If you like your adventure with a side of Zen, take a deep cleansing breath and let us introduce you to the natural beauty and wonders of Parksville Qualicum Beach.
Long stretches of sandy beach, quiet woodland trails, the scent of the cedars and salt-tinged sea air, mist from a roaring waterfall, the pull of the tide as you stroll along the waters edge, the warmth of the sun, and the beauty of an evening sunset... these will refresh your body and renew your spirit. No need to stray too far from your Ujjayi (yoga) breathing as you explore Parksville Qualicum Beach at a slightly more relaxed pace... namaste!
Learn about our local nature and have fun doing it at Horne Lake Cave Theatre, North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, and Rathtrevor Nature House.
Harbours & Marinas
Breathe in the sea air, grab a bite to eat, and watch the comings and goings of our fishing and aquaculture fleets and pleasure craft at the French Creek Harbour, Deep Bay Harbour and Schooner Cove Marina.
Whale Watching Vancouver Island
Parksville Qualicum Beach's central location makes it the perfect base for whale watching Vancouver Island. Many Vancouver Island whale watching tour companies also offer Black Bear and Grizzly Bear excursions.
Sea kayaking lets you escape into a different world and see resident Killer Whales,
dolphins, seals and other sea creatures.
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
Stroll along a lush, forested trail lined with towering Douglas fir, cedar, hemlock
and maple trees. Cross the two bridges and experience nature's power as stunning
waterfalls blast over rocks and descend down into the canyon.
North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
Visit the rescued black bears, eagles, owls, falcons, ravens and other wildlife at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park
Spectacular views await at this picturesque Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park filled with waterfalls, rock
cliffs, shaded trails and swimming holes.
Rosewall Creek Provincial Park
Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the creek and take in the earthy smell of the fresh, Island air along the trail up to the waterfalls.
Qualicum Beach Heritage Forest
Five minutes from downtown Qualicum Beach lies the Heritage Forest, 50
acres of old growth forest, Coastal Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Hemlock,
Grand Fir, and Sitka Spruce.
Daytrips to Comox Valley, Port Alberni, and Nanaimo Attractions
Parksville Qualicum Beach's central location makes it the perfect base for exploring Comox Valley, Port Alberni, and Nanaimo attractions including WildPlay Element Parks, Mount Washington, and the McLean Mill.
Amazing Places GeoTour
Experience the magic of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region's 10 Amazing Places with the Official Amazing Places Geotour! Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Millions of players use the Geocaching app or a GPS to find cleverly hidd
Milner Gardens and Woodland
Rich in royal history, Milner Gardens and Woodland is home to 10 acres of lush gardens, which in turn are surrounded by an old-growth forest seven times that size.
Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition
The Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition, the sandcastles part of the Parksville Beach Festival, is a world class event that attracts master sculptors from around the world to create large masterpieces out of sand and water.
Whether your preferred boat is motored, paddled or sent sailing on the wind, Parksville Qualicum Beach is a great place to hit the water.
Cathedral Grove - MacMillan Provincial Park
Majestic old trees, some more than 800 years old, fill Cathedral Grove, located
in MacMillan Provincial Park. Trails on either side of the highway lead into the
diverse coastal forest, one of the most accessible stands of the giant Douglas
Jedediah Island Marine Provincial Park
Jedediah Island Marine Provincial Park is the biggest and most diverse island of a group of more than 30 islands and rocky islets located north and west of Lasqueti Island.
Discover a world class fossil collection and explore heritage buildings in the museums of Parksville Qualicum Beach.
Deep Bay Marine Field Station
Visit a working research station designed with sustainability in mind. Feel the sea
anemones and other marine life with your hands in the touch tanks. Learn about
marine conservation issues and take in amazing views of Baynes Sound.
Arrowsmith CPR Regional Trail
The historic Arrowsmith CPR Regional Trail was built in 1912 by the Canadian Pacific Railway to
service guests at its Cameron Lake Resort.
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park was selected as the "Best Natural Outdoor Site in BC", and for good reason. Explore a public cave on your own or participate in a guided tour.
Vancouver Island Golf Courses in Parksville Qualicum Beach
Take your pick of seven courses to choose from, all within a 30-minute drive from one another. Golf in a mountain valley, through a coastal Douglas fir ecosystem, or through rustic grassy meadows.
Head out bird watching on your own or hire a local pro to take you to secret spots and give you an even better chance to add sightings to your list.
Search Our Travel Directory
Find accommodations, attractions, restaurants, tours and more things to do on Vancouver Island with the Parksville Qualicum Beach Travel Directory.
Qualicum Beach Downtown
Qualicum Beach Downtown is full of character and charm, filled with quaint stores, coffee shops, and public spaces sure to
steal the hearts of gardeners.
This beautiful wetland is 3kms long and 1/2km wide - the largest wetland between Nanaimo, Cumberland, and Port Alberni and is surrounded by second growth forest.
Brant Wildlife Festival
When the warmth of spring is on its way, it's time to head to central Vancouver Island to see the return of our feathered friends from the South, particularly the Pacific Black Brant.
Skimboarding & Stand Up Paddleboarding
Flatland skimboarding and stand-up paddleboarding culture has exploded in Parksville Qualicum Beach.