Vancouver Island Day TripsOne of the benefits of choosing Parksville and Qualicum Beach for your vacation is its central location on Vancouver Island. From here, the wilderness and wonders of Vancouver Island are ready to be discovered at your own pace. Use Parksville and Qualicum Beach as your home base to visit Nanaimo, the Cowichan region (Duncan, Chemainus, Ladysmith and others), Comox Valley (Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland, and others), Campbell River, Ucluelet & Long Beach, and Victoria.
Less than an hourís driving in all directions and you can choose to ride to a mountaintop on a ski lift in the Comox Valley, walk and shop Nanaimo's lively waterfront, visit a restored steam-powered sawmill and view a Mars water bomber in the Alberni Valley, or wander among buildings decorated in huge murals in Chemainus. Within a two-hourís drive, you can travel to the beaches of the Pacific Rim National Park, through forests, past lakes and beside rushing rivers, or enjoy the civilized experience of High Tea in Victoria.To find out more about some of the attractions and features in outlying regions, follow the links below and stop in at the Parksville or Qualicum Beach Visitor Centres and their friendly staff will help you with suggestions, directions, and pamphlets.