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Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Vacation Travel Guide

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park showing tranquil scenes, a sandy beach and a small town or village
Pitch your tent at this idyllic camping spot and spend your vacation exploring dense fir forests, sandy beaches and sparkling waters perfect for swimming.

There are many reasons why Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is a favorite destination for outdoorsy people of all ages. Look and listen for signs of local wildlife as you comb the wide stretches of beautiful beach and walk the forest trails. Come for the day or take advantage of the excellent facilities spread across the park’s campsites.

Although Rathtrevor Beach is now a well-loved vacation destination, it retains the rugged spirit of its early years. Its name comes from Willian Rath, who in 1886 chose this area as the site of his log cabin. Facilities have improved, particularly since the area was named a provincial park in 1967. Make the most of this ideal place to get back to nature.

Come to the park in different seasons for totally different experiences. The character of the place is shaped by the flora and fauna that live here. In spring, pick your way through beaches packed with seabirds drawn in by the herring breeding season. Between February and May, look for huge numbers of Brant geese migrating through the park

Swim in the sea during summer, when the temperature of the water is just right. After, relax on the beach as the sun dries you off. When the tides are right, take to the waves for some windsurfing.

Fishing is another popular activity here. Again, your catch will be dependent on the time of year. Expect more bountiful catches during breeding seasons.

One of the reasons that the park is so popular is that its trails are easy to walk and bike for people of many ages and abilities. Wind your way through tall fir and cedar forests and pause at viewing points to take in the amazing ocean vistas. Stop at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House, which hosts activities designed for young nature enthusiasts.

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is best reached by car. Parksville is just under 2 miles (4 kilometers) to the west. Camping fees vary seasonally. In the summer, reserve in advance, as the park attracts many families looking for an unforgettable way to spend their vacation.

Pitch your tent at this idyllic camping spot and spend your vacation exploring dense fir forests, sandy beaches and sparkling waters perfect for swimming.

There are many reasons why Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is a favorite destination for outdoorsy people of all ages. Look and listen for signs of local wildlife as you comb the wide stretches of beautiful beach and walk the forest trails. Come for the day or take advantage of the excellent facilities spread across the park’s campsites.

Although Rathtrevor Beach is now a well-loved vacation destination, it retains the rugged spirit of its early years. Its name comes from Willian Rath, who in 1886 chose this area as the site of his log cabin. Facilities have improved, particularly since the area was named a provincial park in 1967. Make the most of this ideal place to get back to nature.

Come to the park in different seasons for totally different experiences. The character of the place is shaped by the flora and fauna that live here. In spring, pick your way through beaches packed with seabirds drawn in by the herring breeding season. Between February and May, look for huge numbers of Brant geese migrating through the park

Swim in the sea during summer, when the temperature of the water is just right. After, relax on the beach as the sun dries you off. When the tides are right, take to the waves for some windsurfing.

Fishing is another popular activity here. Again, your catch will be dependent on the time of year. Expect more bountiful catches during breeding seasons.

One of the reasons that the park is so popular is that its trails are easy to walk and bike for people of many ages and abilities. Wind your way through tall fir and cedar forests and pause at viewing points to take in the amazing ocean vistas. Stop at the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House, which hosts activities designed for young nature enthusiasts.

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is best reached by car. Parksville is just under 2 miles (4 kilometers) to the west. Camping fees vary seasonally. In the summer, reserve in advance, as the park attracts many families looking for an unforgettable way to spend their vacation.

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Top Hotels Close to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
3 out of 5
1175 Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is ¥21,131 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Situated by the ocean, this condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Parksville Visitor Centre and Craig Heritage Park and Museum. Riptide Lagoon Adventure ...
4/5Very Good! (287 reviews)
"Nice big room, big bathtub"

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2021

Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort
3.5 out of 5
1155 Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
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! (922 reviews)
"Very special location and easy beach access"

Reviewed on Jun 11, 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 ¥30,857 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
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! (834 reviews)
"Was very clean, and the staff we friendly. Made things easy while in a pandemic"

Reviewed on May 30, 2021

THE Beach Club 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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Best Lodging Options Near Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

Bayside Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection
Bayside Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
240 Dogwood St, Parksville, BC
The price is ¥13,174 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
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
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 ¥30,857 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
THE Beach Club Resort
Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
3 out of 5
1175 Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is ¥21,131 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
Ocean Trails Resort
Ocean Trails Resort
3.5 out of 5
1135 Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
Ocean Trails Resort
Oceanside Village Resort
Oceanside Village Resort
4 out of 5
1080 Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
Oceanside Village Resort
Luxury Townhome in the Forest -5 min to the Beach
Luxury Townhome in the Forest -5 min to the Beach
Parksville, BC
Luxury Townhome in the Forest -5 min to the Beach
Breathtaking Oceanview Oasis in Vancouver Island 1 min. walk to beach 2Br 2Bth❤
Breathtaking Oceanview Oasis in Vancouver Island 1 min. walk to beach 2Br 2Bth❤
Parksville, BC
Breathtaking Oceanview Oasis in Vancouver Island 1 min. walk to beach 2Br 2Bth❤
#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
#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.