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.

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
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.

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.

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.
Daytrips to Comox Valley, Port Alberni, and Nanaimo Attractions
Parksville Qualicum Beach's central location makes it the perfect base for exploring Comox Valley, Port Alberni, and Nanaimo attractions including WildPlay Element Parks, Mount Washington, and the McLean Mill.
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.

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.
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.
Coombs Old Country Market
Experience the one of a kind Coombs Old Country Market aka "the goats on the roof market". Snap a photo of the goats and shop to your hearts content.

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.

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
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.
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.

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.
Mini-Golf Fun Zones
Good times are had by all when you can mini-golf around a 45 foot tall old woman's shoe in the shadow of a castle.
Little Qualicum Cheeseworks
Visit Morningstar Farm for Little Qualicum Cheeseworks award winning morsels and fruit wines from Mooberry Winery.

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.
Street Markets
Inspiration will overcome you as you peruse our local street markets.
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.
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