Yes, relaxation is a pretty big deal when it comes to Parksville Qualicum Beach family vacations. But sometimes, you want to get out and get moving! Here are 10 great ways to do that.
1. Ride horseback
at Tiger Lily Farm
in Errington or Paradise Acres Ranch
in Nanoose Bay. A trail ride is a rejuvenating way to enjoy this area's natural beauty!
from Parksville to Coombs on the Rail Trail
. Except for the first 200 m of trail in Parksville's Springwood Park, this 7 km trail is fully accessible.
at Cameron Lake
. Locals can't keep this pretty spot a secret! Keep an eye out for Cammie, the Cameron Lake "monster".
at the Upper and Lower Englishman River Falls
. Visit in the off-season for the best "mist"-ifying waterfall experience at the lower falls. The water there only cascades over a large boulder blocking the falls when water levels are at their highest.
the Lighthouse Country Regional Trail
. All but the smallest, narrowest tyres will roll with relative ease on this fully accessible trail.
at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
. At low tide, the expanse of sandy beach stretches over a kilometre from the shore to the water!
7. Go caving
at Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park
. Not only has this place been recognized as the "Best Natural Outdoor Site in BC", it was also the first ever to be awarded Destination BC's "Remarkable Experiences" award.
on the Little Qualicum River
. Angle for trout and salmon in this fisherman's favourite featuring both slow moving wide shallows as well as deep pools.
9. Stand-up paddleboard
in Nanoose Bay. Rentals are available at Pacific Shores
and Fairwinds Marina
. Watch for curious seals popping up nearby!
the Winchelsea Ballenas Archipelago with Adventuress Sea Kayaking
. The 4-5 km distance from the shores of Nanoose Bay to this island group can be paddled in less than an hour.