Savour Our Local Charm

Take a vacation from technology and experience the “good clean fun” to be had in Parksville Qualicum Beach.

No gaming, no super late nights, no stress, no worries, just immerse yourself in the local culture and spend some quality time doing real things… stroll along a sandy beach, bike a mountain trail, kayak along the shoreline, play a round of golf, swim in a freshwater lake, wander through acres of lush gardens, and watch the eagles soar.

Four kilometres of curving, postcard-perfect sand gives the town of Qualicum Beach its name. When the tide is high, sightseers, bikers, hikers and their dogs keep to dry ground by utilizing the paved promenade that fronts one of Vancouver Island and BC's
Museums
Discover a world class fossil collection and explore heritage buildings in the museums of Parksville Qualicum Beach.
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.
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.
Tidal Treasures
From October to May, beachcombers can discover glass treasures in Parksville Qualicum Beach.
Hamilton Marsh
This beautiful wetland is 3kms long and 1/2km wide - the largest wetland between Nanaimo, Cumberland, and Port Alberni and is surrounded by second growth forest.
Street Markets
Inspiration will overcome you as you peruse our local street markets.
Farms & Farmers Markets
Check out local farms and markets for fresh and often organic produce, baking, as well as locally raised meat.
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
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
Jedediah Island Marine Provincial Park
Jedediah Island Marine Provincial Park is the biggest and most diverse island of a group of more than 30 islands and rocky islets located north and west of Lasqueti Island.
Local Beer
Not only is Parksville Qualicum Beach home to two craft breweries, it's also only minutes from seven more in the neighbouring communities of Courtenay, Cumberland, Nanaimo, and Port Alberni.
Live Music
Parksville Qualicum Beach is a lively area kicking with music concerts and events all year round.
North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
Visit the rescued black bears, eagles, owls, falcons, ravens and other wildlife at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
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.
Galleries & Studios
Explore countless galleries and studios, over 140 annual events, and a myriad of natural settings that will inspire your own creativity.
Search Our Travel Directory
Find accommodations, attractions, restaurants, tours and more things to do on Vancouver Island with the Parksville Qualicum Beach Travel Directory.
Local Restaurants
Find a variety of restaurants and scenic views in Parksville Qualicum Beach, from small, ethnic and authentic to contemporary, West Coast wonderful.
Sea Kayaking
Sea kayaking lets you escape into a different world and see resident Killer Whales, dolphins, seals and other sea creatures.
Vancouver Island Golf Courses in Parksville Qualicum Beach
Take your pick of seven courses to choose from, all within a 30-minute drive from one another. Golf in a mountain valley, through a coastal Douglas fir ecosystem, or through rustic grassy meadows.
Interpretive Centres
Learn about our local nature and have fun doing it at Horne Lake Cave Theatre and Rathtrevor Nature House.
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.
Parksville Uncorked Food & Wine Festival
Parksville Uncorked is an annual wine and culinary festival that involves wine and beer tasting events, wine dinners, bubbly brunches, wine-inspired spa treatments and local tours. The events take place at The Beach Club Resort and Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Re
Harbours & Marinas
Breathe in the sea air, grab a bite to eat, and watch the comings and goings of our fishing and aquaculture fleets and pleasure craft at the French Creek Harbour, Deep Bay Harbour and Schooner Cove Marina.
Brant Wildlife Festival
When the warmth of spring is on its way, it's time to head to central Vancouver Island to see the return of our feathered friends from the South, particularly the Pacific Black Brant.
Local Coffee
Top notch coffee is as plentiful as sandy beaches in Parksville Qualicum Beach where you will find everything from recognized chains to local roastery cafes.
Arrowsmith CPR Regional Trail
The historic Arrowsmith CPR Regional Trail was built in 1912 by the Canadian Pacific Railway to service guests at its Cameron Lake Resort.
Boating
Whether your preferred boat is motored, paddled or sent sailing on the wind, Parksville Qualicum Beach is a great place to hit the water.
Qualicum Beach Heritage Forest
Five minutes from downtown Qualicum Beach lies the Heritage Forest, 50 acres of old growth forest, Coastal Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Hemlock, Grand Fir, and Sitka Spruce.
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.
Rosewall Creek Provincial Park
Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the creek and take in the earthy smell of the fresh, Island air along the trail up to the waterfalls.
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.
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.
Milner Gardens and Woodland
Rich in royal history, Milner Gardens and Woodland is home to 10 acres of lush gardens, which in turn are surrounded by an old-growth forest seven times that size.
Little Qualicum Cheeseworks
Visit Morningstar Farm for Little Qualicum Cheeseworks award winning morsels and fruit wines from Mooberry Winery.

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