Only 150 kilometers north of Victoria, the seaside community of Parksville enjoys one of Canada's most temperate climates - only part of the reason why this community is so popular. The primary reason is its beaches. In fact, the long stretch of sand between Parksville and its sister town of Qualicum Beach provides some of the best tourist facilities on the island. And with endless tidal sand flats and pristine views, it's no surprise that flocks of tourists come for the activities birthed by the area's exceptional parks and coastline. For a more modern experience, please also try our new site at Parksville Vacation Rentals.
Early vacationers are treated to the flowering beauty of Rhododendron Lake - a tranquil sanctuary that blooms with pink rhododendrons every Spring. But this is only the beginning of the stunning flora the area has to offer. Parksville is central to 6 BC Provincial Parks, all no more than a half-hour drive from the town centre. Visitors will find countless hours of activities awaiting them amongst some of the most gorgeous rainforest the West Coast has to offer. But the most popular outdoor activity in the area includes two wheels...
Parksville has a thriving community of mountain bikers. The challenging trails of the Hammerfest Race Course are home to the annual Hammerfest Mountain Bike Race that occurs at Englishman River Falls each May. Not pedaling with the pros yet? Try the Top Bridge Mountain Bike Park for more moderate rides. Make room in the Winnebago for your kid's skateboard, too. The new skate park is one of the best on the island! More family-fun can be found at Parksville Community Park, home to tennis courts, miniature golf courses, a BMX park and a lacrosse box.
While the young'uns are busy collecting holiday scrapes and bruises, the adults can discover the local history, courtesy of the Craig Heritage Park & Museum which features heritage sites such as the old French Creek Post Office, the Duncan McMillan Log House and the Knox Heritage Church.
People aren't Parksville's only seasonal visitors... The Brant Wildlife Festival recognizes the migration of the 20 thousand plus Brant Geese that pass through here from Mexico, en route to their Alaskan breeding grounds. Sometimes, Parksville is for the birds!
By far the most famous event on the Parksville calendar is the annual Canadian Sand Sculpting Competition - an event that attracts thousands of spectators who come to see some of the most impressive sandcastles on the planet.
Whoever said "life's a beach" definitely had Parksville in mind!