Destination guide

Explore the waterfront setting in Gulf Islands

The island views and gardens provide a pleasant backdrop to your holiday home in Gulf Islands. Revered for its hiking, bird watching and boating, this city is both walkable and welcoming. Take in top local attractions such as Butchart Gardens and British Columbia Parliament Building. Whether you're planning a family holiday, romantic stay or trip with friends, holiday rentals offer features like full kitchens and laundry facilities for a more convenient stay.


Sightseeing in and around Gulf Islands

Do you want to discover attractions to visit while you're in town? Travellers enjoy Gulf Islands for its hiking, bird watching and boating. Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that makes Gulf Islands a fun place to get away to. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Salt Spring Vineyards (2.7 mi / 4.3 km)
  • Gary Oak Winery (2.7 mi / 4.4 km)
  • Garry Oaks Winery (2.8 mi / 4.4 km)
  • Mistaken Identity Vineyards (5.6 mi / 9.1 km)
  • Pender Island Golf and Country Club (5.8 mi / 9.4 km)
  • Salt Spring Island Golf Club (6.5 mi / 10.4 km)
Natural features

Exploring the gardens and other natural features in Gulf Islands

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Gulf Islands. These are some of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Butchart Gardens (16.4 mi / 26.4 km)
  • Cusheon Lake (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Ruckle Provincial Park (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Mount Maxwell Provincial Park (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
  • Dinner Bay Japanese Garden (6 mi / 9.7 km)
  • Montague Harbour Marine Provincial Park (7 mi / 11.3 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Gulf Islands

Fly into Galiano Island, BC (YMF-Montague Harbour Seaplane Base), the closest airport, located 6.8 mi (10.9 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Mayne Island, BC (YAV-Miners Bay Seaplane Base), which is 7.2 mi (11.6 km) away.

How many holiday rentals are available around Gulf Islands?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 939 holiday lettings around Gulf Islands. From 144 Cabins to 494 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Gulf Islands?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Gulf Islands. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Vancouver: 1,332 holiday homes
  • United States: 554,406 holiday homes
  • Vancouver Island: 2,420 holiday homes
  • Kitsilano: 192 holiday homes
  • Victoria: 1,154 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Gulf Islands! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Gulf Islands?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Gulf Islands with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Vancouver: 1,332 holiday lettings
  • Victoria: 1,154 holiday lettings
  • Surrey: 1,013 holiday lettings
  • West Vancouver: 1,155 holiday lettings
  • Nanaimo: 196 holiday lettings

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

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Gulf Islands?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Gulf Islands are:

  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR): 1,389 self catering accommodations
  • Galiano Island, BC (YMF-Montague Harbour Seaplane Base): 386 self catering accommodations
  • Nanaimo Harbour Water Airport (ZNA): 282 self catering accommodations

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

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Gulf Islands?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Gulf Islands. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Canada Place: 1,387 holiday rentals
  • Kitsilano Beach: 1,420 holiday rentals
  • Saltspring Marina: 448 holiday rentals
  • Englishman River Falls Provincial Park: 327 holiday rentals
  • Ballingall Islets Nature Park: 407 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gulf Islands 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 of holiday accommodations.

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