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Vancouver Island is the largest island off North America’s west coast. A nature and wildlife lovers’ paradise, it boasts everything from lush rainforest and soaring trees to towering mountains and rugged coastline with driftwood-strewn beaches. Vancouver Island offers a host of adventures, from hiking and sea kayaking to surfing. It’s also home to B.C.’s capital city, one of the prettiest in Canada, filled with many delights. To enjoy the best of what you’re looking for here, consider staying in one of the island’s most breathtaking Airbnbs.

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The Covehouse, Sooke The Covehouse
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The Covehouse

The Covehouse, Sooke

Guests rave about The Covehouse in Sooke which is just 40 minutes west of Victoria along the south coast of the island, providing a beautiful, secluded location as one Airbnber noted, an absolute paradise of a spot…that feels like magic straight out of a fairytale, “snuggled up right along the sides of a lovely cove.” All amenities are well thought out, with lots of information about the area included and special touches like birdseed to feed birds that might land right on your hand, a hot tub that overlooks the water, a dock where you can leap off and enjoy a swim, and a fireplace to cozy up to at night. The 3-bedroom cottage sleeps up to six, hidden in the woods with tall wrap-around windows showcasing the sea, trees, coves and hills.

Beau Mountain Cottage, Sooke Beau Mountain Cottage, Sooke, British Columbia
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Beau Mountain Cottage, Sooke, British Columbia

Beau Mountain Cottage, Sooke

Also in Sooke, Beau Mountain Cottage boasts a rooftop deck with spectacular water, sunset and stargazing vews, ideal for sipping your morning coffee and toasting to the end of the day with a glass of wine. Guests are greeted with a welcome basket with snacks and the host’s friendly alpacas can even be fed by hand. Best for a couple, it sleeps up to two with one bedroom and includes a kitchen and Wi-Fi.

Doc Holiday Cabin, Uclulet Hot tub and view at Doc Holiday Cabin, Uclulet, British Columbia
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Hot tub and view at Doc Holiday Cabin, Uclulet, British Columbia

Doc Holiday Cabin, Uclulet

This cozy oceanfront cabin in Ucluelet on the island’s west coast, about 35 minutes south of Tofino, sits among giant Rhododendro trees and lush coastal foliage, boasting 180-degree views of the Paciifc and views of Mount Ozzard. A wildlife mecca, guests can enjoy watching the boats come and go along with the animals that visit, including bald eagles that soar overhead. It even comes with an outdoor hot tub and a jetted Jacuzzi soaker tub inside, sleeping up to four guests in one bedroom.

Heron Bay Guesthouse, Port Hardy Heron Bay Guesthouse, Port Hardy, British Columbia
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Heron Bay Guesthouse, Port Hardy, British Columbia

Heron Bay Guesthouse, Port Hardy

Located in the remote northeastern end of Vancouver Island, the Heron Bay Guesthouse is in in a prime spot on a beach for stunning water views and even watching for the bears and other animals that occasionally visit like whales, porpoise, sea lions, seals, otters, herons and bald eagles. It sleeps up to seven in three bedrooms and comes with everything you need, like a fully equipped kitchen and Wi-Fi, along with a cozy fireplace. This is another great place to base yourself for whale watching trips, and there are petroglyphs in the area for exploring too.

Ocean Dream Waterfront Cottage, Tofino Ocean Dream Waterfront Cottage, Tofino, British Columbia
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Ocean Dream Waterfront Cottage, Tofino, British Columbia

Ocean Dream Waterfront Cottage, Tofino

Ths beautiful oceanfront cottage in popular Tofino is ideal for a couple or small family, accommodating up to three in one bedroom. It sits on a tranquil private inlet beach front, within walking distance to restaurants in the center of the village and is just a few minutes drive to the open surf beaches and Pacific Rim National park. Enjoy outstanding bird watching, including common sightings of bald eagles, blue herons and osprey, as well as watch the orcas, grey whales, harbor seals, otters, porpoise and sea lions that frequently pass. The cottage has a full kitchen and a BBQ along with an outdoor dining area.

Surf Shack with a Hot Tub, Tofino Surf Shack living room with a fireplace, Tofino
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Surf Shack living room with a fireplace, Tofino

Surf Shack with a Hot Tub, Tofino

Perfect for a romantic getaway sleeping two in one bedroom, the “Surf Shack” sits just across the road from Chesterman Beach in Tofino and offers a private hot tub that can be enjoyed with the sounds of the ocean and starry skies after dark. It also includes a furnished patio, BBQ and outdoor shower surrounded by lush greenery, along with a kitchenette, cozy fireplace, free Wi-Fi and a washer/dryer.

Downtown Waterfront Oasis, Victoria Downtown Waterfront Oasis, Victoria, British Columbia
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Downtown Waterfront Oasis, Victoria, British Columbia

Downtown Waterfront Oasis, Victoria

This one-bedroom waterfront condo sleeping up to four, “Mermaid Wharf,” offers a prime downtown Victoria location. It has a large rooftop patio for spectacular views and is just a short walk to major attractions like the city’s famous Inner Harbour, Chinatown, Royal BC Museum, shopping, dining, theater and more. Mountain bikes are provided complimentarily for guests, including helmets and locks. A fireplace, kitchen and cable TV are all included too.

Sea Glass Cabin, Alert Bay Sea Glass Cabin, Alert Bay
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Sea Glass Cabin, Alert Bay

Sea Glass Cabin, Alert Bay

The Sea Glass Cabin offers an amazing view of Alert Bay, mountains, sunsets, bald eagles and even orca whales that pass by from the deck and bubbling hot tub. A spacious studio, it comfortably sleeps two but can accommodate up to four guests, just a two-minute walk to a beach. There’s a BBQ and kitchen stocked with coffee, tea and condiments along with a TV that includes Netflix Roku Streaming, a DVD player and mini DVD library too.

Special Downtown Relaxing Getaway, Victoria Special Downtown Relaxing Getaway, Victoria
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Special Downtown Relaxing Getaway, Victoria

Special Downtown Relaxing Getaway, Victoria

This two-bedroom corner condo in downtown Victoria offers jaw-dropping views of the city while being steps away from all the major attractions, including the Inner Harbour, Parliament Buildings, Government St. shops, and countless restaurants. It has a well-equipped chef’s kitchen, a living room with a flat-screen TV, DVD player, movies and Netflix, as well as Wi-Fi and even a record player that plays vinyl. You’ll have access to the building’s owners lounge with a big-screen TV and outdoor patio that has a fire pit and gas BBQ too.

The Beach House on Oyster Harbour, Ladysmith The Beach House on Oyster Harbour
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The Beach House on Oyster Harbour

The Beach House on Oyster Harbour, Ladysmith

Even more impressive than the photos, The Beach House on Oyster Harbour is a great place for a couple, as a one-bedroom oceanfront suite in pretty Ladysmith on the island’s east coast.  You’ll have the beach at your doorstep for beachcombing and watersports – bring your own kayak or paddleboard, and look forward to watching beautiful sunrises too. There’s a telescope for watching the boats pass by and incredible stargazing after dark along with a fully equipped kitchen.

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