These glamping experiences near, or on, Vancouver Island are sure to delight and surprise you. From breaking waves and rustling pines to whale tails and gourmet food. Some of these cozy cabins are nestled in a tree; others are an elevated tenting experience. Some are even fully equipped A-Frames. We’ve included glamping experiences that combine kayaking and whale watching trips to give you plenty of glamping options on and around scenic Vancouver Island.
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Free Spirit Spheres in BC
Location: Qualicum Bay, Vancouver Island
Price: Starts at $334/night double occupancy.
If you’re looking for an out-of-the-ordinary glamping trip, try booking a tree sphere in beautiful Vancouver Island. The Free Spirit Spheres are custom-built bulbs floating 10 to 15 feet above the ground, swaying slightly in the trees, and accessed by stairs.
The three different spheres offer heated rooms with fold-up double beds, adjustable lighting, built-in speakers, and a private electric composting outhouse on the ground. Some of the spheres include a small fridge, sink, counter space, and coffee maker. Enjoy nearby salmon hatcheries, Horne Lake caves, ziplining, and kayaking. Located between Nanaimo and Courtenay, or a less than three-hour drive from Victoria.
Magical Yurt Accommodation
Location: Merville, BC
Prices: $172/night + fees
This luxurious yurt has space for up to four people with a private kitchen and bathroom. Located on a secluded 6-acre property, you are near hiking and water activities on the coast or nearby lakes. While the yurt is entirely off-grid, it is equipped with modern amenities to make your glamping experience as comfortable as possible. The inside architecture is cozy and innovative, with exposed beams and large windows giving you the feeling you are alone in the wilderness. Enjoy a coffee on the expansive deck and prepare home-cooked meals in the large kitchen.
Unique Cottage Rental
Location: Mayne Island, BC
This mushroom-shaped cabin, located a short ferry ride from Victoria, is as cozy as it is fun. You will enjoy the full kitchen and breakfast nook, private bathroom, woodstove, and window seat. Sleep in the comfy double-sized bed in the loft with woodwork created by a local woodworker. There is also a washer, dryer, and WiFi in the cottage. Appreciate the rustic rural setting as you spot bald eagles, blue herons, and grazing sheep on this peaceful glamping escapade.
Amazing Treehouse Rental
Location: Vancouver Island, BC
This rustic treehouse is an escape to the woods. With a cozy sleeping loft, full bathroom, kitchenette, an open and clean concept interior, and a TV, you are sure to have a comfortable stay in a tree. Enjoy coffee on the deck or make your way down the sturdy staircase to explore the grounds below. Swim, kayak, or surf at the nearby beach, or explore nature with a bike or on foot. This cabin is only 45-minutes away from Victoria, making it an easy-to-access escape.
Four-Day Whale Watching and Kayaking Glamping and Kayaking Tour
Location: Swanson Island, BC
Prices: Starts at $789/night/person
An all-inclusive whale watching and kayaking trip for four days awaits you on Swanson Island. Stay the nights in large safari tents with luxurious king-size beds (or two singles) and handmade bed frames and nightstand tables. There is also a lamp and hot water bottle to take the evening chill off. During the day, professional guides take you on a tour of Blackfish Sound, Discovery Islands. All the equipment you’ll need for a successful kayaking trip is included in the fees. Your trip also includes delicious food, including organic fruits and vegetables and wild salmon barbecue.
British Columbia Glamping Retreat for a Whale Watching Adventure
Location: West Cracroft Island, BC
Enjoy private tents in a protected wooden environment on this unique whale-watching experience in Johnstone Strait. Johnson Strait is renowned as the killer whale ecological site in the world. This outfitter will take you out on the waters every day to guide you. In addition to orcas, you may also see humpback whales, dolphins, river otters, minks, black bears, and various birds. At night enjoy campfires and soaking in the hot tub with picturesque wilderness all around you. You don’t even need to worry about food, as your trip is completely catered with gourmet meals, home baking, and organic fruits and vegetables.
Location: Shirley, BC
Glamping with a view! This luxurious ocean-front A-frame boasts high ceilings and large windows, as well as a private garden with herbs and flowers. Enjoy the views from inside or on the expansive decks, taking in the rippling waves, touring trees, leafy ferns, and a historic rhododendron collection. Feel at home in your cabin with a living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, and two bedrooms. You are located on your own, private acre and while there is no beach access on the property, French Beach Provincial Park is within walking distance. Want to check out other beaches? Flea Beach and Sheringham Point Lighthouse are nearby as well, in addition to the mountains.
Cozy Stylish Couples Retreat
Location: Salt Spring Island, BC
The perfect romantic getaway awaits you. This private bell tent is fitted with a queen-sized bed, cozy rugs, a table, a chandelier, and candles. You also have an outdoor kitchen fitted with all your basic necessities, an outdoor hot water shower, and a private outhouse. In cases of extreme weather, the tent is equipped with air-conditioning and heating. And don’t worry, you have WiFi included in this experience. So wake up and stroll through the wilderness, or take advantage of the pond outside your door. Swim or kayak or stay on land and use the badminton, bocce, and slackline available on site. If needed, the tent can be fitted with an additional bed to sleep up to four.