By 1901, Parksville became an active member in the logging industry as well as an extension of the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway. This started the tourism boom that still continues in full force till this day. Spurred by the growth of this industry, motels, stores and resorts were built in the area. However, it wasn't until 1945 that Parksville became a village. It was later in 1978 that it was incorporated as a town and much later in 1986 that it became a city. Till this date, it continues attracting people through tourist attractions, services and different industries, which is why it currently houses young families and retirees from different backgrounds.
The climate of Parksville further contributes to the city's popularity. The absolute maximum temperature recorded in the city was 32° C in June whereas the absolute minimum was 2°C in February. February is also the windiest month in the city followed by December and January respectively. As for precipitation, expect the highest amount to be in January and December, which can reach 80mm.
If you're more of a land person, you can go mountain biking at the Top Bridge recreational area near Resort Drive. You're also welcome to go hiking at the trails within the Mount Arrowsmith UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. To truly make your trip worthwhile, sign up with one of the tour operators in the area for a guided tour. On the other hand, if you want to take things slow, you can go golfing in the mini-golf capital of Western Canada, go bird watching at Hamilton Marsh, or soak the stress away at
Parksville also offers a range of weekly and annual events. For instance, you can head to Errington Farmer's Market to buy local produce on Saturday mornings from May to September. You can also take part of the fireworks-filled Canada Day celebrations or enjoy the displays, craft fairs and unique events that make the Bethlehem Walk celebration so special.
If you love arts and culture, this is an ideal place to vacation at. You can head to the Oceanside Community Arts Council to view the works of local artists and artisans. Or try the Englishman River Gallery, which is open every day of the year to allow visitors to experience Vancouver Island's artistic side. You can even purchase some artistic items for yourself or loved ones at the Station Gallery near the red railway water tower on the Alberni Highway. On the other hand, if you love the theater and performing arts, catch the local Bard to Broadway troupe perform musicals, comedies and acts for the whole family at the Parksville Chrysler Theatre from July to August.
Speaking of families, there is no end to the family attractions you can visit in the city. Enjoy the tropical Butterfly World and Gardens on Highway #4A, the exotic World Parrot Refuge, and Tiger Lily Farm, the latter which provide trail rides through a forest and a petting zoo.
As for dining, the city offers many options to suit the different palates and budgets. Aside from coffee shops and resort restaurants, you can head to Rod & Gun, Bugsy's Bar & Grill, or Stewart's for casual or picnic fare. You can also grab some ethnic specialties around the city, including Thai, East Indian, German, Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese.
With a range of activities and offerings for every taste and every individual, Parksville is definitely a good destination to head to whether you're traveling to British Columbia alone, as a couple or with your family.