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ParksvilleCanada

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 CA $149 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 3

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! (854 reviews)

"Staff were wonderful, especially Becca. Resort was beautiful. I was so happy they had lots of level 2 EV chargers available for electric cars!"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 16, 2020

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 CA $189 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

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! (778 reviews)

"Great location, boardwalk and beach side. Close to great restaurants."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

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 CA $103 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Regional District of Nanaimo, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paradise Fun Park and Parksville Beach. Vancouver Island University Parksville ...

3.9/5Very Good! (627 reviews)

"Friendly staff and very helpful. Excellent restaurant on site"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 20, 2020

Bayside Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection
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.

Vacation Rentals in Parksville

Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
3 out of 5
1175 Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is CA $129 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

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! (261 reviews)

"Truly a beautiful resort. Staff were very friendly and courteous. We were really impressed with the suite that we stayed in, in terms of size, layout and amenities. We are looking forward to a return visit as soon as possible."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 23, 2020

Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
Ocean Sands Resort
Ocean Sands Resort
3 out of 5
1165-Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is CA $149 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (243 reviews)

"Beautiful view. Hosts are so helpful. Very peaceful here!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 6, 2020

Ocean Sands Resort
Prime Rates!! 3 bed 2 Bath, Wifi, Cable, Pool/hot Tub, Bbq, Mini Golf, Beach
Prime Rates!! 3 bed 2 Bath, Wifi, Cable, Pool/hot Tub, Bbq, Mini Golf, Beach
Resort Dr, 235, Parksville, BC

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

4.8/5Exceptional! (78 reviews)
Warm and cozy

"What a absolute gem of a property!!!! It was everything the owner said it was and more. The pictures do not do it justice. Very clean and spacious. It kitchen was a gem to cook in. I was pleasantly surprised at how well stocked the kitchen was. Very comfortable beds. We all sleep very well no complaints ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 26, 2020

Prime Rates!! 3 bed 2 Bath, Wifi, Cable, Pool/hot Tub, Bbq, Mini Golf, Beach
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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Reviews of Parksville

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jun 3, 2020

Parksville is a beautiful town and vancouver island has a lot to offer. I love the ocean in parksville as the tide goes way out with sandy beaches and friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 15, 2020

Parksville is great

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 12, 2020

Lefty’s has amazing food and service.

5/5 - Excellent

DC

Dec 22, 2019

Surprising good restaurant options in Parksville. Samurai Sushi and Teriyaki in Parksville is highly recommended.

5/5 - Excellent

Kiwichicks

Dec 4, 2019

Loved the Thrift stores in both Parksville and Qualicum. Loved the beaches especially at sunset, very beautiful. People were friendly and helpful in all the stores we went into. Very positive shopping experience.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 17, 2019

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