Composed of a dazzling patchwork of alpine lakes, rugged islands, ancient rainforests and 10 major mountain ranges that span the entire province, British Columbia offers a comprehensive range of outdoor recreational activities.With so many diverse ecosystems, it’s no wonder “Beautiful British Columbia” is emblazoned on its license plates, and no wonder the Canadian province has become a destination well-known for outdoor adventure.
Most make the coastal city of Vancouver their starting point and introduction to BC, then venture into the interior or drive along the scenic Pacific Ocean coastline in search of outdoor adventures. While hiking along the coast, climbing in Squamish, and surfing in Tofino take precedence in the summer months, skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are the choice of activities in the winter months.
To experience the beauty of Canada's West Coast to its fullest, base yourself in one of the following cabin rentals for the ultimate getaway.
Our Top Picks for the 12 Best Cabin Rentals in BC
Vibe: Cozy Mountain Getaway
With approximately 537 square feet of living space, this pet-friendly, cozy cabin at Boulder Mountain Resort boasts an inviting king bed, well-stocked kitchenette, gas fireplace and steam shower for an elevated retreat. For a relaxing soak, guests are invited to take a dip in the covered eight-person outdoor hot tub.
With its location in the Canadian Rockies just off the Trans-Canada Highway some three miles outside of Revelstoke, guests can reach Revelstoke Mountain Resort in 18 minutes by car for mountain biking and hiking trails plus skiing, snowboarding, and more, and the breweries and cafes of downtown Revelstoke are even closer.
Vibe: Bougie Retreat in the Woods
With floor-to-ceiling windows that feature views of the surrounding evergreen forest, this vacation rental cabin brings the outdoors in. Its carefully curated collection of house plants, deep green velvet seats, and teal-colored backsplash in the kitchen bring pops of color into the wooden interiors. Revel in the luxuries of a soaker tub and two rain showers. The cabin’s exterior is also equipped with plenty of lounging areas, including a BBQ grill on the wraparound deck, a wood-fired cedar hot tub, and a meditation deck. Explore the property's three acres, take a leisurely stroll to Jordan River Regional Park, or take a road trip past Victoria over to the Gulf Islands.
Vibe: Paradise in the Forest
With Whitewater Ski Resort and the Slocan Valley Rail Trail all less than a 30-minute drive away, this cozy cabin hideaway in the West Kootenay region is the perfect base for powderhounds, mountain bikers and hikers. Situated on an expansive seven acres, wildlife like elk, deer, and wild turkeys frequently roam the grounds. Its great location means you’ll be rewarded with serenity, especially if you hang out on the sun-drenched deck that faces a ponderosa pine forest.
Vibe: Comfy Oasis
Conveniently located off the Trans-Canada Highway and a short 18-minute drive to Revelstoke Mountain Resort, this contemporary log cabin is ideal for those looking for a forest adventure. It’s also in close proximity to Mount Revelstoke National Park for those who want to see the clear waters of Eva Lake and the vibrant wildflowers of Meadows in the Sky Parkway. Note that the 256-square-foot unit doesn’t have a bathroom inside (or wifi), but guests are invited to use the property’s public washrooms, showers and hot tub.
Vibe: Elevated Treehouse
Perched some 30 feet above ground, this Airbnb treehouse features boundless views across the Salish Sea and offers a cozy space to sleep among the large cedar and maple trees. Amenities include a kitchenette, lofted bedroom, workspace, and full bathroom, plus an outdoor deck. Explore Sooke’s wild surroundings by visiting the Sooke Potholes Provincial Park, swimming in the nearby river, and walking Whiffin Spit, all of which make for a true Vancouver Island adventure.
Vibe: Laidback Luxe
For a night in BC’s old-growth forests, base yourself at this cozy cabin that’s equipped with two bedrooms, a wood stove in the living room, and a cupboard full of games. Its wooden interiors, vibrant area rugs and antler wall decor give the cabin a modern rustic feel. Outside, lounge on the spacious deck and gather around the propane fire table. For a mountain adventure, head to Manning Park Resort, a 35-minute drive away, or shop for antiques and souvenirs in the charming town of Hope.
Vibe: Ultimate Seclusion
This modern vacation home’s strategic position on the Blaeberry River lends itself to a plethora of outdoor recreational opportunities. Spend the afternoon canoeing, rafting or walking along the banks, or venture into Golden for some whitewater rafting. Explore the surrounding crown land and wild landscapes, or head to Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks to experience old-growth forests and alpine scenery. The cabin itself features vaulted ceilings for an airy space, and its floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the property offer uninterrupted forest and mountain views.
Vibe: Beachfront Escape
Whether you opt for the oceanfront or ocean view cabin at Ocean Village Resort, you're guaranteed unrivaled views of the sandy shores of Mackenzie Beach in Tofino and its rolling waves. While the ground level suites include a picnic table for scenic lunches, the upstairs rooms sport an arched ceiling with a private balcony that overlooks the water. These beehive cedar cabins are ideal for people watching and those who want to spend their days hitting the waves and feeling the stoke in BC’s surf capital.
Vibe: Nature’s Overlook
For some much-needed R&R, base yourself at this contemporary cabin in Black Creek on the north shore of Vancouver Island. The small cottage rental's interior is outfitted with homey decor and includes a full kitchen, two bedrooms plus a sofa sleeper, and a home theater and 55-inch wall-mounted smart TV with surround sound.
Outside on the terrace, nature lovers will enjoy listening to the tune of chiming birds, and stargazing from the deck. When you're ready to venture out from the cabin, explore its six acres or take the private trail down to a private beach on the Oyster River. For more intense activities, explore the network of trails via mountain bikes or 4x4s.
Vibe: Strait A
With sweeping views of the Sechelt Inlet, this beehive-shaped A-frame might as well be a waterfront cabin. The beach is just a three-minute walk down the hill, but the rest of BC's Sunshine Coast is worth hopping in the car to explore by foot, bike, kayak, paddleboard, or other means. When you return for the day, you'll find room for two, a full kitchen, two decks, and a propane grill.
Vibe: All the Amenities
If you've ever dreamed of holing up in a log cabin in the Rockies, you might've pictured this wood chalet outside Pemberton. Chances are you didn't imagine the wifi, in-unit washer, fire pit, barrel sauna, or plunge pool though. If you do decide to venture away from the property, the town of Whistler and its famous ski area are just down the road.
Vibe: Tiny Home on a Hill
There's not much to this little off-grid hut—a queen bed is pretty much it—but you stay here for the expansive views of the Okanagan Valley, and the access the place provides to towns like Kelowna and Vernon and nearby wineries and lakes. (And when you do need the bathroom, there's a shared space in the main house, a short walk away.)