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Exploring Vancouver Island: A Relaxing Getaway to Parksville

  • April 03, 2024

Exploring Vancouver Island: A Relaxing Getaway to Parksville


Nestled on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, Parksville beckons travelers with its serene beaches, lush forests, and charming local attractions. Recently, we embarked on a delightful journey from our home in Sooke, Victoria, to this picturesque seaside town, seeking a rejuvenating escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Join us as we recount our memorable adventures and cherished moments during our stay in Parksville.


Day 1: Departure and Arrival


Our journey began early in the morning as we bid farewell to our cozy home in Sooke, anticipating the adventures that lay ahead. With our bags packed and excitement in the air, we embarked on a scenic drive along the breathtaking coastline, soaking in the stunning vistas along the way.

As we traversed the iconic Malahat Drive, we couldn't resist the allure of the newly-opened Malahat Sky Walk. Perched high above the treetops, the sky walk offered panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, a perfect opportunity to stretch our legs and immerse ourselves in nature's splendor.

Upon arriving in Parksville, we were warmly welcomed at our chosen resort, where a seamless check-in awaited us. Eager to unwind, we headed to The Bayside Restaurant & Lounge, conveniently located onsite, and indulged in a delicious meal crafted from locally-sourced ingredients. With satisfied appetites, we retired to our room, where a private patio awaited us, offering a front-row seat to the breathtaking sunset over the ocean.


Day 2: Exploring Parksville and Beyond


Waking up refreshed and rejuvenated, we eagerly set out to explore the delights of Parksville and its surrounding areas. Our first stop was the vibrant Farmers Market in nearby Qualicum, where we savored the sights, sounds, and flavors of local artisans and growers.

While my husband ventured off to tee off at one of the many golf courses dotting the landscape, I indulged in a day of pampering at the spa, reconnecting with old friends over soothing treatments and heartfelt conversations.

Reuniting in the afternoon, we embarked on a lively excursion to the Mount Arrowsmith Brewery, where we sampled a diverse array of craft beers, accompanied by laughter-filled conversations and newfound friendships. Energized by our brewery experience, we hopped on bikes and explored the charming streets of Parksville, soaking in the coastal breeze and scenic vistas.

As the day drew to a close, we strolled hand in hand along the waterfront, marveling at the tranquil beauty of the ocean at dusk, a perfect ending to a day filled with adventure and cherished moments.


Day 3: Farewell to Parksville


As our time in Parksville drew to a close, we reflected fondly on the memories we had created and the experiences we had shared. With hearts full of gratitude, we bid farewell to this enchanting coastal town, knowing that its serene beauty and warm hospitality would forever hold a special place in our hearts.

As we embarked on our journey back home to Sooke, we couldn't help but reminisce about the unforgettable moments we had enjoyed during our stay in Parksville. From leisurely walks along the beach to lively adventures in town, our getaway had truly been a perfect blend of relaxation and exploration.

For those planning a visit to Parksville, we highly recommend staying at a resort like the one we experienced, where the convenience of The Bay Cafe and the comfort of well-appointed accommodations enhance the overall experience. With its idyllic scenery, welcoming atmosphere, and abundance of activities, Parksville offers the perfect escape for travelers seeking tranquility and adventure on Vancouver Island.


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