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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
Whether your preferred boat is motored, paddled or sent sailing on the wind, Parksville Qualicum Beach is a great place to hit the water!
Explore Spider Lake (no motors, please), Cameron Lake, Horne Lake, and the Salish Sea at the pace you choose. Launch from one of 4 local marinas or from boat launches at Qualicum Beach, Cameron Lake, and Horne Lake.
Sailors, connect with like-minded folk at Schooner Cove Yacht Club. If you don't have your own watercraft, boat tours and rentals including whale watching and kayaking are readily available. And if you're hoping to bring home dinner, check out a fishing charter!
Visit Our Harbours & Marinas
Pop down to the French Creek Marina to see a bustling marine community, complete with fresh seafood sales, Ocean EcoVentures Whale & Wildlife Adventures, Western Star Charters, and the French Creek Marine Pub. Deep Bay Harbour has a beautiful mountain backdrop and is great for viewing birds and other sea creatures.
The Fairwinds / Schooner Cove Marina on Nanoose's Peninsula is in a unique, rocky setting, perfect for wildlife viewing. Here you will find Haida Gold Ocean Adventures that offer lots of fun water excursions including fishing charters, sunset cruises, and picnic cruises.
Go Sea Kayaking
Sea kayaking in Parksville Qualicum Beach lets you escape into a different world and experience the resident Pacific harbour seals and seasonal visitors the California Sea Lions (from September to May) up close. If you're lucky, you may see Killer Whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures. Get up close to marine nature either on your own or with a guide. No experience is necessary to participate in this activity as local companies lead tours as well as rent gear.
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
Find Your Inspiration
Order or download a free copy of our Discovery Guide, a comprehensive travel planning tool to help you plan your visit to Parksville Qualicum Beach.View the Guide
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