Parksville Qualicum Beach allows you to escape the crush of deadlines, traffic jams and over crowded spaces, and to step back in time a little.
This is the place for the classic beach holiday with the sun tanning, boardwalk strolling, sandcastle building, and ice cream cone eating, endless days-of-summer. Families have come here for generations, passing along the pleasures and secrets of a seaside summer vacation.
And no matter what time of year it is, you’ll discover the time and space you need to reconnect with family and friends, nature, our local history and culture – and even with yourself —when you visit Parksville Qualicum Beach.
Discover a world class fossil collection and explore heritage buildings in the museums of Parksville Qualicum Beach.
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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
Coombs Old Country Market
Experience the one of a kind Coombs Old Country Market aka "the goats on the roof market". Snap a photo of the goats and shop to your hearts content.
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.
Whether your preferred boat is motored, paddled or sent sailing on the wind, Parksville Qualicum Beach is a great place to hit the water.
Mini-Golf Fun Zones
Good times are had by all when you can mini-golf around a 45 foot tall old woman's shoe in the shadow of a castle.
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.
Vancouver Island Events in Parksville Qualicum Beach
No matter when you visit, the central Vancouver Island events calendar is bound to offer something of interest. There are over 140 annual events and festivals in Parksville Qualicum Beach alone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not only is Parksville Qualicum Beach home to two craft breweries, it's also only minutes from seven more in the neighbouring communities of Courtenay, Cumberland, Nanaimo, and Port Alberni.
Parksville Qualicum Beach is a lively area kicking with music concerts
and events all year round.
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.
Farms & Farmers Markets
Check out local farms and markets for fresh and often organic produce, baking, as well as locally raised meat.
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.