23 Crazy Fun Things to Do in Parksville and Qualicum Beach

Parksville was a sleepy little town in Canada then, with not much more than the goat-topped store in nearby Coombs and a couple of rustic resorts with cabins on the beach.

Photo: Horne Lake Caves

Now there are many more fun things to do in Parksville and neighboring Qualicum Beach. These picturesque beach towns in British Columbia are all grown-up!

Photo: Fairwinds Golf Club

Walk Rathtrevor Beach

A three mile-stretch of beachfront that’s famous for its warm shallow waters. When the tide rolls out, the ocean recedes more than half a mile, leaving sun-baked sand and warm tide pools in its wake.


The large warm mineral pool with gentle waterfall is designed like a natural stone grotto, but with a high ceiling and windows.

Soak in the Grotto Spa

Photo: Tigh-Na-Mara Resort


Enjoy endless tapas in your bathrobe

It makes for a very relaxed evening to go from soaking in the spa to showering to having dinner in your bathrobe with still-wet hair and no makeup!

Photo: Tigh-Na-Mara Resort


Stroll the Parksville boardwalk

This 1,450-foot boardwalk offers easy access to Parksville’s downtown beaches and is a must-do for anyone visiting the area.


Sample cheese at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks

Watch the team of cheesemakers make artisan cheeses from milk from the farm’s dairy cows. The cheese tastings are free.


Visit the Parksville Museum

The museum aims to preserve and promote the history of the city of Parksville and offers a window into the life of the area’s early settlers.

Photo: Parksville Museum


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