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Parksville Qualicum Beach is conveniently situated for your Vancouver Island vacation on the island’s curving eastern flank, a half-hour north of the ferry terminus in Nanaimo and a little over two hours from British Columbia’s capital, Victoria.
Cruise here in comfort via B.C.’s world-class ferry system, which during off-peak hours can deliver passengers and their vehicles across the Strait of Georgia from Vancouver in little more than three hours door-to-door. Hop aboard an airplane for flights into Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo and Comox; absolutely breathtaking, the too-short trip offers glorious views of white-capped ocean waters, forested islands and jagged mountain peaks. Or load friends and family into the car and hit the highway!
If speed isn’t an issue, meander to Parksville Qualicum Beach via the ocean-hugging secondary roads. Whatever the means of transport, Parksville Qualicum Beach is accessible and easy to reach.
BC Ferries - 1-888-724-5223
RDN Transit - Public transit from Nanaimo and within Parksville Qualicum Beach
Drive BC - British Columbia road reports 1-800-550-4997
Drive north on Highway 1 to Nanaimo, just south of Nanaimo, take the exit for Highway 19 and the North Island. Bus connections are available from downtown.
From Vancouver and the Fraser Valley
Take the Lion's Gate or 2nd Narrows Bridge across Burrard Inlet, then follow the signs to Horseshoe Bay and take the BC Ferry to Nanaimo. Exit the ferry and keep to the 2 right lanes, then take Highway 19 North towards Parksville.
Hullo is a new passenger only ferry service between downtown Vancouver and downtown Nanaimo in 75 minutes.
From Vancouver International Airport and South Vancouver
Take Highway 10 and 99, head to the BC Ferry terminal in Tsawwassen and catch the ferry to Duke Point (south Nanaimo). Head north on Highway 1 and then exit to Highway 19 and Parksville.
Head north on I-5 and cross the border at Blaine. Continue north on Highway 99 about 15 minutes, then take the exit for Tsawwassen and the ferries. Take the ferry to Nanaimo (Duke Point). Head north on Highway 1 and then exit to Highway 19 and Parksville. There are also ferries out of Anacortes and Port Angeles in Washington that will take you to Victoria, where you can follow Highway 1 and 19 north to Parksville Qualicum Beach.
From Tofino or Ucluelet
Follow Hwy. 4, the 2 - 2 ½ hour drive leads directly to Qualicum Beach.
Connecting flights from Vancouver International (YVR) fly into the neighbouring Nanaimo Airport and Comox Valley Airport (YQQ). Harbour Air Seaplanes and Helijet offer flights from downtown Vancouver to downtown Nanaimo, among other routes.
Iskwew Air offers scheduled service from YVR South Terminal and charter flights to and from the Qualicum Beach Airport.
From the Comox Valley
Take either the scenic coastal Oceanside Route 19A south from Courtenay, or the four-lane Inland Island Highway 19 south. Either way, Parksville Qualicum Beach is less than an hour away.
Full service marinas are located in Nanoose Bay, Deep Bay, and French Creek.
Places to Stay
From oceanfront hotels and resorts, to charming bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, and more - find the perfect place to stay for your Parksville Qualicum Beach getaway.Learn More
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