset drinks on the deck of your Fulford Harbour vacation rentals cottage.

Activities

Bite into Fulford Harbour's island-inspired fare

You'll find most of the action along the edge of the harbor, where historic cottages house a mix of artisanal shops, galleries and cafes. From hand-carved homewares and tie-dyed clothing to gourmet jams and freshly baked treats, every store champions a local approach. Venture beyond the village and you'll find a cornucopia of roadside farm stands hawking everything from organic vegetables and free-range eggs to local honey and freshly cut flowers. With well-equipped kitchens, Fulford Harbour vacation rentals make it easy to stock up on local produce and prepare your own island-inspired meals.

Weather

Salt Spring summers in Fulford Harbour

Salt Spring's population soars over the summer, when the island lures a stream of vacationers, boaters and seasonal residents. Civic holidays, such as Canada Day and BC Day, are eternally popular with locals and always fill up fast. Summer weekends culminate with the island's famous open-air Saturday Market, which lives by a "Make It, Bake It, Grow It" motto. Arrive early, as goodies sell out fast. If you're looking for laidback vibes, visit in spring or fall. Crowds taper off and there's every chance of gorgeous weather.

Natural features

A Gulf Islands getaway in Fulford Harbour

Set on a natural inlet, Fulford Harbour is located on the south-east side of Salt Spring Island. It's part of British Columbia's Gulf Islands, a small archipelago located in the Strait of Georgia. While it's well-serviced by BC Ferries, Salt Spring has managed to retain its "off the grid" charm. Step ashore and you'll find a wonderland of rocky shorelines, sandy beaches and maritime forests to explore. Fulford Harbour is passionate about preserving the island's natural beauty. Stop by the Salt Spring Island Conservancy and the Institute for Sustainability Education & Action for local environmental information.

How to get there

How to get to and around Fulford Harbour

The nearest airport is in Mayne Island, BC (YAV-Miners Bay Seaplane Base), located 8.6 mi (13.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Galiano Island, BC (YMF-Montague Harbour Seaplane Base), which is 8.6 mi (13.8 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Fulford Harbour?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 233 vacation rentals near Fulford Harbour. From 118 Houses to 34 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 Fulford Harbour for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Fulford Harbour?

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 Fulford Harbour:

  • Cordova Bay: 27 vacation rentals
  • Brentwood Bay: 25 vacation rentals
  • Ganges: 24 vacation rentals
  • Saanich East: 715 vacation rentals
  • Saanich West: 43 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 Fulford Harbour?

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

  • Fulford Harbour Terminal: 471 vacation rentals
  • Saltspring Marina: 431 vacation rentals
  • Butchart Gardens: 1,226 vacation rentals
  • Shawnigan Lake Museum: 698 vacation rentals
  • Salt Spring Island Visitor Centre: 441 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Fulford Harbour 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 Fulford Harbour?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 118 Houses in Fulford Harbour. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Fulford Harbour include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 34 rentals available
  • Cabins: 46 rentals available
  • Cottages: 46 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 Fulford Harbour?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 33 vacation rentals with pool available in Fulford Harbour. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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