Quirky Fun

Looking for unique unstructured travel experiences and stories to tell of the interesting people, places and activities you discovered? Well, in Parksville Qualicum Beach we have more than our share of the quirky & unusual.

How often will you run across goats… on a roof? Or spend a night in a sphere suspended above the forest floor? In Parksville Qualicum Beach you can visit our annual sandcastle festival and see fantastical sculptures and imaginary worlds, or build your own on one of our sandy beaches; get up close and personal with a sea anemone, play golf on a pirate ship, and keep an eye out for our very own “sea monster” reportedly living in the chilly depths of nearby Cameron Lake!

Parksville Community Park, is home to a remarkable sandy Parksville Beach, a kid's wonderland of swings, slides and water cannons in addition to great picnicking and beachfront activities.
Farms & Farmers Markets
Check out local farms and markets for fresh and often organic produce, baking, as well as locally raised meat.
Vancouver Island Events in Parksville Qualicum Beach
No matter when you visit, the central Vancouver Island events calendar is bound to offer something of interest. There are over 140 annual events and festivals in Parksville Qualicum Beach alone.
Live Theatre
Parksville Qualicum Beach locals and Vancouver Island visitors alike eagerly anticipate the changing of the seasons, not just because of weather and holidays, but also for live performances at the Village Theatre.
Cathedral Grove - MacMillan Provincial Park
Majestic old trees, some more than 800 years old, fill Cathedral Grove, located in MacMillan Provincial Park. Trails on either side of the highway lead into the diverse coastal forest, one of the most accessible stands of the giant Douglas Fir trees
Little Qualicum Cheeseworks
Visit Morningstar Farm for Little Qualicum Cheeseworks award winning morsels and fruit wines from Mooberry Winery.
Interpretive Centres
Learn about our local nature and have fun doing it at Horne Lake Cave Theatre and Rathtrevor Nature House.
Coombs Old Country Market
Experience the one of a kind Coombs Old Country Market aka "the goats on the roof market". Snap a photo of the goats and shop to your hearts content.
Search Our Travel Directory
Find accommodations, attractions, restaurants, tours and more things to do on Vancouver Island with the Parksville Qualicum Beach Travel Directory.
Street Markets
Inspiration will overcome you as you peruse our local street markets.
Animal Attractions
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.
Deep Bay Marine Field Station
Visit a working research station designed with sustainability in mind. Feel the sea anemones and other marine life with your hands in the touch tanks. Learn about marine conservation issues and take in amazing views of Baynes Sound.
Tidal Treasures
From October to May, beachcombers can discover glass treasures in Parksville Qualicum Beach.
Bird Watching
Head out bird watching on your own or hire a local pro to take you to secret spots and give you an even better chance to add sightings to your list.
Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition
The Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition, the sandcastles part of the Parksville Beach Festival, is a world class event that attracts master sculptors from around the world to create large masterpieces out of sand and wa
North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
Visit the rescued black bears, eagles, owls, falcons, ravens and other wildlife at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
Mini-Golf Fun Zones
Good times are had by all when you can mini-golf around a 45 foot tall old woman's shoe in the shadow of a castle.
Museums
Discover a world class fossil collection and explore heritage buildings in the museums of Parksville Qualicum Beach.
Qualicum Beach Downtown
Qualicum Beach Downtown is full of character and charm, filled with quaint stores, coffee shops, and public spaces sure to steal the hearts of gardeners.
Daytrips to Comox Valley, Port Alberni, and Nanaimo Attractions
Parksville Qualicum Beach's central location makes it the perfect base for exploring Comox Valley, Port Alberni, and Nanaimo attractions including WildPlay Element Parks, Mount Washington, and the McLean Mill.
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park was selected as the "Best Natural Outdoor Site in BC", and for good reason. Explore a public cave on your own or participate in a guided tour.

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