Parksville, BC is a favorite destination for nature lovers on Vancouver Island. Located just 30 minutes north of Nanaimo’s ferry terminals and bordered by mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Parksville boasts mild winters that allow for leisurely exploration of the stunning tidal sand flats, coastal wildlife viewing, year-round golf, and so much more.
Situated on the south-central coast of Vancouver Island, Parksville’s hard-packed sand beaches draw people from around the world year after year. With sea to mountain activities available year-round, Parksville is a dream destination for any outdoor enthusiast and relaxed beach-goer.
With its pristine watersheds, deep lakes, extensive parkland, forests, incredible trails, and excellent dining options, you truly can’t go wrong when dropping in to Parksville for a visit.
How to Reach Parksville
Parksville is just 37km (22 miles) from Nanaimo and is easily accessible by car, ferry, bus, plane, or train. From Victoria, you can take the bus and there are also several different BC ferry terminals located in Nanaimo and Swartz Bay that will bring you to Parksville.
Another option is to fly into the Nanaimo Airport and drive the scenic 20 minutes to Parksville. You can also fly into Victoria International Airport and rent a car for the 2+ hour drive to Parksville.
A third option to get to Parksville is by train, a scenic experience with stops in Shawnigan Lake, Cobbie Hill, and Duncan, to name a few.
Things to Do While You’re Visiting
Once you arrive in Parksville, you won’t have trouble finding things to do and see. The beaches are phenomenal and go on for as far as the eye can see, making it an incredible playground to explore the intertidal zone. Some of Canada’s most spectacular parks are located in the immediate vicinity of Parksville, and the Englishman River Falls, Little Qualicum Falls, and Rathtrevor Beach are just a few of the must-stop spots to check out. Other top attractions in Parksville include the following:
- Craig Heritage Park
- The Parksville Community Park
- Paradise Fun Park
- Anne’s Anglican Church
- Rhododendron Lake
- Mountain biking
- World Parrot Refuge
- Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park
Parksville, BC offers the perfect combination of natural beauty, outdoor adventure, shopping, and restaurants, making it one of the top destinations to visit on Vancouver Island.
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