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Make Parksville Qualicum Beach your base camp as you explore the central Vancouver Island Ale Trail, wineries, and distilleries.
Vancouver Island Breweries
The landscape of Vancouver Island is dotted with pristine lakes, mossy forests, and... breweries! More than 40 craft breweries are scattered throughout Vancouver Island, along what is now known as the BC Ale Trail. These breweries produce artisanal beers and are often fiercely devoted to using local ingredients. Some are "ultra local," meaning they produce beer specifically for the communities in which they are located, while others distribute their brews to other parts of BC and beyond.
The variety of brews you'll find on Vancouver Island is quite striking! Every kind of beer drinker is sure to find their preferred brand or style. What's more, travelling along the BC Ale Trail is a great way to see different regions of the island and experience a wide range of local flavours and subcultures. Here we have compiled a list of the breweries closest to Parksville Qualicum Beach, all within 45-minutes driving distance.
*Please remember to drink responsibly and hire or designate a driver when exploring the BC Ale Trail.
Wineries Near Parksville Qualicum Beach
While winemaking got its start on the island as early as the 1920s, it was in the 1980s when production really got going. At that time, growers began using newly identified grape varietals that could thrive in the maritime climate. Now, around 30 wineries operate across the island, from the Comox Valley in the north all the way down to the island's southern tip. Here is a list of the wineries closest to Parksville Qualicum Beach, all within an hour's driving distance.
Emerald Coast Vineyard
Millstone Estate Winery
*Please remember to drink responsibly. Hire or designate a driver when visiting the island's wineries.
Distilleries In & Near Parksville Qualicum Beach
Jim Murray, author of the worldwide best-seller Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, referred to Vancouver Island as "one of the most fascinating – and largely undiscovered – distilling regions of the world." If you enjoy spirits, you will enjoy exploring the island's burgeoning distillery scene, with a few distilleries right in Parksville Qualicum and several more only a short drive away.
*Please remember to drink responsibly. Hire or designate a driver when visiting the island's distilleries.
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