Parksville Qualicum Beach is B.C.’s favourite spring break destination



Spring Break in Parksville Qualicum beach welcomes the migration of both wildlife and young families who are looking to shake off winter doldrums.

Photo: Tigh-Na-Mara

Spring is all about new beginnings, especially on Vancouver Island. From blooming flowers to the return of local wildlife, not to mention the opening of the region’s most popular attractions, spring is absolutely one the most sensational times to be on the Island, especially Parksville Qualicum Beach. 

With tons of family-friendly attractions, Parksville is the perfect place to enjoy some well-deserved time off. Round up the kids, hop on a ferry and start exploring everything the Island and the season have to offer.

Coombs Old Country Market

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Photo: Old Country Market Facebook

The Old Country Market is famous for their international foods, imported gifts, in store baked goods, and of course, their ice cream. While the food is fabulous, particularly from the Market’s restaurant, Cuckoo’s Trattoria and Pizzeria, the main reason thousands visit Coombs every year is the goats! If not resting in their Norwegian-style log house in the middle of the market’s roof, Coombs’ famous goats can be found munching on the grass and enjoying the local scenery. Such a fun spot for families to visit!

Tiger Lily Farm

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Photo: Tiger Lilly Farm

Tiger Lily Farm is a family farm, owned and operated by Cecil and Joan Mercer. The farm is a fantastic place for kids to mix and mingle with a variety of farmyard animals, including baby goats, ponies, horses, rabbits, pigs, ducks, sheep and more. For the braver kids in the family, horseback riding is also available. Ultimately, Tiger Lily Farm aims to provide a fun, safe and entertaining environment for kids to develop a deeper respect and understanding for animals and the products they provide.

Brant Wildlife Festival

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Photo: Brant Wildlife Festival Facebook

A true celebration of spring! Brant Wildlife Festival pays tribute to the Brant geese as they migrate back to B.C. rest and feed on the shores of Parksville Qualicum Beach. The festival offers visitors to the Island so much, including bird watching events, kids camps, forest bathing, walking tours and film screenings. With a focus on the changing seasons, this festival is a great opportunity to experience just how beautiful Parksville Qualicum Beach can really be.

Kids Camps

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Photo: Parksville Qualicum Beach

Spring break may be for kids, but that doesn’t mean parents shouldn’t have fun too! Parksville offers a ton of kids camps and activities, ranging from art classes to golf lessons and nature workshops. While the kids are enjoying their day camps, parents can take some time for themselves and enjoy everything else Parksville Qualicum Beach has to offer.

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort

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Room with a view. Photo: Tigh-Na-Mara

Speaking of something for the parents…. Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the serenity and calm Parksville is known for. With seasonal recreational activities for kids, families and teens, it also offers something for everyone.

While many of their activities involve the entire family, Tigh-Na-Mara also offers a wide selection of activities for just kids and teens so parents can relax at the Grotto Spa or enjoy dining at cedars restaurant & lounge. Tigh-Na-Mara will open their newly renovated CEDARS restaurant complete with a stone oven this month. With the new menus offering seasonally inspired local, regional and international dishes and the choice to eat in or take out, it’s another opportunity for you and your family to experience Vancouver Island’s essence together.

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