Adventure Activities

Explore Nature’s Playground in Parksville BC

You’re not going to find a more diverse adventure playground with year-round activities than Vancouver Island. For you folks who love adventure, gorgeous mountains, inviting ocean, and lush, verdant parks, Parksville’s Ocean Trails provides an excellent home base for many exhilarating activities, including:

Surfer standing in the waves with surfboard
Mount Arrowsmith near Parksville BC

Visit Mt. Arrowsmith

Caving in Parksville BC

Caving at Horne Lake


Regional and provincial parks offer incredible forests, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, mountains, and beaches for nearly every type of hiking.


Horne Lake Caves feature incredible limestone caves, ripe for spelunking adventure, including Riverbend Cave, 384 m (1270 ft) long, with a seven-storey waterfall. Open year-round offering caving, hiking, and boating activities.


There are many marinas and boat rental businesses near us including French Creek Marina and Schooner Cove Marina.


Vancouver Island is THE salmon fishing capital of the world


Jacques Cousteau once famously called the waters off of Vancouver Island “the best temperate water-diving in the world; second only to the Red Sea.”

Mountain Biking

Mt. Washington Alpine Resort in summer is the place for mountain biking.


Vancouver Island’s wild, west coast is renowned for its surfing and is just 3 hours from Ocean Trails.

Snow Sports

Mt. Washington Alpine Resort is just an hour’s drive from Ocean Trails and has some of the best snow records in BC with an average snowfall of 950 cm.

Whale, Bear, and Wildlife Watching

There are many tour companies that are available to take visitors to see the extraordinary animals that live in the region. For info, go to

Zip-Lining, Bungie Jumping, and More

For something completely different while on your Parksville vacation, you have to check out Wild Play Elements Park.

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Start making Parksville memories

Treat yourself to a getaway to Ocean Trails Resort, just steps from world class Rathtrevor Beach.