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Temporary Closure of Beaches to Dogs
Beaches within the Parksville Qualicum Beach Wildlife Management Area (PQBWMA) will be temporarily closed to dogs to the annual Brant geese migration. Rathtrevor Beach will be closed to dogs from February 15 to April 30. Parksville Bay Beach and Qualicum Beach from March 1 to April 30.More Info
In an era where health-consciousness and sustainability take center stage, the demand for organic products has skyrocketed.
Consumers are increasingly looking products grown or produced in harmony with nature and free from synthetic chemicals. Being certified organic as a business or farm means adhering to strict guidelines and regulations set forth by organic certifying bodies. These organizations validate that the production methods employed prioritize ecological balance, biodiversity conservation, and the prohibition of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, and GMOs.
Of course, you don’t have to have a certification to be following sustainable practices. Many Parksville Qualicum Beach businesses are minimizing their environmental impact while promoting the production of high-quality, wholesome goods even without an official organic label. The region boasts a vibrant community of people leading the charge in producing, carrying and using sustainable products and ingredients.
Transfarmation in Errington is a farm that aims to “make the world a better place.” They grow 16,000 pounds of vegetables and fruit on their 15 acre farm–all grown by hand, without tilling. They base their farm on ethical, sustainable living values, seeking to preserve soil, harvest rainwater, engage in bio-intensive and bio-dynamic growing and be a thriving part of the local economy and food community. They sell their hard-earned products at the Errington Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from May through September.
Naked Naturals Whole Food & Supplements is another great shopping option for organic products. With locations in Parksville and in Qualicum Beach, the “full service organic market” sells products that are not only organic, but ecologically, ethically, and locally produced. They ensure their staff are knowledgeable and friendly and willing to help you find exactly the natural product you’re looking for.
Wild Culture Artisan Bakery uses only certified organic flours. So any loaf of bread you pick up from their store (or from Heaven on Earth in Qualicum Beach, Naked Naturals in Parksville and Qualicum Beach, and Springford Farm Market in Nanoose) are guaranteed to be made with 100% certified organic flour. Plus, some of the flour they use is actually stone milled fresh onsite and used within hours.
These are just a few local businesses prioritizing organic products, but the presence of so many organic producers and retailers in the Parksville Qualicum Beach region is a testimony to the community’s dedication to contributing to a healthier, more resilient future. Choosing to shop for organic, natural, and local products is a powerful way to prioritize our health, the environment, and the communities we live in.