Why Visit?

Discover our Beauty

A discovery-filled vacation waits for you in Parksville Qualicum Beach... amazing sandy beaches, picture postcard views, world-class biking and hiking trails, salt-tinged ocean air, and the small-town charm of our communities.

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
This incredible provincial park has it all, expansive sandy beach, wooded trail with old growth trees, day-use area for picnicking and a sought-after campground. A large number of seabirds also enjoy the area making bird watching a popular activity.
North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
Visit the rescued black bears, eagles, owls, falcons, ravens and other wildlife at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
Amazing Places GeoTour
Experience the magic of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region's 10 Amazing Places with the Official Amazing Places Geotour! Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Millions of players use the Geocaching app or a GPS to find cleverly hidd

Rejuvenate

Spend some time in Parksville Qualicum Beach and recharge your batteries. You can do as much, or as little, as you like, in a relaxed atmosphere and at your own pace.

Lake & River Beaches
Wonderful though the oceanfront may be, the beaches found at our many rivers and lakes are perfect for cooling off on a hot day or for a quiet hike.
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.
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.

Savour Our Local Charm

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

Lighthouse Country Beaches
Those in search of true privacy find it in the secluded coves of Lighthouse Country. Just north of Qualicum Beach, the beaches become narrower, the golden sand replaced by sprawling beds of wave-washed rock.
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.
Search Our Travel Directory
Find accommodations, attractions, restaurants, tours and more things to do on Vancouver Island with the Parksville Qualicum Beach Travel Directory.

Reconnect

Parksville Qualicum Beach allows you to escape the crush of deadlines, traffic jams and over crowded spaces, and to step back in time a little.

Qualicum Beach Waterfront
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
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.
Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition
The Quality Foods 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 water.

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.

Lake & River Beaches
Wonderful though the oceanfront may be, the beaches found at our many rivers and lakes are perfect for cooling off on a hot day or for a quiet hike.
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.
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.

Relax

Take a break from your busy life and set your inner clock to Island Time while you are here in Parksville Qualicum Beach. Kick back and relax… contemplate your toes as they sink into the sand, listen to some funky bluegrass at music festival, be inspired by the work of local artists, or stroll through a farmers’ market for a taste of local culture.

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
This incredible provincial park has it all, expansive sandy beach, wooded trail with old growth trees, day-use area for picnicking and a sought-after campground. A large number of seabirds also enjoy the area making bird watching a popular activity.
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
Stroll along a lush, forested trail lined with towering Douglas fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees. Cross the two bridges and experience nature's power as stunning waterfalls blast over rocks and descend down into the canyon.
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.

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