Take a break from your busy life and set your inner clock to Island Time while you are here in Parksville Qualicum Beach. Kick back and relax… contemplate your toes as they sink into the sand, listen to some funky bluegrass at music festival, be inspired by the work of local artists, or stroll through a farmers’ market for a taste of local culture.
You’ll find your days filled with simple pleasures from a simpler time, in an environment that is welcoming and low key.
Top notch coffee is as plentiful as sandy beaches in Parksville Qualicum Beach where you will find everything from recognized chains to local roastery cafes.
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.
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.
Parksville Qualicum Beach locals and Vancouver Island visitors alike eagerly anticipate the changing of the seasons, not just because of weather and holidays, but also for live performances at the Village Theatre.
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.
Parksville Uncorked Food & Wine Festival
Parksville Uncorked is an annual wine and culinary festival that involves wine and beer tasting events, wine dinners, bubbly brunches, wine-inspired spa treatments and local tours. The events take place at The Beach Club Resort and Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Re
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.
Vancouver Island Spas
Escape from the kids for a few hours. Opt for a massage while your partner plays golf. Or enjoy the hands-on treatment after participating in one of the region's many outdoor adventures.
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.
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.
Find markets aplenty starting in mid-June to the end of August including Parksville's Summer by the Sea Street Market plus the Uptown Street Market and Midisland Public Market in Qualicum Beach.
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
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.
Parksville Qualicum Beach is a lively area kicking with music concerts
and events all year round.
Galleries & Studios
Explore countless galleries and studios, over 140 annual events, and a myriad of natural settings that will inspire your own creativity.
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.
Find a variety of restaurants and scenic views in Parksville
Qualicum Beach, from small, ethnic
and authentic to contemporary, West
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.
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.
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.
Little Qualicum Cheeseworks
Visit Morningstar Farm for Little Qualicum Cheeseworks award winning morsels and fruit wines from Mooberry Winery.
Farms & Farmers Markets
Check out local farms and markets for fresh and often organic produce, baking, as well as locally raised meat.
Whether your preferred boat is motored, paddled or sent sailing on the wind, Parksville Qualicum Beach is a great place to hit the water.
Search Our Travel Directory
Find accommodations, attractions, restaurants, tours and more things to do on Vancouver Island with the Parksville Qualicum Beach Travel Directory.
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.
Local Craft Beer
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.