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.
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.
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.

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.

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.
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.
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
Stroll along a lush, forested trail lined with towering Douglas fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Cross the two bridges and experience nature's power as stunning waterfalls blast over rocks and descend down into the canyon.

Savour Our Local Charm

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

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
Sea Kayaking
Sea kayaking lets you escape into a different world and see resident Killer Whales, dolphins, seals and other sea creatures.
Museums
Discover a world class fossil collection and explore heritage buildings in the museums of Parksville Qualicum Beach.

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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.

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.

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.
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.
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