Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
Parksville and region encompasses eight provincial and six regional parks, each with its own network of hiking trails, natural attractions, and scenic outlooks.
All varieties of terrain from gentle strolls to strenuous near-vertical climbs are located within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that embraces five climatic zones between beach and mountain peak.
Plot a course with the official Regional Parks & Trails Guide, available at the Visitor Centre. Descriptions and maps of 16 parks and trails in the Regional District of Nanaimo are contained in this slim, pocket-sized guidebook.
Alternatively, join a guided expedition with the outdoor adventure specialists at Coastal Revelations and Rainforest Nature Tours. Experienced guides lead marine, rainforest, alpine, wildlife, and bird watching outings tailored to all fitness levels.
Public and non-profit conservation organizations (from Ducks Unlimited to the Canadian Wildlife Service), have teamed to protect 1,000ha/2,470ac of the Englishman River Estuary.
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3900 Horne Lake Caves Rd
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Crystal clear water, amazing caves & spectacular scenery make Horne Lake one of the best camping & adventure destinations on Vancouver Island. Horne Lake Caves was voted the "Best Natural Outdoor Site in BC" by Attractions Canada. Explore this unique park above and below the surface. Visit Canada's only Cave Theatre and Museum. On the trails, enjoy a wide range of programs from surface geology hikes to family-oriented cavern tours or popular 3hr. Spelunking Adventure featuring ancient fossils & amazing crystal formations. For more challenge, you can self-guide two rugged caves or go vertical on the "Extreme" expeditions - rappelling down underground waterfalls!