Friday Cabins #40: The Natural Charm of Vancouver Island
A short ferry ride from downtown Vancouver, BC and Washington State, this stunning island in the Pacific is home to many a dreamy cabin—and plenty of adventure, too
Happy Friday everyone! We’re here with our 40th installment of Friday Cabins, can you believe it? For the past 40 Fridays (give or take a few, we’re human okay), we’ve brought you a wide range of cabin content for an inspirational rush to carry into the weekend ahead, curated from the pages/minds of outdoors/design publication Field Mag. And ofc we plan to keep doing it. Shout out the paid subs helping make this little project possible!
Now let’s see, Fall is officially upon us and change is in the air. As New Yorkers ourselves, it doesn’t get much different than the Pacific Northwest. And an island in the PNW takes it even further. So today, we’re heading to Vancouver Island, a remote ecosystem so beautiful and abundant Netflix just launched a whole documentary series about the sea wolves, bald eagles, whales, and impossibly cute sea otters that call the region home.
Off Canada’s Pacific coast, stretching 283 miles in length, the island is home to not only rich indigenous history and culture, and many furry animal friends, but also world class hiking, surfing, fishing, and general outdoorsing. The main city center at the southern tip of the island, Victoria, offers some semblance of city life among an oddly sunny climate. Whereas further north on the rugged western shore sits the fishing village turned surf capital of Canada, Tofino. Nearer still is Ucluelet, a smaller yet equally cool fishing/surf community. Both are welcoming, fun places to visit. And filled with great cabins, too.
For today’s newsletter, we’re taking a look at a handful of particularly fun cabin rentals and boutique hotel properties (like the Ocean Village Resort, pictured above) we’re dying to visit ourselves. Full disclosure, there’s plenty more where that came from.
original article by Vivian Chung
Known for its mild climate and an endless supply of outdoor activities, Vancouver Island hosts many a nature-lover throughout the seasons, from summer hikers, campers, and beach goers, to skiers, surfers, and storm-watchers in the winter.
Small island towns dot the island, and many are populated with design-forward getaways that reflect its thriving arts community with unique interiors and innovative architecture. Here we highlight 2 of the most interesting.
Vibe: Eco-Friendly Retreat
A 150-square-foot off-grid tiny home with a Japanese garden as its backyard, this eclectic retreat was built from reclaimed and recycled materials for an organic-feeling stay. Inside, there’s a lofted king bed, a fold-out queen bed for extra company, and decidedly whimsical vibes.
Vibe: Modern Luxe
Warm and inviting, this woodland retreat provides plenty of oppurtunity to relax and recharge, with a meditation deck, a cedar wood-fired hot tub, and a sun deck up top. There’s limited cell and wifi-service too, so reply once you’ve emerged from this cozy nest.
original article by Vivian Chung
On the west coast of Vancouver Island, the sleepy fishing village Tofino is known for its surf and food scene, although plays host to outdoor-lovers all year round. Besides its pebble and sand beaches, the town is surrounded by old-growth rainforests, mountains, and of course, the ocean, making it an excellent place to explore. The cabin rentals there reflect the free-spirited, nature-loving vibes of the community, and although you can’t really go wrong, we share 3 of our faves here.
Vibe: Oceanfront Cool
Built in the late 1960s, this oceanfront resort in Tofino features A-Frame houses and cabins suites with elevated, Scandinivian vibes. There’s an on-site barrel sauna, plenty of hidden nooks to take in the seaside scenery, and although you’ll feel secluded here, Tofino’s town center is only a 10-min stroll way-ideal!
Vibe: All Aboard
Embrace the ocean on this floating 1920’s B&B featuring six staterooms, a main saloon, wood burning fireplace, a bar and a spacious sun deck. This baby fits 12 people comfortably, so rent it out for an epic group trip or family reunion.
Rate: From $938/night
Vibe: Wonderfully Whimsical
Owned and lovingly hand-built by Canadian pro snowboarder and friend of Field Mag Marie-France Roy, this cob house serves as a whimsical escape into the woods. The interior features 400 square feet of funky, organic design, with nature-motifs, hand-built furniture and storage, and even a toilet in the loft—all hidden in the woods for the ultimate nature-lovers retreat.
TTYS! Have a good wknd :)