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BC has entered Step 3 of its Restart Plan and is thrilled to welcome visitors from across Canada for safe and responsible travel in our province.More Info
Everyone loves animals, and there's no shortage of opportunities to observe, admire, and even interact with creatures great and small here in Parksville Qualicum Beach.
Check out these animal and wildlife attractions on your own or hire a local tour company like Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours to help you explore this region and the rest of Vancouver Island.
City kids eager for a taste of country life are in for a treat at Morningstar Farm (home of Little Qualicum Cheeseworks) that not only produces award winning cheeses but offers self guided tours of the farm. Check out how the process actually works, try some samples and take some delicious cheeses home for later.
“ City kids eager for a taste of country life are in for a treat... ”
The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is a red-cross service for injured or orphaned BC wildlife (eagles, owls, hawks and even the occasional bear) that opens its doors to the public.
Butterfly World Coombs (temporarily closed due to COVID-19) is also a popular draw for visitors eager to see denizens of the air. The creepy crawly set struts its stuff at Butterfly World's Big Bug Jungle.
In Lighthouse Country don't miss the Deep Bay Marine Field Station (temporarily closed due to COVID-19) where kids of all ages can touch shellfish and other sea creatures while observing others in aquariums. And the salmon is king at the Big Qualicum Fish Hatchery, where a self-guided Vancouver Island nature tour allows one to linger and learn.
Check out our Things to Do directory featuring a complete listing of local attractions.
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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