" Average people and the average community can change the world. "

Lois Gibbs 


Parksville is located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, 37 kilometres north of Nanaimo. Parksville is home to 12,000 permanent residents. 

Parksville was first settled in 1870. Like most of Vancouver Island, the main industry was logging. The arrival of the railway spurred the growth of Parksville. Parksville is famous for its beaches. Even as early as 1900 vacationers have been flocking to Parksville’s sandy shores. 

Today Parksville, affectionately known as Oceanside, is a thriving community. Parksville continues to be a mecca for tourists to enjoy the sun and the sandy beaches, in some places a mile wide at low tide. No wonder Parksville has some of the warmest salt water north of California. Parksville is aptly named with 30 urban parks to its credit and several provincial parks nearby including the popular Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park.

There are plenty of walking, hiking, and biking trails, numerous art studios to discover, and the ever present golf courses. Parksville is also popular for diving, fishing, and kayaking. 

Parksville is a full service community. There are endless restaurants to choose from. Nanaimo is just a short drive for those looking for some serious retail therapy. 

If you are considering calling Parksville home, BC Island has detailed listings of homes and properties for sale in Parksville.

Your West has an Accommodations Directory with a complete list of the bed & breakfasts, cabins & cottages, condos & suites, farm stays, hotels, inns & motels, lodges, resorts & retreats, and vacation homes available to welcome you to Parksville. Alternatively, a complete list of campgrounds and rv parks can be found in the Your West Recreation & Leisure Directory.

While staying in Parksville, what better way to learn about the community than to seize the opportunity for some fun, food, and education! Your West has a complete range of directories for you to enjoy everything Parksville has to offer. Plan out your day, your weekend, or your week in Parksville using Your West Coast directories that include Arts Culture & HeritageFarms Farmers & FoodFestivals & EventsRecreation & Leisure, and Business & Services.

Community Events:

Check the Parksville community calendar on Your West every day for upcoming annual events, arts, meetings, recreation, music, and education in your community.