Discover Parksville and Qualicum Beach

An authentic Island experience

In Parksville Qualicum, experience the cool sea air, lose yourself in the local culture and unique experiences. Sample fresh, local cheeses and wines, or discover vintage excellence in a cute boutique.

Embrace the sights and sounds of creeks, streams, marshes and rivers, or listen to nature as you hike a scenic path to the falls.

Visit the famous Parksville Beach, walk along the beach-front boardwalk and watch the sunrise, soak in a mineral pool, or spend an afternoon paddleboarding the shores at your own pace.

Take in a history tour, visit a local farm market, get fresh seafood at French Creek, look for glass floats on the coastal shores, or discover a crystallized magical underground world with Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park.

No matter your interest, Parksville Qualicum offers an authentic Island experience.

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Parksville Qualicum Facts

  • Population: 11,977
  • Long tides result in some incredible sand and tens of thousands of visitors to Parksville’s Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition.
  • Parksville is referred to as the “Canadian Riviera” because of the mild climate, sandy beaches, and beach resorts.
  • Thousands of Brant Geese visit the beaches between Qualicum and Parksville during their annual migration.
  • Qualicum Beach is the site of one of BC’s oldest golf courses – the Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Club, established in 1913.
  • The region is home to Canada’s No. 1 Spa: The Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort.


Parksville has a mild and temperate climate with comfortable, sunny summers, and cooler winters.


Getting Here

Ferry: Take the ferry to Nanaimo and then take Highway 19 North to Parksville.

Plane: Options include the Nanaimo Airport, about 30-minute drive south, or Qualicum Airport.

Vehicle: From Victoria, head north on Highway 1.

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