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Parksville
Travel Guide

Parksville featuring a sunset and sailing

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.

Bayside Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection
Bayside Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
240 Dogwood St, Parksville, BC
The price is CA $129 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 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 ...
4/5Very Good! (699 reviews)
"I’ve stayed in parksville many times but this is the first time here the best thing was to wake up to the beautiful ocean view . The hotel is pretty quiet because of the last days before a lot of travel restrictions lift I’m glad we were able to take advantage of the beach almost to ourselves"

Reviewed on Jun. 9, 2021

Bayside Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection
THE Beach Club Resort
THE Beach Club Resort
3.5 out of 5
181 Beachside Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is CA $239 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
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! (832 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
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 CA $210 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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! (920 reviews)
"Very special location and easy beach access"

Reviewed on Jun. 11, 2021

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort
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Ocean Sands Resort
Ocean Sands Resort
3 out of 5
1165-Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is CA $209 per night from Jun 17 to Jun 17
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! (257 reviews)
"Our suite was right at ground level with our own patio over looking Rathtrevor beach and across the straight to mainland BC. The huge cove was amazing for beachcombing and huge walks. We could see eagles, herons and we even had a hummingbird feeder right outside our picture window and patio. Our ..."

Reviewed on May 22, 2021

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
Park Sands Beach Resort
Park Sands Beach Resort
2 out of 5
105 Island Hwy East, Parksville, BC
Nestled on the beach, this Parksville campground is within a 5-minute walk of Vancouver Island University Parksville Campus and Parksville Beach. Rathtrevor ...
Park Sands Beach 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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