Daytrips to Comox Valley, Port Alberni, & Nanaimo Attractions

Parksville Qualicum Beach's central location makes it the perfect base for exploring Comox Valley, Port Alberni, and Nanaimo attractions.

WildPlay Element Parks

In just over an hour from Parksville Qualicum Beach, you can explore the mile high alpine at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Mount Washington is Vancouver Island's largest year-round resort playground for hikers, skiers, and snowboarders.

In only 45 minutes from Qualicum Beach you can climb aboard the Alberni Pacific Railway, one of the most popular Port Alberni attractions, as you start your steam-powered adventure, and travel by train to the McLean Sawmill - Canada's only operating steam sawmill.

Mount Washington

A Port Alberni day trip also offers a cruise on the MV Lady Rose, a passenger and freight service that has been a part of the West Coast for over 70 years. Sail down the Alberni Inlet and into Barkley Sound to Bamfield or Ucluelet.

Just south of Nanaimo along the Nanaimo River is WildPlay Element Parks, a 17-acre park that's the site of five exciting, nature-based elements. This popular Nanaimo attraction lets you try out the WTF Jump, Monkido Aerial Adventure tree-top obstacle course, the Tarzan swing, Bungy leap from a trestle bridge high above the Nanaimo River, Primal Swing giant pendulum ride, and DragonFLY Zip Lines that cross panoramic waterways, canyons, and countryside.

Safety First


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.

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