Thinking about a cozy weekend getaway this season? We are. We’re in the mood to hibernate with our warm knits, stack of good reads, and a bottle of vino or two. And it’s storm-watching season – the perfect excuse to stay in. We’ve been hunting for the best island getaways that are close to Vancouver – doable mini vacations that you can enjoy over a weekend for a rejuvenating dose of cabin life. And bonus: it’s the perfect time to take advantage of low-season rates, before all the holiday commotion. Check out our top picks below.

Bowen Island

Nectar Yoga BnB | Instagram
Weekend packages for yoga, meditation, and detox retreats. This sanctuary is surrounded by 1.2 acres of lush forest, just steps from the ocean. We feel healthier just reading about the rituals and experiences they have in store this fall. Starts at $180/night.

Pender Island

Woods on Pender | Instagram
These cabins pair rustic charm with a modern camp aesthetic. Their on-site restaurant COFFEE + KITCHEN serves up creative modern comfort food and handcrafted cocktails. Starts at $160/night.

Poet’s Cove Resort & Spa | Facebook
For more of a lux experience, this resort is situated right at the the waterfront. They have 22 lodge rooms, 15 cottages and nine villas (great for larger groups). Starts at $350/night.

Sunshine Coast

Rockwater Secret Cove Resort | Facebook
Enjoy a laid back weekend by the sea. Their lodges and cabins start at $167/night. If you’re looking for an extra special weekend, book one of the tenthouse suites nestled in arbutus trees overlooking Secret Cove (starts a $290/night).

Painted Boat | Instagram
A five-acre resort on the Sunshine Coast with harbour views. Their furnishings are all Canadian-designed and made. Special pricing for BC residents for weekday stays. Starts at $215/night.

Tofino & Uclulet

Ocean Village Resort | Instagram
Enjoy unobstructed views and direct beach access (literally steps away) in these Instagram-worthy beachfront cabins. Starts at $135/night.

Wya Point Resort (Raven Lodge) | Instagram
Beautiful one or two bedroom timber frame lodges, complete with fireplaces, modern kitchens, and spectacular ocean views. Walk-on beach access at Ucluth Beach. Starts at $169/night.

The Cabins at Terrace Beach | Facebook
You can check-in and chill out in these cozy cabins at the start of Wild Pacific Trail and Amphitrite Point Lighthouse. Starts at $159/night.

Pacific Sands Beach Resort | Instagram
Comfortable suites to cuddle-up fireside and enjoy storm watching. Views of Box Bay with direct access to the water. Spacious rooms of varying sizes to accommodate your party. Starts at $169/night.

Black Rock Oceanfront Resort | Instagram
One of the newer additions to Ucluelet, this resort has all the amenities – restaurant, lounge, spa, outdoor hot tub, and more. Sleek and contemporary design – let’s just say you won’t be roughing it here. Starts at $159/night.

The Wickaninnish Inn | Instagram
We couldn’t possibly talk about Tofino without mentioning The Wick. Situated right on Chesterman Beach, this destination resort is the most iconic of all. Starts at $260/night.

More to add?

What’s your favourite BC island getaway? Do you have hidden gems for where to stay? Comment below or find us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.


We have a basket of fun things to share with a lucky reader. This cabin life weekend pack includes the following items ($100 value).

  • Salt Spring Coffee Truly West Coast Mugs – Two sturdy ceramic campfire mugs that will hold 15 oz. of your favourite drink. Very Insta-worthy.
  • Level Ground Trading Tea Based in Victoria, BC, Level Ground grew from a desire to see the principles of fair trade applied to everyday foods we consume. Their teas are grown organically and prepared by small-scale tea growers in Assam, India. (Winner will receive three full-sized packages of Level Ground loose leaf tea blends.)
  • BeWell Coconut Chips Vancouver-based BeWell Coconut Chips are made from premium Thai coconuts, sugar cane, and sea salt – just three ingredients baked to perfection. We’ve tried them and have to admit – that Sriracha & Lime is wildly addictive. (Winner will receive six snack packs of BeWell Coconut Chips in Original, Sriracha & Lime, and Wasabi flavours)
  • Fantastic Cities and The Official Game of Thrones adult colouring books. Perfect activity for your next lazy, hazy cabin weekend.

Enter to win by telling us where you’re heading on your next getaway in the comments down below or on our social media post. Contest closes on November 18th, 2016. Good luck!


Photo credit: Ocean Village Resort in Tofino, BC.

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