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Beach Club: Activities in the Area

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the wide variety of recreational activities available in the Parksville and Oceanside area, all easily accessible from The Beach Club Resort. Tee off at one of six local golf courses, open year-round in this mild temperate climate. Experience natural beauty up close as you stroll or cycle along one of the area’s many ocean, forest and mountain trails. Or try something completely new and go caving at nearby Horne Lake Caves, voted “Best Natural Outdoor Site in BC” by Attractions Canada.

Recreation

The Beach Club Resort is close to a wide variety of walking, hiking and mountain biking trails and beautiful regional and provincial parks. Here are a few options to choose from:

Rathtrevor Provincial Park
Located at the southern edge of Parksville off Highway 19A, offers beautiful ocean and forest trails to explore. The easy to navigate walking and cycling trails feature picturesque views, peaceful old growth forests and opportunities to view local and migratory birds and wildlife.

Cathedral Grove
The majestic Cathedral Grove, located in MacMillan Provincial Park on the Alberni Highway 4, featuring ancient Douglas firs and other old growth trees, many over 800 years old. Trails located on either side of the highway take visitors on a self-guided, easy to navigate walk through this incredible stand of forest, as education signage offers information about this delicate ecosystem and natural environment.

Little Qualicum Falls
Located 15 minutes west of Parksville on the Alberni Highway 4, is an incredible natural wonder. Well maintained trails run up and down either side of the Little Qualicum River and feature stunning views of the upper and lower falls. The trail includes some stairs and occasional uneven ground, but is easily accessible for sure footed explorers of all ages.

Englishman River Regional Park
Offering swimming, hiking and mountain biking. Enjoy an exciting hike or mountain bike excursion along the recently built Top Bridge suspension bridge and through the surrounding forested trails. Explore Englishman River Falls in Errington with incredible views of the falls and deep gorge.

Oceanside Place and Ravensong Aquatic Centre
Indoor skating and swimming in Oceanside is a pleasure for the entire family with these two well-maintained facilities. Oceanside Place in Parksville features two NHL regulation sized rinks and a children’s ‘skating pond’.
Ph: 250-248-3252

Ravensong Aquatic Centre
Located in Qualicum Beach.  The Ravensong Aquatic Centre features a 25 metre short course Olympic pool, a children’s leisure pool, large whirlpool, a Nordic dry sauna and Finnish steam room.
Ph: 250-752-5014

Golf

The Oceanside area is a beautiful year-round destination for golfers, with six golf courses in close proximity to The Beach Club Resort.

Skiing

Experience the exhilaration of skiing the slopes of nearby Mount Washington Alpine Resort, located 45 minutes north of The Beach Club Resort. In winter, enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snow tubing. In summer, enjoy the Mile High Chairlift ride, access downhill mountain biking trails, discover scenic hiking trails, or try mini golf, disc golf and the bungee trampoline.
Ph: 1.888.231.1499
www.mountwashington.ca

Caving

Horne Lake Provincial Park, located 20 minutes north of The Beach Club Resort, features an incredible caving opportunity for first time cavers and expert spelunkers. Explore the underground wonders in self-guided and guided tours as you view unique crystal formations and ancient fossils.
Ph: 1.250.248.7829
www.hornelake.com

Local Attractions

The City of Parksville is part of the Oceanside Community, which includes Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanoose Bay, Errington and Coombs. Each area of Oceanside offers unique and exciting year-round attractions for the whole family to explore. The Beach Club Resort’s ideal location in the heart of The City of Parksville makes it easy for our guests to enjoy everything the Oceanside area has to offer. Please visit the provided websites for additional information, admission costs and hours of operation for local attractions.

Milner Gardens and Woodland
Spread over 60 beautiful acres beside the ocean, Milner Gardens has been a popular local attraction for residents and visitors to the Oceanside area for generations. Visit the beautiful gardens and walk through the forested trails with old growth Douglas firs and cedars. Make sure to leave time to enjoy Milner’s afternoon tea in the Camilla Tea Room, located in the drawing room of the historic Milner House.
Ph: 1.250.752.8573
www.mala.ca/MilnerGardens

Paradise Adventure Mini Golf and Bumper Boats
Located 2 minutes north from The Beach Club Resort, Paradise Mini Golf is an exciting adventure, with two ¼ scale 18 hole courses featuring cascading waterfalls, a full rigged pirate ship, treasure cave, watermill, lighthouse, a Victorian mansion and more. Paradise’s bumper boats are sure to help cool everyone off on a hot day with their 10 boats featuring water cannons.
Ph: 1.250.248.6612
www.paradisefunpark.net

Coombs Market
Located in the nearby town of Coombs on Alberni Highway 4, the Coombs Market is open year-round with a variety of unique shops to browse and many tasty dining choices. Visit the Old Country Market and see the famous ‘Goats on the Roof’ who dine on the grass covered roof of the market. Inside, discover a plethora of international imported food items, an extensive deli, fresh baking and desserts and, of course… ice cream! The on-site restaurant serves home cooking with indoor and outdoor seating.
Ph: 1.250.248.6272
www.oldcountrymarket.com

Summer by the Sea Market
Explore local artists and vendors while enjoying live entertainment at the Summer by the Sea Street Market on Craig Street, just 2 minute’s walk south from The Beach Club Resort. Taking place every Tuesday in July and August from 6 to 9 pm, the open air market features artisans and crafts, local produce and baking, all accompanied by musical entertainment.

Errington Farmers Market
The Errington Farmers Market features local artisans, crafts, baking and produce in a peaceful forest environment. Try one of their popular cinnamon buns as you browse the vendor tables or sit back and enjoy the live entertainment at the bandstand.
www.erringtonhall.bc.ca/market

The Qualicum Beach Farmers Market
A wonderful way to begin a day of exploring Qualicum Beach, the Qualicum Beach Farmers Market features local artisans, crafts, baking and produce right in the heart of the town. 
www.coombsfair.com/market

Bard to Broadway Theatre
An annual summer theatre event for almost a decade, Bard to Broadway has become a popular theatrical choice on Vancouver Island with its exciting line up of classical and modern plays. Skilled regional actors and new talent work in harmony to give excellent performances that keep audiences cheering for more.
Ph: 250-248-0444
www.b2btheatre.com

Little Qualicum Cheese Works
A short 7 minute drive from The Beach Club Resort takes you to a culinary adventure at Little Qualicum Cheese Works. This working farm, open year round, invites visitors to take a self-guided tour around the property, viewing the cow herd and other animals of the farm. The cheese store offers an impressive variety of local cheeses with exceptional flavour. Sample them all before choosing your favourites to take home.
Ph: 1.250.248.7821
www.cheeseworks.ca

Tiger Lily Farm
Bring the kids and explore life on a farm in nearby Errington. Children are encouraged to get to know the farm animals and even help out at feeding time. Admission includes one pony ride per child, so saddle up for a memorable ride. Tiger Lily Farm also offers guided trail rides through the beautiful forests of the area and riders will enjoy learning more about this fascinating ecosystem from their educated guide.
Ph: 1.250.248.2408
www.tigerlilyfarm.ca

World Parrot Refuge
This unique attraction is a refuge for previously owned parrots who need a safe and secure home. The World Parrot Refuge is an educational facility that cares for over 700 parrots and teaches the public about these fascinating and colourful birds.
Ph: 1.250.248.5194
www.worldparrotrefuge.org

Butterfly World and Gardens
Enjoy an exotic experience as you stroll through the gardens filled with tropical trees, plants, flowers and thousands of free flying butterflies from around the world. Visit the orchid gardens, the indoor turtle pond, water gardens, and many other unique natural attractions.
Ph: 1.250.248.7026
www.nature-world.com

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

This non-profit association rescues injured birds and animals, helping to heal, rehabilitate and, when possible, release them back into the wild. The centre features a public viewing area, Museum of Nature and Wildlife Learning Centre, the largest eagle flight cage of its kind in Canada and on-site resident educational birds who live at the centre and take part in live presentations.
Ph: 1.250.248.8534
www.niwra.org

Parksville Beach

Guests of The Beach Club Resort enjoy the closest access to Parksville Beach of any resort in the area – it’s just steps from your guest room! The resort offers walk-on access to the beach, voted the favorite family-friendly beach in Canada by Better Homes and Gardens Magazine readers.

Parksville Beach is a beautiful and unique area, with crystal clear salt water and the warmest ocean swimming in Canada at high tide. At low tide miles of warm flat sand and tide pools are revealed for walking, exploring the marine flora and fauna, picnicking and sun bathing. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy viewing the wide variety of local and migratory birds including Bald Eagles, Brant Geese and herons, as well as marine wildlife including seals, sea lions and the annual Strait of Georgia whale migration.

Please be respectful of the beach and do not take any sand dollars or seashells.

The beach is home to many festivals throughout the year including the annual Parkville Beach Festival, Canada Day festivities and fireworks display, the Canadian Open Sandcastle Festival, the Brant Wildlife Festival and Kidsfest.

Travel BC Visitor Information Centre
The Beach Club Resort’s Front Desk and Concierge staff is well versed in our area and would be happy to offer tourism information to our guests.  Visit the Front Desk or press the “Guest Services” button on your phone for further information.

  • Parksville Visitor’s Centre
    The Parksville Vistor Centre has extensive tourist information and on-site staff.
    1275 E Island Highway
    Ph: 1.250.248.3613
    www.chamber.parksville.bc.ca
  • Oceanside Tourism Association
    The Oceanside Tourism Association has extensive online tourist information for Parksville and District.
    www.oceansidetourism.com

Weather

For up-to-date information on weather and road reports, please call any of the numbers below. Or visit the Weather Network website.

  • Airport Information
    Ph: 1.403.292.8477
  • National Weather Information
    Ph: 1.800.668.6767
  • Parks Canada Road Report
    Ph: 403.762.1450

Grocery Stores

If you would like to stock the kitchen in your suite, here are some of the local grocery stores.

  • Naked Naturals Whole Foods Ltd
    142 Alberni Highway, Parksville
    Ph: 1.250.951.0277
  • Thrifty Foods
    280 East Island Highway, Parksville
    Ph: 1.250.248.8823
  • Brit Foods
    166 W Island Hwy, Parksville
    Ph: 1.250.248.0097
  • Shoppers Grocery Mart
    149 Alberni Hwy, Parksville
    Ph: 1.250.248.3442
  • Quality Foods
    319 East Island Highway, Parksville
    Ph: 1.250.954.2262

Liquor Stores

  • Liquor Stores-Government
    319b E Island Hwy, Parksville
    Ph: 1.250.248.6531
  • Liquor Depot
    163 Alberni Hwy, Parksville
    Ph: 1.250.954.1989
  • Bayside Liquor Store
    240 Dogwood Street, Parksville
    Ph: 1.250.248.6864