Glorious Beaches, Resort Lifestyle, Unique Attractions
From Nanaimo, with its beautiful harbourfront, through Nanoose Bay and all the way to Lighthouse Country just north of Qualicum Beach, this stretch of coastal beauty has been captivating vacationers for over a century. Miles of golden-sand beaches lure paddlers and dreamers, boaters ply the waves on sailboats and yachts, lush green parks invite walkers and hikers, restaurant patios serve just-caught seafood, and resorts with decadent spas and water views provide the ideal escape from the stresses of modern life.
In the summer, this region is a very popular vacation destination. The four main beaches of Parksville Qualicum Beach offer almost 20 kilometres of glorious sand and sun-warmed waters with ample opportunity for well-spaced relaxation and summer fun. From mid July to the third week in August, visitors and locals can enjoy the Parksville Beach Festival. The 5 ½ week long family-oriented festival includes Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition, Tim Hortons free Summer Concert Series, daily buskers, an artisan market and a special weekend evening light up of the sculptures.
But Central Island’s beaches are as appealing in the cooler months as they are in the heat of July and August. In fact, many vacationers prefer to be here when the summer crowds subside and the beaches are more conducive to quiet contemplation and peaceful strolls.
On land, most of the region is included in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve, recognized with a UNESCO designation for its unique microclimate and ecosystem of Douglas fir and giant red cedar. For jaw-dropping views of the Strait of Georgia, explore the alpine trails leading to Mount Arrowsmith, Cokely, and Moriarity.
Learn more about this beautiful region of Vancouver Island by visiting the official travel website for Parksville & Qualicum Beach.
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