Qualicum Beach & Parksville BC, Hit the Beach, Not your Wallet!
The central Vancouver Island tourism region of Qualicum Beach & Parksville BC is Canada’s best family friendly beach destination according to Better Homes and Gardens. The Globe & Mail called these Vancouver Island tourism towns “Canada’s Riviera”. Local islanders often call this charming collection of communities "Oceanside".
Top 5 Non-Beach Reasons To Visit
Central Vancouver Island may be best known for beaches but there are plenty of other reasons why visitors choose to stay in Qualicum Beach, Parksville British Columbia (in no specific order):
18 BC Parks and regional parks including Cathedral Grove's old growth forest
Parksville and Qualicum Beach are located on the central eastern shores of Vancouver Island. The region is 30kms (35 minutes) drive north of Nanaimo’s Departure Bay Ferry Terminal and 149kms (2 hours) drive north of Victoria on Vancouver Island's southern tip.
These central Vancouver Island tourism towns are home to 43,000 people. Their tourism and retirement focus make for a relaxing, slower pace with locals that are known for being friendly and welcoming.
Biospheres to Boutiques
Few visitors know that much of this central Vancouver Island region is part of UNESCO’s Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere – one of only two in BC – that recognize and foster understanding of unique ecosystems. Another little known fact is Qualicum Beach doesn't allow chain stores making for fun boutique shopping.