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.

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 Downtown
Qualicum Beach Downtown is full of character and charm, filled with quaint stores, coffee shops, and public spaces sure to steal the hearts of gardeners.
Whale Watching Vancouver Island
Parksville Qualicum Beach's central location makes it the perfect base for whale watching Vancouver Island. Many Vancouver Island whale watching tour companies also offer Black Bear and Grizzly Bear excursions.

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.
Horne Lake Cave Theatre & Rathtrevor Nature House
Learn about our local nature and have fun doing it at Horne Lake Cave Theatre and Rathtrevor Nature House.
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.

Savour Our Local Charm

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

Spider Lake Provincial Park
The placid surface of Spider Lake, just off Horne Lake Road, is disturbed only by the occasional splash of paddles and the arched leaps of small-mouth bass as they chase insects and fishing lures.
Local Coffee
Top notch coffee is as plentiful as sandy beaches in Parksville Qualicum Beach where you will find everything from recognized chains to local roastery cafes.
Karma Coffee Roastery Tour
Learn how a local company creates one of the best cups of coffee around with the Karma Coffee Roastery Tour.

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.

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.
Arrowsmith CPR Regional Trail
The historic Arrowsmith CPR Regional Trail was built in 1912 by the Canadian Pacific Railway to service guests at its Cameron Lake Resort.
Search Our Travel Directory
Find accommodations, attractions, restaurants, tours and more things to do on Vancouver Island with the Parksville Qualicum Beach Travel Directory.

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.
Animal Attractions
Everyone loves animals, and there's no shortage of opportunities to observe, admire and even interact with creatures great and small here in Parksville Qualicum Beach.
Horne Lake Cave Theatre & Rathtrevor Nature House
Learn about our local nature and have fun doing it at Horne Lake Cave Theatre and Rathtrevor Nature House.

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.

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.
Street Markets
Inspiration will overcome you as you peruse our local street markets.
Boating
Whether your preferred boat is motored, paddled or sent sailing on the wind, Parksville Qualicum Beach is a great place to hit the water.
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