Parksville - British Columbia

The east coast of Vancouver Island is home to many interesting and unique places, including the town of Parksville, located 150 kilometres north of Victoria. With six provincial parks within a thirty-minute drive of the city, Parksville is a wonderful place for nature lovers to visit. The area is part of a UNESCO reserve, and the natural features include everything from an annual migration of Brandt geese to a beach formed when sea water recedes hundreds of metres each day. The annual beach festival celebrates this heritage with a sand sculpting contest and more, adding to the waterfront’s appeal.

Festivals and special facilities draw visitors to Parksville all year. From a restaurant catering to left-handed people to the Wildlife Festival to the mountain bicycle park, the community has something for everyone. Petroglyphs on the rocks will fascinate some visitors, while others may prefer to visit Rhododendron Lake, where a vast profusion of the spectacular flowers each May and June gives the area a special beauty. Historic churches, arts and crafts events, and more will keep visitors and residents well occupied.

Parksville is an ideal place to explore the culture and history of British Columbia’s islands. Historic buildings such as the French Creek Post Office of 1886 recall the area’s past, and the art galleries and studios around the city are also worth seeing. Facilities for skateboarding and other outdoor activities are available, and many other amenities make Parksville a good place for the whole family to visit.

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