Parks & Nature

Breathe in the fresh air of our forests, discover breathtaking waterfalls, and learn about the local marine and wildlife.

Our unique geographical setting provides a wide range of parks, gardens, rivers, lakes, and trails where you can unplug and reconnect with nature. Within minutes from downtown and the beaches, you can escape to our many parks and natural areas.

While the 800-year-old Douglas Firs in Cathedral Grove - MacMillan Provincial Park and the other-worldly caves at Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park are both must-sees, there are so many more beautiful and inspirational spaces to discover. Learn more about all of the ways to immerse yourself in nature and begin exploring all of our parks, educational nature centers, and gardens below!

Wooden bridge cutting through a lush forest at Englishman River Falls Provincial Park on Vancouver Island
Discover lush spaces and ancient trees. Image: Grace Furman

Explore Our Majestic Parks

Cathedral Grove, MacMillan Provincial Park

Breathe in the fresh air and experience the unforgettable sight of some the oldest and tallest trees in Canada.

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

One of the most beautiful parks on Vancouver Island, Englishman River Falls Provincial Park is truly a sight to behold.

Englishman River Regional Park

Discover the wonders of Englishman River Regional Park, including serene hiking, swimming, and witnessing captivating...

Gerald Island Provincial Park

Gerald Island is one of 13 islands and numerous islets that make up the Ballenas-Winchelsea Archipelago located near Nanoose...

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park

Horne Lake Lake Caves Provincial Park is a unique Vancouver Island cave experience where you can tour caves to view fossils,...

Jedediah Island Marine Provincial Park

Located between Lasqueti and Texada Islands, Jedediah Island Marine Provincial Park is a popular destination for...

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park

Don’t miss one of the most beautiful parks for camping on Vancouver Island, featuring cascading waterfalls in a mountainside...

Moorecroft Regional Park

Just a short drive away from Parksville Qualicum Beach, Moorecroft Regional Park is the ultimate retreat for outdoor...

Qualicum Beach Heritage Forest

Walk the trails through the 50-acre Qualicum Beach Heritage Forest.

Rosewall Creek Provincial Park

Rosewell Creek Provincial Park is a closely guarded secret among those who treasure the path less taken.

Spider Lake Provincial Park

Find peace and quiet at this popular spot for fishing and swimming.

Roam Free on Scenic Trails

Arrowsmith CPR Regional Trail

Hike the historic Arrowsmith CPR Trail for an endless and inspiring view.

Big Qualicum River Regional Trail

Explore the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Big Qualicum Hatchery complex and walk the trails along the river.

Coombs to Parksville Rail Trail

The 7 km Rail Trail follows along the south side of the E&N tracks between Coombs and Parksville.

CPR (Old Arrowsmith) Trail

The mountains have long held an attraction for man.

Lighthouse Country Regional Trail

It's nice when the work of a community is recognized and augmented, especially when it leads to more people being able to...

Little Mountain Lookout

Little Mountain is an incredible lookout that offers panoramic views of green forests and towering mountains like Mount...

Parksville Qualicum Beach Wildlife Management Area Bird Trail

This Bird Trail has been designed for people to enjoy and learn about birds found along the coastal Parksville Qualicum...

Top Bridge Regional Trail in Parksville

Looking for somewhere to escape that's not too far away from the city?

Wesley Ridge Hiking Trail

Wesley Ridge Hiking Trail is a must-visit destination for hikers looking for a challenging and scenic hike in the Parksville...

Wander Through Ecological Wonders

Deep Bay Marine Field Station

Visit the clam shaped Deep Bay Marine Field Station to learn about shellfish farming and science.

Hamilton Marsh

Hamilton Marsh is the largest wetland between Nanaimo, Cumberland, and Port Alberni - located just minutes from the Town of...

Little Qualicum River Estuary

Discover sweeping riverfront views and outdoor activities near Little Qualicum River Estuary.

Milner Gardens and Woodland

History and natural beauty meet at this tranquil, seaside garden oasis.


Safety First

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.

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Camper's Code

Take the Pledge

The Camper's Code has 9 rules that are really easy to follow. When all campers follow them, these good things happen: Camping continues to be enjoyable for all; Nature remains pristine and beautiful; People camping in the same area become friends; Animals stay wild and free.

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