Destination guide

Take in the waterfront beauty of Vancouver Island

Enjoy the museums and other features of Vancouver Island. Travelers to this walkable city praise the gardens, local tours and sightseeing. Butchart Gardens and Fisgard Lighthouse are just a couple of the must-sees. With a vacation rental, you get a home away from home—many rentals offer full kitchens and outdoor grills for some home cooking.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Vancouver Island

Are you hoping to discover attractions to visit while you're in the area? Travelers enjoy fun activities like whale watching and hiking. Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Vancouver Island a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Nimpkish Park (14.2 mi / 22.8 km)
  • Gold Muchalat Provincial Park (20.1 mi / 32.3 km)
  • Upana Caves (22.7 mi / 36.5 km)
  • Mount Washington Alpine Resort (23.6 mi / 38 km)
Natural features

Exploring the gardens and other natural features in Vancouver Island

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to take in the scenery, Vancouver Island is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Strathcona Provincial Park (6.5 mi / 10.5 km)
  • Nimpkish Park (14.2 mi / 22.8 km)
  • Della Falls (17.9 mi / 28.8 km)
  • Gold Muchalat Provincial Park (20.1 mi / 32.3 km)
  • Hot Springs Cove (28.1 mi / 45.2 km)
  • Clayoquot Sound (29.6 mi / 47.6 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Vancouver Island

Fly into Campbell River, BC (YBL), the closest airport, located 31.9 mi (51.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Campbell River, BC (YHH-Campbell River Water Aerodrome), which is 37 mi (59.6 km) away.

Where to stay around Vancouver Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,281 vacation rentals near Vancouver Island. From 319 Cabins to 1,049 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Vancouver Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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

  • United States: 551,374 vacation rentals
  • Sooke: 876 vacation rentals
  • Vancouver: 1,256 vacation rentals
  • Victoria: 1,028 vacation rentals
  • Washington: 9,429 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Vancouver 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 Vancouver 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 Vancouver Island:

  • Sooke: 876 rentals
  • Vancouver: 1,256 rentals
  • Victoria: 1,028 rentals
  • Whistler: 1,877 rentals
  • Tofino: 149 rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Vancouver Island?

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

  • Canada Place: 1,306 rentals
  • Victoria Harbour: 1,004 rentals
  • Stanley Park: 1,328 rentals
  • Saltspring Marina: 427 rentals
  • Butchart Gardens: 1,134 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Vancouver 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.

Explore destinations around Vancouver Island

Sooke
876 vacation rentals
Vancouver
1,256 vacation rentals
Victoria
1,028 vacation rentals
Whistler
1,877 vacation rentals
Tofino
149 vacation rentals
Friday Harbor
362 vacation rentals
Port Angeles
196 vacation rentals
Parksville
259 vacation rentals
Sequim
274 vacation rentals
Nanaimo
189 vacation rentals
Ucluelet
108 vacation rentals
Forks
331 vacation rentals
Qualicum Beach
292 vacation rentals
North Vancouver
1,127 vacation rentals
Squamish
68 vacation rentals
Sechelt
258 vacation rentals
Richmond
1,149 vacation rentals
Sidney
233 vacation rentals
Burnaby
1,213 vacation rentals
Campbell River
66 vacation rentals