Top Ten Activities in Parksville & Qualicum Beach
BEACH FUN The shallow waters of local sandy beaches are some of the safest on the Island for swimming—with no hazardous currents. Rathtrevor Beach, Parksville Community Beach & Qualicum Beach are all very popular. Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Festival happens from July 15, 2016 to August 21, 2016. www.parksvillebeachfest.ca
ENGLISHMAN RIVER FALLS This old-growth forest offers walking trails along the Englishman River, swimming and great picnic sites. Located 6 kilometres south of Errington.
GOATS ON THE ROOF In Coombs, visitors find funky buys in clothing, souvenirs and specialty items. The village is dotted with vintage buildings and includes the world-famous ‘Goats on the Roof’ at the Coombs Old Country Market (market open early Feb to end December).
GOLFING There are several golf courses in this region, and the mild climate means these golf courses are open almost year round.
MacMILLAN PROVINCIAL PARK The giant Douglas Fir trees of Cathedral Grove make this park an international destination site. Plan to spend a few hours wandering Cathedral Grove's trail system and gazing up at 800 year-old giants.
MOUNTAIN BIKING Top Bridge Park, on the banks of the Englishman River and connected by trail from Rathtrevor, is the only park on the Island designated for mountain bikes. Its location makes it a favourite not only for bikers, but for picnickers and swimmers. Trails vary from intermediate to advanced.
NANAIMO HARBOURFRONT WALKWAY Visitors to Nanaimo will have an enjoyable day in the fresh salt air with a panoramic view of the water, from the outdoor cafes and ice cream shops along the 4.4-kilometre walkway. This walkway features Nanaimo’s largest playground, and Maffeo-Sutton Park & Swy-A-Lana Lagoon are a hop, skip and a jump away.
PARADISE FUN PARK offers fun for the entire family and features two 18-hole miniature golf courses with exquisite scale fantasy scenes, which include the Pirates Galleon, Treasure Cave, Victorian House, Windmill, Waterwheel and Lighthouse to mention a few.
RATHTREVOR BEACH PROVINCIAL CAMPGROUND Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park & Campground features a wide, shallow beach that recedes over 1km at low tide combined with walking trails through old-growth forest.
MILNER GARDENS & WOODLAND Experience the magic of unspoiled natural beauty perched on the edge of an oceanside bluff overlooking the Strait of Georgia. Milner Gardens & Woodland offers visitors a beautiful old growth forest walk, plus a delightfully wild artist’s garden highlighted by a collection of Rhododendrons.