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12 Best Cabin Rentals in British Columbia for a Great North Getaway

by Megan Honan
Updated March 25, 2021

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Take in stunning floor-to-window evergreen views at this Jordan River cabin. Photo: Airbnb

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Indigenous Canadians in British Columbia have been harvesting natural and sustainable materials and living off the land for thousands of years.

So cozy log cabins seem like a nature extension of that tradition. Today, local woodworkers and builders have mastered their craft, creating all kinds of cabins in the B.C. backcountry to be enjoyed season after season – from super modern homes to luxurious chalets to tiny, off-the-grid cabins.

Locals and guests from across the province’s tiny towns and big cities enjoy the plethora of area ski resorts with incredible outdoor activities in winter and summer. And nothing makes an outdoor trip even better than snuggling up in a cozy cabin at the end of a long day.

But these cabins in British Columbia offer more than just access to the slopes. You can snowshoe across remote mountains, ice skate on glacier ponds, and even fat bike for a fun snow drifting experience. As the summer months approach, attention is turned towards hiking in the province’s incredible mountain ranges or hitting the salty ocean waves on a surfboard to soak up the summer rays.

The best part of cabin culture? It’s basically just one step up from glamping, with plenty of stargazing opportunities right outside your door — but with all the creature comforts of a cozy home.

With details like hotel-quality beds, fully stocked kitchens, and atmospheric indoor fireplaces, these cabin rentals in British Columbia will make you never want to leave. But don’t worry – you can always come back the next weekend.

Prices below are in US Dollars, not Canadian Dollars.

1. Modern Chalet Escape

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Why you should stay: A super-sleek hideaway on the Blaeberry River.

  • Nearest town: Golden
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $354/night

Surrounded by protected public lands, this modern chalet truly embraces the beauty of the remote wilderness. Crafted with both comfort and design at the forefront, any architecture buff will delight in the thoughtful touches throughout the home. It’s designed by one of Canada’s most well-known architecture firms, after all.

With plenty of spaces to kick back, from the sleeping loft to the vaulted living room, this spot makes for an ideal getaway with a large group of friends. Since the home is on the Blaeberry River, you’ll have plenty of places to get on the water via kayaking, canoeing, or whitewater rafting.

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2. The Lily Pad

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Why you should stay: An adorable woodland cottage with the perfect place for an outdoor soak.

  • Nearest town: Sechelt
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $138/night

You’ll enjoy easy beach access from this coastal cabin tucked just inland on the stunning Sechelt Inlet. Lounge on the private, large balcony for the afternoon with a great book, or enjoy the extensive network of hiking and mountain biking trails surrounding the property.

In the evening, unwind in the secluded outdoor hot tub then cozy up inside by the roaring fire. With plenty of room to stretch out, plus the addition of a pullout couch in the living room, this cabin would make for a fun-filled family or friends getaway. Thanks to weathered cedar shingles, incredible wood beams, and a rustic wood stove, it’s quite easy on the eyes.

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3. Forbidden Plateau Cabin

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Why you should stay: Get some Zs in a remote A-frame at an abandoned ski resort.

  • Nearest town: Courtenay
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $216/night

Book this completely custom cedar timber A-frame burrowed on the edge of Strathcona Park for an incredible remote experience. Located in a once-upon-a-time ski village, the area is now overgrown by nature and provides some of the best ski touring, downhill mountain biking, and hiking in the area.

At night, cozy up next to the outdoor fireplace and gaze upwards to take in some of the best stargazing in all of Vancouver Island. A true mountain escape, this is the place to enjoy fresh alpine air far from the crowds, with plenty of options for outdoor fun nearby.

There are a few trails in the area that cross under the old ski lift, and you can even bring a dog if he or she is well-behaved. It’s a very cool site.

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4. Jordan River Cabin

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Why you should stay: Hang ten in this Bohemian-style surf shack.

  • Nearest town: Jordan River
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $217/night

Enjoy all the modern comforts this upscale cabin has to offer in beloved Jordan River. Kick off the stay with a soak in the brand new wood-fired cedar hot tub, then cool off under the water of the outdoor shower.

Inside, you’ll find incredible cedar beams adorning the ceiling alongside live edge countertops milled right in the town. The home promises “good vibes in the forest,” and based on the photos, that seems like an easy promise to keep. Be sure to swing by a grocery store on your way through Sooke; this is one of the more remote cabins in British Columbia, so you’ll be about 30 minutes away from the closest store or restaurant.

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5. Secluded Rainforest Treehouse

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Why you should stay: What’s better than a treehouse? A rainforest treehouse, of course.

  • Nearest town: Vancouver
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $498/night

Though it’s near Downtown Vancouver, this magical rainforest property feels far more remote than actually is. Expansive in size, there’s plenty to explore in this 4,400-square-foot home. It’s truly one of the best cabins in British Columbia (and maybe the best in Vancouver), especially since you get two acres of private, verdant rainforest to yourself. It’s truly like sleeping in a treehouse.

Designed with large gatherings in mind, guests can enjoy fireside chats, cook up an incredible meal in the chef-approved kitchen, or even dine al fresco on warm summer evenings. You’re near Vancouver, so you have the whole city at your disposal, plus all the city’s amazing outdoor recreation, too.

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6. The Moosewood

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Why you should stay: A cozy cabin with a board game library and Moroccan poufs for round-table chats.

  • Nearest town: Hope
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $171/night

Settle into this hygge-heavy contemporary cabin surrounded by a beautiful old growth forest. Ideal for those looking to spend their days at Manning Park Resort, this Scandinavian style cabin makes for a great home base.

Gather with friends on the spacious deck where a propane fire table awaits to keep you toasty, or hop on snowshoes to further explore the property further. Kiddos will love the bunk room brimming with toys and a fun teepee tent. Whether you want to hike in the peak of summer of watch the snow fall, this should be the perfect B.C. cabin for year-round vacations.

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7. Coastal Contemporary Cabin

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Why you should stay: Slumber in style on the hills of Vancouver Island’s Black Creek.

  • Nearest town: Black Creek
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $197/night

For the ultimate R&R vacation, unwind at this contemporary cabin offering incredible vistas. Follow a small, winding trail to discover a private beach to enjoy the solitude of the Oyster River and spend the afternoon soaking up the sun.

For local fun, visit the famed Miracle Beach Provincial Park, the Black Creek gin distillery, or Mount Washington Ski Resort. The latter is obviously a pretty great spot to visit if you’re a skier or snowboarder, but it also has a huge trail system and a fatbike rental shop, so it’s worth taking a day off to try your skills at mountain biking in the snow.

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8. Modern Cabin in the Woods

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Why you should stay: A jet-black woodland cabin that oozes sophisticated charm.

  • Nearest town: Nelson
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $112/night

This newly built cabin was clearly dreamed up by design lovers with a tasteful eye. A modern, geometric headboard completes the bedroom, while the all-black kitchen blends into the background, allowing the eye to focus on the outdoors.

The spacious wooden deck faces a ponderosa pine forest and makes for the perfect spot to practice sun salutations in the morning. It looks like a lux cabin you’d rent at a fancy resort for hundreds a night but, fortunately, it’s actually one of the more affordable cabins in British Columbia – and it’s near the super-cool town of Nelson. Good luck finding a reason to leave.

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9. Oceanfront Cabin

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Why you should stay: Watch the sun rise over the Strait of Juan de Fuca from your private deck.

  • Nearest town: Juan de Fuca
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $181/night

Featuring rustic fir beams and a cedar exterior, this oceanfront cabin incorporates natural elements that highlight the beauty of the island. You can watch for whales as you sip your coffee in the morning and enjoy a glass of wine on the expansive outdoor deck while watching the evening sunsets.

With a wood-burning fireplace, an outdoor shower and fire pit, there aren’t too many reasons to venture beyond the property. If you have a larger group, there’s an additional lower level bonus suite that can be rented out to accommodate another two people.

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10. Joffre Creek Cabin

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Why you should stay: A creekside retreat on a huge property surrounded by public lands.

  • Nearest town: Pemberton
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $200/night

Listen to the trickling of the famed Joffre Creek while cozied up on the couch inside this incredible log cabin. Delight in long, languid meals on the covered gazebo, which seems like it was made for al fresco meals and spending evenings outdoors. This is a quintessential log cabin, so it’s a great pick if you want to have a classic Canadian getaway.

Inside, pull out classic records to play on the Crosley record player while warming up in front of the picturesque wood-burning stove. The best part? The cabin is completely pet friendly for four-legged friends who want to join in on the getaway (with a modest $25 pet fee.)

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11. Fern Gully

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Why you should stay: A dreamy rainforest escape next to a forgotten park trail that brings you straight to the beach.

  • Nearest town: Jordan River
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $82/night

While rather basic in amenities, this tiny wood cabin is incredibly charming. Featuring a huge window overlooking the forest, the cabin is the perfect spot for a digital detox in nature. You can fall asleep to the sound of the creek babbling, rather than your iPhone pinging.

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the cabin are local beaches for a day in the sun. If you want to be more active, hike the famed Juan de Fuca trail to take in the salty coastal air. Once back at the cabin, wash off in the outdoor shower, then cozy up with hot cocoa by the fire pit.

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12. Five Firs A-Frame

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Why you should stay: A cheerful and colorful abode on the Sunshine Coast.

  • Nearest town: Sechelt
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $107/night

Built in 1972, this adorable wooden A-frame stands with soaring 25-foot ceilings for a bright and airy feel. With lightning-fast internet, a great price, and inspiring surroundings, this cabin would make for a dreamy writer’s retreat or artistic vacation. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, the stretch of mainland shore just across the water from Vancouver Island.

The open-concept home has a lofted bedroom with plenty of space to roll out a yoga mat or two, plus a second bedroom with total pricey. For adventures off the property, the gorgeous Coast Gravity Park and Tetrahedron Provincial Park are both a quick drive away. At night, drift off to sleep to the sounds of solitude, with no one around for miles and miles.

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