The Heart of Oceanside – Parksville

The city of Parksville is a flourishing, progressive community located on the sheltered eastern shores of Vancouver Island. The city’s easy access to major transportation connections helps to make it both a prosperous place to conduct business and a popular vacation destination. Parksville has a Mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters, and the area surrounding this station is covered by lush forests and scenic oceans and beaches. Parksville is an active community numbering around 13,000 people, largely made up of retirees and families with young children who have chosen to live in Parksville for the quality of life and natural environment

Things to do/attractions

Parksville is best known for its large sandy beaches at Parksville Bay and Craig Bay. The city is famous for an annual event – a World Championship Sand Sculpting event, dubbed “Parksville Beachfest”. There are plenty of other places to visit in Parksville for a fun time too, including beautiful provincial and community parks, Paradise Fun Park, Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf, Sunset Bowling Lanes, Englishman River, Mooberry Winery and Parksville Museum. Really, the list goes on and on! There are several beachfront resorts in the area, many with top notch world class spa facilities.

Hospitals, schools, colleges, public transport

There are a few hospitals in the vicinity catering to the people of Parksville offering all levels of quality care. The City of Parksville is located within School District 69 Qualicum. A regional campus of Vancouver Island University is located in Parksville as well. Transportation is easily accessible and affordable, with Regional Transit servicing the area from Cedar in the south to Qualicum Beach in the north.


Parksville shopping features a wide variety of retail stores, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, grocery stores, and professional centers. The town draws large crowds for the ‘Summer by the Sea’ Street Market; more than 100 street vendors set up their stalls in the Craig Street area, musicians and entertainers perform and shops stay open late.

Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit

The highlight of all attractions present in the Vancouver Island is definitely the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit. Located opposite Mount Prevost in Cowichan Valley, it is a private membership club and motorsports playground. Features include a 2.3-kilometer road course, a dynamic driving area to hone reactive skills, and a 1.0 kilometer off-road proving ground. Motorsport aficionados will never want to leave!

Why would someone want to live here?

Residents place a high value on their community’s spectacular natural setting, surrounded by gorgeous beaches, mountains, lakes and rivers. Together, municipality and community strive to uphold and enhance their fine quality of life. And they make sure to have fun! An exceptional blend of retirement, business and recreational opportunities makes Parksville a wonderful place for people of all ages to live!