Destination guide

Discover "supernatural British Columbia"

Welcome to "supernatural British Columbia", a province that lives up to its reputation, with a wonderland of snow-capped mountains, shimmering glacier lakes and lush coastal rainforests to explore. Nature lovers flock to explore its rugged Pacific coastline, ski at Whistler Blackcomb and hike in enclaves like Glacier National Park. Throw in cosmopolitan cities like Vancouver, free-spirited mountain towns like Nelson and stunning islands such as Salt Spring and you'll quickly see just how easy it is to fall under BC's spell. Want to stay a while? From sleek urban apartments to secluded forest cabins, simply take your pick of British Columbia vacation rentals.

Things to do

Discover First Nations culture in British Columbia

Most visitors start their trip in Vancouver, a photogenic city where the mountains meet the sea. It's loaded with attractions, from Grouse Mountain Gondola to Vancouver Aquarium. You can gaze up at First Nations totems at the Museum of Anthropology, shop on Granville Island and admire exotic birds at the Bloedel Conservatory. It's easy to stay local with British Columbia vacation rentals in trendy neighborhoods like Kitsilano, Gastown and the West End. Venture inland and you'll find yourself in the Canadian Rockies. Yoho National Park is a BC showpiece, with spectacular hiking trails that lure a constant stream of hikers and campers.


Ski Whistler in snow-dusted British Columbia

For most travelers, British Columbia is a gateway to outdoor adventure. Whistler Blackcomb is one of BC's most iconic destinations, treating visitors to some of the best ski slopes on the planet. Planning a ski break? British Columbia vacation rentals unlock access to a host of "ski in/ski out" chalets, just steps from Whistler Village. In summer, the resort transforms into an outdoor playground, with hiking, bungee jumping, mountain biking and more. Summers also see flocks of visitors descend on the Okanagan, a sun-drenched region known for its boutique wineries and peach orchards.


Four seasons of adventure in British Columbia

Summer is high season in British Columbia. Vancouver hums with energy and the province's national parks are packed full of hikers, campers and day trippers. It's a great time to beach hop around Tofino, road trip around the Canadian Rockies and soak up Vancouver's patio scene. Snow bunnies arrive in December, when local mountains like Whistler, Fernie and Cypress receive dustings of snow. By January, BC is in full-swing powder mode. Spring can be a beautiful time to visit, while fall sees the province's maple trees explode in a sea of reds, yellows and golds.

Natural features

Meet British Columbia's grizzly bears

From the urban allure of Stanley Park to the grandeur of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, British Columbia boasts the country's most extensive parks system. Canada's westernmost province is also rich with wildlife encounters. Whether you depart from Vancouver or Victoria, British Columbia offers some of North America's best orca watching opportunities. Are grizzly bears on your wish list? If you'd rather not risk a meeting in the wild, simply head up Grouse Mountain, where you'll find a pair of laid-back grizzlies relaxing in their mountaintop enclosure.

Where to stay around British Columbia?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 10,890 vacation rentals near British Columbia. From 911 Cabins to 911 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near British Columbia for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in British Columbia?

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

  • Sooke: 946 vacation rentals
  • Vancouver: 1,246 vacation rentals
  • Victoria: 1,112 vacation rentals
  • Kelowna: 1,171 vacation rentals
  • Whistler: 1,868 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in British Columbia! 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 British Columbia?

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 British Columbia:

  • Sooke: 946 rentals
  • Vancouver: 1,246 rentals
  • Victoria: 1,112 rentals
  • Kelowna: 1,171 rentals
  • Whistler: 1,868 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 British Columbia?

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

  • Tofino, BC (YTP-Tofino Water Aerodrome): 155 vacation rentals
  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR): 1,300 vacation rentals
  • Abbotsford Airport (YXX): 161 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 British Columbia?

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

  • Whistler Village Gondola: 1,870 rentals
  • Revelstoke Mountain Resort: 135 rentals
  • Canada Place: 1,295 rentals
  • Victoria Harbour: 1,084 rentals
  • Stanley Park: 1,316 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around British Columbia 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.

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