Trails & Boutiques

Enjoy a mix of nature and retail therapy on this journey around Parksville Qualicum Beach. See how it all comes together.

Trails & Boutiques Itinerary for Parksville Qualicum Beach

  1. Big Qualicum River Regional Trail
    215 Fisheries Rd, Qualicum Beach
    The Big Qualicum River Regional Trail starts at the Big Qualicum Hatchery, where you can learn more about the Fisheries and Oceans Canada complex. Access the trail at the Big Qualicum River Salmon Hatchery off Horne Lake Road between Highways 19 & 19A.

  2. Boutique Shopping in Qualicum Beach
    The Qualicum Beach shopping experience shuns big box stores in favour of one-of-a-kind boutiques.

    1. Alcove Homegrown Living
      689 Memorial Ave, Qualicum Beach
      Located in the heart of Qualicum Beach, Alcove sells beautifully curated, artisan-made products created within 150 kilometres of their store.

    2. Faire Living
      9-221 Second Ave. West, Qualicum Beach
      Shop for sustainable, ethically-created homewares curated by Faire founders and mother-daughter duo Catherine & Rebekah.

    3. The Shoe Inn
      102 Second Avenue, Qualicum Beach
      This locally-owned and operated shoe store is a favourite stop for quality footwear, handbags and accessories.

  3. Qualicum Beach Heritage Forest
    Crescent Rd E, Qualicum Beach, BC
    A short drive from downtown Qualicum Beach, this 50-acre forest is a quiet place to roam and relax.

  4. Shopping in Parksville
    Parksville shopping features a wide variety of boutiques, retail stores and galleries to explore.

    1. Coast & Cottage
      109 Craig Street, Parksville
      Coast & Cottage consigns work from local artisans and offers a collection of new, vintage, handcrafted & upcycled pieces.

    2. Petal & Kettle
      122B Craig Street, Parksville
      Located in downtown Parksville, Petal & Kettle is an award-winning florist and gift boutique.

    3. Fresh Boutique
      5-220 West Island Highway, Parksville
      Browse their extensive clothing collection from casual to business and everything in between.

  5. Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
    2245 Errington Rd, Errington, BC
    Explore three kilometres of trails that weave through the old-growth trees and offer payoff views of the upper and lower falls.

  6. Shopping in Coombs and beyond
    The rest of the Parksville Qualicum Beach area is also home to eclectic, original and downright fascinating emporiums. A clutch of them are located side-by-side in Coombs.

    1. Pyromania Pottery
      2344 Alberni Highway, Coombs
      Pyromania Pottery showcases the work of local potters; Algis Bubnys, Linda Phillips, Barb Strachan, Sue Wilkinson and Jane Murray-Smith. Other artwork includes the art glass of Christopher Smith and the wildlife photography of Rolf Phillips.

  7. Cathedral Grove, MacMillan Provincial Park
    452 Alberni Hwy, British Columbia
    Follow the trail network and experience the sight of some of the oldest and tallest trees in Canada.

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