The 10 Best Things to Do in Parksville, Canada

August 3, 2017 Brandee Mangan

Established in 1910, Parksville is one of Canada's most popular summer destinations for families. Everyone loves Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, with its beaches, tidal flats and pools, wildlife, and campgrounds; and several other provincial parks are within half an hour's drive. Follow Vancouver Island's Highway 19 (Island Highway) to reach nearby Qualicum Beach and the Comox Valley.
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1. Parksville Community Park and Skate Park

Corfield St N & Island Hwy E, Parksville, British Columbia V9P 2H3, Canada +1 250-248-5412
Excellent
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4.5 based on 342 reviews

Parksville Community Park and Skate Park

Reviewed By Vanc0uverIslanders - Parksville, Canada

The beach is lovely . There is a water park , and a playground , picnic areas and live entertainment , The boardwalk is outstanding , all along the waterfront . Food trucks for lunch . Washrooms . Many large events , number one is the Annual Sandcastle Competition .

2. Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

Rathtrevor Rd, Parksville, British Columbia V9P 1T2, Canada +1 250-474-1336
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 761 reviews

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

Reviewed By restaurantshopper - Parksville, Canada

I live in Parksville, where Rathtrevor is. Parksville is known as Canada's Caribbean and Beaches like Rathtrevor, and its neighbouring beach, Parksville, are main attractions. In the summer the tide is often a half mile out during the day, allowing for great spaces to play or hang out all day long. In the evening, as the tide comes in, the water is warmed by the sand that has baked all day in the sun. There is a beautiful RV park here as well. TIP: Go to Parksville Beach on Canada Day (July 1st weekend) for a great all day and night celebration ending in fireworks at dark

3. Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park

Tofino Highway 4, Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
Excellent
58%
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4.5 based on 487 reviews

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park straddles the scenic Little Qualicum River, west of Parksville, where impressive Waterfalls cascade and plummet down a rocky gorge in a beautiful forest setting. Perhaps the most magnificent park on Vancouver Island, Little Qualicum Falls incorporates the entire southern shore of Cameron Lake, adjacent to MacMillan Provincial Park and the awesome Cathedral Grove Rainforest. Cameron Lake is bordered by steep mountains: Mt. Wesley to the north and Mt. Arrowsmith to the south.

Reviewed By Audra M - Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Despite a little bit of rain we decided to check out the park. The paths were well maintained and the views of the falls were spectacular. Would highly recommend.

4. Little Qualicum Cheeseworks

403 Lowry's Rd, Parksville, British Columbia V9P 2B5, Canada +1 250-954-3931
Excellent
54%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 313 reviews

Little Qualicum Cheeseworks

Nestled in the shadow of Mt. Arrowsmith, Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and Mooberry Winery, located on Morningstar Farm, produce a selection of world-class cheeses and fruit wines to delight the senses!Come and visit our heritage dairy farm - take a self-guided tour (complete with map), watch the Cheese makers in action, chat with the wine maker and sample the different varieties of award-winning cheeses and wines we create. Stay for a picnic, watch the milking daily at 4pm, and you just can't leave without visiting all the animals - cows & calves (of course!), sheep, goats, pigs, horses, bunnies and 'Carl' the llama!

Reviewed By Torontonian56 - Mississauga

I enjoyed the Cheese Works and the samples that were available, cheese and wine. The cheese was delicious as was the wine. There are unique items to buy here as well. Our visit was in December 2017 before Christmas. The timing was good. We enjoyed the Cheese Factory very much.

5. Paradise Fun Park

375 Island Hwy W, Parksville, British Columbia V9P 1A1, Canada +1 250-248-6612
Excellent
46%
Good
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4 based on 289 reviews

Paradise Fun Park

2 World Class 18 Hole Mini Golf Courses with spectacular fantasy scenes, lush colorful flowers, Waterfalls & Fountains. Castle Amusement Centre, Bumper Boats, Ice-Cream Parlour, Gift Shop & Snack Bar, Waterfront RV Park with full hook-ups. Paradise is the place to go for Fun. We are situated overlooking beautiful, sandy Parksville Beach. Fun For the Entire Family!

Reviewed By Colin C

Visited here a couple of times now, over the last few years of living in Parksville with family and grandchildren.
If you’ve never golfed before, then this is the place to try it, my wife, and my sister, never having held a club, got holes in one. My brother, on the other hand,golfs every other day and failed to shine. Putting family rivalry aside, kids enjoy it too!
Very well maintained and landscaped, the young staff are friendly and helpful.
Oh, and don’t forget the bumper boats!

6. Englishman River

Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
Excellent
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5 based on 48 reviews

Englishman River

Reviewed By Via_girl - Qualicum Beach, Canada

There are many access points to the Englishman River but if you're touring, the best access points are at the Provincial Park by Errington and Top Bridge park at Parksville. There's many good hiking trails, short or long, you can choose. There are large parking lots, picnic tables with shelters, and toilets. For swimming, Top Bridge would be the place to go - it offers some good diving and warmer water.

7. Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre

1275 East Island Highway, Parksville, British Columbia V9P 2G3, Canada +1 250-248-3613
Excellent
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre

Located at the entrance to Parksville, the Parksville Visitor Centre is conveniently located just off Highway 19A (Exit #46), between the Craig Heritage Park Museum and Rotary Peace Park. Our courteous and knowledgeable staff provide professional visitor counselling, itinerary planning tailored to your interests and needs, accommodation and activity Reservations, helpful travel information including transportation and community information on all areas of British Columbia. Our unique gift shop showcases local artisans and our hand-selected assortment of books feature hiking trails, cookbooks and the flora and fauna of our beautiful area.

Reviewed By lifebythesea44 - Powell River, Canada

We received all the information from 2 young ladies, very pleasant indeed. This is a very well run info centre, you need to turn off the highway at Franklin Gull onto Northwest Bay Hwy there is a light there, we missed it going South the first time.

8. Top Bridge Park

Industrial Way, Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
Excellent
58%
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4.5 based on 77 reviews

Top Bridge Park

Reviewed By roberty902 - Newcastle, United Kingdom

Top Bridge Park Trail is an easy terrain trail, with a total length of around 5km (10 km return). It starts at Rathtrevor Provincial Park and runs to the suspension bridge at Englishman's River Park. At the moment the trail is closed south of the railway bridge, for logging work. It is still worth a visit.

9. Parksville Museum

1245 Island Hwy E, Parksville, British Columbia V9P 2E5, Canada +1 250-248-6966
Excellent
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Parksville Museum

The place to take a walk through local history, have a picnic at our picnic tables or visit our Summer Friday Farmers' Market for live music and fresh local food! Wheelchair accessible exhibits and grounds.

Reviewed By Ms. Cheryl C - St. John's

The museum has free admission. All the little tiny buildings were moved from their original location. Kids learned a lot from "seeing" and they are able to touch some stuff. We also went there on Friday afternoon when they had the farmer's market!

10. Mooberry Winery

405 Lowry's Rd, Parksville, British Columbia V9P 2B5, Canada +1 250-954-3931
Excellent
41%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 39 reviews

Mooberry Winery

Reviewed By ASASG_7 - Vancouver, Canada

They have really done a good job of combining a number of attractions here. First there is the working dairy where you can see cows self-milk (yeah!), piglets, and other animals in their pens - all he barns are nicely laid out both for the comfort of the animals and the fun of watching them. Then, there is the little shop where you can pick up treats for a picnic on the grounds or to take home. We did a complimentary fruit wine tasting, sampled some cheese and left with an armful of goodies. Finally, the Gardens and grounds are a pleasant way to spend some time. Great attraction no matter your age or interests!

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