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When you’re treasure hunting for that one of a kind piece of art to take home it’s easy Parksville and Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island's Oceanside region. The area has an abundance of world class artists showcasing their wares at local galleries, studios and gift shops. If you’re looking for women’s wear, sports wear, folk art, kitchen gadgets, bath accessories, cool garden art, hand made quality jewelry, pottery, its all here and easy to find.
There’s nothing like fresh produce, farmstead cheese, organic meats, succulent seafood and artisan breads to complete a delicious and healthy meal. Farmers markets begin in May and run through to October. The Oceanside Farm Product Guide, available at the local Visitor Centres, lists over 40 farms producing quality organic meats, produce, artisan breads and more.
Parksville is the commercial centre of the Oceanside Region where you will find a wide variety of retail stores, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, grocery stores, and professional centres. The town draws large crowds for the Summer by the Sea Street Market (Tuesday nights in July and August); more than 100 street vendors set up their stalls in the Craig Street area, musicians and entertainers perform and neighborhood shops stay open late.
Qualicum Beach has its own classy brand of the shopping experience. The village has shunned franchise operations and big box stores in favour of one-of-a-kind boutiques. Wander the pedestrian-friendly streets in the lovely downtown core exploring unique shops, bookstores, antique shops, restaurants, outdoor cafés, galleries and Quality Foods' flagship store with a spectacular cheese and deli selection. This quaint garden lovers village also has its share of professional centres to take care of most business needs.Oceanside is also home to eclectic, original and downright fascinating emporiums. A clutch of them are located side-by-side in Coombs. Heaps of locally farmed produce sit row-upon-row in colourful seasonal splendor. Tibetan antiques and southeast Asian crafts add an air of the exotic.