West Coast

Parksville

On the East side of Vancouver Island, just north of Nanaimo, is this hidden gem that isn't usually on the itineraries of visitors to the island, however, it might be the most exciting stop you make. This town knows how to bring a that laidback and fun feeling of summer, all year round.

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Hit the beach and get sandy

You're on an island after all so of course, the beaches are here for good vibes and good fun. Salty ocean air, narrow beaches covered in wave-washed rocks, and hidden coves make up the varying beachy landscapes of Parksville. And of course the classic sandy beach. Parksville locals love sand so much that they host the annual Parksville Sand Sculpting Competition, from mid-July to mid-August which is a global event and one of the biggest sand sculpting competitions in the world.

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Dig through history and tour heritage buildings and early artifacts

Learn about the lives of the early pioneers who inhabited the area at the Qualicum Beach Museum which is also home to a world-renowned paleontology exhibit and a fascinating First Nations' exhibit. Picture yourself as a Parksville settler back in the day at the heritage buildings at the Parksville Museum. Throw yourself back in time by imagining yourself sending a letter at the French Creek Post Office and reading at an original desk from the early 1900s at the Montrose School.

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Fuel your vacation with some top notch coffee

Parksville knows how to do coffee with incredible locally-owned coffee shops around town. Pacific Coastal Roast is a standout as they brew their own beans and have a large outdoor patio with a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy your beverage. Serious Coffee is another locally-owned franchise with a roasting plant right on the island. However, you take your coffee, an freshly brewed cup is within arm's reach.

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Tourism Parksville Vision

To promote and enhance Parksville Qualicum Beach as a world-renowned, all-season tourism destination.

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