Things to Do
Qualicum's waterfront at sunset (Picture BC photo)
Splash around with friends and family in the ankle-deep ocean.
Explore trails leading to alpine meadows. Discover the peace of country backroads. Watch a dimpled golf ball sail over emerald green links. Shop 'til you drop at a renowned roadside market famous for the goats on its roof. In brief: The year-round to-do list in Parksville is long and colourful.
Nowhere in Canada is the expression "life's a beach" more appropriate than Parksville. The sandy, kilometer(mile)-wide (at low tide) waterfront is a fresh-air delight 12 months a year, but the June to September holiday period is primetime for swimming and high-rise sandcastle developments, especially during the Parksville Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition, an annual event that draws thousands of spectators and master-calibre sand sculptors. Also in the area are a handful of kayak rental/adventure companies and several fishing/sailing charter operators.