Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

Rathtrevor Beach in Parksville is one of the province's most popular family destinations.

Rathtrevor Beach is home to many resorts (along Resort Drive) and to the BC Provincial Park / Campground of the same name. The attractions in the park include:

  • Sea including five kilometers of beachfront
  • Forest complete with a circular, oceanfront trail
  • Park land with shaded picnic grounds and lots of space to knock a ball around

At low tide, the ocean recedes almost a kilometer back from Rathtrevor's shoreline, exposing tide pools that are ripe for exploration.

family spending time at Rathtrevor Beach
Family time at Rathtrevor Beach. Image: @sarahkirstien_images
“ At low tide, the ocean recedes almost a kilometer back from Rathtrevor's shoreline. ”

Reconnect With Nature

While you are exploring the park make sure you visit the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House. This interpretive centre is a hub of environmental education featuring camps, events, and the ever-popular Jerry's Rangers program. This program teaches kids:

  • How to appreciate nature
  • How to care for our planet
  • How to become more active, park-exploring kids!

Visitors should call the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House at 250-474-1336 ahead of their planned visit to ensure it is open.

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park Trail
Rathtrevor's beachfront trail. Photo credit: @spencermengual

Hit the Trails

The Rathtrevor Provincial Park to Top Bridge Park & Regional Trail and Mountain Bike Park is an off-road route that links the provincial park and resorts with a popular walking and swimming area on the Englishman River. The round trip distance from Rathtrevor is 10km.

Check out the BC Parks Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park page for complete amenity details!

A pickup truck with camper attachment is parked behind a picnic table in Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in British Columbia
Camping at Rathtrevor Beach. Photo credit: @gordontolman


Home to over 250 campsites surrounded by tall Douglas fir trees and serene wooded trails, including several group campsite options, Rathtrevor Provincial Park is a top camping location on Vancouver Island. Due to the park's popularity year-round, camping reservations are strongly recommended and can be made online through the BC Parks Reservation System.

For more information about camping in Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, visit the BC Parks' official website.

family spending time at Rathtrevor Beach
Family Time at Rathtrevor Beach.


Rathtrevor Beach is one of several provincial parks perfect for swimming in the Parksville area. While low tide provides ample opportunity for exploration of tide pools, high tide presents an enjoyable, all-ages swimming experience during the summer as the beach's hot sand warms the saltwater of the Strait of Georgia. It is worth noting there are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.

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