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Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Vacation Travel Guide

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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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 Feb 3 to Feb 4

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 ...

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"Came to relax . A quick getaway. Liked how quiet it was and the spa."…"

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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 Jan 28 to Jan 29

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

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!"…"

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THE Beach Club Resort
THE Beach Club Resort
3.5 out of 5
181 Beachside Drive, Parksville, BC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $169 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

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

4.3/5Excellent! (794 reviews)

"Awesome room, great atmosphere from the time we walked in, front desk lady was very friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 21, 2021

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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 Feb 3 to Feb 4
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort
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 Jan 28 to Jan 29
Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort
THE Beach Club Resort
THE Beach Club Resort
3.5 out of 5
181 Beachside Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is CA $169 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
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Ocean Sands Resort
3 out of 5
1165-Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
The price is CA $149 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
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Oceanside Village Resort
4 out of 5
1080 Resort Drive, Parksville, BC
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Parksville, BC
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