Why Visit?

Discover our Beauty

A discovery-filled vacation waits for you in Parksville Qualicum Beach… amazing sandy beaches, picture postcard views, world-class biking and hiking trails, salt-tinged ocean air, and the small-town charm of our communities.

Lighthouse Country Beaches
Those in search of true privacy find it in the secluded coves of Lighthouse Country. Just north of Qualicum Beach, the beaches become narrower, the golden sand replaced by sprawling beds of wave-washed rock.
Museums
Discover a world class fossil collection and explore heritage buildings in the museums of Parksville Qualicum Beach.
Hamilton Marsh
This beautiful wetland is 3kms long and 1/2km wide - the largest wetland between Nanaimo, Cumberland, and Port Alberni and is surrounded by second growth forest.

Rejuvenate

Spend some time in Parksville Qualicum Beach and recharge your batteries. You can do as much, or as little, as you like, in a relaxed atmosphere and at your own pace.

Lighthouse Country Beaches
Those in search of true privacy find it in the secluded coves of Lighthouse Country. Just north of Qualicum Beach, the beaches become narrower, the golden sand replaced by sprawling beds of wave-washed rock.
Cathedral Grove - MacMillan Provincial Park
Majestic old trees, some more than 800 years old, fill Cathedral Grove, located in MacMillan Provincial Park. Trails on either side of the highway lead into the diverse coastal forest, one of the most accessible stands of the giant Douglas Fir trees
Cathedral Grove - MacMillan Provincial Park
Majestic old trees, some more than 800 years old, fill Cathedral Grove, located in MacMillan Provincial Park. Trails on either side of the highway lead into the diverse coastal forest, one of the most accessible stands of the giant Douglas Fir trees

Savour Our Local Charm

Take a vacation from technology and experience the “good clean fun” to be had in Parksville Qualicum Beach.

Parksville Beach
Parksville Community Park, is home to a remarkable sandy Parksville Beach, a kid's wonderland of swings, slides and water cannons in addition to great picnicking and beachfront activities.
Harbours & Marinas
Breathe in the sea air, grab a bite to eat, and watch the comings and goings of our fishing and aquaculture fleets and pleasure craft at the French Creek Harbour, Deep Bay Harbour and Schooner Cove Marina.
Milner Gardens and Woodland
Rich in royal history, Milner Gardens and Woodland is home to 10 acres of lush gardens, which in turn are surrounded by an old-growth forest seven times that size.

Reconnect

Parksville Qualicum Beach allows you to escape the crush of deadlines, traffic jams and over crowded spaces, and to step back in time a little.

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
This incredible provincial park has it all, expansive sandy beach, wooded trail with old growth trees, day-use area for picnicking and a sought-after campground. A large number of seabirds also enjoy the area making bird watching a popular activity.
Qualicum Beach Heritage Forest
Five minutes from downtown Qualicum Beach lies the Heritage Forest, 50 acres of old growth forest, Coastal Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Hemlock, Grand Fir, and Sitka Spruce.
Cathedral Grove - MacMillan Provincial Park
Majestic old trees, some more than 800 years old, fill Cathedral Grove, located in MacMillan Provincial Park. Trails on either side of the highway lead into the diverse coastal forest, one of the most accessible stands of the giant Douglas Fir trees

Quirky Fun

Looking for unique unstructured travel experiences and stories to tell of the interesting people, places and activities you discovered? Well, in Parksville Qualicum Beach we have more than our share of the quirky & unusual.

Lake & River Beaches
Wonderful though the oceanfront may be, the beaches found at our many rivers and lakes are perfect for cooling off on a hot day or for a quiet hike.
Deep Bay Marine Field Station
Visit a working research station designed with sustainability in mind. Feel the sea anemones and other marine life with your hands in the touch tanks. Learn about marine conservation issues and take in amazing views of Baynes Sound.
Karma Coffee Roastery Tour
Learn how a local company creates one of the best cups of coffee around with the Karma Coffee Roastery Tour.

Relax

Take a break from your busy life and set your inner clock to Island Time while you are here in Parksville Qualicum Beach. Kick back and relax… contemplate your toes as they sink into the sand, listen to some funky bluegrass at music festival, be inspired by the work of local artists, or stroll through a farmers’ market for a taste of local culture.

Lake & River Beaches
Wonderful though the oceanfront may be, the beaches found at our many rivers and lakes are perfect for cooling off on a hot day or for a quiet hike.
Local Restaurants
Find a variety of restaurants and scenic views in Parksville Qualicum Beach, from small, ethnic and authentic to contemporary, West Coast wonderful.
Bird Watching
Head out bird watching on your own or hire a local pro to take you to secret spots and give you an even better chance to add sightings to your list.
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