British Columbia is lovely any time of year. Moody, misty, and green (or white) in the winter, bright and lush in the summer, with ample opportunity for mountain and water sports year-round. Airbnb, on the other hand, can be hit or miss. There are true gems, and then there are rooms rented out in Nelson by a pack of barely-legal snowboarders looking to cover their next beer run. We did the weeding-out for you. Here are three of the coolest British Columbia properties up for rent on Airbnb, from remote mountain cabins to coastal cottages.
Designed by Form and Forest, this modern cabin offsets clean lines and open, light-filled spaces with the coziness of a dwelling nestled among tall trees and heavy snow. Right on the Blaeberry River near Golden, the cabin is surrounded by ample opportunity for play: rafting, fishing, and boating on the river, hiking and climbing in the surrounding mountains, and skiing at nearby Kicking Horse or Chatter Creek. Secluded and peaceful, it’s the perfect jumping off point for any adventure in the Canadian Rockies–even if that’s just enjoying the panoramic view from the living room. Sleeps 8, from $349/night. LINK
This little cottage looks like something out of a fairytale, with rounded doorways, walls, and counters and whimsical touches everywhere you look. Succulents hang from the ceiling, wooden ceilings curve around the beds like canopies, and cedars filter golden sunlight as it passes through the windows. Hand-built from sustainable materials, the home shares a property with orchards, gardens, and friendly flocks of sheep. Situated a short walk from the beaches of Mayne Island, it’s a perfect, peaceful retreat for foul or fine weather. Sleeps 2, from $109/night. LINK
Whistler offers some of the best resort skiing in British Columbia, but staying in town can be a little less peaceful (and definitely less rugged) than you’d hope for. This log cabin, situated on five wooded acres in nearby Pemberton, gives you access to the mountain–and all the incredible backcountry nearby–without the crowds. Warm up in the evenings with the wood stove in the cozy living room, and wake up to views of Mount Currie in the morning. Sleeps 7, from $428/night. LINK
Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.