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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
Know before you go resources for locals and visitors.
Be Water Wise
The tourism industry in Parksville Qualicum Beach continues to undertake responsible business practices to help conserve water, and we’re asking our guests to do the same by following these simple tips that can make a big difference:
Open Fire, Prohibitions & Restrictions
All campfires must be supervised by an adult and anyone who lights a campfire must have an adequate water supply nearby to extinguish it. Fires must never be left unattended and must be completely extinguished before leaving the site for any length of time.
Beach fires in the Parksville Qualicum Wildlife Management Area are always prohibited by provincial legislation; this includes all beaches from Rathtrevor Beach to just west of the Little Qualicum River estuary.
Take more time to plan your visit. Many businesses and services across BC are encountering staffing shortages forcing them to operate at a reduced capacity, with limited hours, or require advanced bookings. Remember, everything may take longer than usual, or places may be closed if you don't check in advance. Have a Plan B researched and ready in case your first choice isn’t possible. We ask everyone to be patient as we address staffing shortages and train new staff.
No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, you must be prepared. Remember to follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. AdventureSmart is a great resource to get informed before heading outdoors.
Practice Leave No Trace
When exploring BC’s outdoors, always leave it in a better state than when you arrived.
Learn about the key principles of Leave No Trace, a set of seven guidelines for enjoying the outdoors responsibly while minimizing your impact on the landscape. Tip: Visit LeaveNoTrace.ca to learn more about responsible outdoor recreation.
Catch Up on the Camper's Code
The British Columbia Lodging and Campgrounds Association has created a great resource for camping etiquette, here: CampersCode.com. The Camper's Code has 9 rules that are really easy to follow. When all campers follow them, these good things happen:
No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, be prepared. Follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors.Learn More
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