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8 Island Retreats That Will Take Your Breath Away

Cabins, cottages, vacation homes—whatever you want to call them, these B.C. island getaways are sure to inspire summer dreaming.

(Photo: Ema Peter.)

1. It Takes Two

This Bowen Island home, designed by the team at Frits de Vries, captures both forest and ocean views: “The house isn’t trying to compete with nature,” says the homeowner. “It’s a beautiful frame for everything around it.” See more of this modern island home.

(Photo: Michael Boland.)

2. Looking Glass

There’s no shortage of extraordinary vantage points here. Almost every room—the master bedroom, the living room, the kitchen—in this Cedric Burgers-designed home on Bowen Island features floor-to-ceiling windows. See more of this airy seaside retreat.

(Photo: Martin Tessler.)

3. Opposites Attract

With a wood ceiling, Mongolian sheepskin pillows, layered fabrics and driftwood-esque white-oak floors, this family home on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast—designed by WL Designers of the Year judge Alda Pereira—strikes a beautiful balance between luxe and laidback. See more of this casual vacation home.

(Photo: John Sinal.)

4. Wild Thing

It may only be 680-square feet, but this Pender Island home leaves a big impression thanks to its green roof (wild strawberries, ferns and licorice grow atop it), farmhouse-like façade and natural materials palette. See more of this cozy cabin.

Johnson McLeod Pender Island Cabin
(Photo: John Sinal.)

5. Groovy Baby

This mid-century modern home, originally built in 1968, has what designers Ian McLeod and Kerry Johnson call a “swank factor.” It has a floating media room, a sunken living room and a striking stone fireplace—“the way late ’60s architect was meant to be,” says McLeod. See more of Gulf Islands home.

(Photo: Tim Bies.)

6. Back to Basics

Seattle architect Tom Kundig proves less really is more: this modern Gulf Islands retreat is only 190 square feet, but still has all the essentials (and a neutral, sophisticated plywood interior). See more of this tiny, sustainable home.

(Photo: Ema Peter.)

7. Soul Patch

The team at Falken Reynolds added their signature mid-century and Scandinavian flair to this Sunshine Coast home—without sacrificing the ocean views. See more of this soulful coastal cabin.

(Photo: Janis Nicolay.)

8. Cool Contrast

To complement the lush greenery that surrounds this Gulf Islands home, designers Kerri Watson and Alex Coleman incorporated natural hues and textures: cotton linen, slabs of marble, raw concrete and a sea urchin-like Flos Zeppelin light. See more of this open-concept cabin.

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