On a sunny afternoon spread a blanket on the edge of a white sand
beach, follow the frenzied activity of sandpipers escaping the tide;
keep an eye on the kids - at play in the shallow ocean waves, warmed by
the sun-baked sand. This is the essential spirit of Parksville; family,
respite, and the great outdoors - why not make it home?
Parksville, once a seaside village, has matured into a city of more
than 10,000 and is part of "Oceanside", a string of beachfront
communities on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island. Retirees, urban
professionals, growing families, and those seeking a summer refuge are
captivated by the area's natural beauty, cultural opportunities, and
quality of life in this welcoming community. Parksville has found
economical success in tourism, retail services, and light industry. It
is also included in the United Nations' designated Mount Arrowsmith
Biosphere, one of 500 such protected marine and alpine ecosystems
worldwide, proving its tradition of environmental stewardship.
Natural treasures are plentiful. East of town, the Englishman River
Falls has cut waterways through canyon walls, vantage points along the
trail will weaken knees, but lead you downward to refreshing swimming
holes, where salmon fight the stream to spawn in the autumn. Top Bridge,
a challenging mountain bike park along the River draws extreme athletes
and their fans. To the south, sandy Rathtrevor Beach is an oasis of
camping, forest hiking, and beachcombing. The Beach is equally beautiful
in the cooler months when Parksville celebrates the migratory stopover
of thousands of Brant Geese at the Brant Wildlife Festival. Beyond the
rustic pleasure of camping are Parkville's famous resorts, spas, and
gated communities - all offering the sheer luxury of living well.
Parksville homes range from condominiums, to family-styled, to ocean
front estates, they have it all.
Parkville celebrates its beaches in extreme style. The Parksville
Beach Festival is held every august on the white sand of Parksville
Beach in the centre of town. Famous for its "Sandsculpting Competition
& Exhibition", the Festival attracts sculptors from around the world
and nearly 75,000 tourists annually. It is located next to the Lions
Club Venture Land Playground and Water Park, Skateboard Park, and Beach
Volleyball Courts - an unbelievable park for kids! Parksville and
Qualicum Beach are hosts to the annual Father's Day Show & Shine;
hotrods of yesteryear cruise the drive-in, motor up to the Street Dance,
and park to polish their chrome on the beach front.
Parksville and Qualicum Beach enjoy seven distinct golf courses (and
three putt-putt golf courses) within minutes of each community. Think
leisure! Artists are at home in Parksville and "blue artisan signs"
announcing studios are scattered along roadways in the area. The
century-old Parksville Train Station is known as Station Gallery and
houses the Arrowsmith Potters' Guild - watch a master at work, or learn
to create your own piece of art. The Bard to Broadway theatre troupe has
performed theatrical productions for more than a decade and has just
moved into the Chrysler Theatre. Named in 1877 for Nelson Park, the
first Postmaster, Parksville honours its history at Craig Heritage Park
where homage is paid to pioneer living and where St. Anne's Anglican
Church has stood for more than 160 years, one of Vancouver Island's
oldest churches. The City is famous for its meticulous gardens; thanks
to hot summers and mild winters Parksville has been awarded the elusive
title of one of Canada's National Communities in Bloom.
Parksville is a short 20 minute drive north of Nanaimo and only a ten
minute excursion to its sister-city, Qualicum Beach; the new Inland
Island Highway encourages residents to explore Vancouver Island in all
directions. The neighbouring areas of Nanoose Bay, Errington, and Coombs
are a cluster of idyllic communities also served by Coast Realty Group.
Nanoose Bay, from the First Nations word "Nuas" or "to push in" (the
Bay turns inward), is home to rural homesteads and upscale dwellings.
Boaters, paddlers, golfers, and birdwatchers will find a peaceful haven
to indulge their passions. Errington is a pastoral collection of
farmland and plays host to the Errington Farmers' Market with farm-fresh
produce, cut flowers, home baking and canning, and crafts. It is also
home to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, where rescued
birds-of-prey find sanctuary, and down the road is the World Parrot
Refuge. Coombs is most famous for its Old Country Market; goats chomp
happily on the grassy rooftop and an exotic blend of international and
local products, baked goods, and trinkets are available below. The
Coombs Country Bluegrass Festival and Coombs Rodeo draw summertime
participants and revellers from miles around. Down the road are Cameron
Lake and the unforgettable old-growth forest of Cathedral Grove.
Parksville and the surrounding communities are home to adventurers,
lifestyle participants, and neighbours who are committed to family. This
is a City that, like Coast Realty Group (Parksville), puts People.
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