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This 2-day trip takes you on a journey north through the charming oceanfront communities of Parksville and Qualicum Beach. Allow 2 days to visit the gardens, farms and landmarks in this picturesque region.

The region of Parksville Qualicum Beach is the ancestral territory of the Qualicum and Snaw-Naw-As First Nations.

Day 1
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    Nanoose Bay Cafe

    3521 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.

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    Parksville Museum

    1245 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

  • Parksville Museum

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    Arbutus Meadows Farm

    1515 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, spend time with the farm animals and during the peak summer months enjoy High Tea or a picnic in the gardens.

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    Cultivate Garden & Gift

    609 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.

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    Realm Food Co.

    180 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.

  • Parksville Community Park Arboretum

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    Parksville Community Park Arboretum

    Parksville, 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.

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    Little Qualicum Cheeseworks

    403 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. 

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    The Bayside Restaurant & Lounge

    240 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.

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    The Beach Club Resort – Bellstar Hotels & Resorts

    181 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.

Day 2
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    Pacific Brimm Cafe

    123 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.

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    McMillan Arts Centre

    133 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.

  • Downtown Qualicum Beach

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    Goats on the Roof

    2326 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.

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    Butterfly World and Gardens

    1080 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.

  • The cottage garden at Wild Culture Bakery in Qualicum Beach

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    Wild Culture Bakery

    692 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.

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    Milner Gardens & Woodland

    2179 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.

  • Milner Gardens & Woodland

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    De L’île Restaurant

    129 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.

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    Qualicum Beach Inn

    2690 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.