Parks, Beaches and Trails
Provincial Parks, Trails and Beaches
Maps and information available at the visitors centres.
The beach, parks and trails are an important element in the quality of life in Parksville. Click Here
Visitor Centre –Parksville 2502483613
There’s a reason Parksville is known as Canada’s Riviera. Few beaches outside Mexico and the Caribbean compare with our kilometres of near perfect sandy beaches at Parksville Bay and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. With long sunny days, water temperatures may be as high as 20°C in the shallows and the flat beaches are safe for everyone in the family, even at high tide. There’s plenty of space for barefoot jogging, beach volleyball, impromptu yoga sessions, sunbathing and fun in the sun.
- Ocean swim: Rathtrevor Beach and the 4 poles at Qualicum Beach
- Lake Swim: Spider Lake and Cameron Lake are local favourites
- River Swim: Jump off the “Nose” into the Englishman River at Top Bridge or enjoy the deep crystal clear pool at the base at the lower Englishman River Falls
- At the Campground: Have a blast at Qualicum Beach’s Riverside Resort, featuring a waterslide and 2 pools. Or let the kids enjoy the man-made swimming pond at Qualicum Bay Resort.
Qualicum Beach Parks, Trails and Beaches Click Here
-Picture miles of green tree-lined pathways, studded with magnificent Coastal Douglas-fir. Picture walking the miles of sandy beaches along our shorline.
With 280 hectares of Town-owned parks and greenspace, and 14 kilometres of maintained trails, the Town is a paradise for outdoor recreation.
Visitor Centre Qualicum Beach 2507529532.
Heritage Forest of Qualicum Beach
Take a walk in the Heritage Forest of Qualicum Beach, 50 acres of rare remnant old growth forest – a mixture of Coastal Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Hemlock, Grand Fir & Sitka Spruce. Smile at the locals as you walk along the mulch trails and peer down a lush ravine into a salmon bearing stream. You will also discover rare and endangered plants, deer, and many species of birds.
Only five minutes from downtown, the Qualicum Beach Heritage Forest is protected by a Covenant to ensure that it remains as an ecological reserve, available to all for the purpose of observing and appreciating nature.