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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. Check out these animal and wildlife attractions on your own or hire a local tour company like Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours to help you explore this region and the rest of Vancouver Island.
City kids eager for a taste of country life are in for a treat at Errington's Tiger Lily Farm, where youngsters can mingle with lambs, goats and chickens, ride ponies and maybe even bottle-feed a calf. Morningstar Farm (home of Little Qualicum Cheeseworks) not only produces award winning cheeses but offers self guided tours of the farm. Check out how the process actually works, try some samples and take some delicious cheeses home for later.
The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is a red-cross service for injured or orphaned BC wildlife (eagles, owls, hawks and even the occasional bear) that opens its doors to the public.
Butterfly World and Gardens and the World Parrot Refuge are also popular draws for visitors eager to see denizens of the air. The creepy crawly set struts its stuff at Butterfly World's Big Bug Jungle.
And the salmon is king at the Big Qualicum Fish Hatchery, where a self-guided Vancouver Island nature tour allows one to linger and learn. The Smoke N Water restaurant at Pacific Shores Resort features a 27,000 litre aquarium that mesmerizes diners with the tranquil comings and goings of the local sea life.