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.
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.
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.

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.
Interpretive Centres
Learn about our local nature and have fun doing it at Horne Lake Cave Theatre and Rathtrevor Nature House.
Vancouver Island Golf Courses in Parksville Qualicum Beach
Take your pick of seven courses to choose from, all within a 30-minute drive from one another. Golf in a mountain valley, through a coastal Douglas fir ecosystem, or through rustic grassy meadows.

Savour Our Local Charm

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

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.
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.
Vancouver Island Events in Parksville Qualicum Beach
No matter when you visit, the central Vancouver Island events calendar is bound to offer something of interest. There are over 140 annual events and festivals in Parksville Qualicum Beach alone.

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.

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.
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
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.

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.
Little Qualicum Cheeseworks
Visit Morningstar Farm for Little Qualicum Cheeseworks award winning morsels and fruit wines from Mooberry Winery.
North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
Visit the rescued black bears, eagles, owls, falcons, ravens and other wildlife at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

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.

Qualicum Beach Waterfront
Four kilometres of curving, postcard-perfect sand gives the town of Qualicum Beach its name. When the tide is high, sightseers, bikers, hikers and their dogs keep to dry ground by utilizing the paved promenade that fronts one of Vancouver Island and BC's
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.
Live Theatre
Parksville Qualicum Beach locals and Vancouver Island visitors alike eagerly anticipate the changing of the seasons, not just because of weather and holidays, but also for live performances at the Village Theatre.
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