Top Things to Do in the Fall

Plan a fall getaway to Parksville Qualicum Beach with these fun activities.

Trees line the horizon while the waters of Spider Lake reflect the sunset.
Sunset at Spider Lake. Image: @thejimgrievegroup

Search for the Perfect Pumpkin

Carving a jack o’lantern and decorating pumpkins is a great way to welcome fall. As the weather begins to cool, head to Silver Meadows Farm and pick out the perfect pumpkin. Then head over to the corn maze and see if you can find your way out.

Celebrate the Fall Harvest

Fall Harvest is a great time to get outdoors and explore local markets and farm stores. Visit Springford Farm and Silver Meadows Farm stores for some of the freshest food from the region. For more information about local markets check the farmers market page.

Discover Seasonal Menus

Throughout fall be sure to check out the special menu items that pop up at local restaurants. Another opportunity for unique food and drink options is around Thanksgiving when some businesses celebrate by offering a special menu just for the holiday.

Enjoy Bird Watching & Fall Foliage

As the leaves begin to change, head to Englishman River Estuary for incredible views of fall foliage and the fall migrations. For an intimate look at eagles, owls, falcons, vultures, and other wildlife visit North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. Looking for even more opportunities to see seasonal foliage? Head to Milner Gardens for beautiful displays of fall plants and flowers or take a hike to Englishman River Falls to see the waterfall surrounded by fall colors.

Sip Hot Coffee From Local Roasters

Warm up with a hot cup of coffee from one of these amazing local coffee roasters. Relax in the cozy environment at French Press Coffee Roasters with a cortado or latte. Stop by Coyote's Coffee Roastery for an americano or grab a bag of beans and make your own cup at home. If you’re in the mood for a popular seasonal beverage Serious Coffee has a delicious pumpkin spice chai tea latte.

Latte and fresh-baked treat from French Press Coffee Roasters, Qualicum Beach - Image: @frenchpresscoffeeroasters
French Press Coffee Roasters Image: @frenchpresscoffeeroasters

Stroll Along the Beach

Beaches aren’t just for warm summer days. This fall stay at the campgrounds at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and bundle up for an early morning hike on nearby trails or explore the beach. Visit Qualicum Beach and go for a walk in the white sands, follow the paved path, and stop at one of the picnic tables for lunch. Make your way to the Seaside Nature Park and interpretive pavilion to enjoy an 180 degree view that is perfect for birdwatching during fall migrations.

Relax with Craft Beer Outdoors

Parksville Qualicum Beach is partnering with BC Ale Trail and other Island communities on a Tasting Passport and contest during November. All of our local breweries will be participating including Loveshack Libations, Fern + Cedar, Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company, and Rusted Rake Brewing.

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