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This stunning seaside beach might be the most relaxing place you can visit in B.C.

If you're looking for your next weekend escape, look no further than Parksville Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island.
Photo: Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism
Work, grocery shopping, catching up with friends, squeezing in that morning run, responding to the never-ending bleeps from your cell phone - it’s exhausting just thinking about all of the things you have to do in your day-to-day life.

It’s no wonder that more and more people are looking to switch off from their daily routines and escape the hustle and bustle for a day or two. The good news for those who want to wind down is that they have one of the province’s most relaxing places right here on their doorstep. 

We’re talking about Parksville Qualicum Beach, one of Vancouver Island’s most beloved regions that is filled with endless shorelines, beautiful vistas, and welcoming communities.

So if you’re looking for your next weekend escape, here are six reasons why this stunning seaside town is the most relaxing place in BC. 


Photo: The Number Creative

Looking to lose yourself on an endless expanse of sandy beach? Or relax amidst Mother Nature in one of the world’s most celebrated outdoor landscapes? Then Parksville Qualicum Beach is the destination for you. Alongside a stunning stretch of shoreline that boasts picturesque postcard views without the crowds, you also have easy access to 7 provincial parks and 9 regional parks and trails. It’s the perfect place to switch off, unwind, and rejuvenate both your body and your mind.


Photo: Tigh-Na-Mara

Need a little help getting that tension out of your shoulders? We’ve got just the remedy. That’s because the number one spa in Canada, according to Spas of America, is located right here in this beloved beach town. The Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort is an otherworldly oasis that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the relaxation on offer at Parksville Qualicum Beach.


Photo: Michelle Harnett

It’s been proven time and time again that one of the best ways to blow off the cobwebs and unwind is to get active. If you’re the kind of person who likes to work up a gentle sweat in the name of rejuvenation, you’ll be pleased to hear that the region boasts some of BC’s best hiking, mountain bike trails, and just about every type of water-based activity you can imagine. There’s even an interactive Geocaching Adventure around the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region’s Amazing Places that’s fun for the whole family.


Photo: Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism

With 140 annual events to choose from, Parksville Qualicum Beach has something that’s guaranteed to pique your interest, no matter when you visit. From the nature-filled Brant Wildlife Festival to the famous Parksville Beach Festival featuring the QF Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition, they’re perfect for those people who want to turn off their emails and remind themselves what really matters in life.


Photo: Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism

The key to decompressing after a busy week at work and enjoying a well-earned break is an amazing place to stay. From world-class resorts that cater to every need you can imagine (and a few that you haven’t even thought of yet) to hotels that are located just steps from the beach and Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, your home away from home is just waiting to be discovered.


Photo: Michael Van Der Tol

Whether you’re out for a stroll, browsing a local market, or enjoying the region’s authentic local dining experiences, you’re guaranteed to connect with local people who will welcome you with open arms. There’s just something about this small town community that has kept vacationers coming back here for generations. That secret ingredient is the friendly locals, alongside a slower pace of life free from crowds and traffic jams, that’s helped make Parksville Qualicum Beach famous across the globe. 

Need a little R&R? Visit Parksville Qualicum Beach to find out more and plan your stay.

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