Established in 1910, Parksville is one of Canada's most popular summer destinations for families. Everyone loves Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, with its beaches, tidal flats and pools, wildlife, and campgrounds; and several other provincial parks are within half an hour's drive. Follow Vancouver Island's Highway 19 (Island Highway) to reach nearby Qualicum Beach and the Comox Valley.
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4.5 based on 342 reviews
The beach is lovely . There is a water park , and a playground , picnic areas and live entertainment , The boardwalk is outstanding , all along the waterfront . Food trucks for lunch . Washrooms . Many large events , number one is the Annual Sandcastle Competition .
4.5 based on 761 reviews
I live in Parksville, where Rathtrevor is. Parksville is known as Canada's Caribbean and Beaches like Rathtrevor, and its neighbouring beach, Parksville, are main attractions. In the summer the tide is often a half mile out during the day, allowing for great spaces to play or hang out all day long. In the evening, as the tide comes in, the water is warmed by the sand that has baked all day in the sun. There is a beautiful RV park here as well. TIP: Go to Parksville Beach on Canada Day (July 1st weekend) for a great all day and night celebration ending in fireworks at dark
4.5 based on 487 reviews
Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park straddles the scenic Little Qualicum River, west of Parksville, where impressive Waterfalls cascade and plummet down a rocky gorge in a beautiful forest setting. Perhaps the most magnificent park on Vancouver Island, Little Qualicum Falls incorporates the entire southern shore of Cameron Lake, adjacent to MacMillan Provincial Park and the awesome Cathedral Grove Rainforest. Cameron Lake is bordered by steep mountains: Mt. Wesley to the north and Mt. Arrowsmith to the south.
Despite a little bit of rain we decided to check out the park. The paths were well maintained and the views of the falls were spectacular. Would highly recommend.
4.5 based on 313 reviews
Nestled in the shadow of Mt. Arrowsmith, Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and Mooberry Winery, located on Morningstar Farm, produce a selection of world-class cheeses and fruit wines to delight the senses!Come and visit our heritage dairy farm - take a self-guided tour (complete with map), watch the Cheese makers in action, chat with the wine maker and sample the different varieties of award-winning cheeses and wines we create. Stay for a picnic, watch the milking daily at 4pm, and you just can't leave without visiting all the animals - cows & calves (of course!), sheep, goats, pigs, horses, bunnies and 'Carl' the llama!
I enjoyed the Cheese Works and the samples that were available, cheese and wine. The cheese was delicious as was the wine. There are unique items to buy here as well. Our visit was in December 2017 before Christmas. The timing was good. We enjoyed the Cheese Factory very much.
4 based on 289 reviews
2 World Class 18 Hole Mini Golf Courses with spectacular fantasy scenes, lush colorful flowers, Waterfalls & Fountains. Castle Amusement Centre, Bumper Boats, Ice-Cream Parlour, Gift Shop & Snack Bar, Waterfront RV Park with full hook-ups. Paradise is the place to go for Fun. We are situated overlooking beautiful, sandy Parksville Beach. Fun For the Entire Family!
Visited here a couple of times now, over the last few years of living in Parksville with family and grandchildren.
If you’ve never golfed before, then this is the place to try it, my wife, and my sister, never having held a club, got holes in one. My brother, on the other hand,golfs every other day and failed to shine. Putting family rivalry aside, kids enjoy it too!
Very well maintained and landscaped, the young staff are friendly and helpful.
Oh, and don’t forget the bumper boats!
5 based on 48 reviews
There are many access points to the Englishman River but if you're touring, the best access points are at the Provincial Park by Errington and Top Bridge park at Parksville. There's many good hiking trails, short or long, you can choose. There are large parking lots, picnic tables with shelters, and toilets. For swimming, Top Bridge would be the place to go - it offers some good diving and warmer water.
4.5 based on 44 reviews
Located at the entrance to Parksville, the Parksville Visitor Centre is conveniently located just off Highway 19A (Exit #46), between the Craig Heritage Park Museum and Rotary Peace Park. Our courteous and knowledgeable staff provide professional visitor counselling, itinerary planning tailored to your interests and needs, accommodation and activity Reservations, helpful travel information including transportation and community information on all areas of British Columbia. Our unique gift shop showcases local artisans and our hand-selected assortment of books feature hiking trails, cookbooks and the flora and fauna of our beautiful area.
We received all the information from 2 young ladies, very pleasant indeed. This is a very well run info centre, you need to turn off the highway at Franklin Gull onto Northwest Bay Hwy there is a light there, we missed it going South the first time.
4.5 based on 77 reviews
Top Bridge Park Trail is an easy terrain trail, with a total length of around 5km (10 km return). It starts at Rathtrevor Provincial Park and runs to the suspension bridge at Englishman's River Park. At the moment the trail is closed south of the railway bridge, for logging work. It is still worth a visit.
4.5 based on 36 reviews
The place to take a walk through local history, have a picnic at our picnic tables or visit our Summer Friday Farmers' Market for live music and fresh local food! Wheelchair accessible exhibits and grounds.
The museum has free admission. All the little tiny buildings were moved from their original location. Kids learned a lot from "seeing" and they are able to touch some stuff. We also went there on Friday afternoon when they had the farmer's market!
4 based on 39 reviews
They have really done a good job of combining a number of attractions here. First there is the working dairy where you can see cows self-milk (yeah!), piglets, and other animals in their pens - all he barns are nicely laid out both for the comfort of the animals and the fun of watching them. Then, there is the little shop where you can pick up treats for a picnic on the grounds or to take home. We did a complimentary fruit wine tasting, sampled some cheese and left with an armful of goodies. Finally, the Gardens and grounds are a pleasant way to spend some time. Great attraction no matter your age or interests!
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