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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:
At low tide, the ocean recedes almost a kilometer back from Rathtrevor's shoreline, exposing tide pools that are ripe for exploration.
“ 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:
Visitors should call the Rathtrevor Beach Nature House at 250-474-1336 ahead of their planned visit to ensure it is open.
Hit the Trails
The Rathtrevor Provincial Park to Top Bridge Municipal Park 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!
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.
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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