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Parksville
The City of Parksville has two large parks, the Community Park and Springwood Park, as well as 28 neighbourhood parks. The neighbourhood parks vary in size and facilities, from small open space to a park with children's play area, trails, and basketball hoops.

Although the focus of Parksville's Community Park is the famous beach, it also contains the Lions Venture Land children's playground/waterpark, sports fields, two tennis courts, lacrosse box, beach volleyball courts, beach front, kite field, skateboard park, and picnic facilities. The Parksville Community Park is also the home to many festivals and events including the Parksville Beach Festival and the Oceanside Overdrive car show in August plus many more.

Springwood Park is the home of the Royals (B.C. Premiere Baseball League) and also contains rugby, football and soccer fields, 6 tennis courts, walking trails, and an off-leash dog park.

Some of the City's parks, which include nature trails, are Ermineskin Park, Springwood Park, Top Bridge Park, Foster Park and Marks Park. There are also trails near subdivisions such as the three acre Marks' Nature Park off Finholm Street.

The Top Bridge Trail is approximately 5 km one-way and runs from Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park at the ocean to Top Bridge Mountain Bike Park on the Englishman River. Top Bridge itself provides petroglyphs, beautiful tall trees, a river gorge with swimming hole and specialized bike trails for mountain bikers.

Qualicum Beach
Take a walk in the Heritage Forest of Qualicum Beach, 50 acres of rare remnant old growth forest - a mixture of Coastal Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Hemlock, Grand Fir & Sitka Spruce. It includes a beautiful ravine with a salmon bearing stream, rare and endangered plants, deer and many species of birds. Only five minutes from downtown, the Forest with its bark mulch trails is protected by a Covenant to ensure that it remains as an ecological reserve, available to all for the purpose of observing and appreciating nature. Stop in at the Qualicum Beach Visitor Centre to get directions.
Visitor Comments
Reviewer:
Susan Mielke
Parksville is a great people place. You even have an off leash park, which is great for small dogs & their owners. Can you please designate a large woodland park or trail system for off leash area for those of us with larger dogs. Muchas Gracias

Entered: 7/11/2012 11:43:46 AM
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