13521 Dolphin Dr, Nanoose Bay, BC, CA, V9P 9K1
Before heading out on your first day exploring the Parksville Qualicum Beach area, fuel up at Nanoose Bay Cafe at Fairwinds Schooner Cove Marina. Enjoy a locally roasted coffee, and grab-and-go breakfast items like wraps and baked goods.
21245 Island Hwy E, Parksville, BC, CA, V9P 2E5
Take a step back in time as you explore the Parksville Museum and learn about this town’s history. Explore the 8 heritage buildings, filled with historic artifacts. You can also stroll around
31515 Island Hwy E, Nanoose Bay, BC, CA, V9P 9A3
The first stop of the day is at a peaceful farm and market. Visit the lavender shop full of specialty products, grab a gelato or coffee from the cafe, enjoy High Tea or a picnic, and spend time with the farm animals!
4609 Island Hwy E, Parksville, BC, CA, V9P 1T5
Next, pay a visit to the independent garden centre Cultivate Garden. They specialize in high-quality plants and gardening tools and supplies, as well as gifts.
5180 Craig St, Parksville, BC, CA, V9P 2H3
For lunch, swing by this health-conscious eatery, using organic and local ingredients whenever possible. Their hearty menu features soups, salads, bowls, and wraps as well as specialty drinks, beer, wine and cider.
6Parksville, BC, CA, V9P
After breakfast, visit the Parksville Community Park Arboretum. This unique oceanside park features a wide variety of tree species uncommon to the local ecosystem, as well as native plants to create a diverse and beautiful landscape.
7403 Lowrys Rd, Parksville, BC, CA, V9P2B5
If you’re a fan of cheese, stop by Little Qualicum Cheeseworks to pick up some of their delicious artisan cheeses. Take a self-guided stroll through the farmstead and petting farm.
8240 Dogwood St, Parksville, BC, CA, V9P 2H5
For a premier oceanfront dining experience, visit the Bayside Restaurant & Lounge. Their dinner menu highlights seafood dishes, pastas and entrees with several vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, as well as a great wine selection.
9181 Beachside Dr, Parksville, BC, CA, V9P 2H5
This seaside hotel is hard to beat, with amenities like a pool, hot tub and spa, luxury rooms, and easy access to the beach.
Parksville Community Park Arboretum
10123 Craig St, Parksville, BC, CA, V9P 2G3
Before setting out on a big day of adventure in Parksville Qualicum Beach, stop for breakfast and coffee at Pacific Brimm Cafe. Grab one of their specialty coffees, fresh pastries, or made-from-scratch breakfast dishes.
11133 McMillan St, Parksville, BC, CA, V9P 2H5
Jump into the arts and culture of Parksville at this art gallery in a restored heritage building (one of the oldest in the community). Explore the current exhibits from local artists.
122326 Alberni Hwy, Coombs, BC, CA, V0R1M0
Any trip to the Parksville Qualicum Beach area usually features a stop at this quirky seasonal market. Explore the unique shops, and stop for lunch at one of the many eateries here.
131080 Winchester Rd, Coombs, BC, CA, V0R 1M0
Step into a tropical oasis at Coombs Butterfly World. Explore the seasonal outdoor garden, butterfly haven, tropical gardens, and orchid gardens.
14692 Bennett Rd, Qualicum Beach, BC, CA, V9K 1N1
If you are in town from Wednesday through Friday, this organic sourdough bakery offering traditional French bread and pastries, located in a beautiful cottage garden setting is a must-stop. Don’t miss their sourdough pizza, only available on Fridays.
152179 W Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach, BC, CA, V9K 1G1
Continue north up the island, a little ways past Qualicum Beach, and stop to take in Milner Gardens & Woodlands (visit time 60-120 minutes). A one-of-a-kind seasonal woodland estate and gardens nestled in the peace that only an old-growth forest can provide; an oasis that rejuvenates the soul.
16129 W 2nd Ave, Qualicum Beach, BC, CA, V9K 1S7
After a long day of adventure, it’s time for some delicious and nourishing dinner. For a fine dining experience, check out De L’île restaurant. Their menu changes with the seasons, and features locally farmed and foraged ingredients.
172690 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, BC, CA, V9K 1G8
After another big day of exploration, enjoy a deluxe stay at this beachfront inn. Relax in the indoor pool and spa, and get a great night’s sleep in the luxurious suites.
Downtown Qualicum Beach
Milner Gardens & Woodland