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Parksville
Travel Guide

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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.

THE Beach Club Resort
THE Beach Club Resort
3.5 out of 5
181 Beachside Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is ¥17,075 per night from May 19 to May 19
Situated on the boardwalk, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vancouver Island University Parksville Campus and Parksville Beach. Rathtrevor Beach ...
4.3/5Excellent! (826 reviews)
"Loved the proximity to the beach which was stunning"

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

THE Beach Club Resort
Bayside Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection
Bayside Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
240 Dogwood St, Parksville, BC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,654 per night from May 17 to May 17
Located in the heart of Parksville, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paradise Fun Park and Parksville Beach. Vancouver Island University Parksville ...
3.9/5Very Good! (690 reviews)
"Ocean view, on the beach, private balcony"

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

Bayside Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort
3.5 out of 5
1155 Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥17,252 per night from May 17 to May 17
Offering direct access to the beach, this Parksville resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rathtrevor Beach and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. Parksville Beach ...
4.2/5Very Good! (912 reviews)
"Very beautiful and relaxing. Enjoyed my stay"

Reviewed on May 15, 2021

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa 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.
Ocean Sands Resort
Ocean Sands Resort
3 out of 5
1165-Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is ¥15,268 per night from May 19 to May 19
Located in Parksville, this beachfront condo building is in a provincial park and within 1 mi (2 km) of Rathtrevor Beach and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (255 reviews)
"Beautiful ocean front view and easy access to the beach."

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

Ocean Sands Resort
Oceanside Village Resort
Oceanside Village Resort
4 out of 5
1080 Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
This family-friendly Parksville vacation home is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (184 reviews)
"Beautiful and quiet cabin. Convenient location. Excellent for the price."

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

Oceanside Village Resort
#17 Tanglewood Pl - 2bd 2bth Beach Front 2-level Unit - Beach, Sun, Sand & Relax
#17 Tanglewood Pl - 2bd 2bth Beach Front 2-level Unit - Beach, Sun, Sand & Relax
Parksville, BC
Situated in Parksville, this beach condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Rathtrevor Beach and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. Riptide Lagoon Adventure ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Spring Getaway
"The unit was perfect for the two of us but with the second bedroom would easily accommodate a larger group. Everything was extremely clean, the kitchen was very well stocked with anything we needed. Due to Covid restrictions we mostly cooked in but did partake in take out from the Black Goose Inn ..."

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

#17 Tanglewood Pl - 2bd 2bth Beach Front 2-level Unit - Beach, Sun, Sand & Relax
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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Jul 27, 2019

Relaxed, lots to do within a short drive. City Street signage could be better. You can’t read the smaller (non-highway signs) until you’re passing them. Need larger signs with better contrast between letters and background.

5/5 - Excellent

SN

May 11, 2019

The hosts were very friendly and helpful.

4/5 - Good

Denis

May 11, 2019

Nice town.

5/5 - Excellent

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May 8, 2019

Great Oceanside Community

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 8, 2019

Beautiful area. Everything convenient

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