Stay at Fern Gully Cabins On Vancouver Island

Post Summary: Our Favorite Cabin Rentals on Vancouver Island (Fern Gully Cabins)

Is there anything better than staying in a dreamy cabin in the forest? We certainly don’t think so, which is why we sought out the best one to rent on our most recent Vancouver Island road trip.

Nestled in the temperate rainforest of the west coast are the Fern Gully Cabins, remarkably designed to get you in touch with nature, and connect with this special part of Canada.

Stick around because we’re sharing a lot more photos of this dreamy Canadian getaway, what you can do around the area, and how you can rent them, too!

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The Fern Gully Cabins On Vancouver Island

First of all, where the heck is Vancouver Island?

Vancouver Island is a part of Canada, in the British Columbia province on the west coast.

This area of Canada is unique for its temperate rainforest, enormous trees, and mild climate, making it a popular destination for Canadians to escape the bitterly cold winters.

How Can I Rent One of Ty and Haley’s Cabins?

Ty and Haley’s cabins are located in Jordan River, BC, nearby Port Renfrew. They areย rentable on Airbnb and VRBO.

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How To Get To These Dreamy Cabins on Vancouver Island

These cabins are located near Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island, in a small area called Jordan River. We’re not going to give the exact address for obvious privacy reasons, so if you are interested in checking this place out, you’ll have to book a night (we suggest several) to experience it for yourself!

It is important to understand that reaching Vancouver Island isn’t as simple as just driving there. Ferries, fares, and potentially crossing international borders are involved, so click below to read our Vancouver Island one week itinerary to get all those details!

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First Impressions

To reach the cabins, you’ll follow directions to a driveway and immediately go down a hill into a forest. You’ll park your car right at the bottom of the driveway, and take your belongings with you through the fern-lined path.

You’ll need to take a very short trail to reach the cabins, but honestly, we loved that. Along the way, you’ll see the cabin directly in front and it feels like with each step you are immersed deeper and deeper into the Pacific Northwest rainforest!

Berty and I couldn’t stop squealing with excitement. The inviting porch, the cozy interior, and even the little details stood out right away. We knew we were going to have a great time here!

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Views of the Exterior

The exterior of the cabin is a rich, deep redwood that compliments the surrounding rainforest. Ferns lined the rainforest floor while the towering trees stood all around us.

There is a small porch with outdoor seating, and our cabin had an outdoor fire pit (bring your own wood!) and some outdoor lounge chairs.

We were also aware that some string lights automatically turned on as the day’s light faded away, which was really helpful to find the outhouse in the dark (more on that to come).

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Oh, and did I mention there is an EPIC outdoor shower?? We weren’t so sure about it at first because we felt we’d be too cold, but it ended up being a totally amazing experience. It’s bizarre and amazing at the same time to listen to the river flow as you shampoo your hair!

Views of the Interior

If you didn’t catch it when we shared above, the bathroom is not located inside the cabin. There is a pit toilet/outhouse behind the cabin (pictured below), which you’ll need to walk to if you have to go in the middle of the night.

Thankfully, they keep a flashlight at the door just for these kinds of trips and they lined the path with string lights so you are never really in the dark.

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This is actually the pumphouse. The bathroom is directly behind, but we didn’t take a photo of the outhouse and wanted to give you an idea of what to expect anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

The interior is simply furnished, airy, and functional. There’s a small futon couch in the main section along with a coffee table, wood-burning fireplace, and small kitchenette.

The kitchen is fully stocked, with all the tools you may need to cook a meal. There’s a mini-fridge, single burner induction stovetop, and sink. We didn’t cook any elaborate meals during our stay, but I’m sure it would have gone smoothly if we did!

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The upstairs loft was our favorite part. The bed covered about 2/3rds of the entire loft, which made it seem like you were climbing up to a cozy plush cloud right from the start.

We were a little wary about the bed being too close to the ledge (and the same height as the ledge), but there is a pretty large shelf installed. This shelf makes it difficult to have anything accidentally falling, so we weren’t too worried about it.

It was our favorite part of the house because of the enormous window looking out into the rainforest. The yard in front was our own private space so we felt good knowing a stranger wasn’t going to walk in front!

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There is no cell service and no internet available at the cabins. This forced us to slow down and not work or be on our phones!

We ended up laying in bed during the evenings and listening to our current audiobook (see more of our favorite audiobooks and podcasts here!) for hours before we eventually drifted to sleep. It was the best!

Wondering what to bring on our escape? Here’s our complete packing list for a cabin getaway!

So, is this Vancouver Island cabin right for you?

With features like an outhouse, outdoor shower, sleeping loft, and no cell service/wifi, the Fern Gully Cabins certainly lives up to the word escape. We found it to be more similar to glamping, so if that’s your style we think you will love it!

It’s also very close to several hiking trails and beaches, so if you’re looking to spend as much time in nature as possible, this might be the right place for you!

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What Is There To Do Nearby?

There are several amazing outdoor activities to do nearby the Fern Gully Cabins. China Beach and Mystic Beach are some of the closest, but places like Sombrio Beach and Botanical Beach are just a short drive away.

You can also visit the famous Avatar Grove and Big Lonely Doug to round off an adventurous weekend in Port Renfrew. The options feel endless around here!

Looking for more adventure? Consider taking a backpacking trip on the Juan de Fuca Trail, or go even further north to Explore Pacific Rim National Park or even Hot Springs Cove in Tofino! There are so many things to do in Tofino, including this epic itinerary for 3 days in Tofino!

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  1. Obsessed with these cabins! So happy you posted this. I’m going to try to reserve them for our stay in May ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hey Jacqueline! I’m so glad you love these Vancouver Island cabins! We do too, and I hope you get a chance to experiences them for yourself soon! <3