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Parksville
Travel Guide

Enjoy the panoramic river and sea views, sandy beaches, scenic forest trails and lively festivals of this charming ocean-side community on Vancouver Island.

Parksville Qualicum Beach is a popular and family-friendly vacation destination, consisting of Parksville along the Englishman River and nearby village of Qualicum Beach. Together, the twin cities offer an irresistible mix of beach culture, wildlife, outdoor adventures and Canadian hospitality.

The area boasts the warmest ocean swimming on the West Coast and over 11-miles (18-kilometers) of sandy beaches, so start your holiday with sunbathing, ocean kayaking or surfing. Fly a kite or play beach volley at Parksville Community Park.

For some pampering, enjoy spa treatments at Grotto Spa in Tigh-Ma-Mara Resort. Afterwards, explore the boutique shop at West Second Avenue in Qualicum Beach.

Venture further out and join a whale-watching tour or black bear and grizzly bear excursion. Avid hikers can choose between many national parks, including the beautiful Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park and MacMillan Provincial Park with its ancient Douglas fir trees. Tour the Horne Lake Caves to see the seven-story underground waterfall. In spring, the return of the Brant geese is a birdwatcher’s highlight.

To taste the locally roasted coffee, artisan cheese and fresh seafood of British Columbia, browse the spring and summer markets. Coombs Old Country Market delights visitors with its mascot goats, grazing away on the grass-covered market rooftop. On Tuesday nights, visit the lively Parksville Summer by the Sea Street Market, with 140 artisan stalls, food and entertainment.

Qualicum Beach has a regional airport and Vancouver International Airport is 80 miles (129 kilometer) away. While there are buses, renting a car or bike is recommended, to explore at your own pace. Ferries run to Lasqueti Island.

If possible, time your visit with one of the atmospheric festivals. The most wonderful of all is the Christmas Magic light show in Milner Gardens and Woodland. The hugely popular Uncorked Food and Wine Festival in February has anything from wine tastings to wine-inspired spa treatments. In May, join the chili tastings and ice carvers at the Fire & Ice Street Festival. Sand sculptors compete during the Parksville Beach Festival in summer.

Top hotels in Parksville

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort
3.5 out of 5
1155 Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is £96 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

Offering direct access to the beach, this Regional District of Nanaimo resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial ...

4.2/5Very Good! (890 reviews)

"Lovely log cabin, nice restaurant and staff. Will return for another stay"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2021

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort
THE Beach Club Resort
THE Beach Club Resort
3.5 out of 5
181 Beachside Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is £119 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar

Located in Regional District of Nanaimo, this romantic hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Vancouver Island University Parksville Campus and Parksville Beach. Rathtrevor ...

4.3/5Excellent! (807 reviews)

"Great location,Walking close to ocean boardwalk and very quiet"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2021

THE Beach Club Resort
Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
3 out of 5
1175 Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is £99 per night from 10 Mar to 11 Mar

Located in Regional District of Nanaimo, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Parksville Visitor Centre and Craig Heritage Park and Museum. Riptide Lagoon ...

4/5Very Good! (279 reviews)

"The suite I was in was clean, comfortable and had everything I needed to make my stay enjoyable for the weekend. I would recommend these suites to my friends and family!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2021

Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Parksville

Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
3 out of 5
1175 Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is £99 per night from 10 Mar to 11 Mar

Located in Regional District of Nanaimo, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Parksville Visitor Centre and Craig Heritage Park and Museum. Riptide Lagoon ...

4/5Very Good! (279 reviews)

"The suite I was in was clean, comfortable and had everything I needed to make my stay enjoyable for the weekend. I would recommend these suites to my friends and family!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2021

Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
Ocean Trails Resort
Ocean Trails Resort
3.5 out of 5
1135 Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is £113 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

Located in Regional District of Nanaimo, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. Parksville Beach ...

4.4/5Excellent! (175 reviews)

"The unit itself as well as the property was very clean. Everything looks really well kept. The staff i spoke with on the phone was very helpful and accommodating."…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2020

Ocean Trails Resort
Ocean Sands Resort
Ocean Sands Resort
3 out of 5
1165-Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is £97 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

Located in Regional District of Nanaimo, this beachfront condo is in a provincial park and within 1 mi (2 km) of Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf and Rathtrevor ...

Ocean Sands Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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