Top 10 Parksville Winter Activities
While Parksville is most well-known as a summer destination, the area boasts a number of activities that are perfect for the whole family.
1. HIT THE SLOPES
While it doesn’t snow much in Parksville, if you drive just one hour down the highway you can get your winter sports fix at Mount Washington. With over 1,700 acres of skiable terrain, and 505 vertical meters of alpine terrain, 55 kms of cross-country skiing, and 25kms of snowshoeing trails, the area offers a number of activities that are perfect for different skill levels and abilities.
2. TAKE A HIKE
The natural setting of Parkville invites exploration. The Parksville and Qualicum Beach area is home to countless hiking trails that offer anything from a gentle walk to a heart pumping-hike.
3. GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR INNER FOODIE
Parkville is home to a number of fabulous dining options. Many establishments in the Parksville and Qualicum Beach region take pride in sourcing locally grown and produced seafood, meat, and vegetables.
4. RETAIL THERAPY
Enjoy a wide variety of one-of-a-kind boutiques and galleries as you wander the streets in downtown Qualicum Beach.
5. GO BIRDWATCHING
Grab your binoculars and search for birds along the BC Bird Trail. The sandy beaches of this region are truly remarkable, spanning as wide as 1-kilometer at low tide.
6. BECOME A HISTORY BUFF
With extensive history which has been explored and uncovered throughout the generations. Take some time to learn about rich culture and history that this area is known for.
7. TAKE IN THE BEAUTY OF MILNER GARDENS
Enjoy an afternoon in a unique coastal forest estate as you take a woodland stroll to the Gardens to see the extensive collection of rare rhododendrons.
8. TEE IT UP
Enjoy the unparalleled beauty of the great outdoors. All local courses are located within a short drive of one another. What’s best of all, the mild climate of Vancouver Island means that golf courses are open almost year-round!
9. VISIT COOMBS
This unique location offers numerous gift shops and craft outlets. Its Old Country Market is a great place to pick up delicious food from their extensive bakery, produce selection as well as products from around the world.
10. TRY MOUNTAIN BIKING
Top Bridge Regional Trail offers intermediate to advanced level trail systems that are specialized for mountain bikers and are maintained by local bike clubs.
Parksville is easily explorable and endlessly entertaining. If you need to escape the every day, Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort offers the ideal home base for the outdoor adventure enthusiast.