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Parksville Qualicum Beach
Parksville, just a short hop up island from both the Duke Point and Departure Bay ferry terminals, has one of the most family-friendly beaches in the province. The water stretches out, seemingly for miles, providing a year-round opportunity to slosh through the tide pools.
Who can resist beachcombing? The kids will love searching for Float Fairies hundreds of glass floats and dazzling glass sea creatures hidden above the high tide line on beaches stretching from Nanoose Bay to Deep Bay.
Inland, visit Morningstar Farm at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks is home to cows, horses, bunnies, pigs and more.
If you’re looking for something more strenuous, take a 90-minute Family Riverbend Cavern Tour at Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park. The North Island Wildlife Recovery Association started as a place to help animals that are ill, hurt or orphaned and has several full-time residents, including eagles and owls.
A visit to Parksville would also not be complete without a stop at Paradise Mini Golf and Fun Park, where two charming 18-hole courses — Surf ’N Turf and Treasure Island — are ready to challenge the putting skills of all members of the family.
Locals swarm to Bread and Honey in Parksville for breakfast, and dinner at the Beach Club Resort, where you will also want to stay with its indoor pool and hot tub. There’s a massive kid’s park next door and the beach is just a few steps away.