Top Reasons to Visit Parksville Qualicum Beach This Winter

Parksville Qualicum Beach is a well-known summer destination, but there is so much to do here during winter too! Here are five reasons to look forward to a winter visit to Parksville Qualicum Beach:

Snowy winter landscape at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks. Image: @Littlequalicumcheeseworks

1. Snow Sports

While it does not snow much in Parksville Qualicum Beach, you can get your winter sports fix close by. We are located about a one hour drive away from Mount Washington, a popular Vancouver Island destination for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, fat tire biking, and family fun. Mt. Washington boasts 1,700 acres of skiable terrain, 55 kilometres of cross-country ski trails, and 25 kilometres of snowshoe trails. Visitors can take advantage of equipment rentals, lessons, and even hosted group activities and tours.

2. Birds & Wildlife

There is no shortage of wildlife to observe, photograph, and even interact with during winter in Parksville Qualicum Beach. Avid bird watchers can enjoy guided tours and dozens of great parks for birding on warmer winter days. Popular birding spots include Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and Hamilton Marsh. The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is a spectacular site for those interested in wildlife. The centre has rescued over 22,000 birds and black bears. You can learn a ton about salmon and see population management techniques in action at the Big Qualicum and Little Qualicum Fish Hatcheries.

“ The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is a spectacular site for those interested in wildlife. The centre has rescued over 22,000 birds and black bears. ”

3. Explore the Beach

While spending time at the beach in winter may not be the first activity that comes to mind, it is a great way to enjoy nature. The cooler weather means beaches are less crowded making them ideal places to explore. Visit Parksville Beach, Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, and Qualicum Beach for fantastic views of nature, birds, and wildlife.

4. Holiday Magic

Full of spirit, shopping, and family-friendly activities, Parksville Qualicum Beach is the perfect place for a holiday vacation. Spend some time downtown in Qualicum Beach’s quirky, one-of-a-kind shops and holiday markets to find gifts for everyone on your list. Take your family to Milner Christmas Magic, where the grounds of Milner Gardens & Woodland transform with sparkling Christmas lights and decorations.

5. Local Arts Scene

Our community is home to many artists and creatives who find inspiration in the beautiful natural environment. Watch an incredible play by the Echo Players, a non-profit theater group who put on four plays every season. Visit working painters, artists, and potters in their studios and galleries for a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process. Maybe you’ll even find the perfect souvenir for your trip! Check out the rotating exhibits and workshops at The Old School House Arts Centre and the McMillan Arts Centre.

6. Romantic Weekends

Need to break away from mundane routines and spend quality time with your significant other? Parksville Qualicum Beach is made for romantic getaways. The peace and quiet and scenic views of the beach in winter will make your time here unforgettable. Start your morning with a walk on the beach, head to brunch, and see where Parksville Qualicum Beach takes you and your loved one. Achieve ultimate relaxation and pampering with massages and other treatments at a local spa. Find the perfect place to stay for your romantic getaway, like a charming cabin, cozy bed & breakfast, or even a resort.

Visit Parksville Qualicum Beach is here to help you plan your winter getaway. Download our Discovery Guide today to find out more about things to do and where to stay for your next adventure.

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