Find out for yourself why this is the main attraction of Parksville on Vancouver Island.

I can’t say enough great things about Parksville. The citizens (a combination of retirees and young families) are super friendly, the weather is typically warmer and drier than any other place on Vancouver Island (which consequently makes the ocean a lot warmer too), and it has fabulous beaches! So fabulous, in fact, Parksville has been expressed as being “Canada’s Hawaii”.

The beaches truly are the main attraction of Parksville.

So let’s take a look at the two most popular beaches in the area: Parksville Community Park Beach and Rathtrevor Beach

Both beaches are fantastic places to wade or swim in the miles of shallow warm water, look for washed up shells, chase crabs, and build sand sculptures in the soft sand. But the possibilities are truly endless.

Find out for yourself why this is the main attraction of Parksville on Vancouver Island.

Parksville Community Park Beach

While both beaches bring out kite flying enthusiasts, each summer the Parksville Lions host an international kite festival on the beach at Parksville Community Park. It is a fun event loved by tourists and locals alike.

The Community Park beach is also host to a Sand Sculpting Competition every summer from mid-July until mid-August. It is a fabulous event, and one that we have been going to since moving to Vancouver Island. The event brings in thousands of people from all over the world.

There is a suggested donation of $3.00 per person to view the sand sculptures, but it is totally worth it!

Once you finish ogling the sand sculptures (and voting for your favourite one), head on over to the huge playground and water spray park, so the kids can burn off some steam. This wheel chair accessible play-park is a wonderland of swings, slides, climbing structures, water canons, and a small water slide (to name a few of the many activities available to young children).

The Community Park also has beach volleyball courts, an outdoor fitness gym, a skateboard park, great picnicking spots, and a waterfront boardwalk.

Location details:

The Community Park and beach can be found at Corfield St N & Island Hwy E, Parksville.

Accommodations centred around or near the Community Park beach:

Find out for yourself why this is the main attraction of Parksville on Vancouver Island.

Rathtrevor Beach

Rathtrevor Beach fronts many of Parksville’s resorts along Resort Drive, as well as Rathtrevor Provincial Park.

At low tide, Rathtrevor beach stretches nearly a kilometre out into the Strait of Georgia. This makes it the best beach for young children still learning how to swim, and the perfect location to build sand castles!

Location details:

The most convenient public access to this desirable beach is through the Provincial Park, which is located at the east end of Parksville easily accessible from Highway 19.

Accommodations in and around Rathtrevor beach:

So, have I convinced you to visit the main attraction of Parksville yet?

If you are trying to think of a fabulous get-away for your family holiday, I highly recommend making a trip to Parksville. Just be sure to book early…with close to 100,000 visitors each summer, trying to find campsites or accommodations can be a bit tricky.

I will see you on the beach!

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