Destination guide

Explore British Columbia’s pretty Parksville

A quintessential summer getaway on the east coast of Vancouver Island, Parksville puts true meaning into the phrase that life’s a beach. People come to the city to relax on its broad sandy shores and frolic in the warm Pacific waters but end up equally enthralled by its fascinating cultural landscape and abundance of family-friendly attractions. Whether you plan to spend your days relaxing on the beach with the sound of gentle waves in the background or are determined to take in the view from the dizzy heights of Mount Arrowsmith, Parksville vacation rentals offer the perfect spot to call home during your stay.

Things to do

Enjoy fun-packed family days in Parksville

Family fun can be found around every corner here. The Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition draws the crowds every July but there’s plenty to keep you entertained all year round. Butterfly World & Gardens is a big hit with kids as is nearby Tiger Lily Farm where a petting zoo and trail rides through the forest are among the attractions. You can find both within a 15-minute drive of many Parksville vacation rentals. Be sure to squeeze in a little culture with a trip to Craig Heritage Park & Museum. The half-dozen heritage homes and the classic red 1940s fire truck make the park a must-visit for budding historians.

Activities

Explore the great outdoors in and around Parksville

You’ll find that life here is almost always best experienced outdoors. While the sandy beaches hold obvious appeal, don’t miss the chance to explore the open water. Kayaking in Nanoose Bay’s Schooner Cove is an idyllic way to do just that and the calm waters make it an ideal activity for the whole family. Cruises offer a less energetic pace so you might like to head to Cowichan Bay or the Campbell River, both within an hours’ drive of Parksville, where multiple tour companies offer excursions to see the whales, dolphins, and sea lions out in the water.

Weather

All 4 seasons can be enjoyed in Parksville

Parksville is understandably a popular spot for summer vacations, not least because temperatures hover around a comfortable 70 degrees throughout July and August. Competition for Parksville vacation rentals can be higher during this peak season so you shouldn’t rule out visiting during spring and fall, the former bringing local gardens to life with showy displays of fragrant cherry blossom. Winters in Vancouver Island, in general, are somewhat milder than in rest of Canada, which serves to attract those who want to explore the crisp white slopes of area ski resorts while enjoying the comfortable base of a home-style stay in Parksville.

Natural features

Discover a diverse landscape near Parksville

From the sweeping beaches that hug the shoreline to the towering heights of the surrounding coastal mountains, the landscape here is wonderfully diverse. Green spaces such as the Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park offer the perfect wildflower carpeted backdrop for hiking, birding, and cycling although wild swimming in Little Qualicum River can hold equal appeal. A trip to the Mount Arrowsmith UNESCO-tagged Biosphere Reserve is also a must for any bucket list. The trails here are challenging but the views from the top of the mountain, the highest on southern Vancouver Island, make any amount of effort entirely worthwhile.

How to get there

How to get to and around Parksville

The nearest airport is in Nanaimo, BC (ZNA-Nanaimo Harbour Water Aerodrome), located 20 mi (32.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Pender Harbour, BC (YPT-Pender Harbour Waterdrome), which is 24.6 mi (39.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Parksville?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 257 vacation rentals near Parksville. From 112 Houses to 55 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Parksville for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Parksville?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Parksville. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park: 346 vacation rentals
  • Parksville Community Park: 334 vacation rentals
  • Oceanside Place Arena: 328 vacation rentals
  • Vancouver Island University Parksville Campus: 335 vacation rentals
  • Parksville Visitor Centre: 344 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Parksville listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Parksville?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 112 Houses in Parksville. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Parksville include:

  • Cottages: 55 rentals available
  • Cabins: 55 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 42 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Parksville?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 100 vacation rentals with pool available in Parksville. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.