Community & Provincial Parks

Parksville & Vancouver Island’s Best Green Spaces

With a namesake like Parksville, there is no shortage of lush green spaces in the community and surrounding areas.

Community Park

Corfield Road in Parksville Bay
Parksville's premier municipal park with beach frontage hosts various festivals and sports events throughout the year.

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

Errington Road off Highway 4
Boasts two dazzling waterfalls and magnificent trees. Hiking trails, day-use facilities and a campground are all within the 97-hectare area.

Ermineskin Park

West end of Despard Avenue via Springwood Park trail or off Coldwater Road
A natural, treed park with 5 kilometres of trails located in the southwest corner of town, bordered by the E&N rail line to the north and Coldwater Road to the south.

Hamilton Marsh

Qualicum Beach
South Hilliers Road
Discover marsh birds such as red-winged blackbirds, jays, swallows, ducks and geese. Explore woodland trails around the marsh and check out the viewing platform for closer observation of the wildlife.

The Heritage Forest of Qualicum Beach

Five minutes from downtown. Stop in at the Qualicum Beach Visitor Centre to get directions.
The Heritage Forest is a 35-acre natural reserve containing several trails, a salmon-rich stream and an old-growth Coastal Douglas fir ecosystem.

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park

Qualicum Beach
Horne lake exit off Hwy 19 or Hwy 19a
The perfect place to discover the art of cave exploration. From educational family-oriented tours and hiking to canoeing and swimming, there's something for everyone here.

Mark's Park

Off Finholm Street
A nature park with level trails that are fairly accessible to most people.

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

Exit #51 from the Inland Island Highway (Hwy #19) and follow signs to the park
A kilometre-long sandy beach, old growth forests and on-site interpretive centre.

Spider Lake Provincial Park

Qualicum Beach
Spider Lake Road off Hwy #19
A day-use facility that encompasses 65 hectares and is great for swimming and canoeing.

Springwood Park

Despard Avenue beside the Springwood Middle School
Parksville's main sports field complex consisting of six ball diamonds, six tennis courts, grass fields and a trail system connecting to the 32-acre Ermineskin Park trail system and the Maple Glen linear park trail.

Top Bridge Park

Trail runs from Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park at the ocean to Top Bridge Mountain Bike Park on the Englishman River
Trails for walkers and an extensive trail system for mountain bikers. The pedestrian-only suspension bridge links the trails to the RDN trail system across the river. This section of the river is a popular swimming area for families during the summer months.

Cathedral Grove

Cathedral Grove, located in MacMillan Provincial Park, is a rare and endangered remnant of an ancient Douglas fir ecosystem on Vancouver Island in British Columbia (BC), Canada.

Little Qualicum Falls (Qualicum Beach)

A favourite destination on Vancouver Island is Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, which straddles the Little Qualicum River and incorporates the entire southern shore of Cameron Lake.