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9 Places to Experience in One Week
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  • 9 Places to Experience in One Week

    9 Places to Experience in One Week
So you've got about a week here in Parksville Qualicum Beach. Your calendar is WIDE open. Are you the kind of person who wants to see and do all the best things a region has to offer? Work off this list and you won't be disappointed! While you're out there exploring, be sure to tag your photos and videos with our #myPQB hashtag to give us permission to share.

1. Wall Beach in Nanoose Bay (end of Seahaven Road). A great place to go for wildlife viewing. Watch for sea lions in the water and bald eagles soaring above. This is a popular spot for scuba divers, kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders. See also: Wall Beach Dive Site in Nanoose Bay

2. Cameron Lake. A beautiful destination in all seasons, Cameron Lake lies about halfway between Parksville and Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni. Pack a picnic and settle in at a shoreline spot at either the Cameron Lake or Beaufort day-use area. Both are accessed off Highway 4. See also: 4 Things You Might Not Have Known About Cameron Lake

3. Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. No Parksville Qualicum Beach visit would be complete without a hike at these popular waterfalls, especially to the stunning double-cascade at the Upper Falls. The park is located off Highway 4, about 20 minutes drive from Parksville or Qualicum Beach. See also: Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park

4. Parksville Beach. It's tough to top the variety of activities at the Parksville Community Park - epic playground, easy-strolling Waterfront Walkway, beach volleyball, outdoor gym, kite-flying (bring your own or watch an expert), and an incredible expanse of sand at low tide! Find Parksville Beach right in downtown Parksville. See also: Parksville Beach

5. Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. At low tide, the ocean recedes over a kilometre leaving sand, sand and more sand. But Rathtrevor is more than just beach. Walk a network of woodland trails and connect with the sights, sounds and smells of the forest. Rathtrevor Beach is accessed off Highway 19A, at the East end of Parksville. See also: Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

6. Cathedral Grove. While we're on the topic of forests, of course we must mention Cathedral Grove at MacMillan Provincial Park. Discover ancient, giant trees, some over 800 years old. There's magic in this place and you can't help but feel it. Cathedral Grove is on Highway 4, about halfway between Parksville and Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni. See also: Cathedral Grove - MacMillan Provincial Park

7. Milner Gardens & Woodland. A beautiful garden nestled in an old-growth forest. Tea and desserts are served in a pretty house where the Queen of England once stayed. Visit at Christmas to check out the forest, gardens, and house decked out for the season! Milner Gardens is located on Highway 19A in Qualicum Beach. See also: Milner Gardens & Woodland

8. Top Bridge Crossing . Visit this place once and I promise you'll plan to be back! A pedestrian-cyclist suspension bridge spans the Englishman River in a picture-perfect spot not far from the city. A rite of passage is a jump off "the nose" - an outcrop over the river. Find the park at the end of Chattell Road in Parksville. See also: Top Bridge Regional Park in Parksville

9. Old Country "Goats on the Roof" Market. A suit of armour, wooden toys, cast iron creations, food and spices from around the globe - all things you'll find in this quirky market in Coombs. Oh ya, there are goats... grazing on the roof! See also: Coombs Old Country Market

Get out there and explore! And if you manage to check off all 9 things on this list, be sure to let us know in the comments below.

Posted By: Sharyn Sadauskas on Aug 25, 2017

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