Explore Canada’s Riviera this Fall

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Connect with your inner adventurer while walking among the giants in the old-growth rainforests, and rid yourself of everyday stressors. Parksville enjoys a Mediterranean-like dryness due to the rain shadow effect from Mount Arrowsmith. Enjoy some time out on Vancouver Island this Fall and take advantage of all that this beautiful area has to offer.

Junior Suite Balcony

Things to do in Parksville


Dine-in or out! Parksville offers a wide array of dining and fresh local ingredient options that are sure to tickle the tastebuds and satiate appetites. Many establishments in the Parksville and Qualicum region take pride in sourcing locally grown and produced seafood, meat, vegetables, bread and fruit. Owners of Mekong River Asian Fusion Cuisine brings together exotic flavours from South East Asia. With an extensive menu offers the best of Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese cuisine for a unique Asian Fusion delight!

Image Courtesy of Mekong River
Image Courtesy of Mekong River


Regional and provincial parks offer incredible forests, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, mountains and beaches. Renowned. Cathedral Grove offers one of the most accessible stands of giant Douglas-fir trees in BC. Some of these giants are over 800 years old, and walking the trails through this virgin coastal forest can be quite an inspirational experience. Milner Gardens and Woodlands offers 70 acres of unspoiled natural beauty perched on the edge of an oceanside bluff overlooking the Strait of Georgia.

Image Courtesy of Milner Gardens
Image Courtesy of Milner Gardens


Mountain biking enthusiasts can enjoy a network of challenging trails such as the Top Bridge Trail. The trail is 5 kilometres in length each way and offers a rustic ramble from the urban sea-side to the cool woodlands of the Englishman River. If you’re looking for a more leisurely ride, the Parksville-Qualicum Beach Links is a 13-kilometre low-traffic road that connects the City and Town via French Creek.

Mountain Bike Action Personal Perspective


Whether it is the intrinsic beauty of a well-manicured golf course at dawn or the feeling that rings through your hands when you’ve struck the perfect shot, there is truly something captivating about the game of golf. Golf enthusiasts can find a pleasant mix of short, medium and championship courses in and around Parksville that can accommodate players of all skill levels with courses such as Eaglecrest Golf Club, Morning Star Golf Club, or Pheasant Glen Golf Resort.

Image Courtesy of Morningstar Golf Club
Image Courtesy of Morningstar Golf Club

Long Term Stays

Perhaps your sunny getaway was postponed and you still want to sneak away for an extended stay somewhere other than home. Stay for a week or longer in one of our fully-equipped 1-, 2- and 3- bedroom vacation rentals


Reasons to Extend Your Stay

  • We’re easy to get to – just a short flight or scenic drive to the Island
  • Flexible cancellation policies (see terms below) – we understand if plans change
  • Our weather is very mild in the winter – even the golf courses are open year-round!
  • We offer a safe and relaxing environment
  • Close to community amenities – within 5 to 15 minutes to grocery stores, restaurants, retail, pharmacies and local attractions
  • Our accommodations are perfect for family holidays (ask us about a discount if you require 3 or more rooms for family visitors!)

Whether you’re looking to stay a couple of days or a month, Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort offers a number of accommodation options perfect for your getaway.