Beaches & Swimming
Kids swimming (Picture BC photo)
Parksville is a family-friendly resort town known for long expanses of washboard-hard sand that link in a mostly unbroken chain for 19km/13mi of beach-blanket paradise, stretching from north Parksville to Qualicum Beach.
Warm shallow water for swimming (reputedly the toastiest on the Pacific coastline north of California) and sandcastle-perfect sand are chief among the pleasures here. No wonder a writer for Canada's national newspaper, the Globe & Mail, called the region "Canada's Riviera."
Parksville Community Park
If any one area defines Parksville, it's the green parkland, super kid's playground, modern boardwalk, and incredible oceanfront crescent of beach the Parksville Community Park. Many of the town's festivals are held here, notably the Parksville Beach Festival for three weeks in August.