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Explore Parksville Qualicum Beach.
If you're looking for things to do in Parksville Qualicum Beach, you're in for a treat. This picturesque region boasts a wide variety of attractions that cater to every interest and age group. Whether you're an adrenaline seeker, a history buff, a nature lover, or someone in search of unique events, you'll find an abundance of options to make your visit truly unforgettable.
Explore Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park & bring your gumboots so you can explore the tidal pools.
Visit the Parksville Community Park, the jewel of Parksville, featuring a Lions Outdoor Gym, Ventureland Playground, splash park, arboretum, sand plenty of space for beach volleyball and kite-flying.
For a beautiful sunset stroll on a summer evening, walk along the waterfront walkway, suitable for pedestrians, wheelchairs and strollers, from The Beach Club Resort to the Parksville Community Park.
Combat your claustrophobia with an exciting cave tour at Horne Lake Caves & Outdoor Centre. A variety of tours is available for ages 5 and up, no previous experience necessary for some cave experiences.
Explore Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay, a 34 hectare park featuring Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, twisted Arbutus trees, and endangered Garry Oak. If that's not enough, add in a hike to The Notch, and end the day with a pint at a destination craft brewery - Rusted Rake Brewing.
Take a hike on the Arrowsmith CPR Regional Trail, built by Canadian Pacific Railway in 1912 to service guests at their Cameron Lake Resort. The entire trail is about 10 km so be prepared: pack water, warm clothing and wear sturdy boots.
Visit Cathedral Grove, located in MacMillan Provincial Park, and stroll through a network of trails under the shadow of towering ancient Douglas fir trees, some more than 800 years old.
Arts, Culture & History
For the history lover, St Anne's Anglican Church, located on Wembley Road, is one of the oldest on Vancouver Island built in 1849.
Stroll the walkable downtown cores for some great boutique shopping in Parksville and Qualicum Beach.
Visit the art gallery and studio of Monk, an award winning West Coast artist renowned for her unique style of painting - she invites young and old to join in and add their brushstrokes to original paintings, creating a truly collaborative work of art.
Bring the family and spend the day in Coombs - explore the frontier town and shop for unique gifts in the many arts & crafts stores. The community also hosts special events such as a bluegrass festival and a rodeo. A stop at Coombs is not complete without exploring the Old Country Market and saying hello to the famous goats on the roof.
Visit the bustling marine community at French Creek, with a federal dock complete with facilities for visiting boaters, moorage, fresh seafood sales, fishing charter companies, whale watching tours, and a pub. It's also the base for the walk on ferry to Lasqueti Island.
There are a variety of dining experiences to discover for all palates - popular restaurants include Cedars Restaurant & Lounge at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort, Pacific Prime Steak and Chop Restaurant at The Beach Club, Lefty's in Parksville and more.
Wildlife & Nature
Take a self-guided tour of the Deep Bay Marine Field Station and learn about marine conservation issues and how you can help protect the marine environment.
Stroll through tropical gardens filled with trees, plants, flowers and butterflies from around the world at Butterfly World & Gardens.
Visit the animals at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, a world class wildlife rehabilitation facility specializing in raptors and black bear. Magnificent eagles can be viewed through one-way glass in the largest flight cage of its kind in Canada.
Enjoy a cup of tea in the same house Royals once visited, at Milner Gardens & Woodland, a beautiful public retreat where a historic estate and wild garden are buffered by a stand of old growth forest.
Explore Little Qualicum Cheeseworks where family fun abounds with self-guided tours, festivals & events, lots of farm animals to see and pet, and of course, cheese.
Events & Festivals
From mid July to mid August, witness the sand creations during the Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition at the Parksville Community Park.
Wander through the Qualicum Beach and Errington Farmers Markets while you pick up locally made art or fresh produce, cheese, baking and more.
During their Christmas Toy Drive, bring a new unwrapped toy to Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, and enjoy a free breakfast. Non-perishable food items and "coins for kids" will also be accepted. Check our calendar for this year's date.
Throughout the summer take in the Summer by the Sea Street Market on Tuesday nights in Parksville and the Qualicum Beach Uptown Market on Thursdays.
Every day is beach day in Qualicum Beach, but Beach Day includes special events to celebrate the beauty of the beach. Enjoy the Shriners breakfast, live music, games and entertainment on the beach.
Burn off some energy at one of the many sporting events in the area including the Qualicum Beach Triathlon and the 5k River Run.
In May, test your beer drinking and mini-putt skills! Featuring an incredible selection of local, craft breweries, live music, unlimited mini golf, food trucks, outdoor games, and more!.
If you're a car buff, you don't want to miss the Father's Day Seaside Cruizers Show & Shine in Qualicum Beach - mentioned on the Oprah Winfrey Show as one of the 10 best things to do on Father's Day. Bring your dad.
Join the fun and festivities on Canada Day with a Parade, Festival and Fireworks display at the Parksville Community Park.
Make memories with family and friends this holiday season by experiencing a winter outdoor stroll through thousands of twinkling lights and festive window displays at Milner Gardens & Woodland.
Every year artists from all over Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland come to Qualicum Beach, BC to create art that represents our beautiful community. The Grand Prix d’Art is a three-hour painting “race” that requires artists to complete a work of art “en plein air” (working outside, not in a studio). Each artist is assigned a location in the Town of Qualicum Beach by lottery. The artwork must represent or be inspired by something that is visible from the assigned location..
Relaxation & Wellness
Spend the night in a tree house for adults at Free Spirit Spheres - a unique accommodation of handcrafted spheres, set among tall trees of the west coast rainforest.
Relax and unwind in the Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, where you can plunge in the mineral pool, indulge in a variety of spa options, and round out your spa experience by dining (in the comfort of your robe) at the Treetop Tapas & Grill.
Are you the outdoorsy type? Grab the tent and go camping in the many regional or provincial parks offering varied landscapes from beachfront to forest. Tent not your style? Reserve a comfy, rustic cabin and enjoy the simplicity of roughing it in comfort.
Set sail with Haida Gold Ocean Adventures for a magical sunset cruise.
Recreation & Sports
Take a dip at the Ravensong Aquatic Centre which also offers a hot tub, sauna, Finnish steam room and several family change rooms.
Grab your skates and head to the Oceanside Place Arena where public skates, special events, lessons and camps are offered year round.
Try your hand at flying a plane with flight training at the Qualicum Beach Airport.
Take a flying leap! Go skydiving with SkyDive Vancouver Island.
No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, be prepared. Follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.Learn More
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