Parksville - Qualicum Beach: On Nature's Doorstep
Parksville - Qualicum Beach, B.C. Climate
Vancouver Island enjoys Canada's mildest year-round climate. The Parksville-Qualicum Beach region in central Vancouver Island is in a coastal marine environment, with warm, dry summers and short, mild winters. Five distinct climatic zones create a local environment that spans the extremes between alpine meadows and lush, sea-level gardens. This region of B.C. is one of the few places in Canada where - during the winter - you can ski and golf on the same day. Check here for more detailed information about the Parksville-Qualicum Beach climate.
Parksville - Qualicum Beach, B.C. Parks
The Parksville - Qualicum Beach. region is home to eight provincial parks and five regional district parks. Many other green spaces have been set aside to protect cascading waterfalls, networks of caves, historic homesteads, unique gardens and - in the case of Cathedral Grove - a rare stand of old-growth Douglas Fir – with trees as old as 800 years.
One regional park, Mount Arrowsmith Massif Regional Park, is part of an area that has been designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a biosphere reserve – one of 13 in Canada and among only 500 in the world.
Outdoor Activities in Parksville - Qualicum Beach,
Whether you prefer the thrill of rock climbing, spelunking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, mountain biking, and hiking or a relaxing round of golf on one of the seven Parksville - Qualicum Beach golf courses, it's easy to enjoy a range of activities all year-round.
Mount Washington in the nearby Comox Valley is Vancouver Island's year-round alpine destination. Winter activities include downhill and cross country skiing as well as snowboarding, snowshoeing and snow tubing. In the spring and summer, visitors can enjoy zip lining, mountain biking and hiking.
An easy day trip takes you to the famous Pacific Rim National Park with Long Beach, Tofino and Ucluelet. Long Beach is renowned as the longest stretch of surf-swept sand on Vancouver Island's west coast and attracts surfers and vacationers from all over the world.
Horne Lake Caves, right in our backyard, has won an award from Attractions Canada for the Best Natural Outdoor Site in B.C.
These are just some of the natural attractions at your doorstep in the Parksville - Qualicum Beach region, offering an abundance of year-round outdoor activities.