Parksville BC Beaches and Parks
Rathtrevor Beach and More
Ocean Trails is surrounded by many beautiful beaches and an incredible and diverse abundance of regional and provincial parks.
Our resort is located on the bluff above famed Rathtrevor Beach, a 5 kilometer stretch of sandy beach. At low tide, the ocean recedes a kilometer from shore, leaving a vast stretch of sand perfect for beachcombing and sandcastle building.
Water currents and ocean floor topography combine to create wide, flat expanses of sand on Rathtrevor Beach. In summer, the water warms to 20°C (68°F) and tidal pools are brilliantly brimming with sea stars (starfish), crabs, and sand dollars.
If you love all kinds of beaches, we have 19 kilometers (11 miles) of shoreline very close to Ocean Trails.
Area beaches include:
Rathtrevor Beach – Sandy beach with lush woodland and serene oceanfront trails, and delightful picnic grounds.
Parksville Community Beach – This beach is home to an excellent children’s beach playground with swings, slides, water cannons, and picnic area.
Qualicum Beach – 4 km of curved sand beach in the quaint and lovely town of Qualicum Beach, are rimmed by a paved promenade for hikers, bikers, and sunset watchers. The beach has picnic tables, trees, and a change-room.
Lighthouse Country – North of Ocean Trails’ are many secluded bays and coves, with the beaches becoming rockier – perfect for beachcombing! This area is home to Qualicum Bay, Bowser, and Deep Bay, as well as two picturesque lighthouses.
Parksville’s nearby regional and provincial parks have incredible forests, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, mountains, and beaches. There are 20 provincial parks in the area along with many regional and local parks offering opportunities for enjoying nature and unique, spectacular scenery.
Some of the parks close to Ocean Trails’ Parksville lodging include:
Parksville Community Park – Featuring two ball fields, a lacrosse box, public tennis courts, curling rink, concession stand, BMX/Skateboard Park, two beach volleyball areas, and a children’s playground with water sprays.
MacMillan Provincial Park – Cathedral Grove is home to forest giants, Douglas firs more than 1000 years old and ancient Western red cedars that line a network of trails.
Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park
Englishman River Falls
Little Qualicum River Falls
Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park
Spider Lake Provincial Park
Rosewall Creek Provincial Park
Horne Lake Regional Park
Mount Arrowsmith Regional Park
Top Bridge Regional Trail and Mountain Biking Ocean Trails is surrounded by many beautiful beaches and an incredible abundance of regional and provincial parks.