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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
For a true taste of Vancouver Island, visit one of these local farms or farmers' markets to stock up on fresh and often organic produce, artisan cheeses, locally raised meat and other goods from local purveyors.
Sample feta, raclette and a specialty line of "Jill" cheeses from Little Qualicum Cheeseworks while shopping their Farmgate store or touring their heritage dairy farm. If you're hungry for more, pull up a chair at their seasonal café, which serves baked goods, coffee and grilled sandwiches topped with — you guessed it — cheese. Continue your aged dairy adventure at BoMé Cheese, another artisan cheese company based in Coombs. Taste some of their 12 cheese specialities, enjoy lunch in the café, or relax with an ice cream or cake on the patio and enjoy the great view of Mount Arrowsmith.
The 116-acre family owned Silver Meadows Farm has a small, rustic food market and is a popular stop during autumn, thanks to its pumpkin patch and seasonal corn maze. Purchase grass-fed beef, free-range eggs, and in-season produce from the sixth-generation farmers at Springford Farm Market, also home to a full selection of local, Island-grown produce and Island-made artisan foods.
Not to be missed is the Coombs Old Country Market, famous for its signature "Goats on the Roof" and one of Parksville Qualicum Beach's must-do's. Beneath the hooves of adorable goats, shop fresh produce, local meats and provisions from their marketplace and deli.
Find food and locally crafted items at the Qualicum Beach Farmer's Market on Veteran's Way on Saturdays year-round and at the Errington Farmers Market Saturdays from May through September. Another fun, seasonal food event is the annual Summer by the Sea Market in Parksville (June through August). View our Events Calendar for additional details and more upcoming markets.
For even more local food exploration, download the 2023 Parksville Qualicum Beach Growers Guide, featuring more farms and farm stores in our area.
Whether you’re looking for hand-made jewelry, kitchen gadgets, cool garden art, or the latest fashion trends, we have a variety of local boutiques, art galleries, book stores, antique shops and retail stores to fit your needs. Take home a piece of Vancouver Island and make your memories here last a lifetime.Learn More
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Order or download a free copy of our Discovery Guide, a comprehensive travel planning tool to help you plan your visit to Parksville Qualicum Beach.View the Guide
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