It’s official — the communities of Parksville Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island want a relaxation designation to themselves.
After lifting the holiday from their U.S. neighbours last year, the communities have taken the additional step of officially recognizing Aug.15 as National Relaxation Day in their communities.
“We’re a pretty laid back place and it almost seems to be out of character to get so serious — but if there’s anything we’re serious about it’s relaxing,” said Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek. “When you really want to unwind in Canada, where do you think about: naturally the west coast, Vancouver Island, and Parksville Qualicum Beach.”
Earlier this month both councils officially recognized National Relaxation Day.
“There’s no question where Canada’s relaxation destination rightfully belongs,” said Parksville Mayor Chris Burger. “Mellowing out and kicking back is part of our DNA here, and is even imprinted on our business community. We are in the business of relaxation: it’s what we’ve always done and what we do every day.”
Burger said being the top Island in the Continental U.S. and Canada, with kilometres of the country’s best sandy beaches, 18 provincial and regional parks, six golf courses, incredible spas, casual farmer’s markets and festivals, Parksville Qualicum Beach is all about “a chilled out lifestyle.”