Parksville has been welcoming visitors ever since European settlers arrived here just after the American Civil War.
In fact, the very first such landowner, John Hirst, opened a hotel near his farm at the mouth of the Englishman River in the 1870s.
Today the local oceanfront is lined with first-rate resorts. Elsewhere options include a good selection of B&Bs, motels, campgrounds and RV sites, and short- and long-term vacation homes. Book well ahead when planning trips during ultra-busy summer and holiday seasons.
While Qualicum Beach is the B&B capital in the Oceanside region, some 30 homes in Parksville and area welcome overnight guests. Clusters of B&Bs are found in the rural outback of Errington and Nanoose Bay.
Most of the major getaway spots are clustered along Resort Drive southeast of Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. Condos, cottages, waterfront townhomes, and a spa resort are all here.