Gulf Islands (J.A. Kraulis photo)
Although easily accessible to population centers, the parks of Vancouver Island are exceedingly diverse.
The rugged coastline at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve attracts hikers to the famous West Coast Trail, while sun, sand and surf draw families to Long Beach near Tofino. The more adventurous can head to Cape Scott Provincial Park near Port Hardy, where challenging trails weave through lush rainforest and rugged coastline. Sun-baked sandy beaches warm the water for swimming at Tribune Bay and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park.
Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park offers a cedar-scented stroll through an old-growth forest that is nothing less than spiritual. Or visitors can board a passenger ferry and explore Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park, a popular day trip from Nanaimo.
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Miracle Beach is a popular destination offering a broad safe sandy ocean beach featuring rich tide pools at low tide, perfect for observing varieties of marine life. A large picnic area overlooks the water & trails wind through lush forest.
10 Km Northwest Of Sturdies Bay
Galiano Island, British Columbia
White shell beaches, open meadows, tidal lagoons, towering forests, craggy headlands & abundant bird life are a few things that attract visitors to this park. Arrive by vehicle/ferry or moor your boat & camp or picnic & explore.
Accessed by boat or local ferry. Early 1930's ships from Vancouver brought people to the island for outings. Visitors now can camp, walk & hike trails that lead to various historic points. The pavilion offers a variety of facilities.
2185 Ocean Terrace Rd
Ucluelet, British Columbia
The 3 units of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve; Long Beach, the West Coast Trail & Broken Group Islands protect the near shore waters & coastal forest of Vancouver Island's West Coast. The traditional territories of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations encompass this park reserve. Each unit of the park offers a unique experience. Long Beach is famous for its long sandy beaches & rainforest trails. The Broken Group Islands are an archipelago of more than a hundred islands & islets in Barkley Sound. The West Coast Trail is a challenging 75 km historic hiking route along sandstone cliffs, waterfalls & beaches. Please check our website for pricing information.
Parksville, British Columbia
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is a very popular destination on Vancouver Island. A kilometre long sandy beach is inviting for all ages to play & explore the shoreline. Visitors can walk amongst old growth trees & watch beautiful ocean sunsets. Interpretive centre on-site.
Beaver Point Rd
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Ruckle Provincial Park has 7 km of ocean shoreline offering hours of enjoyable exploration. Watch pleasure boats, ferries, sea lions & other marine life or walk 15 km of easy to difficult trails following the shoreline & park areas.
Campbell River, British Columbia
Strathcona Park provides a variety of visitor-oriented summer & winter recreational opportunities within the Buttle Lake vicinity & Forbidden Plateau area. The rest of the park is largely undeveloped & appeals primarily to people seeking wilderness surroundings. Enjoy the hiking trails & visit the interpretive centre.
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1245 E Island Hwy
Parksville, British Columbia
Situated on the the beautiful grounds of Craig Heritage Park, the Parksville Museum & Archives is a gateway to the past. The museum is home to eight restored heritage buildings (including a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse & the town's original firehall) as well as hundreds of artifacts that help bring the past to life. The museum is also host to an extensive archival collection chronicling the lives of early pioneers in the area. With fun activities for all ages, including seniors & children, the Parksville Museum & Archives is a unique & exciting destination where the past comes alive!