Vancouver Island: Why We Want to Visit in 2020

Sitting in the Pacific Ocean on Canada’s west coast is Vancouver Island, over 12,000 square miles of volcanic rock, dense rainforest, thriving arts communities and of course, the cutest of Canada’s critters; chipmunks, sea otters and porcupines. 

With a population of just 775,000, it’s the perfect place to retreat into seclusion. Many homes on the island are nestled amongst the conifer trees that are synonymous with the Canadian coastline and some are bookable on the Airbnb platform – one can even find homes on Airbnb amongst Vancouver Island’s treetops. 

Host John Fowler built his dome house on Vancouver Island 47 years ago and has hosted guests in the east wing of the home since 2011. He said:

“We have travelled to many beautiful places in the world but are always happy to return to the tranquility and beauty of Vancouver Island.

John Fowler

In the past month, Brits seem to have cottoned on to Canada as a holiday destination for 2020. The Airbnb platform has seen a 22% rise in searches* since Christmas eve, compared to the previous month. 

Other islander hosts include Christina who describes the island as simply breathtaking, endless adventures and Catherine who describes watching surfers and whales from her homes and giving guests a “refuge of wildness”. 

Here are just a few homes on Airbnb to convince us to visit Vancouver Island in 2020:

Credit: Christina Tarrant
Credit: Kimberly Kufaas

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*Growth in searches to Canada by British users on the Airbnb platform between 24-12-2019 to 13-01-2020 vs 24-11-2019 to 13-12-2019

*Guest origin in self reported