What’s There to do in Parksville?

Plenty!

On the eastern edge of Vancouver Island on the shores of the Georgia Strait, Parksville’s a sleepy little summer resort town lost to time and space. Modern amenities overlaying a beach front community, it has a really 1950s bungalow kind of vibe (one of its famed attractions is a sandcastle building competition). There are two miniature golf courses and a bowling alley…everything you could want.

The stunning beach, Rathtrevor, also the site of a Provincial Park, has dramatic tides as the strait shallows on a sheltered sandy bay, perfect for wading, beach combing, or just walking along.

The real surprise of Parksville, however, comes when you turn your back to the sea, heading uphill, into the interior of the island. Following the Englishman River upstream, you come upon as series of stunning spots. There’s a newly built suspension footbridge in Englishman River Regional Park. Upriver another 15 Km (you could hike, but this weekend we drove) you come to the Englishman River Falls, another Provincial Park. The falls, featuring lovely riverside trails and a nearby campsite, are as a diminutive Victoria in Africa. A wide shallow flow tumbles into a deep crevice in the earth cut by glacial melt and water. Spectacular. Just watching the falls tumble into fresh spray is dazzling — the rocks are slick and moss grows everywhere. To give you an idea…

Falls

Leaving Englishman River, one can go further afield and head up island to the mysterious and magical Horne Lake Caves, yet another Provincial Park a little over half-an-hour away. Surely one of the most intriguing natural spaces on the island and even the country, this park affords the visitor a rare opportunity to explore a fascinating phenomenon. Caving is not something one does regularly, but it’s an unforgettable experience. For obvious reasons, there’s no pictures of this…

Sheltered in a unique way, Parksville experiences the contrast of blazing heat in summer and sometimes significant snowfall in winter. But any time of year — whether you swim and sun yourself on a beach or walk deep into the dark heart of the earth — it affords a variety of amazing possibilities…

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7 Responses to “What’s There to do in Parksville?”

  1. nursemyra Says:

    That waterfall looks loud.

  2. The Necromancer Says:

    Mellifluous, actually.

  3. kimber Says:

    Sleepy little Parksville has also provided the best geocaches I’ve found on the island — they have a remarkably energetic geocaching community, for such a small place.

  4. nursemyra Says:

    You could record the sound and add it to the post…..?

  5. The Necromancer Says:

    kimber: I’m still not sure what a “geocache” is, but I’ll take your word for it. Must be all those caves nearby. Lots of pretty groovy places to hide stuff…

    nursemyra: Great idea. Next time it will be a more multi-media experience. For now you have to imagine it. ;)

  6. Skybluepink Says:

    Great shot of the waterfall, what an incredible place…minus the caves. ;)

  7. The Necromancer Says:

    Thanks! I still insist the caves are the best part…magical.

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