Vancouver Island Hiking, Fishing, Beachcombing and Birding
Sandy Parksville beaches are renowned for year-round beachcombing, strolling and birdwatching. People on Vancouver Island enjoy fishing, sailing, kayaking and boating throughout the year as well.
For hiking, Vancouver Island’s regional and provincial parks offer incredible forests, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, mountains and beaches. Renowned Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Park is home to forest giants – Douglas firs more than 1000 years old and ancient Western red cedars line a network of trails.
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park features incredible limestone caves, including Riverbend Cave, 384 m (1270 ft) long with a seven-storey waterfall. The park is open year round offering winter caving adventures, as well as Vancouver Island hiking and boating activities.
Milner Gardens and Woodland is a 70 acre estate with walking paths, and Butterfly World and Gardens has Canada’s largest exhibit of orchids.
Qualicum Beach/Parksville Village Scene
Sunrise Ridge is surrounded by small villages filled with restaurants, arts and craft galleries, shops, farmer’s markets, book stores, libraries and cultural opportunities. Local recreation centres offer a variety of classes as well as skating rinks.
Well-known Coombs village is a unique location with numerous gift shops and craft outlets. Its Old Country Market is a great place to pick up some delicious food from their extensive bakery, produce selection, and large deli with products from nearby and around the world.
For an extensive list of activities and links, please see our Activities and Excursions Page.